You might be a Pharisee if …
- You speak out against Christians who exercise the freedom they have been given in Christ
- examples: Don’t Drink, Don’t smoke, Don’t listen to secular music, Don’t watch movies
- You refer to a theology not based on Scripture.
- Many Modern American Evangelicals have received demands which are not based on Scripture (Under the trigger word Sanctification). Jessica Kramasz calls this the American Evangelical Talmud because it echoes the 613 laws that were added by the Jewish Rabbis to the Laws God gave them in the Old Testament. Jesus confronted the Pharisees who attempted to use this “law” to accuse Jesus and His followers. Jesus addresses them using THE Law of God as seen in the 10 commandments (Mark 7:1-23).
- You have never, not once, ever questioned your faith. If a question comes up regarding a practice or belief, you simply dig in your heels.
- You use theology to maintain your power and authority over others. You put a yoke on people that you cannot even bear.
- You reject the premise that the Scripture is ‘God-breathed’. Instead, you turn the Bible into a list of moral dictates without a Savior.
- All Pharisees set aside incarnation. This is an ancient heresy called ‘Nestorianism’.
- You excuse the sin of judgmentalism and condemn ‘gross sins’. Thus, you can agree with Paul as he writes to the Corinthians, but reject his letter to the Galatians.
- Having begun by the Spirit … you are now being perfected by the flesh. That is, you ‘received Christ’ in conversion, but now live according to dictates in order to keep yourself pure. This denies the work of Christ, who is the author and perfecter of faith.
- You lack the ability to be self-reflective.
These are simply observations. They are not ‘nine commandments’ to be avoided. Only the Gospel of Jesus Christ can set us free from the flesh. This He does by burying us in the waters of Baptism and resurrecting us to new life through the very same waters. What is impossible for man is possible for God.