Paul spoke about hypocrisy in Romans 2 in relation to the Jewish man who stands and condemns the non-Jewish man about certain actions of which he himself is guilty. What prompts a person to do such a thing? I can’t answer precisely, but here are some ideas. First, the hypocrite believes God will look past one’s own failings. Second, the hypocrite believes there is enough time to make things right with God. Third, the hypocrite does not actually see himself as being guilty of anything. Fourth, the knowledge the hypocrite has, presumably, allows the hypocrite to “teach” the one who does not have that same knowledge, and that somehow will make it alright. Whatever the reason, the hypocrite will have his mask removed on judgment day—and it will be a bad day!