15 And he said to them, "You are the ones who declare yourselves upright before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed in men is an abomination in the sight of God.
8 'This people draws near to me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips; but their hearts are far from me.1 [From the word of the Lord within: "The hypocrite may talk of faith and do evil. Remember, every person who sins denies Him as Lord and Master. If you are still sinning, you belong to sin and not to Me. Only a heart that is purged of sin is acceptable to God. Everyone is expecting Jesus to be their excuse. I've warned them and given them the requirements and preached the exclusions; they should not expect anything else or conclusion." Every man is judged by their words and works, including those who claim to be Christians; God shows partiality to no man. Until your heart has been washed, cleansed, and purified, your heart is full of sin, and you are defiled; and should you die still sinning, you will be banned from heaven.]
|Matthew 23:28 |
28 Even so, you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity [sin].5 [Dressing up in your Sunday-best makes a fine show of outward appearance, but that does not cleanse your heart that is full of sin: lust, sexual immorality, covetousness, anger, greed, pride, envy, etc. Ministers with their robes, stages, pulpits, choirs, and accompanying music, make fine staged entertainment; but in their ministerial performances, the ministers of Christendom teach that sin is excused because they themselves are full of covetousness, sexual immorality, anger, and pride — hypocrisy and iniquity.]