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I’ve written several articles based on my latest book, Hypocrisy Exposed. In a previous article, I explained how those who live in chronic hypocrisy have a seared conscience, which is part of what allows them to do so much damage to others without genuine empathy or remorse. Another characteristic of narcissistic abusers and habitual hypocrites is that they live in a distorted reality and have no love of the truth. The following excerpt from the book explains more below:
The Bible says that the coming of the lawless one “is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10, emphasis added). This antichrist figure will operate in an extreme level of satanic hypocrisy, including the performing of supernatural acts. The ones who will fall for this trickery are those who do not cultivate a love for the truth. A commitment to truth is essential protection for navigating last days’ deception. Christians must value what is true, and guard against any form of lies, dishonesty, or half-truths. But hypocrites operate in such a way as to have no love for the truth.
This reality was brought to light for me when I saw how the chief priests reacted to the report of Christ’s resurrection. The guards who had experienced the angelic visitation and supernatural opening of the tomb reported it to the chief priests, and look at their response:
Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.” So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. (Matthew 28:11-15)
Jesus being raised from the dead definitely did not fit with the chief priests’ agenda. The way that they responded proved that they were not interested in what was true; they only wanted to maintain their narrative and justify their destructive ways. Instead of repenting when being confronted with truth, they rewrote history to match their version of reality.
This is exactly what chronic hypocrites do. They manipulate truth, rewrite history, and live in their own version of reality. They refuse to accept truth when confronted with it. They aren’t interested in what is actually true; they are only interested in maintaining their own agenda.
This lethal combination—a seared conscience, no fear of God, a fear of man, and no love for the truth—gives us some insight into how a person can operate in chronic hypocrisy. Understanding these dynamics will help us to be “wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16). Rather than assuming that professing believers will always act with integrity and purity of heart, walk in the light, and with a healthy conscience, we will realize that there are those among us who are greatly deceived and who are experts at deceiving others. We will grow in discernment, especially when recognizing evil that pretends to be good.
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