The dictionary defines them as:
plural noun: Pharisees
- a member of an ancient Jewish sect, distinguished by strict observance of the traditional and written law, and commonly held to have pretensions to superior sanctity.
- a self-righteous or hypocritical person
The letter of the law before the principle, the law before Agape Love, scantimonious because of their privilege and education. They described the ordinary Jews and people as the dirt they walked on in he streets. Too ignorant for salvation and beyond the love of God.
Today we have many Pharisees, these educated and privileged ones who think that they have cornered the means of morality, who can set new standards. For example, if you have strong views about marriage, gender and what morality means in the family, you’re immediately attacked for being prejudiced, narrow minded, creating and perpetuating hate. Social Justice and Intellectual Self righteous philosophy have warped society.
Christian interlopers – Modern Pharisees
Why interloper? “a person who becomes involved in a place or situation where they are not wanted or are considered not to belong.” Well let the Bible expalin what the Christians believed in the time of the Apostles 1 Corinthians 6: 9 “Or do you not know that unrighteous people will not inherit God’s Kingdom? Do not be misled. Those who are sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, men who submit to homosexual acts, men who practice homosexuality,10 thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners will not inherit God’s Kingdom.11 And yet that is what some of you were. But you have been washed clean; you have been sanctified; you have been declared righteous in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and with the spirit of our God.12 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are advantageous. All things are lawful for me, but I will not let myself be controlled by anything.”
Chapter 7 requires that someone practing these things are put out of the congregation. The individual can live that style of life but not as a Christian.
Today the Christian Churches allow these practices, condone them by appointing Priests, and Bishops who openly preach that these things are no longer sin.
So how moral attitudes need to change with society. Tradition over the scripture, somehow religious people think that God has changed the more civilised we have become.
These practices were as common in the time of the Apostles as they are today, they were tied up with false religious practices and Christians shunned the practice.
The Apostle John encouraged the Christians not to break bread with those who corrupt the congregation of God.
Does Jesus Ransom extend to Pharisees?
Did you pick up on the point “that is what some of you were”? These ones who practiced these things including holding to the traditions of the day had given them up, they had changed their lives, they had washed themselves in the blood of the Lamb.
Note Romans 12: 1 “Therefore, I appeal to you by the compassions of God, brothers, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, a sacred service with your power of reason.2 And stop being molded by this system of things, but be transformed by making your mind over, so that you may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” We make the changes, we do not dilute the standards to meet our view, we bring our standards up to align with Gods.
Romans 13: 11 “And do this because you know the season, that it is already the hour for you to awake from sleep, for now our salvation is nearer than at the time when we became believers.12 The night is well along; the day has drawn near. Let us therefore throw off the works belonging to darkness and let us put on the weapons of the light.13 Let us walk decently as in the daytime, not in wild parties and drunkenness, not in immoral intercourse and brazen conduct, not in strife and jealousy.14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not be planning ahead for the desires of the flesh.”
We are assured salvation through Christ is open to all of us but we need to come into line. I have to ensure examination standards are met when marking work, I have a narrow range of possible answers anything less than this is a fail. There are no near fails it is clear, they meet the standard or they don’t, I send the work back to them with the mark, if they wish to resubmit the student must adjust and ammend the information presented.
God’s standards are clear, no matter what the traditionalists and modern libertarians of the Church say, God does not change, because he and his laws are perfect.
If his standards changed he could have just accepted that Adam and Eve had been wrong, rebelled and accomodated the new relationship. Rather he sent his son Jesus Christ to die for all humans and ensure that we have the chance of life as intended.
Those who are not wanted are the self righteous, those who make the opportunity for salvation on their own terms and promote their own superiority and thoughts. Scantimonious because their views are more appropriate than the Bible. Let the word of God speak, it is alive and exerts real power.
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