WSGMA Chaplain's Corner


Have you ever noticed that the church seems to be the safe harbor for a lot of hypocrites? At least, that is what many in the world outside the church seem to believe. You’ve heard it … “Too many hypocrites in the church!!!" I am not one who echoes that philosophy. However, I think it would do us all well to examine the things being said in the light of what we MAY be doing ourselves. Remember another often spoken fact … "Where there is smoke there must be some fire!!!" Or to put it another way, let us be certain that every aspect of our lives is such that the devil’s crowd cannot point to examples in our behavior which suggest some form of hypocrisy!!!

What is a hypocrite? Basically, he or she is a “pretender.” A hypocrite is a person who does not act his real self but disguises himself to be another. Interestingly enough, there are those who really do not realize they are hypocrites. They are blind to their own shortcomings while being all too aware of those in others. There are those who are far-sighted when it come to sin they see in others but not their own!!!

Either way, we do well to examine ourselves before we look at others and make certain our attitudes are in line with those of Christ. He said, ”First remove the plank from your own eyes” (MATT. 7:5). Yes, He said that!!! And before you express your opinions, stop and read JAMES 1:19.

Don’t be too harsh with the man who sins
Nor pelt him with words or stones,
Unless you are sure, yes, doubly sure,
That you have no sins of your own!!!

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Rev. Dick Hilleary is a co-founder of the Western Gospel Association, known today as the Western States Gospel Music Association and acts as its Chaplin. With a lifetime of musical experience as a soloist and quartet member, Rev. Hilleary has appeared with some of the most recognized names in southern gospel music. As a skilled lecturer and recognized 'Master of Ceremonies' for national music conventions, Rev. Hilleary has received the prestigious "Communication and Leadership Award" from Toastmasters International. A pastor / teacher of 35 years, today Rev. Hilleary's passion is for preserving southern gospel music on the west coast and ministering to those committed to keeping that music and ministry alive for the body of Christ.