Yes. Those who judge the sins of others, while maintaining problems with their own moral behavior, are hypocrites.
By this definition, every person on the planet is a hypocrite. There is not one of us who is capable of perfection in all of our actions and words. This is what the word “sinner” means. One who has fallen short, the goal of perfection. Does this mean that no person should ever speak against the wrongful actions of another? No of course not. If this were true, a judge sitting before an accused, jury, and the attending witnesses for the trial, could not judge a person of any wrongful action. For all judges, are also themselves—sinners.
All human beings have the right to judge the actions of another, if those actions are in conflict with the law or the moral code of human society. The problem today is that morality has become clouded by situational ethics. People judge whether something or someone is right or wrong, based upon their own definition of morality or personal situation—rather than an absolute moral code that comes from God. Let us be honest; anytime we leave it to mankind to make the rules for moral behavior, these laws will always be dictated by feelings, rather than righteousness. When God institutes His law, He does so out of perfect righteousness.
The founders of the United States recognized that man is a fallen being, and therefore incapable of governing himself, apart from the laws of God. Left to his own devices, man will destroy himself and others.
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports…. And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.” – George Washington
When a person views the wrongful actions of another and makes a statement that the words or deeds of this person are in direct conflict with what God said is right, they are correct. The laws of men did not originate with men. It is God—the only righteous judge, who is responsible for instituting the law. Every law of human life, which is held and enforced by the courts of justice—all over the world, originated with the basic ten commandments that God gave Moses on Mount Sinai.
“The doctrines thus delivered we call the revealed or divine law, and they are to be found only in the Holy Scriptures. These precepts, when revealed, are found by comparison to be really a part of the original law of nature, as they tend in all their consequences to man’s felicity.” – William Blackstone
When a person states what God has already said, that person is not acting as a judge, they are representing the basic principle of the laws of God which He has determined. We all need a reminder from time to time, where we should be in our conduct. The Bible does not prohibit the exercise of judgment when a person observes the wrongful behavior of another. In fact, those who are conducting themselves improperly are usually the first to object to anyone “judging them.” They often use the verse in which Jesus told us not to judge, as their proof text.
Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. —Matthew 7:1
Notice that Jesus did not say that we cannot judge a person’s behavior. He simply stated that if we choose to judge another person, we must make sure that our judgment is righteous, because we will also be judged based on the kind of judgement we have given, in matters concerning other people. If we judge to condemn, then we will receive the same. If we judge out of love and concern for the soul of the person, then we will receive the same consideration regarding our own sins and failures.
Our judgement concerning the behavior of other people is not based upon what we think is right, or what is right for a particular person in their personal situation. Laws which have the power to properly govern human beings, are based upon the laws of the lawgiver. Only God, who is perfect in every regard, has the right to institute laws and determine what is right and wrong. If man is to decide what is right or wrong, these laws will always be skewed by public opinion. People tend to endorse laws which allow them the freedom to do what they think is right, rather than what is right for all.
Recently, the Duggar family has been condemned for their judgement of those who define their lifestyle as a homosexual or lesbian. The objection is based upon the Duggar’s stance that they claim to represent a wholesome and right example of what a family should be. The gay and lesbian community has determined that the Duggar’s judgement of their lifestyle—while being imperfect themselves, is “hypocrisy.”
Any person or family which determines to try and follow the laws of God for their life, will never in this life, be perfect while attempting to live properly. Although God has forgiven all sins for the sake of Jesus sacrifice on the cross, this does not preclude a person from making further mistakes during their life. The Duggar’s are seeking to please God in the way that they live their lives, while the gay and lesbian community does not. Although they are aware that God has determined that a man shall not lay with a man, nor a woman with a woman, these things being a perversion of the intended purpose for which God created a male and a female, those who choose to conduct themselves in this manner, knowingly do these things anyway.
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. —Leviticus 18:22
The view of the gay community is that their choices are based upon an orientation that is not under the control of the individual, therefore the condemnation of these persons for things which they have no choice, is unjust.
According to God, who made all persons, this is not true. God made us male and female and it is because of personal choice that we determine how we will live, not because we are simply acting upon an instinct that is within us. Every day of human existence, people make choices of restraint to not act upon their desires, knowing that to do so would be wrong. Sexual sin is on equal footing with all other sins, they are choices. When Christians speak out against these actions, we are thinking of what God has said, not what we might personally feel as a person. When the Duggars state that the gay lifestyle is wrong, they are doing so from God’s vantage point. When the gay community is stating that they have the right to do such things, they do so based upon their own feelings or situational ethics.
God created us with a purpose. That purpose is evident by the way that He has made us. Male and Female, each with their own form and function, made for each other. It is self-evident that men were not created for men, nor women for women. We all know that this is true, but society today is timid in speaking out about these things for fear of being labeled intolerant, hateful, or bigoted. Of course, most people are not hateful, intolerant, or bigoted when they express concern for another person. Moral people, who are doing their best to live virtuous lives, recognize immoral behavior in themselves and when they observe it in others. To say what God has already said regarding immorality, is not to be hateful, intolerant, or bigoted, it is to speak the truth.
When the gay community hears a Christian state what God has already said regarding the manner in which gay people live their lives, they are immediately condemned for being hate mongers. When a Christian who is vocal about their faith, expresses the need for all of us to use our bodies in the manner that God created them for, while being imperfect themselves, the gay community cries out that we are hypocrites, unable to live moral lives ourselves.
This is where the problem resides: God has forgiven all those who come to Him in the name of Jesus and the sacrifice that He has made for their sins. Before God will hear the prayers of the sinner, this person must be willing to turn from their sins and sin no more. When the adulterous woman was brought to Jesus to be stoned to death, because the the law of God required this action, Jesus stopped these men. First, it is the desire of God to be merciful. Second, if any person is willing to turn from his sins and receive the pardon that God has offered through Jesus Christ, that person will not be condemned, ever. Third, if any person will not repent of their sins, then God will not forgive them and they remain under His judgment. This woman was clearly sorry for her mistakes and Jesus granted her forgiveness and withheld judgement. Then He instructed her: “go and sin no more.”
The Duggar family has placed themselves under the sacrifice of Jesus for their sins. They have sought to live a life that is righteous and avoid sin. They have made mistakes in their life, as all people do. Even those who call themselves “Christian,” continue to sin, even after they come to Jesus for the forgiveness of those sins. We do not become sinless in all our conduct when we are forgiven by God, but we should sin less.
The gay community has determined that they do not care about the laws of God and they will live their lives in the manner that they chose. This is their choice and God will not force them to change. Jesus never used force on anyone who refused to repent of their sins and come to Him for salvation. He presented the facts, gave the invitation, and allowed the person to make their own decision. He also told them that if they refused to repent and come to Him for salvation, they would die in their sins and be lost forever.
I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. —Luke 13:3
But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. —John 5:40
God has provided one method by which He will forgive and save human beings from their sins. He did not offer salvation to the angels when they sinned against God. He has offered forgiveness—only to the son’s of Adam. This offer has conditions and an expiration date.
For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus. —1 Timothy 2:5
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. —John 14:6
The conditions are: you must come through Jesus Christ by first repenting of your sins and be willing to not sin any longer. When you do sin, you come to God and confess your wrongful actions or words, upon which, God will forgive you and restore you to fellowship with Himself. The second condition of salvations is that God will not wait for us forever. Each person has one life to determine whether or not they will believe God and obey His command to repent and turn to Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins. If at the end of their life, a person who has refused to receive Jesus as their Savior, that person is lost forever.
And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever. —Genesis 6:3
God has given those who are in a covenant relationship with Him, the right to judge the unrighteous behavior of those who are in opposition to His law. God has commanded us to speak to those who are headed in a direction that will ultimately destroy their lives. These instructions are not from hatred, but because of love.
Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman, when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’ So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman.” —Ezekiel 33:1-7
The watchman is someone who looks for approaching danger so that he can warn those who may suffer if they are not warned. The principle here is simple: If we warn people that they are in danger and they do not heed our warning, then the Lord will hold that person responsible who refused to listen. He will then release us of our obligation, as we have done what He requires. However, if we fail to warn someone whom we know is in danger and he perishes, then the Lord will hold us accountable for his death.
This point is further defined in the New Testament:
Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins. —James 5:19-20
It has been incorrectly taught in the Christian church that we cannot judge sin or confront someone whom we observe in sin. If this was the case, then how would any of us have the opportunity to help each other in our spiritual journey? What we are not permitted to do is to condemn someone in their sin. There is a vast difference between judgment of a wrongful action that will harm a person, and condemning someone who is in active sin. One brings needed help, the other—unneeded distress and suffering. The purpose of exercising judgement in approaching a person to tell him that his current behavior is harmful to himself or others, is out of love. If we truly love people, we must not allow them to continue in anything that will harm them or others who are around them.
See also: “Is it Right For a Christian to Judge?”