b. Jesus impressed upon them that freedom from the outward act of sin did not necessarily mean they were inwardly pure & sinless!2. Why do we unrighteously cast stones at others? - Jas. 4:11-12
I. HYPOCRISY CAUSES THE HYPOCRITE TO CAST STONES A. At Sinners While Committing The Same Sort Of Sins - Jno. 8:7-9; Matt. 23:29-35.
1. Hypocrisy is an inconsistency between one's heart & one's life.2. It judges others while guilty itself! - Matt. 7:1-5 B. At The Innocent While Also Guilty Of Sin - Matt. 15:1-3.
1. Failure to distinguish between the commands of God & the traditions of men.2. Failure to show mercy - Matt. 12:1-2, 7. 3. Failure to practice what is preached - Rom. 2:21-24.
C. Why Does The Hypocrite "Casts Stones" At Others?1. To deflect attention from himself. Hypocrisy becomes a shield against being discovered by others - cf. Matt. 23:23, 27-28. 2. To display himself as genuine. Display zeal which distracts from inward treachery - Matt. 23:24-25. 3. To be seen & honored by men - Matt. 23:5-7, 12. (pride) II. PRIDE CASTS STONES AT THE HUMBLE (Lk. 18:14; Psa. 10:2). -(Pride seeks to dominate/control people & situations - cf. Jas. 4:10-12) A. Out Of Self-righteousness - Lk. 18:9. 1. Justify himself in his own eyes & before others - cf. Deut. 9:4-5; Prov. 30:12-14. 2. Promote himself above others - cf. Jno. 11:49-50. B. Out Of Envy - Matt. 27:18. 1. A companion of bitterness & self-seeking - Jas. 3:14. 2. Let us not condemn others out of envy! - Gal. 5:26
III. ERROR CASTS STONES AT TRUTH & THOSE WHO WALK IN IT.A. To Destroy Your Confidence In the Word Of God - Heb. 4:12; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 1 Cor. 14:37. 1. By casting doubt on the Bible as God's revelation - cf. Gen. 3:1. 2. By misapplying the Bible - Matt. 4:5-6 (Psa. 119:160; 2 Pet. 3:16; 2 Tim. 2:15).
3. The truth of the Bible protects you from such "stones!"B. To Make Room For Error - 2 Pet. 3:1-4. 1. Truth must be discredited so that error will be accepted - Jude 4. 2. Kill the messenger! - cf. Stephen (Acts 7:54)
3. "Stones" are being cast at those who teach truth, while error is not reprimanded and exposed!C. To Shield Itself From Exposure - 3 Jno. 9-10. 1. Truth exposes error - Jno. 3:19. 2. Sin and error blame righteousness for its trouble - 1 Kgs. 18:17-18.
Conclusion 1. The stone casting we have discussed is the unrighteous judging & condemnation of others. 2. "For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you." (Matt. 7:2)