Jesus said to His 12 Disciples, “Watch out for the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy…” (Luke 12:1)
We Start Great as New Believers…
1. Authentic FAITH
2. Compassionate HEART
3. Consistent CHARACTER
4. Servant MINISTRY
5. God’s WORD
6. Merciful LEADERSHIP
We Slowly Fall Into Pharisee Ways…
1. Religious PRIDE
2. Social CLIQUES
3. Unethical BOXES
4. Outward PERFORMANCE
5. Traditional RULES
6. Spiritual ABUSE
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The Problem with this author anyway is, I could not (would not) admit that I had in any way shape or form, been Pharisized…
“Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. ” (Revelation 2:5)
Ouch. I have to admit, I often act as if everything is fine – it’s others who need to repent. Right Lord?
“If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.. ” (Revelation 2:5)
Oh come on Lord! It’s certainly not THAT bad, at least within me. Is it?
John Seeing the Vision of Jesus on the island of Patmos.
“St John the Evangelist” by Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri), 1620s