Hypocrisy is called duplicity, simulation and falsehood, and is something you, beloved, must beware of. For Paul says that love must be “without hypocrisy” (Romans 12:9 – NKJV) and Peter says that we must lay aside hypocrisy (1 Peter 2:1).

The hypocrites are those who simulate goodliness, goodness, zeal and other good qualities; we have an example of hypocrites in the Pharisees who lived in the days of Jesus. According to what the Scripture says, the Pharisees gave a tenth of all they got, they travelled land and sea to win one proselyte, they paid much heed to the outward cleaning for they did not eat unless they washed their hands in a special way and when they came from the marketplace they did not eat unless they washed, they did not eat with sinners and tax collectors lest they should defile themselves, they fasted twice a week, they sat in Moses’ seat and taught the people, they trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others and they were considered righteous by the people, but actually they were full of hypocrisy and wickedness because they themselves did not put into practice what they taught people to do, for they loved money, they neglected justice, mercy and faith, and they did all their works in order to be seen by men. And because of their hypocrisy Jesus said to them: “Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell [geenna]?” (Matthew 23:33 – NKJV). Therefore, according to the words of Jesus, the Pharisees will be thrown into the everlasting fire, even though they outwardly appeared righteous to men. That’s where the hypocrites will go, brothers.

Therefore, take heed to yourselves and beware of all sorts of simulations and duplicities. Don’t tell others to do what you yourselves refuse to do; and don’t pretend to be righteous and holy, when you conduct yourselves as the sinners; don’t pretend to be generous or willing to give an offering, when you are covetous; don’t pretend to pray long prayers, when you never pray to God; do not love to be seen reading your Bible in the place of worship, as if you love very much the Bible, when at home you never open your Bible; and you, sisters in the Lord, don’t pretend to be an example in clothing on Sunday in the place of worship, when during the other days of the week you dress like the fashion models or the prostitutes, thinking that no one of the brethren will see you; and you, brothers, do not pretend to be an example in clothing at the place of worship on Sunday, when during the other days of the week at home you wear shorts or sleeveless shirts or you are bare-chested or half-naked, and you go at work dressed in a provocative way.

Do not deceive yourselves; because sooner or later every simulation of yours will be manifest to all because the brethren will find out what you really are and how you conduct yourselves at home or at work. Be sincere, acknowledging your faults, but do not deceive the brethren nor yourselves above all. See to it that you conduct yourselves in manner worthy of the Gospel, without any simulation at home, at work, at school, at the place of worship, whether you are alone or with other people.

I conclude with these words of Jesus: “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be shown” (Luke 12:1-2 – NKJV).