By: DeAngela Curtis (December 2010)
Mark 7:6: “Well hath Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites as it is written, the people honoreth me with their lips but their heart is far from me.”
Today it has become more evident that there are false prophets and imposters, having the form of godliness but denying the power of God. An unbelieving believer, if there is such a thing. Teaching and giving instruction in the law but yourself, a renegade. Come Sunday morning put on the cloak of righteousness and the salvation suite is “tight”. Holy and pious but underneath all that is the garment of sin and shame, rebellion and disobedience. Living a lie and only fooling ones-self because God sees you and the world knows you’re a fraud. A case of Jekyll and Hyde, misrepresenting Christ and the finish work of the cross – is this you???? Pastors, minister, evangelist, whatever your title, you are called to accountability.
II Corinthians 6:3-4 tells us, not to bring shame or blame to the ministry but to be accountable, proclaiming the gospel not only by mouth but through our lifestyles. A true believer understands that the life of a Christian is to be lived out full-time, not just when it’s convenient or profitable. Many for financial gain pimp the gospel, being false witnesses to the transforming power of salvation. One of the major complaints I hear from non-believers is that Christians are phony and hypocritical. Talking the talk but not walking the walk. Sanctimonious and have no love, whereas Jesus commanded us to love. If you are proclaiming the gospel and your Christ –like, where is the love for those around you that are hurting and broken, do they see Christ in you that they willingly come to seek deliverance, comfort and love? We judge as the word of God warns us against it but we fail to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling (Phil 2:12). Are you a light that shine out of darkness, being an effectual vessel, drawing others to Christ? Accountability saints!!!! Our lives don’t align with the bible we’re toting and quoting. We have become modern day Pharisees and Sadducees, appearing righteous and pious yet fruitless. We will be held to accountability ….……..”judgment must begin at the House of God”. (I Pet 4:17).