Modern Pharisees

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Friday, January 8, 2021

I believe man actually walked on the moon.

I believe UFO’s are not real.

I believe that global warming will occur in the future as a means of God’s judgement of sin in the Tribulation but not as a result of man’s abuse of the environment.

I believe that things are never as they seem on the surface.

I believe that people are determined to protect their beliefs even if they are proven wrong.

My point today is taken directly from the Bible in John chapter nine. The religious rulers of His day have their belief system attacked by an event that proves they are wrong. Yet they are determined to fight against the truth. They seek every possible option to validate their own position. They become incensed with anyone who opposes them.  They do all they can to discredit every viewpoint that does not support their own. They speak harshly to people and speak unlovingly about people. They make accusations in order to invalidate people’s statements. And in the end, when they cannot win, they simply cast people aside as irrelevant.

Wow. I think I just described the behavior of religious people today. It breaks my heart to see the Pharisees alive and well in the church today.

I challenge you to read the story in John, and focus on the words of Jesus that conclude the chapter.

John 9:39-41 Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.”

Then before you start an argument with me about any of the things above that I say I believe, let me state one more.

I BELIEVE JESUS IS GOD, AND THAT HE DIED ON THE CROSS FOR MY SIN, AND ROSE FROM THE DEAD TO GRANT ETERNAL LIFE TO ME BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN HIM.

That’s the only belief I care to defend.

Pastor John

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