186 Bible Reading Plan — Day 39

📆 39 – 💎9 A little hypocrisy can grow into a lot. Jesus in Luke 12 warned his followers to be on the look out for a small amount of hypocrisy in how their religious leaders behaved. It was a warning against following people who say one thing but live differently in private.

As followers of Jesus, we are to be on the lookout for those little compromises that can lead to even greater sin. Jesus gave a promise, “The time is coming when everything that is covered up will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear!” Luke 12v2-3 NLT

Looking at the landscape of church leadership in America, it’s easy to see that God is bringing about the fulfillment of this promise. Some church leaders are verbally, spiritually, physically and sexually abusing their followers in the dark.

We go to church and look at the image of a pastor and say, “That’s a good man.” Yet, there is widespread abuse.

Jesus was giving us a huge WARNING, keep an eye out for hypocrisy. They say they live one way, but how do they live when no one is looking.

How do you live?

The hardest part about living free from sins grip is to confess your sins to another person. Yet, God knows that once you tell someone else that sin is exposed.

If you find yourself living in a dark corner with your hypocrisy, go and tell someone. It doesn’t matter what it might cost you, living with sin is too high a price to pay for a person who truly desires to follow after Jesus.

Have you seen hypocrisy or sin in your church leader?

Call them out on it! Let them know that you know, and that God does not accept that behavior from yourself or them. God has One standard, and it applies to both of us.

Remember, the Word of God speaks most clearly when you are reading the Bible.

Read Scriptures for Day 39 here.