"Of all things in the world that stink in the nostrils of men, hypocrisy is the worst." - Spurgeon

"The more a church flourishes, the more, I believe, do hypocrites get in, just as you see many a noxious creeping thing come and get in a garden after a shower of rain. The very things that make glad the flowers bring out these noxious things. And so hypocrites get in and steal much of the church's sap away." - Spurgeon

Webster defines hypocrisy as, "the feigning of beliefs, feelings or virtues that one does not hold or possess."

"Great Hypocrites are the real atheists." - Francis Bacon

"It is no fault of Christianity that a hypocrite falls into sin." - Saint Jerome

"Hypocrisy means deliberately pretending. None of us lives up to his ideals; none of us is all that he would like to be or all that he could be in Christ. But that is not hypocrisy. Falling short of our ideals is not hypocrisy. Pretending we have reached our ideals when we have not - that is hypocrisy." - Warren Wiersbe

"Half of the misery in the world comes from trying to look, instead of trying to be, what one is not." - George MacDonald

"A hypocrite is one who plays two parts consciously for his own ends. When we find fault with other people we may be quite sincere, and yet Jesus says in reality we are frauds." - Oswald Chambers

"The real test of your Christianity is not how pious you look at the Lord's table on Sunday, but how you act at the breakfast table at home. If it takes two cups of coffee to make you fit to live with, you had better go to the mourner's bench." - Vance Havner

"I would just as soon listen to a gangster lecture on honesty as watch Hollywood portray the Bible." - Vance Havner

"Beware of being a religious poseur, trying to live up to a dramatized version of yourself." - Vance Havner

"Hypocrites and betrayers of Christ are no better than devils." - Matthew William

"Hypocrisy is too thin a veil to blind the eyes of the Almighty." - Gurnall Henry

"There are many who are lip servants but not life servants." - William Jenkyn

"If the world despises a hypocrite, what must they think of him in heaven?" - Josh Billings

"A hypocrite preaches by the yard but practices by the inch."

"The real phony is the guy who listens to the radio while eating a TV dinner." - Farm Journal

"I would rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the man who sold it." - Will Rogers

"Everybody has a little bit of Watergate in him." - Billy Graham

Once when Winston Churchill was visiting the United States, Mrs. Roosevelt attacked him for his colonialist views on India. She said, "The Indians have suffered for years under British oppression." Churchill replied, "Well, Mrs. R., are we talking about the brown-skinned Indians in India who have multiplied under benevolent British rule, or are we speaking about the red-skinned Indians in America who, I understand, are now almost extinct." - From The Wit & Wisdom of Winston Churchill by James C. Humes.

"How difficult it is to avoid having a special standard for oneself." - C. S. Lewis, Letters to an American Lady, pg. 58

"What we want is to be real. Let us not appear to be more than we are. Don't let us put on any cant, any assumed humility, but let us be real; that is the delight of God. God wants us to be real men and women, and if we profess to be what we are not, God knows all about us. God hates sham." - D. L. Moody

"One who, professing virtues that he does not respect, secures the advantage of seeming to be what he despises." - Ambrose Bierce

"A hypocrite is in himself both the archer and the mark, in all actions shooting at his own praise or profit." - Thomas Fuller

"The most exhausting thing in life." - Ann Morrow Lindbergh

"More depends on my walk than my talk." - D. L. Moody

"Hypocrisy, the only evil that walks invisible, except to God alone." - Adapted from John Milton

"A person who is not himself on Sunday." - Anon.

"We may sing our hymns and psalms, and offer prayers, but they will be an abomination to God, unless we are willing to be thoroughly straightforward in our daily life." - D. L. Moody

"Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means, at the point of highest reality. A chastity or honesty or mercy which yields to danger will be chaste or honest or merciful only on conditions. Pilate was merciful till it became risky." — C. S. Lewis


“I want to recover the truth that Jesus was not crucified on an altar between two candlesticks, but on a garbage heap at a crossroads of the world…where soldiers gambled and cynics talked smut.” – George McCloud


“Keep your life so constant in its contact with God that His surprising power may break out on the right hand and on the left. Always be in a state of expectancy, and see that you leave room for God to come in as He likes.” – Oswald Chambers


“They who truly come to God for mercy, come as beggars, and not as creditors: they come for mere mercy, for sovereign grace, and not for anything that is due.” – Jonathan Edwards


“The power of servanthood commands respect. It does not demand it.” – Elisabeth Elliot


“Birds lack faith. They fly away when I enter the orchard, though I mean them no ill. Even so do we lack faith in God.” – Martin Luther


“To put it shortly, the Church forgets that Christianity is not an attitude of mind, but a type of life: a man's spirit is not known by his opinion, but by his action and general conduct.” – William Temple


"Do you know what hurts so very much? It's love. Love is the strongest force in the world, and when it is blocked that means pain. There are two things we can do when this happens. We can kill that love so that it stops hurting. But then of course part of us dies, too. Or we can ask God to open up another route for that love to travel." - Corrie Ten Boom


"We would not have any think that the value of their prayers is to be measured by the clock, but our purpose is to impress on our minds the necessity of being much alone with God; and that if this feature has not been produced by our faith, then our faith is of a feeble and surface type." - E. M. Bounds


"I would always distinguish revival from evangelism. Although often confused, the two are entirely different. Evangelism is winning the unsaved; revival has to do with the Christian. Evangelism is the permanent duty of the church; revival is a gracious outpouring…" - Alan Redpath

Revival and Evangelism

"Our forefathers came to certain conclusions and decided upon certain courses of action which have been a great blessing to the world. Before we can understand their conclusions we must go back and review the course which they followed. We must think the thoughts which they thought. Their intellectual life centered around the meeting-house. They were intent upon religious worship. While there were always among them men of deep learning, and later those who had comparatively large possessions, the mind of the people was not so much engrossed in how much they knew, or how much they had, as in how they were going to live. While scantily provided with other literature, there was a wide acquaintance with the Scriptures. Over a period as great as that, which measures the existence of our independence, they were subject to this discipline not only in their religious life and educational training, but also in their political thought. They were a people who came under the influence of a great spiritual development and acquired a great moral power. No other theory is adequate to explain or comprehend the Declaration of Independence. It is the product of the spiritual insight of the people. We live in an age of science and of abounding accumulation of material things. These did not create our Declaration. Our Declaration created them. The things of the spirit come first. Unless we cling to that, all our material prosperity, overwhelming though it may appear, will turn to a barren scepter in our grasp. If we are to maintain the great heritage which has been bequeathed to us, we must be like minded as the fathers who created it. We must not sink into a pagan materialism. We must cultivate the reverence which they had for the things that are holy." - Calvin Coolidge, The Inspiration of the Declaration of Independence, July 5, 1926


"God dwells in a state of perpetual enthusiasm. He is delighted with all that is good and lovingly concerned about all that is wrong. He pursues His labors always in a fullness of holy zeal. No wonder the Spirit came at Pentecost as a sound of a rushing mighty wind and sat in tongues of fire on every forehead. . . . Whatever else happened at Pentecost, one thing that cannot be missed by the most casual observer was the sudden upsurging of moral enthusiasm. Those first disciples burned with a steady, inward fire. They were enthusiastic to the point of complete abandon." - A. W. Tozer


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