In an earlier article, I explained that hypocrisy is defined not as a righteous person who sins, but as an evil person who pretends to be good. When we understand the true nature of hypocrisy, we can see that it is very dark, deceptive, and damaging to others. The following is an excerpt from Hypocrisy Exposed that explains the satanic nature of hypocrisy:
As I examined more in depth what God was showing me about hypocrisy, I soon discovered that the source of hypocrisy is Satan himself. He is, in fact, the original hypocrite. When we are able to recognize this, we will better understand the sinister nature of hypocrisy and why God has such severe judgment against it.
When the devil comes to a person, his motives are always destructive: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10). The only reason the devil would approach you is to harm you. He is utterly evil and there is nothing good whatsoever in him. But while his motive is destruction, his method is deception. He doesn’t walk up to you and say, “Hey, how about I destroy your life today?” No, he comes wearing a misleading mask, claiming to have your best interests in mind. He has to make evil look good in order to bait you into his trap.
We see this hypocritical dynamic from the very first time that the devil appears in Scripture. He took the form of a serpent, one of the animals in God’s creation. He took the command that God had given to Adam and Eve, twisted the words a bit, sprinkled in a bit of doubt, and then appealed to them with promises of great wisdom and enlightenment. They took the bait, fell for his hypocrisy, and the rest is history.
When the apostle Paul was describing the nature of false apostles and other imposters, he clearly described the devil as a hypocrite:
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. (2 Corinthians 11:13-15 ESV, emphasis added)
Evil being disguised as good; the devil masquerading as an angel of light; the servants of Satan acting like servants of righteousness. This is hypocrisy at its finest. We must understand that evil people do not always act overtly evil. Seemingly nice people have been serial killers or child rapists. Having the knowledge of good and evil allows a person to act good while being evil. In fact, if the devil appeared to you disguised in human form, you might walk away from the interaction thinking, he seems like a pretty nice guy! Only later would you learn his true colors.