Under these circumstances, after so many thousands of people had gathered together that they were stepping on one another, He began saying to His disciples first of all, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops. “Now I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed someone, has the power to throw that person into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!

Luke 12:1-5

Hypocrisy looks like doing one thing while you say another. It looks like an outward conflict between values and actions. We can identify a hypocrite with that much. But the true, spiritual definition of hypocrisy is much deeper and its roots reach to an insidious rot that all religious people must fight to remove.

Hypocrisy is when you fear what people think of you more than fearing the consequences of disobeying God.

Beware the Leaven of the Hypocrites.

Ethan Kirl