The yeast of our modern Pharisees and Sadducees

Reading: Matthew 16:5-12

munyingnying_bread_earthlytravelerWhen we read the Word of God and it makes us feel uneasy about some of our habits, practices and lifestyle—what do we find ourselves doing?  Do we run to people who tell us a different interpretation of things and make us feel better?  Do we seek comfort in highly acclaimed books written by respected religious leaders?  Do we move to a church that advertises its tolerance—making us happy with their simple, short and repetitive messages of God’s love, acceptance and inclusivity?

My friend, if we are finding comfort in everything else except in the Word of God, chances are we really are in an uncomfortable position.  If we are being offended or terrified by His Word, chances are there is something to be terrified about.

My brother, my sister, I pray that the next time you open your Bible, the Lord will open your heart and mind and give you the answer to your questions.  May your vindication come from Him, and may He give you His peace, His joy and His strength to live according to His instructions as stated in His un-adulterated Word.  The Lord bless you.

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12 thoughts on “The yeast of our modern Pharisees and Sadducees

  1. The best truth detector – the Bible! Reading it every day for over a decade, using different versions and commentaries to supplement what I believe the Lord is showing me! We also attend church every Sunday (uniquely, a different one every week as we travel) and there we find Bodies of Believers who share in our faith! The Bible must be preached for us to attend!

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  2. “If we are being offended or terrified by His Word, chances are there is something to be terrified about.”

    So true. Love this. Thanks

    Pharisee/legalist is often misused in our society anyway. According to some professing Christians, this is any Christian who dares to do what the Bible tells us to do, to look out for each other which would include having to rebuke someone if need be.

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    • Thanks for dropping by, Caeli. Yes, definitions seem to have changed, and it is sad when one is labeled a Pharisee/legalist for trying to follow God’s law (it’s work that inevitably follows salvation!). People are not always open to rebuke; likewise, it could also be difficult to rebuke with tact, wisdom, love and grace. That’s why I hope everyone would go back to God’s Word, because we see how kind the Lord really is, and that alone should be reason enough to lead us to repentance. God bless.

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      • “People are not always open to rebuke; likewise, it could also be difficult to rebuke with tact, wisdom, love and grace.”

        Rebuking someone is countercultural, especially in a politically correct environment that is why the Bible tells us to proclaim truth with boldness. God bless you too munyingying. Are you a brother or a sister? Your handle reminds me of something which means something along the confines of “shine” in the Tagalog language. Or is that a kitty’s name?

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      • The rebuking department is somewhere I probably have to improve on then. Otherwise my ‘boldness’ could come across downright cruel, and not effective. Just need to constantly remind myself that I also make mistakes, could also be careless with my own decisions at times, and also in the process of life-long learning. Fallible as everyone else (and sometimes just misjudged, despite intentions of goodwill). And yet the Lord is tender, patient and understanding toward me.

        LOL, munyingnying as cat endearment. Unmask me no more! Female here (I used to have an easily identifiable display image; hope to do something about it some time). Have a blessed day, Caeli.

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      • Lol. Trust me I don’t go around intentionally trying to pick a theological bone with someone. Although since phase 2 of The Shack came about, it’s hard not to expose its deceptive assertions marketed as fiction which the author himself admits to being “highly theological.” We’re all faulty equipment but the Holy Spirit’s empowerment helps us to step out of staying in the mindset of “It’s not my place to correct” especially when you know what the Word of God says when the opportunity arises, and usually, that happens when we make ourselves available to the Holy Spirit’s leading. If we tell people how they ought to live their lives knowing full well we are not living right by God, that would rightly make us Pharisees.

        Have a blessed day as well and thanks for answering my question. I wanted to make sure I addressed you properly, sister.

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      • Ahhh, I didn’t know what The Shack was until last week (checked it on Wiki). Yes, it felt uncomfortable. The more we get grounded in God’s Word, the more we realise that what could sit right with others does not with us. The enemy poses as an angel of light.

        The Holy Spirit’s leading… you are right. The what, where, and for me especially–the when and how (praying for the right approach in how to get people on the “Biblical” side instead of driving them away!). Sorry, I do not mean to be cryptic, but when I wrote the post, it was on reflection of the Scripture passage that I just read, and the place, political context, etc. that I am in. We are in the last days! May we grow more and more in Him. God bless.

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        ” Sorry, I do not mean to be cryptic, but when I wrote the post, it was on reflection of the Scripture passage that I just read, and the place, political context, etc. that I am in.”

        You might think that but as you have just said, we are living in the last days where people are getting more hostile to the things of God and plenty of deception. No need for apologies and while people think they need to take the right approach on things, some often balk in sharing their faith because it seems it’s never the right time or people feel they are inadequate or who knows what else. Our time is short and Jesus certainly did not worry about making friends with the world. We are told beforehand that those who belong to God and destined to inherit salvation will be open to the gospel and those who are destined to destruction will find us to be a stench. It’s not a matter of worrying about how we present ourselves. People will always hate truth because it exposes the sin nature and this is always the case especially with the world. You can do it in a loving way but some will still react in a hostile manner. As one of my favorite pastors says, “Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.”

        Take Care.

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      • Thanks for sharing your views, Caeli. True, some people will still be hostile even with a loving approach. Sorry for the late reply–I’m not as active online as with my weekly posts–they’ve been scheduled since February (until April)! 🙂 God bless.

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