I’m not interested in excusing hypocrites because God condemns such deception (James 3:17; Matthew 6:5,16, 23:1-39; 1 Peter 2:1). However, when I hear someone refusing to visit church because of the hypocrites they claim are in it, I challenge them to tell someone in that church about the sin existing therein (Numbers 32:23).
Also inconsistency can be found in the lives of these accusers because they won’t refuse a blood transfusion if hypocrites are working at the hospital.
If they were drowning in the sea, they will not refuse a life line if there are hypocrites on board. Neither, will they refuse to work at a job, live in a neighborhood, or shop at a store with them.
God looks at the heart of man and not the outside (1 Samuel 16:7). However, that doesn’t give man the right to attend church looking like he is ready to feed the hogs or mow grass. When going on a job interview, date, party, wedding, funeral, etc, people prep up. Now cleaning up doesn’t have to be a tux or evening dress, but it does involve preparing. The same attitude should exist toward church services. It is a place of reverence, so it is special, and people should prepare themselves for such an occasion (Matthew 18:20; Exodus 19:10-15).