Beware “The Pharisee Syndrome”



A great debate is occurring in the religious world today that swirls around the belief in the Bible as the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
To those who choose to believe that the Bible isn’t true, there’s nothing I can do to persuade you otherwise, only God can do that and I get that, so I will continue to pray for you, as we are ALL God’s children and I know that He longs for the return of every lost sheep, even those who deny. But for those of you who believe in the Bible, whether wholeheartedly of even in the slightest, I interject this into the debate, beware the Pharisee syndrome.

So what is the Pharisee syndrome?
God first gave Moses the commandments, who then gave them to the people. The people then, with the help of God through prophets at times, added to those laws to what became the 613 laws of Moses. Over the many, many years of human-pride development and personal curiosity the leaders of the temples that God first created through the Levites began putting these laws under the microscope more and more often. This continuous scrutiny of God’s original words that were inspired by Him to be written by men, coupled with the lack of God’s purposeful non-guidance, are the main contributors to what I call the Pharisee syndrome.

This self imposed position occurs when people dissect His words over and over to the point of misinterpretation, all too often for their own personal gain without them even knowing it. Having been redeemed for only a year and a half,

(click my story/witness of the Father, then older posts for details)

I certainly haven’t had enough theological education, formal or otherwise, to fall into this category. I am only bringing to light what has become glaringly obvious to my recently Spirit-opened eyes.

Let me be clear, the actual written word is NOT what I am referring to as what has been clouded here, it is how the word is spoken to others and how we are being told to interpret it that I reference. You see, in the spiritual development of Jesus, He was led by the Father first to the elders of the temple to be taught the words of God, but at some point He saw this condition and began to expose it, but because the temple leaders of the time were a “highly educated” group of religious theologians, they automatically rejected Him and what He was attempting to enlighten them to. They were in essence leading the masses astray, with the support of course of their own personal pride, very similar to what we see today in mass except I hope this is being done more unintentionally.

This present day lack of Spirit-inspired work does nothing but fan what has become a wildfire flame of hypocrisy for the seemingly few true Christians to try and contain for the sake of Christ’s church, (as if trying to be heard over the overbearing secular media noise isn’t enough).
Since having been made an entirely new creature by God, for reasons only known to Him, this notion has been brought to my attention several times. I am in no way paralleling myself with my Savior, but I am now inspired myself by the Holy Spirit to raise this subject to light because along with it comes what I hope is mostly unintentional doubt about God’s existence, for where one doubt is raised against God’s word, others are sure to follow.

To me the bottom line is this….God speaks to us through the Bible and He has a different conversation with each of us individually, just as you and I have an individual rapport with Him. That is the incredible beauty of the word of God. Therefore ,who is to say to anyone how God is speaking to them through His word?

I am not pointing any fingers at anyone in particular, I am merely just saying to ALL, beware the human condition,”the Pharisee syndrome”.

 “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”

Philippians 2:3-5


Author: Tom McGraw

I am a father, husband, son, and baseball coach but FIRST, I am God's servant. My continuous prayer is to do His will, not mine.

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