FEAR ENTRAPS US

The African impala can jump to a height of over 10 feet and cover a distance of greater than 30 feet. Yet these magnificent creatures can be kept in an enclosure in any zoo with a 3-foot wall. The animals will not jump if they cannot see where their feet will fall.

Faith is the ability to trust what we cannot see, and with faith we are freed from the flimsy enclosures of life that fear allows to entrap us. Remember, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction [evidence – KJV] of things not seen…And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Heb. 11:1, 6).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore

P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

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HYPOCRITES

THE PRETENDERS
Ezekiel 33:30-33

INTRODUCTION
A. The word hypocrite is used more often with religious people than any other segment in our society
1. The hypocrisy of people is as old and established as the human race. Someone once said, “A hypocrite is a saint abroad, and a devil at home.”
2. The trouble with hypocrisy is that many do not view it with the same contempt as God does
3. May have the mentality: “Its not hypocrisy—just a little disobedience.”
4. From a Christians perspective there are two types of hypocrisy:
Hypocrites within the church
Hypocrites outside the church
Which is worse?
5. Have you ever heard someone say, “I would not go to a church full of hypocrites.”
B. The importance of this topic is seen in the number of times the word is used in the Bible: Hypocrites (20), Hypocrite (11), Hypocrisy (6)
1. Hypocrite comes from the Greek word hupokrites and means an actor of pretender; can be defined as “two-faced”
2. A hypocrite is one pretends to have Christian virtues – his main concern is his own agenda and concerns
3. It is important to remember that one bad word can cause many to think us a hypocrite – and throw shame on the church; therefore:
1) Matthew 5:16
2) 2 Corinthians 3:2
4. God detests hypocrisy. Notice just a couple of passages proving such:
Matthew 23:13, 15, 23, 25
Here it is clear how Jesus feels about hypocrisy
5. To help us understand what is often entailed in hypocrisy let us turn our attention to Ezekiel
C. Ezekiel was a prophet of God, a mouthpiece of God, who found himself in Babylonian captivity
1. Ezekiel was Israel’s communication with God
2. Ezekiel was addressing the great “pretenders” of his day—hypocrites
3. He was suffering the consequences of the wrong doing of others
4. What is also sad is Israel was in their present predicament because of their failure to listen—and still, they refused to listen
This is a great problem in our day
Many have a life full of pain, but refuse to listen to God’s remedy
5. Ezekiel addressed the “great pretenders” of his day in Ezekiel 33:30-33

DISCUSSION
A. “As for you, son of man, your people who talk together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses” (33:30a)
1. There were talking about Ezekiel behind his back while pretending to be his friend
The were mocking him – putting him down
Scoffers
Backbiters
Gossipers
Slanderers
b. Many today do similar things calling the faithful legalists, judgmental, or “rule followers”
2. It is important to realize that those who would be a hypocrite in this fashion bring shame upon themselves. Why?
a. Note Acts 8:3; 9:4
b. Matthew 25:40
c. 1 Peter 2:9 … Christians are a royal priesthood!
d. Hypocrites who mock God’s priesthood are mocking God
e. God will not hold guiltless those who attempt to make His word and His ways appear foolish
B. The hypocrites say, “Come, and hear what the word is that comes from the Lord” (33:30b)
1. Hypocrites strive to portray a form of godliness as long as it works to their advantage, and accomplishes their own personal interest – Just “making a show”
a. Titus 1:16
b. 2 Timothy 3:1-5
c. Many are pretending to be godly but ridicule a “Thus says the Lord”
2. Since the 1960s more and more hypocrites have been leading others to reject the authority of the Scriptures
a. Jude 3-4
b. Change agents –
3. They pretend to be interested in God’s word while working feverishly to undermine it
a. Matthew 15:7-9
b. Many ridicule the idea of “rule keepers”
If there is any religious law—then there are rules
That we are not to be “law keepers” is a ridiculous notion
C. “And they come to you as people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear what you say but they will not do it; for with lustful talk in their mouths they act; their heart is set on their gain.” (33:31)
1. These hypocrites gathered before Ezekiel pretending to be followers of God and supporters of the prophet and his preaching, but had no intentions of following God’s commands
a. What ever their motive was – it was not obedience – they did not intend to listen
b. Mathew 13:13-15
c. Luke 6:46-49
d. Acts 28:26-27
2. The number today is mind-boggling who profess to be faithful members of the church, while inwardly sneering and rebelling at the mission and purpose of the church
The goal of many is to change the church into a mere social club designed to meet their “heart felt need”
In principle their demand is like that of the people of Isaiah’s day… Isaiah 30:10
It is sad that many would rather hear a lie than the truth of God’s word
Many have the mentality: “Tell us what we want to hear or we will leave.”
Proverbs 12:14
Jeremiah 10:23
D. “And behold, you are to them like one who sings lustful songs with a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument, for they hear what you say, but they will not do it” (30:32)
1. Again, these Hypocrites were acting as faithful, saying, “O, Ezekiel you are a wonderful man, faithful, and proclaim God’s word wonderfully.”
a. But again, their were only words – they refused to listen – refused to heed the message
b. We think you are a great speaker , but we will not listen
c. How often does this happen today where people love the preacher but refuse to listen and adhere to the words he has spoken from God’s word
2. Another angle that might be seen here is that of hypocritical preaching
a. 2 Timothy 4:3
b. Many preachers by their persuasive speech and magnetic personality lead many in apostasy
c. Their sermons are filled with “feel good” stories, but containing little or no scripture
It is true that has a pleasantness to it
Psalm 119:103
But notice also… Revelation 10:9-10
The sweet word of God becomes bitter to us when it instructs us to make a change
d. Sadly, many are as Jesus describes… Matthew 23:27-28
CONCLUSION
Hypocrisy must be avoided at all costs. We must not:
Mock God’s faithful
Be play-actors in our Christianity, or be-little “law keeping”
Be disobedient
B. In the Day of Judgment which would you rather hear:
You Hypocrite, or
Well done good and faithful servant

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“The Gospel According to Cash”

“The Gospel According to Cash?” (Johnny Cash). This is the theme of a local church’s Easter Services. What do you think? Biblical or no? Listen in tonight to the Harris and Moore Expedition Through the Bible as we discuss this issue.

Tune in each Monday at 7:00pm CST at www.harrisandmoore.org as we discuss important issues facing the church.

You have heard what men have said – now listen to what the Bible says

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

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THE PRETENDERS

THE PRETENDERS
Ezekiel 33:30-33

INTRODUCTION
A. The word hypocrite is used more often with religious people than any other segment in our society
1. The hypocrisy of people is as old and established as the human race. Someone once said, “A hypocrite is a saint abroad, and a devil at home.”
2. The trouble with hypocrisy is that many do not view it with the same contempt as God does
3. May have the mentality: “Its not hypocrisy—just a little disobedience.”
4. From a Christians perspective there are two types of hypocrisy:
Hypocrites within the church
Hypocrites outside the church
Which is worse?
5. Have you ever heard someone say, “I would not go to a church full of hypocrites.”

B. The importance of this topic is seen in the number of times the word is used in the Bible: Hypocrites (20), Hypocrite (11), Hypocrisy (6)
1. Hypocrite comes from the Greek word hupokrites and means an actor of pretender; can be defined as “two-faced”
2. A hypocrite is one pretends to have Christian virtues – his main concern is his own agenda and concerns
3. It is important to remember that one bad word can cause many to think us a hypocrite – and throw shame on the church
4. God detests hypocrisy. Notice just a couple of passages proving such:
Matthew 23:13, 15, 23, 25
Here it is clear how Jesus feels about hypocrisy
5. To help us understand what is often entailed in hypocrisy let us turn our attention to Ezekiel

C. Ezekiel was a prophet of God, a mouthpiece of God, who found himself in Babylonian captivity
1. Ezekiel was Israel’s communication with God
2. Ezekiel was addressing the great “pretenders” of his day—hypocrites
3. He was suffering the consequences of the wrong doing of others
4. What is also sad is Israel was in their present predicament because of their failure to listen—and still, they refused to listen
5. Ezekiel addressed the “great pretenders” of his day in Ezekiel 33:30-33

DISCUSSION
A. “As for you, son of man, your people who talk together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses” (33:30a)
1. There were talking about Ezekiel behind his back while pretending to be his friend
The were mocking him – putting him down
Scoffers
Backbiters
Gossipers
Slanderers
b. Many today do similar things calling the faithful legalists, judgmental, or “rule followers”
2. It is important to realize that those who would be a hypocrite in this fashion bring shame upon themselves. Why?
a. Note Acts 8:3; 9:4
b. Matthew 25:40
c. 1 Peter 2:9
d. Hypocrites who mock God’s people are mocking God
e. God will not hold guiltless those who attempt to make His word and His ways appear foolish

B. The hypocrites say, “Come, and hear what the word is that comes from the Lord” (33:30b)
1. Hypocrites strive to portray a form of godliness as long as it works to their advantage, and accomplishes their own personal interest – Just “making a show”
a. Titus 1:16
b. 2 Timothy 3:1-5
c. Many are pretending to be godly but ridicule a “Thus says the Lord”
2. Since the 1960s more and more hypocrites have been leading others to reject the authority of the Scriptures
a. Jude 3-4
b. Change agents –
3. They pretend to be interested in God’s word while working feverishly to undermine it
a. Matthew 15:7-9
b. Many ridicule the idea of “rule keepers”
If there is any religious law—then there are rules
That we are not to be “law keepers” is a ridiculous notion

C. “And they come to you as people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear what you say but they will not do it; for with lustful talk in their mouths they act; their heart is set on their gain.” (33:31)
1. These hypocrites gathered before Ezekiel pretending to be followers of God and supporters of the prophet and his preaching, but had no intentions of following God’s commands
a. What ever their motive was – it was not obedience – they did not intend to listen
b. Mathew 13:13-15
c. Luke 6:46-49
d. Acts 28:26-27
2. The number today is mind-boggling who profess to be faithful members of the church, while inwardly sneering and rebelling at the mission and purpose of the church
The goal of many is to change the church into a mere social club designed to meet their “heart felt need”
In principle their demand is like that of the people of Isaiah’s day… Isaiah 30:10
It is sad that many would rather hear a lie than the truth of God’s word
Many have the mentality: “Tell us what we want to hear or we will leave.”
Proverbs 12:14
Jeremiah 10:23

D. “And behold, you are to them like one who sings lustful songs with a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument, for they hear what you say, but they will not do it” (30:32)
1. Again, these Hypocrites were acting as faithful, saying, “O, Ezekiel you are a wonderful man, faithful, and proclaim God’s word wonderfully.”
a. But again, their were only words – they refused to listen – refused to heed the message
b. We think you are a great speaker , but we will not listen
c. How often does this happen today where people love the preacher but refuse to listen and adhere to the words he has spoken from God’s word
2. Another angle that might be seen here is that of hypocritical preaching
a. 2 Timothy 4:3
b. Many preachers by their persuasive speech and magnetic personality lead many in apostasy
c. Their sermons are filled with “feel good” stories, but containing little or no scripture
It is true that has a pleasantness to it
Psalm 119:103
But notice also… Revelation 10:9-10
The sweet word of God becomes bitter to us when it instructs us to make a change
d. Sadly, many are as Jesus describes… Matthew 23:27-28

CONCLUSION
Hypocrisy must be avoided at all costs. We must not:
Mock God’s faithful
Be play-actors in our Christianity, or be-little “law keeping”
Be disobedient
B. In the Day of Judgment which would you rather hear:
You Hypocrite, or
Well done good and faithful servant

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

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HOW ABOUT YOUR OWN FIRES?

NBC News Chicago reports: A building on Chicago’s Southwest Side that contains a fire extinguisher manufacturing business went up in flames late Thursday (3/19/15), prompting a hazardous materials response that required more than 150 firefighters. A portion of the building, on the 4000 block of South Pulaski Road, near Interstate 55 – the Stevenson Expressway – collapsed under the intense flames. The fire ultimately elevated to three alarms, requiring the help of 156 firefighters and 26 pieces of equipment. … A fire official said getting enough water to the structure proved difficult. “We had one engine feed another engine to another engine until we got water on the fire,” said 1st Deputy Fire Commissioner Charles Stewart.

Let me get this straight – a building designed to manufacture fire extinguishers made no provision for putting out its own fire! Friends, it’s a great thing to offer counsel and advice to others, but just because you know how to help someone else put their fires out doesn’t mean that you’re immune to catching on fire yourself. Remember the words of the Apostle Paul? “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted” (Galatians 6:1).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

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The Pretenders

Tune in tonight and each Monday at 7:00pm CST to the Harris and Moore Expedition Through the Bible at http://www.harrisandmoore.org or http://www.thegospelradionetwork.org

Tonight we will be discussion “The Pretenders” – Looking at a description of hypocrites by Ezekiel (33:30-33). You have heard what men have said – now listen to what the Bible has to say.

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

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THE HARRIS AND MOORE EXPEDITION THROUGH THE BIBLE

Tune in tonight (and every Monday night) at 7:00pm CST to the Harris and Moore Expedition Through the Bible at http://www.harrisandmoore.org

You have heard what men have said – now listen to what the Bible says

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