I need to be careful. It is one thing to be a hypocrite. It is another to be pretentious.
Pretense is the purposeful deception of others by myself, usually for the sake of my own interest, safety or pride. Scripture condemns such pretense and demands honesty from me at every point.
You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me. | Matthew 15:7–8
Pretense is similar to hypocrisy but takes it one step further as it is purposeful deception. A hypocrite is trying to make themselves into something they aren’t by acting. Pretension is not acting but deception. It is known as duplicity, double-dealing, fraud, cheating, trickery, chicanery, deviousness, slyness, wiliness, guile, bluff, lying, pretense, or treachery.
God’s people must rid themselves of pretense. It is essential to me as a follower of Jesus. There…
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