Accidental Pharisees: Avoiding Pride, Exclusivity, and the Other Dangers of Overzealous Faith
Why do we always see our motives as sincere, but others’ as vengeful or just plain wrong? Why, when we do something wrong, is it an accident or we misspoke, but when others do the same thing, we consider them sinful,mean-spirited or Judgmental?
This is the main subject of "Accidental Pharisees". We all, whether we admit it or not have a tendency to act like Pharisees. It is in our fallen nature to cover up our sin. Look at Adam and Eve.
I’ve reviewed several books at this point, yet I ...more
What makes this books so amazing to me is that our pastor made it his "book-of-the-month", encouraging every member of our congregation to read it. That takes courage . . . and humility. Because the second thing you see after you see that all this applies to ...more
"We're all susceptible (to becoming accidental Pharisees) in different ways. ... But in the end, the pathway to becoming an accidental Pharisee alway ...more
Fast forward to today. Being a Pharis ...more
What were they thinking?
The Son of God himself shows up full of grace and truth, and all they wanted to do is argue over weekends and hand washing! Glad I'm not like those sinners. I wouldn't have been so foolish. It just goes to show that some people, just don't get it!
Wow, I'm starting to sound a little Pharisaical myself. It seems that even when we have the best of intentions to love and obey God, we can sometimes end up fighting against him.
This is exactly the sort of thing Larr ...more
Author: Larry Osborne
Okay, I’ll admit it…I didn’t want to read this book at first. Why? Probably because I know my tendency to be a Pharisee in different areas of my life and it is hard to look at honestly. The Lord knows how many times words with an attitude slip out of my mouth or fingertips when I am typing an email then have The Spirit touch me. Ouch! Yes, I admit and confess I wrestle with it often. If it weren’t for God ...more
1. And it’s at this point that your personal pursuit of holiness can morph into something dangerous: a deepening sense of frustration with those who don’t share your passionate pursuit of holiness. (loc 103)
2. If you continue farther and farther down the path of contempt for those who fail to keep up, you’ll end up in a place of arrogance. Fewer and fewer people will measure up to your definition of genuine disciple. Inevitably, being r ...more
Accidental Pharisees by Larry Osborne get to the heart of the matter and shows us just way its so important for us to never judge others or become prideful in the way we walk with the Lord.
Osborne is right. No one thinks they are a Pharisee, or even close, and many of us end up there accidentally. I have personally ...more
Having said that, Accidental Pharisees is a must read because it is a convicting read. Osbourne challenged me. I would think over a lot of his criticisms and come to conclusion that he ...more
I'd be interested in Larry speak on the intersection of these ideas with his Sticky Teams book... it would be an intriguing discussion.
Through reading this book, I was impressed upon the power of grace. It is so beautiful that Jesus loves us when we fail. We all will. So why do we look down on others who "can't cut it" in the spiritual race.
It's easy when others put you on a pedestal to begin to feel like you're making it. This was a radical reminder of God's grace - for the pastor, the missionary, the average worker, and the stuck-in-sinner. Make it one of your next reads. It to ...more
Larry Osborne asks the question: is it possible to be too zealous for God? The answer, found in this book, is obviously.
Osborne begins by giving a little love to the group of fellas known as the Pharisees. Many Christians view them with disdain because they were the brunt of Jesus' verbal attacks. What we may not realize is these Pharisees had a passion for God. They were people who wanted to bet ...more
Before the time of Jesus’ crucifixion, being a Pharisee was a title of honor. After Jesus began His ministry, being a Pharisee was equated with arrogance & hypocrisy. In ‘Accidental Pharisees’, Larry Osborne takes a look at how today’s Christians fall into the same Spiritual tracks that the Pharisees did in Jesus’ time plus how to avoid it.
I had first heard of this book via the internet from a lady whose church used it as a Bible study tool. Upon hearing her story, I very much anticipated ...more
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