Biblical tools so that you can Teach and Discern Holiness vs Hypocrisy and “Pharisees”
Aren’t you tired of people seeing a stand for God’s Holiness and calling it “Pharisee,” then seeing iniquity, and disobedience and calling it “grace?”
Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
People are quick to call you a “pharisee” if you desire to walk in holiness and obey God beyond the stage performance.
But let’s take a look at what our real king – Jesus Christ – said about the “Pharisee” problem. Will the real Pharisees please stand up?
(Hint: its the covetous actors.)
The leaven of the Pharisees is not Holiness. What is holiness?
Holiness is beautiful to God. Holiness is separation to his purpose and unto him alone. It’s sanctification. It helps start the dawning of a new powerful day in God’s Kingdom. Holiness is especially beautiful among youth
3 Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.
The Leaven of the Pharisees is Hypocrisy and Covetousness
Pharisees are actors in real life who are excellent at making money for saying the word while not doing it.
Luke 12 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.
3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
Notice when Jesus chose to instruct HIS disciples to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees. It was when the crowd got so big that they started to trample one another. When the crowd got big the first and most important thing on Jesus heart was that His true disciples were wary of the temptation to become an actor like the Pharisees were. When crowds get big, that’s when wolves put their masks on. That’s when actors start to perform for cash instead of obey God.
The Pharisees thought that since they were good actors, God would keep their sin secret like some type of government or corporate organization would.
But Jesus said that there is nothing hidden that would not be revealed
Pharisees are also excellent at making money by doing things that look good on the outside to man but are abomination to God
Luke 16 13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
The Pharisees were covetous and knew how to make themselves look good to men, but the things they did were an abomination to God.
Jesus is the instructions to his disciples regarding Pharisees was: to do exactly what they say because they are really good at saying the word. But He also said “Do NOT do what they do” because they are actors, they are faking it.
Pharisees do know certain parts of the Word, and it really does take a lot of talent, authority, and intelligence to be a really good hypocrite.
But according to Jesus Christ, the leaven of the Pharisees is hypocrisy, not holiness. Hypocrites are those who are good at saying the word but not doing it. They are talented actors. Jesus instructs HIS disciples to do what they say (of course if they can quote a couple scriptures), but NOT do what they do. Therefore you can choose to follow the actors that know how to say the right things while they spread corruption, OR you can follow Jesus. Pharisees are the ones who love to act the part but can’t bear their cross and obey God in holiness. Pharisees are not the ones that preach repentance and live holiness.
When you decide that you are smart enough to lead God’s people by talent instead of by example, you are a hypocrite and God starts the process to make an example out of you.
Matthew 23 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
2 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:
3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
Jesus requires his disciples to be good at doing it not just at saying it.
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
What is Leaven?
Leaven is the yeast that fills up the whole body like a yeast infection, or a piece of bread.
Pharisees don’t spread holiness or the gospel.
Pharisees spread hypocrisy and spread covetousness and the love of money
Hypocrisy and Covetousness is what they spread through the Body of Christ if you don’t beware.
A Pharisee is not the one who advocates for holiness and separation unto Gods purpose out of Love for Him.
A Pharisee is the one who preaches Holiness and separation from the world for five years and then does the opposite.
But didn’t Jesus eat with sinners?
Jesus ate with repenters. That’s why they came to eat with Jesus because they had actually repented from the sin. The Pharisees were the ones that called them sinners because of their social status not because of their fruits.
Read Luke 19, it was the Pharisees that called Zacchaeus a sinner… but Zacchaeus was the one who gave half his net worth to the poor in repentance and faith when he saw Jesus! He was not a sinner, he was a repenter, with real fruit of repentance in faith!
But what about evangelism?
Evangelism minus holiness is counterfeit evangelism.
Matthew 2315 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
You can travel all you want and spend money to reach an unbeliever, but if you are an actor, your disciples are double the child of hell than you. This is why talented actor/Pharisee based evangelism is useless.
Does holiness mean that you are mean and you can never associate with an unbeliever?
No. That’s ridiculous.
What it does mean is that you don’t follow you their ways you don’t do what they do and your ministry is set apart and separate from making covenants with unbelievers
The benefit of not being joined in partnership with unbelievers, and perfecting holiness in the fear of God, is a Father/Child relationship with God.
2 Corinthians 6
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
7 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
When you think of fellowship, think of two people in the same boat, going the same direction, in the same ship, in the same team.
Holiness is being separate unto God from unbelievers, so that you can reach God, then reach unbelievers. If you compromise God’s obedience to reach unbelievers, you are a hypocrite and a Pharisee, and all your reaching people is utterly useless.
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