Understanding hypocrisy…

To preach at a higher level than you perform is not hypocrisy. To claim a higher level of performance than you have attained is hypocrisy.

R. C. Sproul, from Reason to Believe, p. 83

A Christian’s ethical inconsistency…

Logically, a Christian’s ethical inconsistency (while never to be condoned and understandably disconcerting) has little or no bearing on the objective truth-claims of Christianity. To put it more directly—the negative, sinful, or evil actions of individual Christians (real or so-called) do not falsify the historic claims about Christ—his perfect life, sacrificial death, and bodily resurrection. Because some Christians act in a hypocritical manner, it does not follow that Jesus ceases to be the Son of God and the Savior of the world.

Kenneth Richard Samples, from Without a Doubt, kindle location 2310