The Devil Is a Lie: 7 Types of Hypocritical “Church Folk” Who Know They Need to Quit

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July 26, 2012 ‐ By Toya Sharee

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I’m willing to bet that at some point in your life, you’ve crossed paths with someone who makes you feel like you’re going to hell with gasoline draws. It may be an over-zealous religious co-worker with post-it bible verses plastered all over her desktop or the auntie you have who makes you feel like a jezebel for living in sin with your boyfriend (although she met her ex-convict boyfriend in the club during her former days of fornication). There’s always someone ready to rep for Jesus and place judgment on how you choose to live your life. I’m all for faith and the freedom to worship as you please, but it becomes a problem when you try to force your beliefs on others.

Despite whatever opinions I may have about religion or what higher power I choose to serve, I know I’m not the only who has at least one person in their life that takes their faith a bit too far. By all means, this article isn’t for those that take their faith seriously and make every effort to walk in the way of Christ without offending others, but the hypocrites who only call on the Holy Ghost when it’s convenient. You know, those people that have a bible verse that applies to any dilemma you’re going through when sometimes all you need is a listening ear. Or the one who thinks if they just sit back and pray, Jesus will solve all of their problems with little to no effort on their part. I’m aware that many people consider themselves to be simply spreading the good word, but it never ceases to amaze me how people can take scriptures and belief systems and use them to alienate, manipulate others just so they can further their own selfish agenda or make themselves feel better about their own lives (and most of the time they aren’t as innocent as they appear). Most people can balance whatever good word they choose to follow with being respectful of others, but there’s always that one that does a little too much.

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  • r minty

    It seems to me that these are the very people who need Church the most
    Are the “rehabbed” individual and the wanna be preacher trying to actually convert you? Or are they using these discussions to settle their own lives. Why not listen and discuss with them? It doesn’t (usually) take much of your life and may help theirs.
    The “select” occasion believers obviously have ahold of the tendrils of belief and maybe you could add another “select” Sunday or two (or more) over the years.
    If the “quoter” and Cliff-noter are quoting out of context, why not help them with the entire quote and the meaning behind it? Often, what’s taken as Gospel isn’t actually Gospel at all, for instance, “Money is the root of all evil” is NOT the correct citation – “The LOVE of money…” is.

    Sorry, these folks need the Church, especially given how fallible they are.
    Aren’t we all?

    “The church is a hospital for sinners, not a hotel for saints” – Rick Warren

    PS. Not to put too fine a point on it, but what about the judgemental people who want to “purify” their congregation by excluding those who fail the “judges” criteria? Should they continue in the Church? Judge not, lest …..

  • tae

    it is not about forcing someone to bring a child into the world. we are simply telling you that this is sin. and it is wrong. it is murder. and you will face judgment on judgment day for your sins. infront of a holy God. i am just a person like you. but God almighty is in another leugue. justice will be served to those who do evil. if you didnt want a child dont have sex or at least use a condemn.sex outside of marriage is a sin to by the way.

  • tae

    i agree with theses, but i also have to say that about number 3 i can see that some people really do have good motives to bring people in knowing Jesus,
    but the problem is they try to do it in there own power rahter then by God’s power through his spirit.theses types are usuallly the ones who havent been born again seek to work there way into
    heave. another thing is you cannot stop sining on your own. you have to
    be born from above. once you have been born again that is when you stop sinning. you cannot sin anymore when you have been born again. you will be tempted and maybe
    fall but you dont contiue over and over in sin. you become a new creation. this is the sign of the new birth. The “church” people in the church building
    have always historicly been the hyporcrics. they think that the outer appearance is going to get them into the kingdom, not knowing that the
    inside has to be washed. with that said. if someone is judging theses type of people but are in sin themselves, you are just a guilty. that is
    hyporcritical in itself.while you point fingers at others you also point a finger at your self.before you make a judgement you have to be right
    with God yourself through Jesus christ who died for the sins of men. and this gosepl must be preached whatever the motive. to those that
    perish its foolishness but to us who are saved and being saved it is the power of God. whoever is ashamed of this gospel Jesus when he comes will be ashamed of you.
    Dont push Gods truth away, the truth is a good thing in an evil world that is hostile. if you still have hostility towards Gods word you have not been born again.

  • Solomon

    I was going to respond, but U stuck in Your frame of thought just like I am. Bottom line, MURDER is not more important than a woman’s greed, selfishness, & lustfulness. The same B$ U claiming a Man is doing (which He’s not, but rather looking out for an innocent Child because the woman is to ful of evil too raise Him/Her), You yourself is doing to a helpless Baby. I wonder if you had been aborted, came back to tell about it, if You would have the same mind-set.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JAI4SRENU2A5WKRTELXXYJPDSI Kayla

      Murder is defined as “unlawful killing,” and abortion is legal throughout the USA. So no, it’s not murder. It’s not selfishness. Why would you want her to give birth to a child she can’t and is unwilling to care for.Where’s your concern then? There are millions of children that are abused and unwanted. Where is your concern there? And what about rape?

      • tae

        depiste anyting esle. that life sucks and it is hard sometimes. what others do as evil does not make aborting a child right. even if she was raped to wrongs dont make a right.there is adoption. there is giving your life to Jesus christ.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JAI4SRENU2A5WKRTELXXYJPDSI Kayla

          So why aren’t all the orphanages empty because loving people like you take them home? Don’t let these white celebs fool you there are still hundreds if not millions of black babies that get passed over. The truth of the matter is as soon as the baby is born you couldn’t care less about what happens to it afterwards.
          Your just a sick person who forces a woman to give birth to a rapist baby, because of your twisted religious beliefs..

          • tae

            i thought i had replied to to this but some how it got erased but anyway. i do not support rape. but that child is innocent.and i do care but its not my responsiblility to save the world. the blame will be on those who had the kids not those who dont adopted.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JAI4SRENU2A5WKRTELXXYJPDSI Kayla

              well good. I’m glad you’re heart is in the right place. Go take all those babies home, you care about so much

          • tae

            and you know i would adopt given the right circumstances.

        • Solomon

          I agree w/everything U said, & thanks for being a bit more articulate than I, lol. That last comment I Just posted was for U also, hopefully She’ll Understand how beautiful Life is w/My testimony.

          • tae

            lol thanks that is a very touching testimony. God bless you. that is wonderful.:)i hope her eyes will open.

      • Solomon

        Allow Me to pull out My Wild card. See I was adopted. Don’t kno nothing about the Woman who had Me, but I do know the situation between Her & the Man was screwed up. So let’s say She was living as ratchet as She could & was as sorry as She could be. I will never hold any of that against Her because, She didn’t abort Me. Now apparently U don’t believe in GOD, but I do. Because of HIM thru that woman’s decision not to abort Me, U kno what I have……..Life. Thru-out the good & bads, ups & downs, I was giving a chance to experience Life. I have two Children that stay w/Me & I told there Mom after She was talking about aborting Both of Them, “U carry Them for 9mnths, I’ll carry Them for Life. Guess what, They stay w/Me. Again, thru GOD, They can experience Life. It gets better tho. Because that Woman didn’t abort Me, I now have a chance to make a difference, small as it may be in 3 more of My Family Members’ lives. I’m bring those Boys into My home so they won’t become a statistic of being a sorry thug. & it started over 30yrs ago when That Woman chose Life for Me. That Sista is waaaaaaaaaay more important than Your argument of man trynna control Yo Body. & Everyday I thank that GOD U don’t believe in for saving Me just as HE saved Moses & HIS OWN SON JESUS @ THEIR births. Life is beautiful Sweetheart.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JAI4SRENU2A5WKRTELXXYJPDSI Kayla

          Your story touching as it may be, there are a million negative stories of children who are abused and neglected. So we could go back and forth positive story versus negative story all day, until our faces turn blue. lol. At the end of the day, you have to let the woman choose for herself (hence the term pro-choice)

          • Solomon

            Naaw, @ the end of the day, YOU choose MURDER, I choose life. As I stated, NO woman I deal w/is gonna KILL a CHILD of MINE. So like I said, U betta hope U right once U check out & Meet THE AUTHOR of Life.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JAI4SRENU2A5WKRTELXXYJPDSI Kayla

              disposing of a clump of cells isn’t murder. If it is then that’s not more murderous then chopping down trees and slaughtering pigs and cows…

              • Solomon

                So now We equating Humans to sticks & animals? If U say so. I have a question. I’m looking @ Your name & it has “parent” by it. So you’re a parent?

                • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JAI4SRENU2A5WKRTELXXYJPDSI Kayla

                  no, that shows the parent comment I was replying too. Every reply comment on this website has it. Just put your mouse over it, it will show you the comment I was replying too.

                  And now that you are on the subject of parents, it would be interesting to note that the majority of woman in this country who get abortions are woman who already have children of their own.. they abort because they know how hard it is to raise a child, and what it takes.

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  • Kingdom Seeker

    I don’t go to clubs, but for people make their living through the night life this would be discouraging. If I can make it to church Sunday morning after dropping it like it was hot on Saturday night, who are you to say I shouldn’t do it? The Lord wants you to come as you are this includes all walks of life. I love this article, #5 is a bit contradictory to your article.

    • tae

      come as your are but dont expect to stay the same.

  • http://twitter.com/joy2MiKASworld Mika ✌❤ ☺

    “Seriously, Jesus do you see this?” …the things I see in Jersey City…

  • http://twitter.com/joy2MiKASworld Mika ✌❤ ☺

    Lol at: “I came here to collect a check, not be saved.”! But seriously, this was right on point.

  • DUMBBEACHPLEASE

    MAN THIS WAS MY FIRST LAUGH ALL DAY.

  • DUMBBEACHPLEASE

    LMAOOoo!!!!!!!! OMG. PLEASE LEAVE THE CHURCH PEOPLE ALONE. LAUGH AT US I MEAN THEM WITH BABY HAIR ALL YOU WANT. LOL. THE BIBLE SAYS WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE ANOTHER MAN’S SERVANT. NOW IF YOU’LL EXCUSE ME, I’M GOING TO GET A STIFF ONE… SEE I MEANT.A DRINK. (GET YOUR MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER) JESUS DRANK WINE, TOO. HAVE A BLESSED DAY, Y’ALL

  • Gimmeabreak78

    LOL…this article is hysterical. The only thing missing is the pastor/prophet/preacher/church leader, who is actually preaching the sermon on Sunday morning, but sleeping with half the choir and two-thirds of the usher board the rest of the week.

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  • Msleighdan

    People are people, only God is perfect. If someone is living the way they feel God is telling them to & they are not hurting you, and you have a problem with it maybe you should examine yourself. If they are willing to take their faith farther than you are willing to take yours, why do you feel the need to condemn them? I think you are misplacing blame. Only God has the power to convict people of their sin. As far as offending others, well if they are a true Christian they will probably consider that as a compliment because the bible says the gospel is an offense. Even Jesus couldn’t please every one…and it was usually the people that didn’t want to hear how prideful & sinful they were.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ysheaka.davis Ysheaka Davis

      You on it

    • Angel

      I dont think this is about condemning people. The author is talking about people who go on and on about the bible and dont even follow it themselves. That would make them hypocritical and i dont see anything wrong with adressing people like.& about people living the way God is telling them to…im sure God wouldnt tell Anybody to do any of the things listed above…just sayin…

      • Angel

        *like this

    • DUMBBEACHPLEASE

      I LOVE YOUR SPIRIT, BUT I THINK IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FUNNY. I HOPE. LOL I THINK THE OTHER READERS ARE TAKING IT TOO FAR.

    • Kayo

      Do you think really that ‘God’ is telling people how to live their lives?

      • angel

        is this question for me?

        • Kayo

          Yea, I think so. I don’t remember what I was responding to.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Eadg-Mahaffey/1377631763 Jim Eadg Mahaffey

        He wrote a whole book telling us how to live.

    • Taie

      I agree with your comment. People too often pay attention to the messenger and not the message. If their message offends you, maybe you should consider why that is.

      • Taie

        *correction- Listen to the message and if the message offends you, then you should consider why that is.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Eadg-Mahaffey/1377631763 Jim Eadg Mahaffey

      I understand your point, but there are two type of people spreading the “gospel” – those who care about someone’s eternity, and those who care about their own image. it is usually pretty easy to tell who they are trying to promote.

  • Ms. Spring

    That’s why I meet people who are Jehovah’s Witnesses. The are more mindful of how they are going to treat other people and what they say to them. Also, they know the truth about the Bible more than some hypocritical chruchfolks that I know. If I wanted to learn the Bible and my attitude, the JWs are the people to go to.

    • dcarter910

      This is not always true, as I find JW to be very Judgmental especially when/if you join their ranks but I do agree that they have a more accurate knowledge of scripture than any other denomination. As there is no scriptural basis for the Trinity. It is well documented by historians that the Trinity doctrine was forced into Christianity by the Romans when they mixed their pagan beliefs with Christian beliefs creating what is known today as the Catholic Church.

      • Ms. Spring

        In general, JWs are not supposed to be judgmental towards others and to one another. They know that’s against God’s will. Most JWs I met were nice, open and friendly compared to many of church people that I know. You should try getting to know the JWs sometime. I never believe what the church tells me because when so-called church people study the bible they don’t act on it and never practice what they preach. Besides, church folk often adopt deviant behavior (cursing, fighting, gossiping) compared to JWs when they should be developing a relationship and keeping their faith with the Lord. Unfortunately, I don’t see very many church folk with that characteristic.

    • tae

      to know the truth we should seek Jesus to be lord of our live. men is falliable. even born again christians who walk in the way of Jesus are falliable at times. JW is one of the false religions out there.

  • Raj

    My Facebook is clogged with these religious testimonials and sayings by my wacked out aunts.

  • Raj

    Church people are so annoying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/APeachJ Ashley Jones

    You forgot to add: They have never read the bible but quick to try and quote scripture based upon what someone else told them! When I hear foolishness come out their mouths, just to get under their skin, I ask “Where can I find that in the bible?” lol

  • RenJennM

    Religion is man-made in my opinion. Spirituality and one’s personal connection with GOD is what’s real, transcending, and everlasting. That’s what people should stay focused on.

  • calixteliss

    Although i loved this article, because it presented many truths, i’m also puzzled about those who against the death penalty and pro-abortion. The same question could be asked: when is one life more important than the other?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JAI4SRENU2A5WKRTELXXYJPDSI Kayla

      it’s not pro-abortion.. It’s pro-choice.. These woman out there aren’t all gung-ho and super excited to have an abortion. It’s a difficult decision that a woman makes in her life, and her option to do so shouldn’t be blocked by someone religion. And pertaining to the death penalty let me ask you this…who should have a bigger rights/say a human being or a fetus?

      • dcarter910

        A fetus IS a human being! You were the same human being as a fetus as you are as an adult. FACT: Your DNA has not changed, you are just big and have more knowledge. If God allowed Jesus to be killed in Mary’s womb would we be still praising our Savior that came to die for our sins? The Chicken is not more important than the egg, because without the egg there would be no chicken.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JAI4SRENU2A5WKRTELXXYJPDSI Kayla

          that’s like comparing an apple seed to an apple tree. And throwing religion into the mix doesn’t make your argument more credible. I would scientific evidence on when the fetus becomes a human.

          • Solomon

            Is GOD Not the AUTHOR of science? & U do know science is man’s “Very Limited” knowledge of how GOD did what HE did.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JAI4SRENU2A5WKRTELXXYJPDSI Kayla

              Still doesn’t make your argument more credible. That was my point throwing YOUR religion in to decide whether a woman gets an abortion

              • Solomon

                Well U betta Sho hope The Fact There is A GOD & HE said its murder isn’t credible.

                • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JAI4SRENU2A5WKRTELXXYJPDSI Kayla

                  your religious dogma won’t work on me.

                • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JAI4SRENU2A5WKRTELXXYJPDSI Kayla

                  Religious dogma doesn’t make your argument more credible and won’t work on me.

                  • Solomon

                    I wasn’t trynna dogmatize U w/religion. M-o-f, I don’t fool w/religion @ all. So there’s nothing to work on U. But GOD’s Word is a whole lot more credible than Your “its my body” argument. Again, U Better hope U right.

                    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JAI4SRENU2A5WKRTELXXYJPDSI Kayla

                      not god’s word. Just a book written by a bunch of men. Which have yet to be proven. You haven’t proved nothing except that you have the talent to regurgitate information you were taught as a kid.

                    • Solomon

                      Well You better hope what was said in that book was a lie, & really isnt GOD inspired by man. Hope U open your eyes to tha TRUTH one day, cuz you seem rather Kool. & I’m Out. Take care, oh yeah, I Luv that name. Peace.

                    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Eadg-Mahaffey/1377631763 Jim Eadg Mahaffey

                      Actually it has been proven. When the Israelites followed it, they prospered. When they didn’t follow it, they didn’t prosper. How about this, on a dare, let’s just try it. Whether you believe it or not, let’s just try it and see if it works. If it doesn’t, you have every right to say “I told you so”.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Eadg-Mahaffey/1377631763 Jim Eadg Mahaffey

            I’m pretty sure 100% of all scientist would agree you can’t have an apple tree without an apple seed.

      • Solomon

        That pro-choice argument is stupid for the simple fact its based off the woman’s selfishness, greed, & lusts. So if tha Man says He wants to keep the Baby (A Human) because He don’t believe in MURDER, the woman can veto it that decision because its her choice? GTHOH W/that B$. It took both of Yall to conceive.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JAI4SRENU2A5WKRTELXXYJPDSI Kayla

          It’s her body.SO therefore it’s her choice. And are we really going to go back to the days when men made decisions over the woman’s body?

          • Solomon

            It’s Her body, BUT HIS BABY also. So if Yall selfish, greedy, lustful MURDERERS, ought to @ least consider giving it to the Father. It’s BOTH Yalls choice. If both Yall choose murder, Thass on Yall.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JAI4SRENU2A5WKRTELXXYJPDSI Kayla

              If you try to force a woman to bring an infant to term against her will you are essentially treating her as if you owned her. It’s as if she’s not a human being anymore, but a breeding machine. The issue of owning another person’s body is vastly more important than a man’s desire to raise the child. It’s funny you make all these plans for woman you don’t know, where in the plans are you making to take care of the child you want to see born so badly?

              • tae

                she can close her legs. and dont say what about rape. because in most cases they had sex willfully. the living God is not a religion he is the God of creation. thee eternal God. i do not condemn those who have had abortions but i hope that they would seek forgiveness. because they will be condemn if they dont.

              • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Eadg-Mahaffey/1377631763 Jim Eadg Mahaffey

                How many people out there are looking to adopt because they can’t have children themselves? Your argument on that point is silly.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Eadg-Mahaffey/1377631763 Jim Eadg Mahaffey

            It is NOT her body that is about to die!

      • Guest

        The fetus is being executed with having committed a crime. Even the Bible lays out capital punishment for certain crimes.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Eadg-Mahaffey/1377631763 Jim Eadg Mahaffey

        The fetus is being executed without having committed a crime. Even the Bible lays out capital punishment for certain crimes.

  • CA Pullen

    This is true. Church folks are worse than the world. They do the same foolishness like the world does and the amazing thing to me is these people think that they don’t have to answer to God for it. They act like they are the exception to the rule. When living as a sincerly adn trulychristian, you have to use wisdom everyday and be God like. The world looks at the christian because they suppose to be the bible. Not the book we read and should read. LIke the first scenario, God will make a way, for you to get a job. He will make a way but, YOU have to do something, put in application, have a resume, network. You just can;t sit at home and think God will do it if you don’t do anything.

  • dontdoit

    “Talking out your neck, saying you’re a Christian …”

    This is sooooo very timely and oh so true!!!!!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/MsRedboneBrite Tee Elyse

      OKAY!!! “Who you gone tell when the repercussions spin?!” Lauryn was on point with that!!

  • Rhonda Chambers

    I don’t know any of these “aunt esther” types thankfully. I have my own Faith and i’m not going to force it on somebody else. I’m too busy cleaning up my own soul.

  • sabrina

    LOL at the ones who suddenly become a devout Christian when they’re going through something, but once they move through, their faith goes out the window and they’re back to their usual shenanigans. Witnessed plenty of those.

  • FOSHO

    I try to stay as far as I can from some of the schizo wanna be church folks…

  • http://twitter.com/Normally_Weird driven

    love

  • Aja

    Oh my goodness I know at least 7 people who fit 7 of these descriptions *smh*

  • Kay

    The people who sit back on their behind and don’t do anything and say the lord will provide are the worst. They kill me smh

  • Ms. Blue

    Bravo Madame Noire! This piece was SOOOOOO on point! I love the Lord, but I will be the first one to admit, church folks can be some of the craziest people in the world!

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