The Pharisees

The Pharisees

I can’t go to the movies
Eat pork, when I dine
I can’t listen to country music
Or enjoy a glass of fine wine

It’s a sin to wear a Hawaiian shirt
It’s a sin to creatively “see ”
Sometimes I think it’s a sin to breath
Or even to write this poetry

You see, these finger-pointing Christians
Are a species to behold
For they will rigidly pound you
Into their rusty old, self-made cookie mold

For they bind heavy burdens
As they lift themselves to exhibit
And to those who’d enter the kingdom
They actually tend to inhibit

And they observe specks of dust
With their judgmental sigh
But they don’t see the planks
Right there! In their own eye!

And they love to strain gnats
While camels, they do swallow
They put you into a strait jacket
And urge you to joyfully follow

But it’s all nailed to Jesus’ cross
According to God’s plan
The laws, the strivings, the judgments
Salvation is only through one man

For the Lord forgives our sins
But upon that one sin,
Oh they do dwell
Really come to think of it
The Pharisees are still alive and well.

Jesus’s Description of the Pharisees: “Everything they do is for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and their tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called “Rabbi” by others.” (Matthew 23:5–7)

“The Pharisees” was written by Bobby Brown author of “Seated Above Looking Below.”

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2 thoughts on “The Pharisees”

  1. PHARISEEISM—IS IT LEGALISM? BY STEVE FINNELL

    A favorite defense for those who do not want to obey God’s terms for pardon, is to label strict obedience to God as Phariseeism. Is Phariseeism keeping God’s law to the letter?

    LEGALISM DEFINED: Strict and literal adherence to law.

    Were the Pharisees guilty of legalism? No they were not. The Pharisees practiced illegalism. They were not legal.

    Matthew 26:59 Now the chief priests and the whole Council kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus, so they might put Him to death.

    Is obtaining false testimony an example of strict adherence to God’s law?

    Matthew 28:11-13…the chief priests…12 And when they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers. 13 and said, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and sole Him away while we were asleep.’

    Is conspiring to bribe men to lie, strict adherence to God’s law?

    Matthew 23:14[ Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation.]

    Was devouring widow’s houses an example of legalism or illegalism? Were the Pharisees literally following God’s law by devouring widows’ houses?

    Matthew 23:23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law; justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.

    Jesus did not reprimand the Pharisees for their strict compliance to God’s law? No, it was the exact opposite. The Pharisees were neglecting strict obedience to the law.

    THE LEGALISM OF THE PHARISEES?

    The legalism of the Pharisees was because they followed man-made traditions, not because they followed God’s law to the letter.

    Mark 7:1-7 …..5 The Pharisees and the scribes asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the traditions of the elders, but eat their bread with impure hands?” 6 And He said to them, “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips. But their heart is far from Me, 7 ‘But in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrine the precepts of men.’

    Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for teaching the traditions of Men. Jesus did not scold them for literal obedience to God’s laws.

    Mark 7:8 Neglecting the commandments of God, you hold to the traditions of men.”

    The Pharisees were not practicing legalism by strict obedience to God’s law. They were illegal for neglecting God’s commandments and keeping man-made traditions.

    Is teaching what Jesus said in, Mark 16:16, being Pharisaical.
    (Mark 16: He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved….)

    Would it be a tradition of men to say that “has been baptized shall be saved?” No it would not; it would the words of Jesus Christ.

    To claim that Christians are practicing the legalism of the Pharisees because they say you have to be obedient to God’s terms for pardon in order to be saved, is factually incorrect.

    GOD WANTS US TO BE HIS LEGAL CHILDREN

    ILLEGAL CHILDREN WILL BE LEFT WITHOUT AN INHERITANCE.

    WHAT MUST MEN DO TO BECOME LEGAL?

    A. FAITH: John 3:16
    B. REPENTANCE: Acts 2:38
    C. CONFESSION: Romans 10:9-10
    D. WATER BAPTISM: 1 Peter 3:20-21

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