“To suggest that the Pharisees were “Bible-believing religious people” is, in and of itself, false teaching, which makes men who propagate that lie false teachers. It makes Tim Keller more like the Pharisees than those he is trying to paint as Pharisees. By this definition, these people would call Jesus Himself a Pharisee.”
(Reformation Charlotte) When Jesus walked this earth, he spent a seemingly inordinate amount of time in verbal combat with the various religious leaders of the Jewish faith, the Scribes, Pharisees, and the Sadducees. Most often, though, we see Jesus rebuking the Pharisees for what seems to be their strict interpretation and detailed adherence to the law of Moses.
But was that really the case?
In the modern Evangelical Church, we constantly hear from church leaders and pastors that there are certain “pharisaical” groups in the Church who are obsessed with doctrinal integrity and biblical soundness. Those people, they say, are divisive and are far more concerned with strict adherence to Scripture than they are with unity of the body or loving people. They are the modern-day “legalists.”
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