The loudest screams of hypocrisy are often delivered by believers whose hearts are still under law. These are subtle screams, but screams nevertheless. Residing in the super-natural, they resound in the hearts of those they seek to condemn. These screams are generally masked with what sounds like biblical truth, and truth they may very well be. However, they are half truths at best, and anyone with discernment knows that a half truth is nothing more than a lie.
Richard Piefer expressed the screams of the legalists like this: He said they will say things like, ‘Hey George, I know you are all in to the grace thing, but do you honestly think your going to heaven acting like that?’ Richard’s reply was simple, but dynamic; He said, ‘Well according to the apostle Paul, I am already in heaven acting like this.’ He then went on to say, ‘It never excuses the action, but the point still remains; I’m not going to heaven because of what I do or don’t do; I’m going to heaven because of what Jesus is doing and has already done.’
Those who play the hypocrisy card are not listening for the life giving words and wisdom of our precious Lord and Savior; they are seeking to find fault with the vessel. Proclaiming the screams of a defeated foe that still holds them bound by the law of sin and death. And of course misery always loves company!
Therefore, as through one man’s offense, judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by One Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. Moreover, the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. ~ Romans 5:18-21
And being found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith. ~ Phil. 3:9