Too Many Hypocrites

Hypocrite 1It’s hard to beat that old standby, “There are too many hypocrites; I don’t want anything to do with people like that.” It’s a good one – I used it before trusting Christ.

How do we respond to objections in a way that isn’t defensive and that may give further opportunity? Two simple tactics are to listen and to U-turn. That is, try to hear their presupposition and then work to turn the objection gently but firmly back on to them.

Go back to the hypocrite retort. You might reply, “You’re right. God has some messed up kids in his family.” (A simple, honest agreement will often keep the conversation going.) When appropriate, you can then follow up with something like, “But we’re talking about belief, not behavior. Christ’s offer of forgiveness is for whoever believes in him. And we’re talking about you, not them. You will answer for you, no one else. What’s your response to Christ going to be?”

Usually at this point, the person will either discuss the gospel or blow off the whole thing. For those who have honest questions, give them a small copy of John’s gospel, encourage them to read it and set a time to meet again.

Hypocrites can provide opportunities – learn to make the most of them.

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About Rick Oglesby

Rick has worked as a church planter, pastor, missionary, Bible College President and teacher. He currently pastors in Wellington, Alabama.
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