Are You A Plaster Saint?

“We are saints made of plaster…”  (by Dustin Kensrue Thrice ~ “All The World Is Mad”, track 1 on Beggars)

A plaster saint is “a person who makes a show of being without moral faults or human weakness, especially in a hypocritical way.” (Source: Oxford Dictionaries)  Immediately, I am reminded of verse after verse in the Gospels, wherein Jesus had some choice words for the expert hypocrites of His day, the Pharisees.  Here are a few, representing each Gospel writer:

27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and pall uncleanness.  28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”  (Matthew 23:27-28)

6 And [Jesus] said to [the Pharisees], “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; 7 in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’  (Mark 7:6-7)

1 “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.  2 Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.  3 Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.”  (Luke 12:1-3)

43 “Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”  (John 8:43-44)

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Are you reading this today and realize that you are a “plaster saint”?  Let these biblical truths set you free:

Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.  (Proverbs 28:13)

8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.  (I John 1:8-10)

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