Jesus rebuked the Pharisees and the scribes and called them hypocrites eight times! They were the religious leaders of the day yet they were not esteemed by Christ. Let’s take a look at what Jesus was rebuking them for:
~Matthew 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. They could not lead their members to salvation because they were not saved themselves.
~Matthew 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. They had the appearance of righteous living but were not righteous at all.
~Matthew 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. They traveled far and wide to win one to their religion and made them worse off then when they began.
~Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. They did all the right things of the law but yet did not love the unloved, they did not have mercy nor faith.
~Matthew 23:25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. They kept every letter of the law but their spiritual walk was wicked.
~Matthew 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. They appeared righteous to their congregation but inside their religion was dead.
~Matthew 23:29-30 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. They claim to be so righteous that they would not have put to death the prophets.
Seven times, Christ rebukes them in Matthew in these exact words. A hypocrite is one who preaches one thing yet does the opposite. All one has to do is to observe a religious leader for a while and compare his actions with the Word of God. He will reveal his true colors in due time.