I recently announced the release of my brand new book, Hypocrisy Exposed. I am excited for this book and the impact I believe it will have in people’s lives!
The subject of hypocrisy does not seem to be an issue that is ever addressed in any depth or detail. In fact, I don’t believe that I have ever read a book or heard a sermon on the subject. Jesus warned us to be on guard against hypocrisy (see Luke 12:1), but do we even understand what it really means? The term hypocrite is often thrown around quite freely, but do we use it correctly in the biblical sense?
In the original language, the word hypocrite means to be an actor or to play a feigned part. Jesus compared hypocrites to whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside but are full of death and decay on the inside (see Matthew 23:25-28). This is someone who wears a mask of righteousness in order to veil a heart of wickedness. The hypocrite is not the righteous man who sins; he is the evil man who pretends to be good.
Why write a book on hypocrisy? Why address a subject that seems dark and sobering? Why is this topic relevant to the church today? Below are three basic reasons why I wrote Hypocrisy Exposed:
Jesus said that we should be “wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16). But the church has too often been naive to the nature of evil. We have often not recognized when wolves in sheep’s clothing are in our midst. We have too often been a hiding place for sexual predators, domestic abusers, and others who harm God’s people.
I am praying that God will use Hypocrisy Exposed to shine light in dark places and unmask the nature of evil that hides in our midst. We must see an increase of wisdom and discernment in these days!
My hope is that this book will clarify what hypocrisy really is—and what it isn’t. The first time I publicly preached about this topic, a woman approached me after the service and thanked me profusely. She had been previously accused of being a hypocrite, and spent years believing this. When the true nature of hypocrisy was revealed, she realized that she was not a hypocrite at all and was set free from this lie. I believe that some of you who read this book will have a similar experience.
Some have been hurt deeply by the hypocrisy of others, without knowing that hypocrisy was what they were dealing with. It is deceptive in nature, and those who are in close proximity to a chronic hypocrite will experience confusion about who the person really is. I believe that this book will bring clarity, and that healing will come to those who have been wounded by the hurtful effects of relationships with those living in hypocrisy.
This book is also a wake-up call for those who might be walking down a road of hypocrisy. You will learn that this indeed is a dangerous path that leads to destruction. The longer a person goes down this road, the harder it is to turn back. For those living in hypocrisy, I urge you to take the truths of this book to heart and cry out to the Lord for repentance, restoration, and freedom.
There is also a call for us to embrace a lifestyle of integrity, which is the opposite of hypocrisy. We must realize that who we are in private is more important than how we portray ourselves in public. Instead of living a double-life of deception, we must walk in the light and cultivate a love for the truth.
I believe that Hypocrisy Exposed is an important and enlightening book for this hour. Make sure to get a copy!