Quotes on Hypocrisy

See also: Alma 34:17; 2 Nephi 31:13; Isaiah 24:5  

Let’s define a hypocrite. Elder Bruce R. McConkie captured the most common definition when he wrote:  “Hypocrisy is to profess religion and not practice it.  If a teacher advocates the payment of tithing, but does not himself pay an honest tithing, he is a hypocrite.  If a person prays and seeks temporal and spiritual blessings from the Lord, and then turns away the naked and needy and fails to visit the sick and afflicted, he is a hypocrite.  He has professed religion, but not practiced it (Alma 34:17-29).” — Elder Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 2nd ed., pp. 371-72

President Joseph F. Smith warned that “Among the Latter-day Saints, the preaching of false doctrines disguised as truths of the gospel, may be expected from people of two classes, and practically from these only; they are:  First – The hopelessly ignorant, whose lack of intelligence is due to their indolence and sloth, who make but feeble effort, if indeed any at all, to better themselves by reading and study; those who are afflicted with a dread disease that may develop into an incurable malady – laziness.  Second – The proud and self-vaunting ones, who read by the lamp of their own conceit; who interpret by rules of their own contriving; who have become a law unto themselves, and so pose as the sole judges of their own doings.  More dangerously ignorant than the first.” — President Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, p. 373