WHERE IS THE LOVE? Identifying Christian Pharisees

         “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” [John 13:34-35]

         How does one identify a real Christian Pharisee? Like their spiritual forebears of the first century, a Christian Pharisee is initially known primarily by one thing. And this one thing is both an indicator of such a person’s heart, as it is at the core of his or her being, but is also on the immediate surface, and often boils forward to said surface in a rapid flash which defies any possibility of impulse control.

         The first indicator of a real Christian Pharisee is therefore no secret whatsoever in that it reveals itself without restraint in all its unchecked fleshly power as it rises quickly for the kill in response to any perceived sleight or lack of absolute respect demanded by such a one for otherwise arbitrary reasons.

         Here it is: CHRISTIAN PHARISEES ARE EXTREMELY AND VERY EASILY OFFENDED AND ARE WILLING TO FIGHT ANYONE ANYTIME ANYWHERE AT THE DROP OF A HAT TO PROTECT AND HONOR THEMSELVES AND THE BELIEFS AND TRADITIONS THEY HAVE BOUGHT INTO AND SOLD OUT TO WITH NO REGARD WHATSOEVER FOR THE GOLDEN RULE OR HONORING THE LORD JESUS.

         They refuse to engage in any rational dialogue in the sense of arriving at greater truth because they believe they already possess all truth. They refuse and deflect any form of possible persecution by always beating the other person to said persecution and thus becoming the epitome of the persecutor. Their method is one of insistence that they are right, have always been right, and will always be right, and insist that anyone who doesn’t believe what they believe can just as soon go straight to hell.

         They believe with all their hearts that they have captured and possess the very top of the pyramid, that they are superior to all, and that all others must comply with their religion or belief system and every part of it, both in dogma and practice, or be remanded to a state of total rejection.

         They then project this attitude upon the “god” of their choosing and insist that “god”, their god, is absolutely on their side and only on their side and is also against the same people they are against. They will go to any lengths to destroy anyone who even slightly touches their massive sacred cows and golden calves as if simple murder is nowhere close to being good enough and doesn’t do proper justice to the immense offense perpetrated upon them.

         This very thing happened to the real God, the only God, the God of all Creation, when He showed up here as one of us, as a human being, to save us and set us free. Of course, they couldn’t touch Him until He willingly laid down His life on our behalf. Once He made Himself vulnerable, however, His enemies wasted no time in inflicting upon Him the very worst they could offer and if they had the opportunity they would have tortured Him and murdered Him many times over.

         It’s right there in your Gospels. It’s all over the New Testament. It’s infused throughout Christian history. It is why the real saints of the Lord always took it on the chin while doing the real work of the Lord and teaching the real Gospel. The incredible and completely unjustified persecution against them identified them as real disciples who acted out of love and for the truth, and it also perfectly identified the haters who would always rather gossip, slander, libel, and defame, and even murder, maim, destroy, and generally go stark raving nuts in defense of their evil hearts and ungodly agendas.

         “You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell? [Matthew 23:33] [1]

LOVE IS THE FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW

         Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

         Love never fails… [1Corinthians 13:4-8]

         Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. For this, “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”

         Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. [Romans 13:8-10]

         © 2016 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.

          Real Christianity—The Nature of the Church


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

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Posted on May 24, 2016, in Teaching and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I know. One of whom you have written he is right and you are wrong no matter what because he is the anointed one to teach. Where is the love?
    This post is too good! Blessings, James

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  2. To live a life of true love as a Christian requires, demands a life lived in step with, in control by the Messiah’s Holy Spirit. How many who call themselves a Christian really understand what being “baptized in the Holy Spirit is”; what happened at that Pentecost those many years ago? What their own “personal Pentecost” can be?

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    • Thanks Gary. The real discipleship of those at the beginning of the Lord’s community was so different from what most Christians later adopted that they simply cannot relate. Spiritual reality appears foreign and somewhat nonsensical. This is the divide that continues to exist in that those who have actually undergone a real spiritual birth—a new birth—appear to the non-new birth Christians the same way unbelievers perceive them, as somewhat non-relatable.

      It should be obvious, and actually is but not acknowledged so much by the non-born again, that the people who experienced Pentecost experienced something very powerful and otherworldly, and became endued with spiritual abilities they could never have gained without the Lord’s direct involvement. Therefore, when the Cessationists and other Christians non-supportive of an ongoing Pentecost consider what happened to those first disciples, they must insist it was either a one-time event or was only meant to be experienced by very few. Both are wrong, of course, as the original Pharisees were wrong, and remained upset that Pentecost could not possibly fit into their limited, man-made religious structure.

      The Lord Jesus said everyone must be born again or cannot see or enter the kingdom of God. When one is born again, and does enter the kingdom, the corresponding change in one SHOULD be great and one SHOULD become very different from what they were before and one SHOULD have the spiritual abilities the Lord promised.

      It proves real love and the greatest love, in that one gives one’s life for one’s Lord, just as He did for all, and experiences a wholesale resurrection.

      Be blessed.

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  3. If a little child can speak a word of correction into your life then you are not a Pharisee. You are humble and teachable.

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  4. We must receive the kingdom as a little child

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