We hear it all the from all sorts of folks, from atheists to those are ‘spiritual’ but not religious, and everywhere in between. there’s a point to be made here and a question to be asked.
Church is a great place for hypocrites to hang out! They might meet Jesus and find a solution for their problem.
First of all, all ‘hypocrites’ aren’t hypocrites. The ‘accusers’ often expect everyone who attends church to already be perfect, instead of regular people with faults and sin in their lives who, in reality, are quite like their accusers, but in a better location to have their faults and sin dealt with.
The ‘accusers’ often realize the above and attack the slick hucksters peddling the gospel from the pulpit or stage, rather than everyone in the pews/theater seats. That might be a wise move concerning the folks in the pews, but still be a rather irrational conclusion regarding ‘spiritual’ snake oil salesmen.
Would E=MC2 be true or false if Albert Einstein had been caught shoplifting?
The fact that there are spiritual snake oil salesmen is not in doubt. Every leader in every false religion certainly qualifies. The hucksters claiming to be ‘Christians’, who sell a ‘false’ gospel for their own gain, whatever that looks like (TBN prosperity teachers or liberal ‘social’ gospel purveyors), in no way prove the genuine product to be false.
In this case, the genuine product is found in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.
“Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures”
Food for thought. . .