What is a hypocrite?
"a person who claims or pretends to have certain beliefs about what is right but who behaves in a way that disagrees with those beliefs."
The 10 Commandments tells us it is a sin to bear false witness. Consider the hypocrite, who bears false witness against themselves:
"The hypocrite's crime is that he bears false witness against himself. What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one. Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core."
Others offer similar warnings:
"The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity."
André Gide (1869-1951), French author, Nobel Prize Laureate for Literature
- Psalms 26:4;
- Matthew 6:2, 6:5, 6:16, 7:5, 15:7, 22:18, 23:1, 23:13, 23:15, 23:23, 23:25, 23:27, 23:28, 23:29, 24:51;
- Mark 7:6, 12:15;
- Luke 6:42, 12:1, 12:56, 13:15;
- Galatians 2:13;
- 1 Peter 2:1
“15 Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.Therefore we can most easily recognize a hypocrite by their fruits, what they have done, the end results of their actions.
18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them."
I hope that I have adequately proven the dangers of hypocrisy.
Tomorrow, let's follow Jesus' recommendations, and review CFO's results by using CFO's own words, according to CFO's Annual Report 2014.
We will see if we can make the accusation of CFO's hypocracy stick, and find them guilty as charged.