A “Pharisee,” according to many who misuse the term, is a “legalist” who believes in morality and/or being theologically correct.
A discerning Christian points out that maybe Hillsong Church’s youth pastor shouldn’t have got on stage and danced as a naked cowboy and she is called a “Pharisee” by one who thinks that dancing semi-nude on stage isn’t a big deal.
A discerning Christian notes that Perry Noble’s claim that the “Ten Commandments” are “Ten Promises” is theologically ignorant and Noble’s supporters accuse her of being a “Pharisee.”
A discerning Christian posts an article from a polemics website, and someone on her Facebook friends list calls her a “Pharisee” because it criticizes Kenneth Copeland for claiming that he controls the weather.
WHAT MADE “PHARISEE” INTO A PEJORATIVE?
The Pharisees were rebuked because they were in doctrinal error and promoted religious self-helpism.
For Being Concerned with Doctrinal Purity:
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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 alsoMatthew 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.
For Not Being Zealous Enough for Evangelism:
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