What People Are the Hypocrites?

What People Are the Hypocrites?

Scripture: St. Matthew 6:5

“And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are for, they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.”


I used to believe that the term “hypocrite” only applied to sinners or atheists. Until I carefully considered this verse and absorbed its meaning, I mistakenly believed that Jesus was only addressing the unbelievers. However, I discovered some secrets that I think you should be aware of.

Think about the word “hypocrite.” Hypo means “a mask” in the Hebrew language, which is the word’s original form before it was translated. Additionally, the Hebrew word for “Crites” is “Actor.” A hypocrite is thus just “an actor wearing a different mask.”

The first people to produce a play, or as we now refer to it, a movie, were the Greeks. In this play, the actor assumes the role of a father wearing a mask before returning to take on the role of a son again and again, each time wearing a different mask. Now, if you pay attention, the person does not change; instead, it is the mask that does. As a result, the individual seems to transform into an actor in the play wearing a different mask.


In Matthew 6:5, Jesus begs His followers not to follow in the footsteps of the hypocrites He referred to as the Scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees. However, unlike Nicodemus, these were leaders and teachers of the word who had disciples gathered around them. For more information, see Galatians 5:19–21 (which I refer to as the works of the flesh).

Believers, Christian leaders, Pastors, and so on put on these masks in churches mentioned in Galatians 5:19-21 and pretends to know Christ. They claim to pray to their God, be committed to His work yet Jesus disqualifies and call them “Hypocrites” (actors with different mask’s). He says, if you must come to me, then you must take off the works of the flesh and put on the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

Dear friends, if you must come to God with your true self and not as a Hypocrite, then Jesus would rather prefer you put on the fruit of the Holy Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23, which is Love, Joy, Peace……and not the works of the flesh, which is, Adultery, fornication, uncleanliness………etc.

But now that you are aware of the term’s true meaning, I would like to rephrase my initial question: WHO ARE THE HYPOCRITES? With those hypocritical hearts (the works of the flesh) or (the fruits of the Spirit), do you approach God in prayer? Keep in mind that you are the only one who can decide.


Father, we have learned that for our prayers to be answered, then we need the right relationship with whom we pray to (the Father) and not with a hypocritical heart. May the works of the flesh completely die in us now and may the fruits of the Spirit reign and increase in us daily in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Pastor Bob.

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Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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