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What the Bible Says About Hypocrisy and Pretenders. My Experience


Susan loves the Lord. She seeks to walk close to him by studying the word of God. His word holds all the answers to life's questions.

Hiding Behind a Mask

Hiding behind a Mask

Hiding behind a Mask

Hypocrites and Pretenders

People get really tripped up when they come across hypocrites and pretenders. The Bible has much to say about hypocrites who are like wolves dressed in sheep clothing. Here are just a few Bible references to ignite your thinking:

A Hypocrite Deceives Himself: James 1:22 "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves."

A Hypocrites Life Uncovers the Lie: Titus 1:16 "They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work."

A Hypocrite says one thing but their heart is cold: Matthew 15: 7-9 "You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”

As a new believer I was not prepared for the hypocrites and 'false' believers I would run into. In fact I almost lost my Faith when I saw it on my Christian College Campus. In my head I was thinking, "If this is what Christianity is, I want NO part of it!" That was before God gave me a special message which I still have written in my first Bible. The message: Keep your eyes off of people and keep them on me. People will fail you but I will never fail you. God assured me I would be okay if I kept my eyes on Him and off of people.

To set the stage, in sharing my own experience with hypocrisy and pretenders, I'd like to take you back first to the beginning days of my walk with Christ.

Jesus Loves Me

Jesus Loves Me

Jesus Loves Me

I grew up in a home where no mention of God or Jesus was ever made except as a swear word. We never went to Church and never knew people who did. I had heard the song, Jesus Loves me but had no clue who He was or what that meant.

As a child I struggled with a feeling of being lost. As a young teen a desperation set in as I wondered, "What am I here for and what is my purpose in life?" At age fourteen I prayed ... hoping there was a God. I asked if God were real He would reveal Himself to me. I had no clue how to find him.

In answer to that prayer, God took me through a year and opened my eyes to the depravity of man and the purposelessness of life apart from Him. After that grueling year, my best friend's Dad, Mr. Haworth, shared a story that my heart yearned to hear. He opened the Bible and spoke God's very words to me. As I listened, It was as if a bright light was turned on. I had been living my young years in darkness but that night - God's word gave me light and life. I learned the true meaning of that child's song called Jesus Loves ME!

Dad Hayworth led me to understand that God not only created me but that He loved me desperately and desired an intimate relationship with me. Through God's word I learned that He wanted me to be his child. It was sin that stood in the way between me and my Creator.

Dad Haworth explained many truths that night and with each one the eyes of my spiritual understanding were opened. Great JOY flooded my soul and His love washed all over me. One of the verses Dad read to me that night was: "Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by me." John 14:6.

Through this verse, I understood that God's provision for me to know Him intimately and personally was in Jesus. God sacrificed His one and only son to pay the price for my sin. Why, because it was the ONLY way to redeem me from eternal separation from Him. This love was higher than any I had ever known. I eagerly accepted God's precious gift of salvation through Christ Jesus my Lord.

Though I was just a teenager I was filled with the deepest desire to really know God. I hungrily studied the Bible every day because I longed to learn more about who He was and what I needed to do to please Him and live my life for Him.

It was hard for me, in those days, reading the King James Version in Old style English... But as I searched the scripture and begged God to reveal Himself to me, He always gave me some nugget of truth to delight in and grow as His child.

It's so much easier for people today. There are many trusted translations written for our generation. The ESV; English Stand Version or the NIV; New International Version are two dependable translations. The Bible is God-breathed, it is his very word. You can get to know His will and his plan for the world and for you personally as you study it.

The God who created you loves you, pursues you and longs to give you eternal and abundant life.

Sharing My Faith

Sharing My Faith

Faith in Christ

The first person I shared my Faith in Christ with was my Mother. I was so excited to tell her about my decision to follow Jesus, that it just tumbled out of my mouth. I was shocked by my Mother's response. My typically easy going mom looked at me with dagger's in her eyes saying, "Don't you ever talk to me about this again, do you understand me!" I was shocked and confused by her response. I had always been able to talk about anything with my mom .. what was this reaction all about. I just wanted to tell her is that Jesus loves me and the He loved her too.

Years later and after my family had thoroughly scrutinized my every move, they decided that they liked the new me. As I drew near to God, He began to change me from within.

A couple of changes I remember from those days long ago was how He took my selfishness and taught me to think of others first, he took my big mouth and he taught me to ask forgiveness when I shot it off in anger. Yes, my family was watching and trying to figure out if this was a phase or if it was for real.

I learned later that my mom had been a victim to what I would call a Pretender .. either that or a crazy woman.

Mom explained that when she first heard me talk about God and Jesus she pictured an experience she had when she was a young woman.

One day as my mom was enjoying the warm sand at the beach she heard a loud announcement coming from a lady in a rowboat. This lady was screaming through a megaphone, "Repent you Sinners or you're going to Hell."

She kept screaming out the same message as she rowed up and down the lake. This weird happening was very disturbing to my mother and rightly so.

It was an ah-ha moment for me ... no wonder my poor mother responded as she did. She equated my Faith in Christ to the crazy pretender of the Faith on the lake. Of course, she did not want me to be like the megaphone lady in the rowboat.

One day my brother, who had teased and taunted me ... calling me little Miss Christian and Holy Roller etc., came to me and said, "okay Susie, I know I've given you a hard time .. but now I want to know why .. why have you chosen this life?" I was so happy that my brother let me tell him why I chose God .. I poured it all out sharing the love I have for God and for him.

The change I experienced, after asking Jesus to be my Lord and Savior, was dramatic and life-changing. All who knew me were witness to the fact that once I was just a regular teen-aged girl but now I was a dynamic, loving young woman who lived life out of a great love for God.


My Church

My Church

My First Church

After accepting God's gift of forgiveness and salvation I started going to an authentic Church filled with God's presence and people who lived out their faith.

I was15 years old, at the time and these people showed me Jesus love as they took me under their wing.

I had trouble, as a new believer understanding the Bible messages ... I felt they were way over my head. Lofty words and Bible reading from the King James text seemed from another time and place. In my struggle to understand God's word I did what came very natural to me now ... I talked to God about it. and He helped me grab nuggets of truth here and there.

I began to hunger for more. I asked Him what I was supposed to do next. I had taken the first step in my walk with God. I accepted Jesus sacrifice for my sins, I knew I was part of a new family (not born of flesh and blood but of the spirit) but I wanted more... "Lord, there must be more."

In answer to my prayer, God sent a young man to our Church to head up the youth group. Jake was a guy whose soul was caught up in the Love of God. He was genuine - he was the real deal! I saw Jesus love and passion being lived out in Jake. He had a pure love and holiness about him.

One discipline Jake instilled in me was Bible memorization. I was young and my memory was sharp. Jake knew what he was doing when he challenged the youth group to memorize scripture. He encouraged us to plant the seeds of God's word in our hearts. Jake knew that God's word would keep us from sin and the Holy Spirit would use it our whole lifetime to direct and lead us.

During my senior year of high school, God spoke to me and let me know he wanted me to get prepared to serve Him with the rest of my life. When I first heard his voice .. not literal but an inward drawing ... I was praying. I told God that I was ignorant of Christianity and the ways of God ... being a new Christian and all. Right then God spoke to me very softly but distinctly...He said, "I want you to go to the Bible College."

I had NO such plans before He spoke to me ... in fact, I planned to marry my high school sweetheart right after we graduated.

Hypocricy and Pretenders at Bible College

You cannot imagine the excitement and anticipation that filled my heart as I walked onto this College Campus. I could barely wait to meet other believers who loved God just like I did. I had envisioned Bible College as one big family growing in their walk with God.

It wasn't long before I realized that most of the students on campus were no different than the kids I went to high school with. There was nothing in their lives to indicate they knew Jesus in a personal way.

I began to pick up pieces of gossip and caddy attitudes. So many were just going through the motions and living a life of hypocrisy.... claiming to know Jesus yet living a life with no evidence of love or godliness.

I sat in classes with students and listened to their intellectual questions only to leave class and hear their godless conversations. I think what bothered me most was the absence of any discussion about God or the Christian walk.

Perhaps coming from a home without God made the contrast between a genuine believer and a pretender very clear to me. My life before Christ was so meaningless, self-centered and self-serving. Learning about God's plan for my life gave me a fresh perspective and it changed my life drastically.

The majority of kids on campus were not changed .. to say that I was disappointed would be a huge understatement. I almost lost my faith due to my focus on these pretenders and hypocrites.

I remember clearly the day I sat in the cafeteria on campus thinking ... if this is what Christianity is ... I want NOTHING to do with it." I was angry and outraged by all the hypocrisy swirling around me.

In that very moment, God's still small voice spoke to my heart. In fact, I wrote the words in my Bible because I knew it was a defining moment in my life. God said to me ... "Susie, people will fail you - I will NEVER fail you... Get your eyes off people and put them on me and you will never be disappointed." I breathed a sigh of relief as I prayed, "I got it Lord and thank you!"

Understanding that God wanted me to learn from Him and to keep my eyes off the pretenders and hypocrites was crucial to my deepening walk with Jesus.

I could have become bitter and resentful of hypocrites. I could have set myself on a pedestal as I looked down on the pretenders ... but then I too would be a hypocrite and a holier than thou ... good for nothing.

No, the hypocrite and the pretender were God's problem - not mine. I just needed to focus on Him.

After accepting God's word to me that day ... I began to find the genuine authentic believers on campus. They were there all the time ... but I allowed the hypocrites and pretenders to get in the way of finding them.

Hiding behind a Mask

Hiding behind a Mask

Hypocrites in the Church

Those of you who read my hubs know that I have been a Pastor's wife for most of my life. The fact that God spoke to me about pretenders and hypocrites was crucial and foundational, which I needed in place to be effective in the ministry.

Early on I understood there would always be hypocrites and pretenders in the world. It's a fact. They came to Church too. The devil uses pretenders and hypocrites to deter people from the truth. They are very well known for giving Christianity a BAD name.

Most often Pretenders are fooling themselves too. They go to Church thinking it will cover them as some kind of good deed. They mask their real person while in Church .. then live like the devil during the week.

In my years as a Pastor's wife, I have seen some of these hypocrites and pretenders brought to their knees in repentance. Although hypocrites deter people from God, my thought is, what better place for a hypocrite to be than in the Church?

I know that might sound strange, but If they attend an authentic Bible-believing church with sound teaching, and if they meet people who are genuine in their walk and talk ... then hypocrites and pretenders get a front row seat as they witness the real thing - God at work in His people. When the hypocrite and pretender come to Church ... God has the opportunity to speak their hearts and to put his searchlight on their darkened souls. They can change too.


Pray for Hypocrites and Pretenders

Yes, hypocrites and pretenders are everywhere in our world. Though we wish they would keep their mouths shut and stop hurting the cause of Christ ... they will not.

They need Him desperately but are blinded by religiosity. God loves everyone. He died for the hypocrite and the pretender too. They need our prayers and our compassion. They need to get to the place that they remove their mask so He can get to their hearts.

May God help each of us to keep our eyes fixed on Him and Him alone. People all around us will fail us. We are sinners, saved by grace, but Jesus never fails! Don't get sidetracked by hypocrites and pretenders .. pray for them ... Jesus died for them just like He died for you.

What Do You Think?

© 2010 Susan Ream


Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on September 30, 2019:

RT thank you for stopping by for a read and a word of encouragement. I agree, learning what God says about hypocrisy is a turning point from man to God. God Bless You!

RTalloni on September 27, 2019:

Thank you for sharing your experience with the Lord regarding the concept of hypocrisy. What a blessing to read of how God brought you to Himself.

It is easy to use the excuse of hypocrites in churches to not find an authentic church and meet with other believers on a regular basis for corporate worship and study. Learning God's Word and prayerfully getting His help to understand what He says about pretenders really is a turning point in our early growth as believers.

I have a somewhat similar story to yours, but someone at some time prayed for the transforming grace of God to take hold of my heart and mind. That knowledge often causes me to think of how it is my duty to pray for others who need the gift of life God gives in Jesus the Christ. Learning to examine our own hearts first and then pray for those who claim the Lord's name but live as if they do not know Him is crucial to our own spiritual well-being.

Thank you again, and may the Lord continue to bless your efforts to reach out to others with the good news of life eternal, John 10:10.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on September 27, 2019:

William, ahh, how true it is! We each must seek to give Him control of our hearts. But in our humanness, we all fall short. Thank God for a Savior who cleanses and forgives. Thanks for your insightful comment!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on September 25, 2019:

Thank you, Dennis, for your encouragement! God Bless you!

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on September 25, 2019:

Great article, Susan! Yes, they are everywhere, and I suppose we all have a bit of hypocrisy in us to some degree. Thanks for taking on this topic.

Dennis Morehead from Mount Vernon on June 11, 2019:

May God bless you for taking a stand for Jesus and for righteousness' sake.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on September 04, 2018:

Thank you for your encouraging words, Travis. People get tripped up all the time by hypocrites and pretenders. Fact is, Jesus died for them too.

Travis Helmboldt from Tennessee on September 03, 2018:

I love this article! God will truly bless you for speaking and spreading the truth of His word. Thank you for publishing such an amazing article!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on January 20, 2016:

Good point KissandTales, the Church is not the beginning of hypocrisy. Appreciate the verses you share as they warn of the wiles of the enemy and of the last days too. As far as what one can do to continue their relationship with Jesus - that's another hub for another writing - maybe you should write that one. ;) Thank you for dropping by with such a detailed and thoughtful comment. God Bless you!


Kiss andTales on January 18, 2016:

Interesting hub, and I appreciate in all honesty your creating this hub of truth,

But the church is not the beginning of hypocrisy, notice who is the original and Father of the lie.

Joh 8:44 You are from your father the Devil, and you wish to do the desires of your father. That one was a murderer when he began, and he did not stand fast in the truth, because truth is not in him. When he speaks the lie, he speaks according to his own disposition, because he is a liar and the father of the lie.

Satan , an fallen Angelic Angel turn rebel against his Father and God.

Because he wants acts of worship.

Notice what he does to get it,

Re 12:9 So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him.

He tried to get Jesus to worship him but Jesus said,

Lu 4:7 If you, therefore, do an act of worship before me, it will all be yours.”

Did Jesus take his offer ?

Notice !

Joh 16:33 I have said these things to you so that by means of me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but take courage! I have conquered the world.”

Joh 14:30 I will not speak with you much more, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has no hold on me.

Joh 12:31 Now there is a judging of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.

Satan throne out of the heavens tells us something, heaven is clean from his influence, while the earth is misleading as the scriptures point out. TRUE.

So your hub speaks truth of the hypocrisy

That originate with satan and his human followers.

We should not be surprised, but we need to remain as Jesus and his example ,

Notice what he say's

Re 2:10 Do not be afraid of the things you are about to suffer. Look! The Devil will keep on throwing some of you into prison so that you may be fully put to the test, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Prove yourself faithful even to death, and I will give you the crown of life.

Jas 1:12 Happy is the man who keeps on enduring trial, because on becoming approved he will receive the crown of life, which Jehovah promised to those who continue loving Him.

You see you figured out the hard part to continue loving your God even though you are surrounded by hypocrisy, Jesus was but he conquered.

You still have something missing you can do to continue your relationship.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 05, 2015:

Hannah, thank you for visiting my hub and leaving a thoughtful comment. Hypocrites and pretenders will always infiltrate the Church.

May we pray for God's Spirit to speak and reach those that are covered in a cloak of religiosity and blinded behind a mask of protection.

Appreciate your thoughts and for reminding us that love is the evidence of an authentic life filled with Jesus and forgiveness comes from the heart of a child who has been forgiven.

Many Blessings!

Hannah David Cini from Nottingham on March 01, 2015:

Wow, an great testimony and great spot light on a huge issue in the church. It is sad but some of the most hateful and judgemental people can be found in the church operating in Christ's name. Real Christianity is about love and forgivness and it is sad when this gets missed.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on September 26, 2014:

LaShon, Would love to know the lyrics of your song. It really IS amazing how God uses people to lift up the discouraged and downtrodden and then turn the focus on our God who is Holy, Righteous, Pure, Constant, dies not fail, etc. etc.

Thank you for taking the time to comment and thank you for sharing your heart. If you want to leave your song lyrics here in the comment section, I will welcome it. Who knows that it won't touch someones heart.

God Bless you!


LaShon on September 25, 2014:


Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on April 28, 2013:

Jennifer, thank you for stopping by for a read .. I'm glad it was insightful for you. I love your transparency and honesty - Jesus did die for all.

If we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus ... He shines His love through us. No greater JOY than to touch peoples lives with the one who loves them most.


lab143 on April 27, 2013:

This is so helpful Mekenzie and a great read. I needed to hear that, because so often I can be self-righteous towards hypocrites myself and forget that Jesus came for them too. Yes, I need to keep my eyes off of them and keep my eyes on Jesus, for He is the only One who can change their hearts. Love-Jennifer

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on April 09, 2013:

Hey Rayne, Thanks for reading and I'm glad you like the analogy about pretenders wearing masks .. it happens but it shouldn't be.

God Bless You!


Rayne123 on April 09, 2013:

Great hub. I love the way I read that hypocrites and pretenders wear masks, you said that so right.

Great hub



Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on April 29, 2012:

lambservant, yes it was very upsetting to have my Mom respond to me with such anger. I was so excited to tell my family the BEST news I had ever shared ... I was blindsided by their response. The tears rolled down my face in disappointment and confusion. It did not change the peace and surety I had found in Christ ... and with time came understanding.

I like your synonym for a hypocrite as being an actor - it fits with the mask and the pretender. May God continue His pursuit of their hearts and remove the veil that keeps them from seeing Him in all of His glory and holiness.

Thanks for the visit and encouraging comment.

God Bless You!


Lori Colbo from United States on April 28, 2012:

Thank you for sharing your testimony. I did a piece on What is a hypocrite? I learned in my study that hypocrite is a simply means an actor. That is exactly what they are. Pretenders is a good word as well. Thank you for the reminder to pray for these people. Your mom's reaction to your new found faith must have been so disconcerting. Glad your family finally came around. Blessing.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on April 19, 2012:

Audrey, what a lovely testimony bearing witness of the Holy Spirit at work in you. It is the Holy Spirit's job to convict us when we stray from viewing people as Jesus does. He gave his life for all of us .. not willing that any should perish. We were ALL lost before we heard and received the good news of Jesus free gift of salvation.

We, who know Him are sinners saved by grace .. not better than anyone else .. it is His grace that saved us. God's heart of love goes after the lost as should ours. Jesus left the 99 to go after the one.

May God continue to lead you as we are called to be personal representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank you for your testimony and candor.


AudreyCB from Colorado Springs on April 19, 2012:


Your Hub very correctly describes the attitude we should have towards those bearing no fruit. When I first came to Christ, I knew a man that I worked with who did not learn the crucial point: Focus on Christ. He looked down on the unsaved. I found myself doing the same and God caught me quickly. I cried. Before Christ, I was just like the unsaved. I was just as filthy, just as lost. I couldn't believe that I had begun to think I was somehow better than they were.

It was a startling revelation, but one that was very much needed. I often think back to that day when I find myself gossiping or not speaking in a way that edifies those around me. My focus should never cease to be Christ. I should choose to represent Him at all times, no matter what the cost. Thanks for sharing your testimony.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on August 12, 2011:

Thank you Nova Sky .. Welcome to the Hubs. I look forward to reading more of your hubs. :)

Nova Sky on August 12, 2011:

Great hub! Nuf said. =)

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on December 09, 2010:

Thanks so much for your comment and for stopping by for a read.



Jacob from Delhi, India on December 09, 2010:

Interesting and thought provoking hub.


Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on October 28, 2010:

Jason, hello and welcome! Thank you for stopping by and leaving your thoughtful comment. I'm heading over to learn a bit more about YOU!

God Bless!


Jason R. Manning from Sacramento, California on October 26, 2010:

Hello Mekenzie,

This truly is a great hub, I believe it is the first of yours I have read. I am so happy that you “heard” the still small voice of God telling you not to be like Jonah, waiting for the wrath of God to strike your peers. We forget that there are deep struggles within the depth of ourselves, being a Christian everyday in this life isn’t a walk in darkness such as the blind, but a real tight rope. I look forward to reading more of your articles.

God Bless

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on August 27, 2010:

Pratonix, Thanks for the rate up



Pratonix from Asia on August 26, 2010:

Nobody has rated this so far. But I am rating it: Awesome.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on April 13, 2010:

lefs, thank you for your kind words. God is surely at work as a potter with the clay. May God Bless you this Fine Day! :0)


David Walli from Northern Minnesota on April 13, 2010:

Thanks for your testimony. It is encouraging to read how God has worked and is working in your lives. Thanks for a great hub.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on April 12, 2010:

Janny, what a wonderful encouragement. If my writing touched your heart I am humbled and grateful! Please to write your experience... I'll come read it. Blessings dear one!


JannyC on April 12, 2010:

This hub touched my heart. I can so relate to some of this. Now you have motivated me to maybe write my experiences.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on April 05, 2010:

MFB, Sadly, You were in a Church full of Pretenders. The world is full of pretenders .. but God always has his remnant. When a Church (building) is filled with true believers God fills it and is so present ... you breathe Him in the air. Jesus' love is marked on the faces and in the posture of the believers you meet. This true Church opens its arms to all who enter .. never, never to judge by the color of skin or the length of hair... "Man looks at the outward appearance BUT God looks at the heart." It is the heart that defines the person.

I absolutely love the poem you have so gifted and graced my hub with here. Lovely and picturesque with a revelation of raw emotions.

I am smiling with the delight your words conjured up inside. "We found communion in an offering of worms sacrificed on the question mark of two fishing hooks, baptized in the pale green depths" Oh the sheer thrill of words fitly spoken .. you paint pictures for the minds eye.

Thanks for stopping. Your writing inspires me to work harder and be a better communicator. I am blessed to know you.

Blessings! Mekenzie

Matthew Frederick Blowers III from United States on April 04, 2010:

And In the last days there will be many churches who claim to profess God, and love God and to God they will be lukewarm and he will spit them out. We are surrounded lately by christian wannabes who claim God as their divine leader and then do horrendous things in his name. They bad mouth health care for the needy when Jesus gave it away for free, was Jesus a socialist, why then is Obama when he seeks to give the needy free health care. Money is the root of all evil and too many people claiming to love God, make money their God instead. There are hundreds of examples of such hypocrisy, but I will leave you with a poem I wrote years ago about hypocties and how to find Faith without them. It is a true story poem from my life~

True Faith

Can Be Found Anywhere

We stood in the

foyer of that

southern church,

me with shoulder length hair, and my friend

in a shade of skin

a bit too dark

for the comfort

of those inside.

The deacon at

the door politely suggested we go


because a coat and tie were necessary

to attend the services.

We both got Sunday schooled that day,

in a lesson of self righteousness.

We gazed in briefly spotting a sea of

crew-cuts and pale flesh.

Several faces

turned to stare

at us with distaste,

and so we left that

so-called house of God.

We both chose

to worship him instead

in the sunny day

around us,

with a choir of birds above, at a lovely glade with a pond,

sharing a sanctuary for our crushed spirits,

where all were

welcomed to partake in

a glorious ritual.

We found communion

in an offering

of worms sacrificed

on the question mark

of two fishing hooks,

baptized in the

pale green depths,

where we captured

some of God's

bountiful abundance


We took home several rather large

wide-mouth bass

that were,

not quite as wide

as the gaping mouths

of those hypocrites

at the local church.

We paid lip service

to God's greatness, praising the delicious wonder of his breaded

and deep fried gifts

from above

with much appetite uncensored.


Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 30, 2010:

Michael, nice to have you visit another hub. Blessings!

Michael Shane from Gadsden, Alabama on March 30, 2010:

Great topic & hub!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 12, 2010:

DeBorrah, I sure do keep my eyes on the Lord, ever since He revealed this truth to me .. isn't it wonderful how He spoke to my heart .. knowing how young and vulnerable I was .. He knew my need and spoke into my life. I am honored by your visit. Thank you for your wise words. Blessings

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans on March 12, 2010:

Mckennzie, Terrific! Great hub! "Understanding that God wanted me to learn from Him and to keep my eyes off of those who were pretenders and hypocrites was crucial to my deepening walk with Jesus. I could have become bitter and resentful of hypocrites. I could have set myself on a pedestal as I looked down on the pretenders... but then I too would be a hypocrite and a holier than thou ... good for nothing. No, the hypocrite and the pretender were God's problem - not mine. I just needed to focus on Him." AMen! "Keep your eyes on the Lord! He will never lead you astray! Listen for "His still quiet voice..."

It is not by works we are saved it is by His GRACE! Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 10, 2010:

ahhh drpastorcarlotta, we have a common history .. we came to know Christ before our mothers. Actually, I was the first in my family. I led my sister to Christ soon afterwards and read her the Bible, prayed with her and took her to Church with me. Then my Dad accepted Christ - then my mom. My brother .. I'm not sure of .. he's asking lots of questions.. I love him so much and I know God is in pursuit of him. Thanks for your kind and encouraging words they mean alot to me. Love you too dear sister!

Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC on March 10, 2010:

WOW! I know that tripped you out when your mom first reaction to you was pretty odd!!! I love your title, "Are You Real" I remember when I told my mom I was a born again Christian, she said nothing and a couple of months later, she said: "You really are a Christian, your not going back are you?" My mom is with the Lord now, and them words stay in my heart eternally. I love this Hub and you TOO!!! Blessings!!!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 09, 2010:

Brother Dave, oh I have no doubt that it was satan trying to take my eyes off of the truth. He roams about seeking whom he may devour. God interceded for this new, young, fresh believer when he spoke that message right to my heart. How I praise Him for that. Thanks for stopping by and for your insightful comment. Blessings!

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on March 09, 2010:

Mekenzie the most important lesson anyone can learn after learning about God is that satan is the #1 very best liar and deceiver that walks this poor earth, and his only pleasure in life is to try to corrupt a Christian's thinking to turn him or her away fromn God's truth and love.


Brother Dave.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 08, 2010:

djbraman, how nice to meet you dear lady. Thank you for your wise words. I believe that when a Church goes to it's knees in true repentance and seeks God in prayer that the Holy Spirit comes down to cleanse and purify the Church. That's when the Church experiences God at work in their midst.

I will get over to read your hub soon. It's very late here .. couldn't sleep and was happy to find your comment. Blessings!

djbraman on March 08, 2010:

This was a wonderful, honest, from the heart testimony. We have lost the real meaning of walking righteous and have allowed the gods of this world into the church, and many see this as the norm. When we get ministers back behind the pulpit to preach repentance for what we allowed in the body of Christ we will come back to our first love. I think you would like my hub on 'When Your Heart Is Overwhelmed'. You certainly have me as a follower! God bless you my Sister in Christ!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 08, 2010:

Hi-Jinks, you have one interesting perspective ... lol I read your profile and see you've had quite alot of accomplishments in your lifetime. Good for YOU! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments!

Hi-Jinks from Wisconsin on March 08, 2010:

Why worry about hypocrisy and pretenders, or even the church?

You won't change any of it.

Just worry what you do. Life is too short.

And by the way, God will take care of itself.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 07, 2010:

Micky Dee, you and Dusty are kindred hearts aren't you. I love you both! Your hearts are good and pure .. even if you are rough around the edges - that's what I love about you both - authentic is what I'd say.

Micky Dee on March 07, 2010:

Now you see- Dusty came over here and said every word I wanted to say! He's always doing that- saying stuff I wish I had said! His beard's too long. He's too tall. And-I heard he was only like 49 calibers anyway! Dagnab it!

Thanks Mekenzie- great hub!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 06, 2010:

Onusonus, very nice to meet you! :0) That was an important truth implanted by your Father. A Father's words typically make a strong impression throughout our lifetime. I'm sure it has gotten you through some rough times throughout the years.

The Church is filled with people ... people sin so where there are people eruptions will take place ... from time to time. Learning to work through the hard places is part of Growing In Jesus. Thanks for Stopping by and leaving your comments. Blessings

Onusonus on March 06, 2010:

That was A very good lesson. My Father once told me; "never let anybody make you feel like you don't belong in Church, because that's where you belong."

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 06, 2010:

Sweet creativeone, I'm so glad you came to know God while you were so young. He is SO good - and we are so blessed! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts. Blessings

Benny Faye Ashton Douglass from Gold Canyon, Arizona on March 06, 2010:

Thank you Mekenzie, for a very powerful hub, I enjoyed it. I found God when I was 12 years old,I lived in a household that lived and talked about God. He was for real in my life then and he's for real in my life now. Thank you for such a touching hub. Godspeed. creativeone59

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 05, 2010:

Thanks for stopping by Ken!

Ken R. Abell from ON THE ROAD on March 05, 2010:

Thank you for sharing this portion of your testimony. Very enlightening & informative. Be encouraged in all your ministry efforts.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 05, 2010:

Hi Pamela, I am so glad that God made His presence known and your whole life changed .. we have that in common. You are such a sweet lady .. I'm glad you pray rather than gossip. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts. Bless YOU!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 05, 2010:

Mekenzie, that was a terrific well told story of your salvation and your experience since. I had a bad experience with a preacher when I was 18 and it kept me our of churches for years. Then, when I needed God the most He made His presence known in my life that was undeniable. My whole life changed, or lets say God changed me. Life has never been the same. I don't worry much about people in church. I don't gossip but try to pray for situations that I know aren't good or for people who need prayer for health, etc. I very much enjoyed your hbu.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 05, 2010:

Dusty, do you know how much I've come to love your rude and crude persona? I have a son very much like you. I have written about him throughout my hubs .. Not my Will and coping with a defiant teen. He broke my heart literally when he too left the fold to sow his wild oats. But he has come back as a passionate man after the way and will of God. He's still rough around the edges and can be crude .. but my love for him is deeper than the ocean.. He is such a precious man!

I am sorry you have never found a Church where authenticity and true bible teaching are in place. It saddens me to hear this as we have given our lives in ministry. I am hearing this story over and over on the hubs.

As I have said before .. A Church needs to be a SAFE place above all else where everyone is loved on and welcomed and accepted just as they are ... warts and all! It needs to be, as Revlady says, a hospital for the sin sick souls...

Your father would be proud of your heart Dusty. I see the Love of God in YOU ... it shines out from these pages.

I am so glad that we have met here on the hubs .. I think we should form a hub congregation. lol Wouldn't it be awesome?

God bless you dear man ... I appreciate who you are .. just as you are .. there is no one like you .. you are special! Blessings!

Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me... I once was lost, but now I'm found, was blind but now I see.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 05, 2010:

Unchained Grace, dear man of God ... you got it! May our hands minister as Jesus hands, Our feet go where Jesus leads us, our hearts love the hurting, lost, homeless, needy souls He came to give His life for. God bless you Brother! Your life is an example to many here on the hubs and I am honored to call you friend and brother!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 05, 2010:

eng_naby, here you are again with your gentle and kind words. Thank you kind sir for your encouragment. It is to God I give praise. I am who I am because of His grace. Blessings!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 05, 2010:

Hello Coffeesnob, the type of mask you speak of is not the type my hub is really addressing. I know what you mean about people being afraid to be real. A Church must be above all things a SAFE place where people can be who they are ... where they're at .. in their journey. It boggles my mind too. Why go to Church if you can't be authentic and have God lead you one step at a time. They will know you are Christians by your LOVE. That's the key ... not perfection .. not keeping a list of rules etc. etc. Jn. 13:34 "Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another."

50 Caliber from Arizona on March 05, 2010:

Mekenzie, You've put together a heartfelt hub. It just rolls off the words you have placed on the page. I am sometimes, rude, and crude and can't quote scripture except for a few by verse and word. Some might consider me hypocritical but I'd just laugh. I am what I am and don't pretend to be more. I would be surprised if anyone who knew me would be surprised to hear me use a vulgarity from time to time, or speak of doing something like burning a bit of marijuana. You won't find me at 12:30 on a Sunday standing in line to pay for the case of beer to carry home and peel off a suite and tie and go to the telly to waste my time getting buzzed and yelling after some football game in a manner that would shock the folks I just left at the church house. I'm pretty straight forward and if asked I'll tell on my self, why would I care for humans knowing what can't be hidden from Jesus? I'm able to help folks move in the right direction, I'm just not a saint and hope no one ever mistakes me for one. I'm just a sinner trying to do better one day at a time and it seems to me that this narrow path is a lifelong journey and the sooner we begin traveling it the better, I figure one has more time to err and pray as they learn the ropes. Here on Hub Pages exist some really good people that counting you as one, that we might be able to rally a congregation of straight shooters. I have lost my tolerance for "churchianity" a word I give credit to "Aquasilver" here on the hubs as that is where I first heard it and I like it. It's a word that to me, rolls the hypocrites up neatly in a 12 letter word. I have attempted to find a church, a bible teaching church, that teaches the Bible nothing more and nothing less, but it seems that I get slapped in the face with religion and hypocrisy sooner or later. I've tested the waters of every make and model sans the Catholic church and I ruled it out at it's face value of having an internal military type rank system of more than a Shepard and deacons or elders if you will. I don't begrudge them of their system as God gave freewill to one and all and so do I. I just don't have to partake in it. Years ago I was Baptized in the water, just one time and it is all that I need as that was between the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost and me. Since I have attended churches who tell me that commitment was not good enough and in order to be any part of the body of believers inside that building I must be Baptized into it. Right there this buzzer goes off with a big flashing red X in my mind and I disappear never to be seen again.

My fathers father was a Pentecostal preacher in the south in what is known as the bible belt. Never met the man as he died during the depression era. My dad was a Christian, he walked it, talked it and lived it. I reflect back on my upbringing and he did all he could do to make sure I knew the way to go. As I left it to wander about sinning in every sense of the word, I broke every commandment at least one time during the years I walked apart, and when the time came I knew where to return to. I have to give credit where credit is due, my dad is responsible for me having hope where most reaching the lows I reached would have had to have Gods cavalry ride in and rescue them, where I just had to focus and pray.

I find the works of God amazing and I absolutely love the song "Amazing Grace". The story or testament of you and how you came to be where you are is quite amazing when you stop and think about it, and no one can take that away from you. I appreciate you sharing it, as it gives all of us willing participants another miracle to ponder.

Aren't you glad that "Ecclesiastes 1" wasn't the first part of the Bible that you began your reading with?

Much love and respect, Dusty

Unchained Grace from Baltimore, MD on March 04, 2010:

Just put it in God's hands and move on. In the meantime, let's not be that woman in the lake in the eyes of those who look to us to "Be the message."

eng_naby from cairo egypt on March 04, 2010:


coffeesnob on March 04, 2010:


It is certainly vital to keep our eyes on Christ. I work with many who are so afraid to take their masks off for fear of rejection from other Christians, who also wear masks - it just boggles my mind. anyway great hub dear

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 04, 2010:

Ann, Hi friend! Yes actor is a GREAT word. The problem is that people see right through these hypocritical actors and it harms the name of Christ. Though satan deceives and uses the actors of religiosity - God still has the upper hand and those who seek truth will find it! Thanks for your wise comment! Blessings

Ann Nonymous from Virginia on March 04, 2010:

What a great, great hub, Mekenzie and something that is so needed! Just the other week at church my pastor said that the greek word for Hypocrite is actor. Not to say anything against the profession of acting, but when hypocrisy becomes such an issue as you describe it than I see that actor is the right word!

Excellent hub!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 04, 2010:

frogyfish, so nice to see you again. I'm so glad you felt this hub to be a refresher. Thanks for stopping by and God Bless you friend!

frogyfish from Central United States of America on March 04, 2010:

A truth so clearly expounded here - and we will always have those pretenders and hypocrites. But you said it right when you spoke 'to not get sidetracked' and 'to keep our eyes on HIM'. Thanks for the needed refresher!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 04, 2010:

Rev. Lady, you do understand don't you. I love what you said here: "It is God's spiritual hospital with the balm to heal the sin-sick soul." I think that is what the Church should be - and a place to refuel and re-energize as well. The Church must be a SAFE place where all are welcomed and loved ... no matter the baggage. That's how Jesus loves us ... Just as we are. Thanks for stopping by.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 04, 2010:

Oh Quill, thank you! I'm glad you could read my passion - I so wanted to be able to communicate that. Thank you for your encouragement and for being proud of me. :0) I value you dear brother! Blessings

RevLady from Lantana, Florida on March 04, 2010:

An excellent hub Mackenzie filled with the truth even though it is unfortunate that hypocrisy is so in-saturated in our churches play key roles in giving Christianity a BAD name."

I agree that the church is the place for hypocrites and pretenders and all sinners, including sinners saved by His grace. It is God's spiritual hospital with the balm to heal the sin-sick soul.

Thank you for the inspiration.

Forever His,

"Quill" on March 04, 2010:

Great Hub Mackenzie as always I love to read what you are passionate about and here again I see the passion you have to serve the King and not man or self. You are a true warrior and a warrior that stands firm on morals and values found in The Word.

As I read I can only hear His words that tell us plainly and simply "Let your yes be your yes and your no be your no". What is said and done in the darkness will always be brought to light for all to see.

God Bless you and proud to call you Sister...

Many Hugs

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