As a Christian are you aware of the Pharisee Spirit that can come to you? I want to elaborate on this, and really bring it to mind, because it can happen, and that spirit, is very legalistic. Very cruel, harsh, mean spirited, and well if you think about it….
Think about the Pharisees who came against Christ.
I hope I can write this, from the perspective, of someone, who has experienced the Pharisee spirit, but I have also seen it try and creep on me as well. And I don’t like it frankly.
I don’t like being treated harshly by other Christians, and I have seen it try to come to me, because I have some insight into the word of God.
I have seen myself, react with some, in the beginning of my Christian walk, harshly as well. My husband, can attest to that. Because I was totally in warrior mode. Its not a very pretty thing to do, to be honest. Lets be honest, its a turn off to see some in that spirit.
It gives Christianity a bad name. To be totally frank. And I believe we will be judged, by God Himself, for turning some off, with the “Pharisee Spirit.”
I have seen it many times. But one time in particular, oh just about three years ago. We attended a small Christian church. I won’t say the denomination, because I don’t want to give anybody a bad name.
But, I really admired this pastor. He had a head full of knowledge, when it came to King James scriptures. I wanted to go to a church, where the word of God was taught from a King James. But this man, did not have a kind and loving heart. As I began to see him, judge other denominations, in the body of Christ. I began to see a very legal, sense of being with him.
Now, I never deny the “Law” of God, and I know many Christians, think they can rely on grace. But God is a legal God, He did not flip flop from the Old Testament to the New Testament. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow….
Long story short, this pastor, actually threw us out of this church. He threw us out of my fathers house, because I asked him, in front of the congregation, if he felt “once saved” is always saved.
I want to make note, that I was very respectful to the Pastor. I did not disagree with him publicly. I felt like he could have handled the situation, more lovingly, and respectfully. By talking to us in private. But he did not.
He answered the question respectively in front of the congregation. Said no. Now I dispute that, but thats a different topic. Even though we disagreed. I did not challenge him. I believe, he knew my feelings, because I had given him a copy of my book. “How To Have Faith.” There I discuss why I believe once saved, is not always saved.
But afterward. Well, he wrote a scathing letter, and told us to never return. Because what I believed would cause discord.
That was a Pharisee spirit. That he had. And I understand it now, more than ever.
Enough to define it, to tell you my brothers and sisters in love. Be careful with the Pharisee spirit. You may be growing on the vine with Christ. You may no longer be a baby Christian. You may be a seasoned Christian. You might understand scripture very well, and well knowledge is power. It feels good to know Gods word. But that can give you pride, and pride can come before a fall. I believe God has ways, of reminding us about this. But, you can get puffed up, and maybe not even see it. You can get so puffed up, that you might start hitting folks upside the head, with your bible. Don’t walk out of love….
These scriptures give a sense of what happened, and who they are….
MATTHEW 23:26 King James
THOU BLIND PHARISEE, CLEANSE FIRST THAT WHICH IS WITHIN THE CUP AND PLATTER, THAT THE OUTSIDE OF THEM MAY BE CLEAN ALSO.
Don’t act like you are better, then others, brother or sister. Don’t do that my friends. See, we all sin, we all come short of His glory. We can lose patience. But what opened my eyes, is that God is patient with me. He always has been. Times, when I have blown it. And had to repent, all over again.
See, our example should always be in love, as Christ was the greatest example, and to take the fruit of the Holy Spirit to heart. By who Christ is. And that fear of God should make us all very humble. If you get my drift….
This scripture shows us the pride this pharisee had, when he prayed to God. Full of pride, full of himself. Look at it.
LUKE 18:11 King James.
THE PHARISEE STOOD AND PRAYED THUS WITH HIMSELF, GOD I THANK THEE, THAT I AM NOT AS OTHER MEN ARE, EXTORTIONERS, UNJUST, ADULTERERS, OR EVEN AS THIS PUBLICAN.
See how that I am better than they are, creeped up on that Pharisee?
Its easy to act like the world. And I am a warrior for Christ, I won’t deny that. But there are times, when one might feel so challenged, that you can puff yourself up, and think your are slaying the devil, with knowledge, but you are walking out of love….
Don’t do that. Christ told us, that we would be known by the love. If I don’t see the love. I walk away. I have met many Christians, who have actually attacked me, because I may see things differently as well. They don’t reason with you, they won’t even budge enough to agree, to disagree. They don’t keep the peace. They treat you like an enemy. And you are supposed to be brothers and sisters in Christ. The enemy must really rejoice when he sees this.
The greatest pains, I have ever experienced, came from brothers and sisters in Christ, who I loved, but they had a Pharisee spirit, and judged me, or walked away themselves.
I just feel led to try and bring this to your attention. Because we are not united in the body of Christ. If Christ came now, I don’t think we are ready. Or united. Or even knowledgeable concerning biblical truths.
As you know, I always support the King James. But many do not know word.
Where is the love, amongst us?
Its hard to find love. Even though we all should be walking in love, if we have accepted Christ. He suffered for us, and died on the cross for us. We have to see that to appreciate who He is…He taught us to love one another.
There are so many who look at us, and they don’t want to have anything to do with Christianity, because they say, we are bible thumpers, or we shove our Christianity down their throats. Yet when someone, is not knowledgeable, they don’t want to feel trapped by the Pharisee spirit. Here they tried to do that with Jesus.
THEN WENT THE PHARISEES, AND TOOK COUNSEL HOW THEY MIGHT ENTANGLE HIM IN HIS TALK. MATTHEW 22:15 King James.
That scares me. Maybe enough, to just try and warn you my brothers and sisters. Now I know all situations are different and maybe I have not always walked in love myself.
I never have related this to the Prosperity messengers, but they have a Pharisee spirit here, as well…according to this scripture.
Luke 16:14 King James.
AND THE PHARISEES ALSO, WHO WERE COVETOUS, HEARD ALL THESE THINGS AND DERIDED HIM.
The Pharisee spirit, will make you think you are better than others. To me thats dangerous, and one can cross that line.
MATTHEW 9:11 King James
AND WHEN THE PHARISEES SAW IT, THEY SAID UNTO HIS DISCIPLES WHY EATETH YOUR MASTER WITH PUBLICANS AND SINNERS?
Wow, that must have even shocked Jesus.
Look, we are not perfect, I know, its easy to cross that line. I hope I have not, but I do repent myself, if I have come across with that kind of spirit. I pray, I have not.
But, I do try…..even though grace is not always extended to me in return. But I just have to say this….
Beware of the Pharisee Spirit. Beware. All we have to do is repent, and watch your love walk. Never forget, it may make you think about forgiving others as well. Christ always reminded us to forgive. I forgive those who have had the Pharisee spirit, toward me. I do. I say it here as well. To honor my Lord Jesus.
Hope this blesses you,
Love in Christ,