Thursday, September 27, 2012

7 Ways to be a Modern Pharisee

A Pharisee is someone who replaces God's word with their own and then, in practice, goes the extra step of thinking everyone should conform to their man-made standard. Here are some modern ways Christians can slide into Pharisaical tendencies.

1. My kind of music is the only kind we should do in church/ministry related activities (whether it be hymns, contemporary, etc.)
2. Everyone must give 10% (note: There is no biblical command to give 10%)
3. Only my kind of clothing should be worn at church/ministry related activities (business casual, formal, sloppy "anything goes," trendy).
4. The more (or less) theological education you have the more spiritual.
5. Everyone should be tolerant of everyone else (to the neglect of obeying the Word of God).
6. Tattoos and piercings are sinful.
7. I'm better than that! (i.e. holding yourself to a standard the Bible doesn't hold you too).


  1. #2 and #7 are the only ones I don't agree with/understand. Probably because I wasn't there for it lol. Can someone enlighten me in a nutshell?

  2. Number 2 concerns tithing (but tithing of what?). If you'd like to bring your grain and cattle to the "storehouse" of your pastor you are more than welcome :). My suspicion is he'd like to be paid in money though! lol. (see Lev. 27:30-34 Note: livestock and produce were taxes 10 percent, so if you weren't in those industries you didn't give at that rate, and if you were and also had other means of income you didn't give at that rate.) We know in the New Testament the Corinthians gave what they could (1 Cor 16:1-4) and the Widow gave 100% (Luke 21:1-4). All in all God cares about the attitude of the giver not the percentage of the gift (2 Cor. 9:7).

    Number 7 is referring to the guilt and self-pity after committing a sin (or something that's not a sin). Acting as though you were surprised that you could have stooped to such a dirty level. It's a form of pride. It's having the attitude you must attain some level of spirituality (i.e. works) in order to merit God's forgiveness. Make sense?