Hideousness of Hypocrisy
What is Hypocrisy?
The topic of hypocrisy is spoken about a lot in the Bible because for Christians hypocrisy is the most atrocious quality that we can have in our lives. Not only will hypocrisy cause people not to believe the message of Christ that we are presenting, but it can also destroy local churches and even drive both non-believers and believers away. Webster’s dictionary defines hypocrisy as “the behavior of people who do not do the things that they tell others people to do or behavior that does not agree with what someone claims to believe”. The word in the Greek carries the meaning of a “stage player or actor” and someone who “impersonates, simulates, or pretends” to be something that they are not. From this we can see that hypocrites in the Bible have a form of godliness (2 Timothy 3:5), but they do not live the way they tell other people to live and Jesus himself spoke a lot about hypocrites. In Matthew 23:27-28 He said “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye are like unto white sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward but are within full of dead men’s bones and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity”. Jesus also said that “Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever enters in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashed hands defiles not a man” (Matthew 15:17-20).
What Did Jesus Way About?
In Luke 18:10-14 Jesus gives us a very clear picture of hypocrisy. In this story two men go to the temple to pray with one being a Pharisee and the other a publican. During this period of time publicans were hated because they were the ones that collected taxes from the Israelites to give to Rome and many times they were quite ruthless in how they went about collecting the money. In the first part of the story the Pharisee stood and thanked God that he was not like the other men there praying (extortionists, unjust, adulterers, or a publican), that he fasted twice a week, and that he gave tithes of all his possessions. Now to the naked eye it does indeed show that this man was quite religious and doing all the right things. However, the publican prayed for mercy because he was a sinner. Standing alone this may not show hypocrisy, but when you look at the Bible as a whole you can see how the Pharisee was indeed a hypocrite. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees many times in Matthew 23 by saying “…Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone… Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel… Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess…Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto white sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness, even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity…Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous”. Jesus clearly judged them many times because while they appeared “holy” on the outside they were indeed not so “holy” on the inside.
Are There Signs of Hypocrisy in a Person’s Life?
The answer is a definite yes and some of attributes of hypocrisy that we will be looking at will include gossip, hatred (not love), sinful lifestyles, hearers of the word only, followers of false doctrines, and pride (self-importance).
Sign #1 – Gossiping
An entire book could be written on this one topic because with today’s mass telecommunications such as cell phones and social media there seems to be no limit to the gossip being spread by “christians”. I am amazed when I hear Christians talking to Christians about other Christians that inevitably somewhere in the conversation they always seem to say “Now I am not one to gossip, but let me tell you about sister/brother Smith so we can pray for them”. In reality they are really saying “Let me tell you about what sister/brother Smith is doing so we can talk about them for awhile”. It is high time that we call gossip what it is and that is a “SIN”. Unfortunately gossip has spread in the Body of Christ like a cancer and this is one of the biggest signs of a hypocrite. Also, gossip is sometimes a hard sin to see because there is a fine line between gossip and actually trying to get prayer for someone. So why do hypocrites like to gossip? One of the main reasons is that hypocrites are much like the bullies that we all knew in school because hypocrites like to spread another person’s business or sin around the Church so it takes the spotlight off of their sin. Another reason is that hypocrites like to hide their gossip under the guise of “prayer” so that they look “spiritual” to the other members of their Church. So what does the Bible say about gossip?
The Bible & Gossip
James 1:26 tells that “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridles not his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is vain”. If we break this verse down in the Greek it reads like this “If any man among you seem to be religious (fearing God or practices religious discipline), and bridles (holds in check) not his tongue, but deceives (beguiles, cheats, and deceives) his own heart (soul and mind), this man’s religion is vain (devoid of force/truth and is useless and of no purpose)”. When we read it like that it really makes us stop and think about the next time we want to gossip about someone’s business to a member of the Church. Also, if we look at it closely it says that if a person does not “bridle” their tongue they are deceiving their own heart. There are many places in the Bible where we receive admonishments about how we should talk. While many have narrowed it down to “speaking faith”, there many other areas that many wish to overlook. For example in Proverbs 21:23 it tells us that “Whoso keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles”, and in Ephesians 4:29-32 it says “ Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice…And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you”. The thing that is very important is that we MUST control our tongues because it is a fire and a world of iniquity and it defiles our entire body and is set on fire from hell (James 3:6).
Another verse is found in Psalm where it says “For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulcher; they flatter with their tongue. Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee” (Psalm 5:9-10). Notice David says in verse 9 that the unrighteous have mouths that are unfaithful, that they are inwardly wicked, their throat is an open grave, and that they flatter with only their tongue. After this he says in verse 10 “destroy them O God, let them fall, cast them out, for they have rebelled against thee”. It is very clear that God takes what we say extremely serious. Not only does he take it serious, but he says that people who sow discord among the brethren (gossip & slander) are an abomination (abhorred, to be detested, to loathe, and to be regarded as an abomination). Webster’s Dictionary defines an abomination as a thing that causes disgust or hatred. (Proverbs 6:16-19) tells us that “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren”. The things that God hates are a prideful look, a liar, hands that kill innocents, a heart that devises evil, feet that are quick to sin, but the thing he despises are those who sow discord among the brethren. Since hypocrisy is based on the use of our mouths then it only makes sense that hypocrisy first starts with gossip and slandering about people including our brethren. There is nothing unscriptural about talking to our brethren about sins they may be into or judging someone’s doctrine, but there is something wrong when you go and spread it all over the internet and the Church behind their backs under the guise of “praying for them”. Many time gossipers are hiding something that they do not want the Church to know, however sometimes they hate the person that they are gossiping about or they have a superiority complex and think they are better than the person they are running their mouth about. Be warned, anyone can fall into gossip so the minute you are told by God (or a brother or sister) that you are gossiping then my advice is to STOP, repent, and ask forgiveness because gossip will tear a congregation to shreds in no time.
Sign #2 – Hatred
One of the biggest misconceptions in the world and even the Church is that love is an attribute of God; however that is not the case. 1 John 4:7-8 tells us “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God. He that loves not knows not God; for God àisß love”. Yes God does loving things for people, but we must remember that without God in our lives there is no real love because only GOD IS LOVE so what does this love mean? The word for love here is the Greek word “agape” which is the highest form of love in the Greek. Agape is not used in the New Testament as romantic or sexual love, but it is used to describe the very person of God. One of the best sections of scriptures that show what agape love is can be found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 for it says “Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity vaunts not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, love is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; Bears all things, believeth all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Charity never fails”. If there is anything that we should strive for in the Body of Christ to me it would be this section of scripture for it is the complete guide to the love of God. If we take a look back at 1 John 4:7-8 in the Amplified Bible it gives a clear view of what God is trying to tell us: “Beloved, let us [unselfishly] love and seek the best for one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves [others] is born of God and knows God [through personal experience]. The one who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love. [He is the originator of love, and it is an enduring attribute of His nature.]”. If God is the originator of love and love is God’s very nature then it would only make since that one of the major attributes of hypocrites or hypocritical behavior would be a lack of love or the lack of showing any type of compassion for others. While we are told to judge each other’s fruits we must remember we must ALWAYS do it in love. 1 John 4:20 says that “If a man say I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar…” The word liar here in the Greek is very interesting for it means “one who breaks the faith” and then it traces back to “deliberate falsehoods or to deceive one by a lie”. So hypocrites can easily be Christians who have broken the faith and are now deliberately spreading lies about other people. Isn’t this what hypocrites do? Yes because instead of speaking the truth in love they speak the truth in anger and hate (Ephesians 4:15).
An extremely sad and disheartening thing that I saw this year that showed this type of behavior was what happened in the last 12 months and especially what happened in the last 6 months on various social networks. I was so shocked and disgusted when I saw what so-called “evangelical christians” posted about Clinton, Trump, Miley Cyrus and others. To be honest I caught myself getting caught up in the “election”, and God had to tell me to back off on some of the comments I was making because no matter how good our intentions are we are never to be as the hypocrites who sit in constant judgment of others. When I started reading Christian comments like “leave the country now if you don’t like it or you should be dead” my spiritual eyes popped wide open because these types of comments should NEVER leave a Christians mouth (or fingertips). One important point here is that it is one thing to slip and make a snide or hateful remark, but a post on the Internet is a deliberate act of someone’s will and a post on the Internet isn’t an accident. When I stepped back and started really looking at these comments I realized that if I didn’t know Jesus personally then I would definitely not want to serve the Jesus that these people said they followed because of the hatred they were spewing. As I said, I was getting caught up in it so there is an extremely fine line between posting hateful messages and posting messages to help someone.
Proverbs warns us about people like this because it says that “Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel are fervent lips with an evil heart. Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart; when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart; though his hatred be covered with deception, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly” (Proverbs 26:23-26). In other words, people who hate but then try and cover it up are actually people with a wicked heart who try and cover their hatred through deception. However, in the end it says they will be exposed in the assembly which means that what we speak in secret will come out into the public eye evidentially. This week a well known dictator died by the name of Fidel Castro, and once again Christians have been merciless in their attacks and many are even saying that they are glad he is dead. Do we think God is glad? Do we think God is happy when anyone dies and goes to hell? However, when I try to show people that we should not be attacking this man I constantly got the standard reply of hypocrites which is “Judge Not” but why? It is because their evil ways is being exposed for what it is, HYPOCRISY and they cannot stand for their sin to come out into the light. Even Jesus said in Matthew 9:13 “Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice’ for I came not to call the righteous, but sinners”. It is time for the wheat to come out from among the tares and start exposing sin for what it is sin, but remember to do it in love and in a spirit of meekness for one day we may be the one who may be tempted and need the help.
Sign #3 – Incorrect Judgment
Another major sign of hypocrites is what I call incorrect Biblical judgment or judging other people for things that they are doing themselves. We must remember that we are there to help one another, but we are also not here to condemn sinners because Jesus said that anyone who doesn’t believe in Him is condemned already (John 3:18). To understand this we will look at one of the most misunderstood and often misused verses in the Bible.
“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholds thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considers not the beam that is in thy own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thy eye; and, behold, a beam is in thy own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thy own eye; and then shall thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye”.
In this verse Jesus begins with “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again”, and most people stop right there leaving off the rest of the verses in this passage. However, if we are going to understand what Jesus is saying then we must read the rest of the verses in this section. In the following verses Jesus was clearing stating that we should not try and cast the twig (small piece of wood) out of our brothers eye when we have a beam (large piece of wood) in our own eye, and notice that he used a “small” piece of wood and a “large” piece of wood in his analogy. When I read this I believe that Jesus was trying to tell us that we shouldn’t judge our brothers sin if we are committing the same sin and especially if we are committing the same it in greater quantity. You can think of it this way… Why are we telling our brother to quit watching R-Rated movies when we are at home watching pornography or why do we judge our brother for drinking a beer on a hot day when you go to the bar and party on Friday or Saturday night? From this we can see that if we are committing the same sin but in greater quantity than the one we are judging then we need to keep our mouth shut. Paul clarifies this in Romans 2:1-3 “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judges: for wherein thou judge another, thou condemn thyself; for thou that judges doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinks thou this, O man that judges them which do such things and doest the same, that thou shall escape the judgment of God?” It is not a sin to judge our brethren’s fruit, their teaching, or even the sin in their lives because Jesus told us clearly in John 7:24 to “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment”. However, this does give us the right to constantly judge our Christian brothers and sisters but we are to help one another grow and point out false teachers who have infiltrated the Body of Christ. Paul tells us in Galatians 6:1 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted”. We have a spiritual obligation to look after one another, and people who constantly yell “Judge Not” haven’t a clue what the verse means. That being said, we must always approach our brethren in a spirit of love and humility in the same way that we would want to be approached if we have been overtaken in a fault or sin.
Sign #4 – Hearers of the Word and Not Doers
Hypocrites love to show off their knowledge of the Word, but when you look at their lives you will see that the way they live does not match up to what they say. It is a normal thing to receive something from the Word and not have it mastered yet in our lives. However, it isn’t normal to know things in the Word and not try to incorporate into our walk or to use it as a weapon to attack others to make ourselves appear to be something we are not. James clearly wrote about this in James 1:22 when he said to “be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves”. The word doer is the Greek word “poieo” which means “to produce (fruit), act rightly, execute a thing, or to perform”. This tells me that doers don’t just hear a sermon on Sunday, but they live the “word” they receive on Sunday throughout the entire week. Next James said that doers of the Word only “deceive” their own selves, which is quite scary when you think about it. We know that in the last days God is going to send a strong delusion (2 Thessalonians 2:11), but to deceive ourselves is done not by God or satan but by us simply not doing what the Word of God says to do. To get back on the topic of hypocrisy is quite easy to that hypocrites constantly hear the Word, but they are not doing what they are hearing. One of scariest scriptures in the Bible to me is found in Matthew chapter 7 because Jesus warned us that “Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven”. Hypocrites love to tell others what to do, but they themselves do not like to do them or they only do them as a show when other Christians are around. Matthew 6:2 shows us this clearly “So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men for truly I say to you they have their reward in full”. The two verses I will leave you with on this topic are found in 1 John and Titus for they are very clear about this issue.
1 John 2:4 “He that saith, I know him, and keeps not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him”.
Titus 1:16 “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate”.
Sign #5 – Legalism
A good way to look at legalism is that legalistic people are trying to impress God or gain favor from God by doing or not doing certain things. Sometimes people who are legalistic act this way to impress other Christians; however they normally do it without any regard of their true heart condition before God. Almost every legalistic person has a pride issue because they believe they can receive commendations from God based on their works. This being said, the legalistic person almost always looks at his external ways and not at this heart and his pride makes him then think that he is better than others. So legalism at its heart is completely opposed to God’s Grace, and it puts the emphasis on the external and not the internal. Paul tells us in Colossians 4:6 “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man”. Unfortunately some people are overzealous, and even though they are not legalistic they sure come off that way (I know I have fallen into that trap) so we must be cautious how we speak to other Believers and non-believers. A few signs of legalistic people are majoring on the minors, focusing on self-glory, corrupts others, burdens people with peripheral commandments, dodges the personal application of God’s holiness, and misses the true knowledge of God and misleads those who seek to know Him (A). Remember we must never be legalistic, however we must also remember what James says in Chapter 2:26 “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also”. This means that as Christians we are never to look at our works or those of others as a basis of attaining salvation, but we must also remember that true Christians will have good works (fruit) in their lives. Jesus said “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20).
Sign #6 – False Teaching
Another sign that many hypocrites will have in their life are false teachings that they are getting from following false teachers. One of the main reasons this section is here is because many hypocrites (like false teachers) will twist and misapply various sections of the Word of God to promote their own agenda and to bash people over the head. Many hypocrites follow various false teachers because it makes them feel better about themselves, and it lends credence to their personal belief system. Also, by following these false teachers’ messages of “Be Happy” instead of “Repent” they can then follow their own minds and carnal appetites instead following the real commandments of God. These people will bash other Christian’s sins while ignoring the massive amounts of sin in their own lives. When I think of these people I remember this quote “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to the garage makes you a car”. What is sad is that many of these people used to walk with God, but due to whatever reason they have turned aside unto idolatry and false teachings. However, many hypocrites do not backslide into what most people would call “gross and negligent” sins such as drinking, adultery, or drugs but they will either twist the Word to match their attacks or they do not follow the Word that they are bashing other people with. For example, many honor God with their mouth but their hearts are so far from God that they have no clue what real truth is anymore (Matthew 15:8 & Isaiah 29:13). In other words many hypocrites are constantly sinning while saying that they will “repent later”. Now this does not mean that we as Christians do not commit “sins” occasionally, but it does mean that we do not live a lifestyle of sin and this comes down to a matter of each person’s heart. We must remember that hypocrites will always apply their “false teachings” to other people but they will hardly ever apply the “false teachings” themselves.
Sign #7 – Pride
The final sign is the absolute biggest sign because it comes into play in every one of the other signs. Proverbs 16:18 shows us just how deadly pride is because it says that “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall”. The word pride here means self exaltation and arrogance (I am better than my brothers and sisters), while a person who has a haughty spirit will exalt them-selves or they have false visions of self-grandeur (I am the leader of this Church). Over the years however many preachers/teachers/hypocrites have changed this verse to read “Pride goeth before a fall”, but as you can see that is incorrect. The word destruction here means a “breaking, shattering or to be crushed” while the word fall means to “stumble, be feeble, or to make weak” so it is easy to see why hypocrites would change this verse because we would all rather stumble than be crushed, right? The reason pride is the biggest sign is because hypocrites love people to “adore and cherish” them for this gives them fulfillment and places them on a higher plane than others. A good verse that really shows how the Church was supposed to be set up is Acts 2:41-47 so read it when you have time. When the Church operated in this the needs were always met, people could go evangelize anytime they were told by God to go, and there were no prima donnas who controlled the Church. However, we must realize that hypocrites want to be seen and this was something Jesus knew extremely well. Here are a few verses that show clearly the actions of hypocrites and what Jesus had to say about them:
Good Deeds for Show
Matthew 6:1-2 “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest your alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward”
“But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments”
Prayer and Fasting
“And when thou pray, thou shall not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward”
“Moreover when ye fast don’t be as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward”
“Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts; Which devour widows’ houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation”
Lay Laws on Others That They Do Not Obey
“For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers”
As you can see, Jesus had a lot to say about hypocrites and everyone comes down to the hypocrite wanting to be seen and admired (PRIDE).
I know many people talk all the time about false teachers who have devoured and in some cases destroyed parts of the Body of Christ (myself included), but what most Christians do not realize (or do not want to realize) is that most False Teachers did not start out that way. Wow, shocker!! While there are those who never really repented but simple jumped on the “False Teacher” band wagon because of the money there are still many who simply gave into “pride” which led them down the path that they are on. Unfortunately the Word of God is the Word of God and the end result of pride will always be destruction and many of these False Teachers who once walked with God will never make it back. However, we do not know which ones have gone too far so we should still be praying for their souls every time God reminds us of them. So why would I bring up False Teachers again in the “pride section” of hypocritical signs? It is because they go hand in hand! You see these false teachers who have conducted many schemes to get God’s money out of the hands of God’s people like prayer cloths, “Christiany” sounding books, expensive retreats to “hear from the Lord”, charging for the Word of God, and even charging to come speak at a Church, but when you ask them for help say that you need to trust God while they sit there with tens of millions (and in some cases hundreds of millions) in the bank and send you on your way (1 John 3:17 & Deuteronomy 15:7). How do I know this? I actually put my theory to the test and not ONE of these mega-millionaires wanted to help. I know that right now people are screaming “how dare you say so-and-so isn’t a man of God, touch not God’s anointed, and of course the hypocrite and carnal persons favorite response “Judge Not” however I offer this for your consideration and that is you had better be REAL careful who you call God’s anointed. Also notice I mentioned no names, so that name that came to your mind could be the Holy Spirit revealing it to you!
We have to remember that the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable (Romans 11:29) so even though a preacher/teacher may appear to have an “anointing” from God we have to understand that they may not have it anymore but that they have simply learned how to work the crowds emotions over the years. I have heard this so many people say “I felt the anointing at the service today” however you can feel the same emotions during secular events. There is NO scriptural basis for feeling the anointing anywhere in the Bible, and we have to remember that sometimes our feelings may be false or based on false premises so we must always control our emotions at all times. Unfortunately, these hypocritical false teachers, preachers, and prophets have learned over the years just which button to push and it is sad that people are deceived have no clue that they are deceived and the only way to not be deceived is to have your life and beliefs solely grounded in and on the Word of God. Once again hypocrites always come with a message for you yet the message they bring to you is not how they live their lives because their life is a life of lies. Be careful Saints, because mass deception is in the land and only knowing these basic signs will protect you from hypocrites.
As we have shown there are many signs that we can clue in on, and if we listen long enough and allow the Holy Spirit to give us discernment then we can usually spot a hypocrite pretty quickly. However, many of the “professional” hypocrites are extremely hard to spot for they have had years of preparation for their roles as “spiritual gurus” to the Church. Remember these are just a few of the signs, and always allow God to help you spot them because they are a cancer in the Body of Christ that need to be dealt with.