Christians are branded as hypocrites in society. But hypocrisy is an individual, collective, social, economical, political and ecclesiastical matter. It’s everywhere, not just in the Church. The Church as well as everybody else is held to a particular standard. A standard which is based on certain code of ethics, that does not violate the rights of others. The difference between a Christian and an ethical person is a Christian is suppose to be willing to do what is right even if it would cost him or her their life. There’s no compromising the truth for convenience.
Unconverted Christians are most likely inclined to be hypocrites. They are no different from people who do not believe. Due to the absence of faith there is only a form of godliness, while denying the very power thereof. Leaning on their own strength to live righteously. The natural tendencies of the sinful nature is then expressed under the pretence of living a virtuous life. Through good deeds, doing what is considered morally acceptable, righteousness is selfishly despised within the heart: and therefore, the continuous justification and practice of sin despite knowing it’s wrong. Pride still reigns supreme in the heart, where the heart struggles to let go of self.
Hypocritical Christians are duplicitous, excessively critical and Judgemental. They do not hold themselves accountable for the standard they use, but love to point out the idiosyncrasies (faults) and sins of other people. Being self contradictory, practising those same sins secretly, and openly around others who may support it. There’s no compassion, no genuine love except for self. And for self, they’re conveniently honest. Also they have a false appearance of beauty, but dying internally.
The Apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 13:5, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?“ Therefore, it’s our moral obligation as Christians to make sure our hearts abide in Jesus Christ by faith, lest He deny us, saying I know you not, you workers of iniquity after professing our good works before Him.