You’re here because someone (maybe you) played the Pharisee card. Consider the following, and let’s all remember that if you’re going to play the Pharisee card, you should play it fairly.
OK, so I stole the idea from an article posted at Issues Etc. But the next time someone plays the Pharisee card, consider the following…
The Pharisees weren’t rebuked because they were “legalistic”….
The Pharisees weren’t rebuked because they were concerned with doctrinal purity…
From Issues, Etc…
The only problem is, Jesus never faulted the Pharisees for being doctrinal purists. He faulted them for being false teachers who abandoned the truth of God’s Word in favor of the erroneous word of man (Matthew 16:11–12; 15:1–9; Mark 7:6–13).
Jesus called Christians who demanded doctrinal purity “disciples,” not “Pharisees.” “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31–32) In fact, Christians who demand doctrinal purity are really following the example of Jesus, of Paul and the other Apostles (Matthew 7:15; see also Matthew 24:10–11; Mark 9:42; 2 Corinthians 15:5; 1 Thessalonians 5:21; 1 Timothy 4:16; 6:3–4; Titus 1:7–9; 2:1, 7–8; 1 John 4:1; 2 Peter 3:17).
Caring about doctrine, in other words, does not make someone a Pharisee. Being wrong makes them a Pharisee.
The Pharisees weren’t rebuked because they weren’t zealous enough about evangelism…
Again, as Issues, Etc. references the same…
The Pharisees were rebuked because they were in doctrinal error and promoted religious self-helpism.
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