1. Legalism definitely lurks behind every spiritual discipline and every act of righteousness, and it wants to pounce!

    1. Yes, righteousness, which a righteous and holy God does desire of His people, should always be tempered with grace and love. Only one was ever perfect! Man should never impose their standards of righteousness on another.

  2. Dianne, I love your lesson here, so wonderfully spoken. I appreciate your words as I paused and reflected upon them. Blessings.

    1. I Really appreciate the article. Growing up Evangelical (Baptist – the full immersion kind) We learned this phrase in Sunday school to distinguish between the two groups.
      Sadly, IMO, the preachers and Sunday schools that taught this, have themselves become the Christian “Sadducees”

      1. Thank you! Yes I am thankful for people like Amy-Jill Levine who is working to educate pastors and seminaries about this.

  3. Thank you so much for enlighting me about who a modern Pharisee is. I pray that I change my heart and that God will give me a heart that is full of grace and compassion. May I never look at the weaknesses of people but there strength. Thank you I pray for repentance in my life.

    1. Thank you Annette! I am so glad you found the post helpful and that it inspired you to look at people in a new way! I pray we all do that!

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  5. This is really Interesting and I learnt a lot . We all need to humble ourselves and be teachable. And build a character like Jesus Christ

  6. With all the antisemitism occurring, this article is right on time! I was reminded not to judge an entire group by the actions of a minority!!! Study to show thyself approved!

    1. Thank you Rob!! I am hoping it helps others see the Jews and the Pharisees (I am actually a fan of theirs) in a new light.

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