Beware Of Hypocrisy

Luke 12:1-3

There are a number of warnings that we find in Scripture. Each of them are given for our benefit each of them are given for us to heed. On several occasions Jesus warned his disciples to beware.

They were to beware of false prophets, of men who would deliver them up to councils, of scribes who loved to wear their long robes before men, of covetousness toward material things, and of the leaven of the Pharisees.

Leaven is a substance like yeast that has the ability to permeate a loaf of bread dough causing it to swell and enlarge. Paul tells us in the first epistle to the Corinthians "a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump." (1 Co. 5:6) it doesn't take very much to permeate the whole.

This is why our lord gives us this warning. He goes on to explain hat the leaven of the Pharisee is hypocrisy. For us to take heed of this warning we need to fully understand what Jesus is talking about.

Typically, we think of hypocrisy as not practicing what we preach, the false pretense involved in telling other people how they ought to live their lives, but not consistently living with what they claim their beliefs are; or, if not inconsistent at least being insincere about what we do simply to show to others.

But notice that Jesus is here warning of the Pharisees' hypocrisy. They were not insincere people. They were highly moral, deeply religious men who lived consistently with their own beliefs. So the hypocrisy that Jesus was warning about in their lives wasn't being inconsistent or insincere. The word has its origins from Greek drama and literally it means to play a part on stage. This was their approach life.

Note: Luke 11:37-44

They were very careful to play their part sincerely and consistently. Jesus warned us to Beware of their hypocrisy.

I. It Doesn't Accomplish God's Purposes.

II. It Ultimately Leads To Self-Deception.

III. Hypocrisy Is The Opposite Of Faith.

Jesus said, "Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisess, which is hypocrisy." We could say today, "Beware of the leaven of the Baptists, which is hypocrisy." Churches are full of hypocrites; people who are trying to do God's work in the power of the flesh rather than in the power of God. Ps. 127:1, "Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it..."

What about your heart this morning? Are we just going through the motions or is Jesus real in our life?