I have noticed that, as God has said in Romans, we persistent sinners will be turned over (to be dominated) by those sins that we refuse to release.
Last night, while talking with a homeless man, I sought to encourage him to think of his life after death. He was quick to mis-quote scripture and to point at the sinfulness of the man talking with him. I admitted my sinfulness while trying to focus the conversation on Jesus, hell, and heaven. He held tightly to my 'hypocrisy' by me wanting him to seek out forgiveness (after all, I was a sinner, so why would I talk with him?) It soon dawned on me that he was unable to turn from his sin. He had been 'turned over'. From what I saw, all he had before being confronted by his maker and having to give an account of his time on earth, were a few years of begging and living under a bridge. How sad. Yet, it is what he'd insisted on, doing things his way.
My thoughts then went to my culpability- not necessarily with him in particular, but with others that don't know my Lord. How has my hypocrisy turned folks away from the only Savior?
A recent expression of that was having a non-Christian family member complain about the hypocrisy found in the church. It was apparent that he'd been watching churches and church people act selfishly and hypocritically, all the while building up a case for him not to submit to the commands of God. Fruitless, yes.
How much of my hypocrisy can be found in the cases of folks that are hell bound? Lord, help me. Help us.