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You Might Be a Pharisee If…

Jesus often blasted the VERY DEVOUT pharisees -- who would he turn his sights on today?

It’s easy to go through the gospels and enjoy watching the Son of God open up a can of whoop@$$ on the stuffed shirts of his day — so easy we might almost miss the point entirely.

That rebel from the mean streets of Galilee hardly ever wasted his breath on the Saduccees of his day. They were the cultural-conforming believers-in-name-only who liked the bells and smells but never actually BELIEVED any of it was true.

The Pharisees were different. They were the guys who would have had camp ribbons for winning ‘sword drills’ in finding obscure scripture verses. The kind of folks who would get in a fistfight over the right and wrong interpretation of theology. The guys who were so careful to keep the rules that they wrapped those rules inside of other rules, and put fences around that, just to be sure.

Sound familiar?

They didn’t just show up for their version of Sunday morning service. They were there every time the doors were open. They memorized scripture. They went hard-core in their tithing.

They remembered the apostasy that led to the Babylonian captivity and were determined to make sure their people never made that mistake again. And yet…?

When the Son of God himself showed up on the scene they saw Him not as God’s promise kept, but a threat to the tidy little kingdoms they had built for themselves.

Christians would NEVER make that kind of a mistake today, would we?

Heh. Well shucks, let’s find out…

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Doug Giles

Doug Giles is Pastor of Liberty Fellowship in Wimberley, TX, and is the founder of (290M+ page views). Giles is also the author of the NEW book, The Wildman Devotional: A 50 Day Devotional For Men. Follow Doug on Instagram and Truth Social at @thegilesway and on Twitter @TheArtOfDoug.

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