My first inclination is to agree with this statement. Before I do, let's determine what is meant by the word "Church". If you are saying that inside the church building on any given Sunday there are lots of hypocrites, I would tend to agree with you. The reason I say this is because not everyone who attends church on a weekly basis is a true follower of Jesus. Jesus himself taught this. He describes the true and false coexisting in the same congregation or at least claiming to be a follower of His.
The Parable of the Weeds
Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. "The owner's servants came to him and said, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?' " 'An enemy did this,' he replied. "The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?' " 'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.' "
The Parable of the Weeds Explained
Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field." He answered, "The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. "As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
The Parable of the Sower
Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water's edge. He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: "Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times." Then Jesus said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear." When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. He told them, "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that, " 'they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!'" Then Jesus said to them, "Don't you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop-thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown." Mark 4:1-20
The Parable of the Net
"Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Matthew 13:47-50
Not everyone who claims to be a Christian, actually is one.
I know this to be true because I was one who professed faith, but didn't possess faith. If you were to ask me in 2003 if I was a Christian, I would have said "Yes", because I attended church on a regular basis, although I lived as a virtual atheist. Even though I didn't make it well known that I believed myself to be a Christian, I can't help but feel regret for blaspheming His name by my indifference towards Him, and my unwillingness to submit myself to Him. I lived the way I wanted to, and was in essence, my own god. I was hell bound.
I'll go out on a limb and say something that may surprise some people. At the risk of sounding judgmental, it's my belief that the majority of people who claim to be Christians, aren't. I can't see into any individual's heart and I hope I'm not labeled a "fruit inspector", but I can't help but think there are lots of people who have been baptized, said a 'sinner's prayer', go to church, and/or live moral lives but simply have not been born again. Therefore, they do not have their sins forgiven.
Let's look at some more passages from the Bible...
For example the phrase "Born Again" troubles many people. They say "I'm not one of those born again Christians." If that's the case then according to Jesus, not only are you not going to heaven, you can't even see it. Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." John 3:3
When Jesus was asked if only a few would be saved, he replied, "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Sir, open the door for us.' "But he will answer, 'I don't know you or where you come from.' "Then you will say, 'We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.' "But he will reply, 'I don't know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!' Luke 13:24-27
Elsewhere in Scripture Jesus says, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' Matthew 7:21-23
Here is list of some other rather demanding statements by the Lord Jesus...
Then Jesus said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it." Luke 9:23-24
Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me." John 12:24-26
Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters-yes, even his own life-he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:25-27
These are hard words. As a counterfeit Christian, this was not a description of my life. Not only that, I didn't even know Christ had commanded these things! It must be said, currently I am struggling, striving and often failing to live up to this higher calling on my life. I thank Him for His grace, mercy and forgiveness because I am in need of these daily. The point is at least now I'm in the battle to fight against sin and pattern my life after my Savior, whereas before I never even knew what was expected of me, nor did I care.
If you haven't noticed it already, much of BringingTRUTH.com is dedicated to addressing false conversions. We know they exist because first the Bible tells us so, and also the charge of hypocrisy gives much evidence to their existence. They are sometimes hard to identify, they may say the right words, and do many good deeds, but being a follower of Jesus is much more than that. They must be a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), born again (John 3:3) regenerated with a new heart and a new spirit (Ezekiel 36:26). All of which are acts of God. These folks who I am trying to lovingly describe as "Counterfeit Christians" are important to me, and God has put a burden on my heart, because I was one of them! In America most people call themselves Christians, and I simply want to ask those individuals to please examine their lives (2 Corinthians 13:5). Try not to compare yourself with the rest of the professing believers, but look to the Word of God to see whether or not you might be surprised about your destination on judgment day.
As far as hypocrisy goes amongst true followers of Jesus, there still will be some, because we are all hypocrites to some degree. However a true Christian, before anyone else, should realize his/her own total depravity, and condition as a wretched sinner. We should be loving towards those still in their sins, because we understand the power of sin and its grip on the unregenerate person. Moreover, we were just like them prior to conversion. Apart from a supernatural work of God, I would still be in that same boat. How could I ever exalt myself morally above anyone else? By God's grace He has done it all and therefore not a single person has a right to boast.
If you are a non-believer, I think an apology is in order for the often rampant hypocrisy. At the same time, don't let hypocrites stand between you and God. I could understand someone rejecting the Christian Church if you found hypocrisy in Christ, but you won't find any. If you look to Christians for the standard of holiness, you will be greatly disappointed. Look to the only perfect one, Jesus Christ. Come to Him, and don't get sidetracked by some of His supposed followers.