Fine line between good Christian and Pharisee

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  1. Emily

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    Pharisee-

    1.One of a sect or party among the Jews, noted for a strict and formal observance of rites and ceremonies and of the traditions of the elders, and whose pretensions to superior sanctity led them to separate themselves from the other Jews.

    2a. Pharisee A member of an ancient Jewish sect that emphasized strict interpretation and observance of the Mosaic law in both its oral and written form.
    b. A hypocritically self-righteous person.


    Those are 2 pretty good definitions of Pharisee.

    I have heard Dr. Bob say that he is an ex-Pharisee

    My question is, where do you draw the line?

    Certainly, you want obey God's commandments.. as closely as possible, but at what point does this cause a problem?

    I know a few Christians who will not hesitate to call a girl immodestly dressed, a whore, or a skank.. They also have no problem called a homosexual a faggot.. They also seem to be so hung up on the fact that in the movie, the Passion, Jesus is portrayed with long hair.. so hung up on in fact, that an entire service at their church was dedicated to this..

    is that hateful kind of talk okay? and is the fact that Jesus portrayed with long hair *really* hurting the story that is in the movie?

    are they just following Gods commands, or would God call us to behave this way?
     
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    TWELVE STEPS FOR RECOVERING PHARISEES
    (original concept by John Fischer)

    Step 1 We admit that our single most unmitigated pleasure is to judge other people

    Step 2 We have come to believe that our means of obtaining greatness is to make everyone lower than ourselves in our own mind

    Step 3 We realize that we detest mercy being given to those who, unlike us, haven’t worked for it and don’t deserve it

    Step 4 We have decided that we don’t want to get what we deserve after all, and we don’t want anyone else to either

    Step 5 We will cease all attempts to apply teaching and rebuke to anyone but ourselves

    Step 6 We are ready to have God remove all these defects of attitude and character

    Step 7 We embrace the belief that we are, and will always be, experts at sinning

    Step 8 We are looking closely at the lives of famous men and women in the Bible who turned out to be ordinary sinners like us

    Step 9 We are seeking through prayer and meditation to make a conscious effort to consider others better than ourselves

    Step 10 We embrace the state of astonishment as a permanent and glorious reality

    Step 11 We choose to rid ourselves of any attitude that is not bathed in gratitude

    Step 12 Having had a spiritual awakening as the results of these steps, we will try to carry this message to others who think that Christians are better than everyone else is
     

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