The Righteousness of the Pharisees exposed :
The following is a summary of Matthew 23 and Jesus’ criticism of their lifestyle.
1. The Pharisees did not practice what they preach. They are the do as I say group and not the do as I do.
2. The Pharisees burdened the people with rules and regulations that the Pharisees could not keep.
3. The Pharisees were more concerned about their outward appearances but inside they were dead and lifeless. Their righteousness was based on how they dressed and how they performed the tasks they were to do.
4. The Pharisees aimed to gain the praise of men rather than the applause of God.
Twelve steps to being a recovering Pharisee: The following are taken from the book 12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee (like me) by John Fischer
1. We must admit that we all tend to judge others.
2. We must realize that we believe everyone else is lower than us in our minds..
3. We realize that we detest mercy being given to those who unlike us, haven’t worked for it and don’t deserve it.
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.
5. We will cease to apply teaching and rebuke to anyone but ourselves.
6. We are ready to have God remove all these defects of attitude and character.
7. We embrace the belief that we are, and always will be experts at sinning.
8. We are looking closely at the lives of famous men and women of the Bible who turned out to be ordinary sinners like us.
9. We are seeking through prayer and mediation to make a conscious effort to consider others better than ourselves.
10. We embrace the state of astonishment and glorious reality.
11. We choose to rid ourselves of any attitude that is not bathed in gratitude.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we will try to carry this message to others who think that Christians are better than everyone else.