Who are the Hypocrites?

The Savior was pretty harsh on the hypocrites…

Luke 11:44: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.

Luke 12:56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?

Mark 7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.


The term “hypocrite” is still one of the ugliest slanders someone can throw at someone in the 21st century. But, it begs the question, who really are the hypocrites today? Someone that stands in front of a gospel doctrine class or sacrament meeting and teaches love your neighbor while harboring feelings of frustration towards their next-door acquaintance: is that person a hypocrite?

Well, that is the focus of our discussion today. Let us know what you think? Leave us a comment below.


Brian Ricks

Brian Ricks is a father of 6 living in Saratoga Springs, Utah. He is the author of a soon-to-be-released book on James E. Talmage, and has a doctorate in theology from Brigham Young University. In his free time he chases deer and eats Oreos.

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