Are Christians Hypocrites?

“If you’re trying to prove your heart is in the right place, it isn’t.” (David Schmidtz).  The article below was one of my earlier blog posts. Time for a revisit. Blessings till it hurts, Mitch

Mitch Teemley

presentation1“I don’t go to church because churches are full of hypocrites!” This is an increasingly common sentiment. But is it true? Are churches full of hypocrites?

Duh.Are AA meetings full of alcoholics? I’m a Christian, though I rarely use the term, preferring “Jesus follower” instead. Why? Well, for starters, it’s used indiscriminately by hundreds of millions who hold few if any actual Christian convictions.

But in another sense, I don’t deserve to call myself a Christian: the word Christian (“like Christ”) was coined by the ancient Romans as a put-down (“Hey, you! You’re like that Jesus guy!”). And I’m not worthy of such a put-down. Yet.

AA members address meetings with, “Hello, I’m __________ and I’m an alcoholic (or addict).” They say this regardless of whether they fell off the wagon yesterday or have been a “recovering alcoholic” for fifty years. Why? Because they know their addiction never really…

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12 Responses to Are Christians Hypocrites?

  1. The Daytime Renegade says:

    Interesting take on our broken human nature. Thanks for writing!

    It’s definitely necessary to pray constantly. And as you put it, churches are full of hypocrites because every single human being alive, who has ever lived, and who ever will live, is a hypocrites. Jesus called the sinners to repentance, after all.

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  2. I rarely read all the comments, but couldn’t help myself this time…being a Christ following, broken hypocrite myself…it was refreshing to see all the honest, humble responses. We all need Jesus desperately every day. The days I mess up most are the days I forget that. So grateful for grace! And for your thought provoking, soul stirring posts! Blessings!!!

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  3. CSL says:

    Whenever someone says that to me, I say, “Well, come on in, there’s room for one more.”

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  5. Recovering Hypocrite, here!

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  6. Sorry bud…. But your dead wrong on the origins of the word Christian.

    [1 Peter 4:16] But if anyone suffers as a Christian, he should not be ashamed but should glorify God in having that name.


    • mitchteemley says:

      Acts 11:26 tells us that disciples were first called Christians at Antioch. The word, only used a few times in the Bible, is considered by most church historians to have begun as a non-believers’ term for Jesus’ followers (like “Jesus freaks” in the 60s and 70s), then later adopted by believers themselves. This is similar to the way “yank” was first used by the British, and later adopted by the Americans themselves. 1 Peter 4:16 is generally considered corroboration for this, not an argument against it, in that Peter is saying, in effect, “I someone persecutes you as a ‘Jesus freak,’ don’t be ashamed to be called that, they’re acknowledging that you’re like Jesus!”


      • 1 Peter 4:16 tells us to be thankful to God for being called a Christian. The word Christian in the Greek does not mean “Jeaus freak”, it quite literally means “follower of Christ”. I simply have no clue where you are getting your information from.


    • mitchteemley says:

      The word does not include the term “follower.” It’s an epithetical form of the word Christ, and “Christian” is, in fact, its literal translation. It’s like calling someone who is into, say, Winston Churchill a “Churchillian.”

      You missed my meaning: I used “Jesus freak” as a modern parallel (not a translation) because many Christians in the 60s and 70s at first rejected the term “Jesus freak,” but then adopted it, just as church historians believe that Jesus’ disciples were at first offended by, but then adopted the term “Christian” in the first century. Peace, brother.


      • Peace to you as well. The Gentiles definitely came up with this name of Christian, but again, I find no evidence this term was meant in a derogatory way. In both the original Greek of 1 Peter 4:16 and Acts 11:26, the Greek word for Christian is never defined in a derogatory manner. It is just like how I do not say calling someone a “Churchillian” derogatory either.

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