The church once had a reputation for being full of hypocrites. What is a hypocrite? By definition a hypocrite is a person who indulges in pretence, duplicity and falseness. In other words, they put on a show to make you think they are something they are not. A hypocrite tries to deceive you purposely No wonder many people wanted to steer clear of the church. Perhaps this is why Jesus is concerned enough about hypocrisy that He offers several examples of what not to do.