Christian Pharisees

I describe Christian Pharisees as those who do not claim Christ but attempt to claim his faith as a basis for judging others, believing as their historical Jew counterparts that their texts, rituals, clothing, and offerings justify them and give them righteousness in God in and of themselves. They have a Eurocentric Calvinistic Christianity feeling themselves without a need for the work and immanent presence of Christ, as if God saved them because they were the elect to begin with and not those who needed a savior.

They are not truly converted because they believe they are already the saved and thus the work of progressive sanctification that God begins in the convert is never initiated. They are sanctified and holy of their own declaration and therefore not. They are called in scripture those who follow Him saying Lord, Lord and are deceiving only themselves and those not given the spiritual gift of discernment.

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