Accidental Pharisees: Avoiding Pride, Exclusivity, and the Other Dangers of Overzealous Faith
In Accidental Pharisees, bestselling author Larry Osborne diagnoses nine of the most common traps that can ensnare C ...more
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.
There are numerous ways Christians elevate themselves and their spirituality above other Christians', and the danger is that they don't even realize it because it all started with good intentions (hence, "accidental" in the title). "Accidental Pharisees" gives many examples of the traps into which the well intentioned fall. Scripture is used to refute the various pitfalls; usually ...more
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
Fast forward to today. Being a Pharis ...more
This book was painful in the best ways. My heart frequently dropped as I read these words and recognized so many evidences of Pharisaism in my life--and God's grace was made bigger as my sin was made evident. This book is not only f ...more
This is possibly THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK Christians from all backgrounds and denominations could read today. Even though it's been out for 5 years, I pray it becomes a best seller because so many of us believers are in desperate need of the timely message that's within its pages. If I ever become one of those pesky persons who give out books for believers to read like those annoying, nosey relatives who hand out uns ...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
"We're all susceptible (to becoming accidental Pharisees) in different ways. ... But in the end, the pathway to becoming an accidental Pharisee alway ...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.
I'd be interested in Larry speak on the intersection of these ideas with his Sticky Teams book... it would be an intriguing discussion.
One thi ...more
However, I felt at times like his examples were too vague or perhaps misguided.
One example of this was when he said that those who believe in Christ-centered ministry can be legalistic about it. I suppose, perhaps this can be true but it felt at though the antidote was to not have firm convictions about being Christ-centered (as one example).
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