10 SIGNS THAT YOU MIGHT BE A PHARISEE


It’s “Top 10 Tuesday” – So here you go:

  1. If you consider the church roll the Lambs book of Life.
  2. If you’re disgusted by the moral filth that is playing out of your own VCR/DVD player.
  3. If you think Christianity is about rules rather than relationship.
  4. If you think any church that has experienced growth must be watering down the Gospel.
  5. If you rebuke the visiting preacher for not wearing a tie when he was in the pulpit.
  6. If you won’t let your kids watch “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” because there’s a witch in the movie.
  7. If you only see what is wrong in others and never what is right.
  8. If you feel it’s your spiritual job to “fix” other people, because you only see what’s wrong in others and never what’s right. If you’re so obsessed with traditions and religion that you miss that it’s all about Jesus.
  9. If you accept only the KJV as authorized because it’s the version that Paul & Silas carried.
  10. If you’re more concerned with who’s waiting on the table and what they’re wearing, than focusing on the sacrifice & death of Jesus Christ.

What can you add to this list?

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  1. Patrick Sheaffer says:

    Hello Trey,

    I enjoy your blog thoughts… great job in communicating your passions. Equally, I enjoyed our brief stay in Childress… WOW! What an incredible experience. I hope and pray that the Church and that community were half as blessed as were we… Thanks for your hard work behind the scenes – for your Christ-like spirit up front… the Aimers saw such a caring servant-leader… Thanks, man for everything. Pat Sheaffer

  2. Bobby Cohoon says:

    love the list!

    Bobby

  3. David Kirk says:

    You might be a Pharisee if:

    You notice that the church across the street is planning a sunrise Easter service, and you respond by
    posting a sign that reads “Sleep in and come to our service”.

    I’ve seen this.

  4. TREY MORGAN says:

    David … no way! Amazing

  5. Messianic Gentile says:

    Trey,

    I apologize for being such a heckler. And honestly, your list is not so important an issue for me that I feel compelled to comment or anything like that. But I think you give pharisees an undeserved bad name with your list. Not that they are heroes, but that it is too easy to read Luther into Paul and then paint such a picture of the Pharisees.

    I would sooner liken Rush Limbaugh, G. Gordon Liddy or Peter Jennings to the Pharisees. While these are not the only folks that could make my list, and they tend not to stress religious concerns, the fact is that in first-century Israel politics and religion went together completely. And the political nature of the thing weighed very very heavy in the minds of good pharisees.

    A specific example of the pharisee style position for me is found in Gordon Liddy’s radio show in the early 90’s. He was outspoken critic of the Clinton administration and the FBI and ATF. He actually encouraged his listeners that if they see an ATF agent at the door to “Aim for the headshot, because they wear body armer!” To my knowledge Liddy himself never shot anyone, but think of that kind of message ringing in the ears of a young hot-head zealot like Timothy McVeigh. And this kind of think very much characterizes the type of society first-century Israel had become in the time of Jesus.

    So, if you are bunched up about how a political candidate is/is not fit for office based on whether he is God’s choice (or if you are for or against certain religious wars thinking God is on your side etc…) then you might be a pharisee (or something very much akin to one) and that is not entirely a bad thing, though it really could be.

    Many blessings…

  6. David Kirk says:

    You might be a Pharisee if:

    No one dares to mention certain congregations, authors, preachers,
    or journals within hearing distance of you.

    HA!

  7. David Kirk says:

    You might be a Pharisee if you use the term “change agents” a whole lot in conversation.

    Or if you think there are “sins that the church shouldn’t forgive”.

  8. David Kirk says:

    You might be a Pharisee if you use the term “change agents” a whole lot in conversation.

    Or if you think there are “sins that the church shouldn’t forgive”.

  9. Chris says:

    There are several I would absolutely love to add to your list, but in all honesty, fear that doing so would only bring undesired attention to this site.

    And, Trey, I enjoy reading your page. Therefore, I will refrain for my own benefit. LOL

  10. TREY MORGAN says:

    Thanks for being good to me Chris. I agree sometimes it’s best to just not say anything. I’ve been there before too. Trust me.

    David – You’ve obviously given this some thought. Wish I’d have had you around for the original list. I love the “sins the church can’t forgive” comment. Amen.

    MG – I always love when you give me something to think on. Thanks for always challenging my thinking.

  11. Gwen says:

    Trey,

    Have you been secretly worshipping in our building? I think you must because you hit some of these right on the head.

    It’s not Paul and Silas, it is Peter and Paul. And I was in a congregation in my younger days where an elder actually said that believing it not in jest, I was 12 and I gagged in disbelief of his ignorance, boy did I lose any respect that I may have had for him.

    One of our young men (who has been stuggling with a lot for a teen, including suddenly loosing his mother) was REWARDED Sunday for wearing long pants by being allowed to serve on the Lord’s Table. He has been banned from serving for about a year. I wonder how loved he feels.

    Gwen gwynbl@aol.com

  12. TREY MORGAN says:

    Gwen… ouch for the young man!

  13. Brian Nicklaus says:

    “you know more about false doctrine than the Bible”

    “you have your own personal ‘demas list'”

    “you think the narrow path includes you and maybe your spouse”

  14. TREY MORGAN says:

    Brian … I can always count on you for some really “good” ones. Those three were funny (in a sad kind of way of course).

  15. Chris says:

    Ok, Ok, Ok… Not sure if anyone will recognize these, but here goes at least two:

    You use the phrase “Delphi Technique” when discussing someone lifting hands during worship…

    You consult “concernedmembers.com” for a list of congregations before going on vacation…

    Sorry Trey, but Brian is a bad influence… LOL

  16. TREY MORGAN says:

    Chris … I looked it up. That’s a REAL website! No Way!

  17. Chris says:

    Yep, it is definitely a real website.

    I heard about it from a friend during VBS last year who was so frustrated with some of the things he read on it. I visited it and ended up spending quite a bit of time debating “lifting of hands” and such in the “More Churches” section, under the Bammel Church thread.

    I didn’t know anything about the Bammel Church but was so stinking frustrated at what I read that I couldn’t remain quiet. If you are even in the mood for some interesting reading, visit that thread and read my discussion. I wrote under the name, Chris.

    But, I think visiting that site for a list of approved churches would qualify one as a Pharisee, what do you think?

  18. Danny says:

    Great list Trey!

    Enjoyed the comments too. Is this David Kirk- David Kirkbride by any chance?

  19. David Kirk says:

    Trey:
    Concernedmembers.com is about the strangest thing I’ve ever seen.

    Danny: I’m not Mr. Kirkbride. Sorry.

  20. DJG says:

    There is that tie thing again…I knew it was a bad sign…

    How about you come to church three times a week no matter what else you do.

    You would not miss church to sit with your ailing spouse in the hospital.

  21. TREY MORGAN says:

    For those have not read my blog and it’s comments this weekend under “Sharing Coffee with Homeless Man” I need to add something that some of you might not get with out reading the 2 day old post and its comments.

    I just picked up a hitch-hiker and dropped him off across town. He was walking and carrying a large box. Had he just been walking I’d have let him walk. It’s a pretty day.

    I’ve got to tell you though, as he got in my pickup, I looked to see if he had one or two eyes. I needed to know if he was a pirate. He must not have been a pirate, because he had two eyes.

    BUT I do think he smelled like a pirate.

  22. Brian Nicklaus says:

    I think I am just going to leave a fork in my ashtray to be safe…there are just too many homeless pirates nowadays…

  23. TREY MORGAN says:

    Chris … I think if I spent much time looking around there it would make me feel nauseous.

  24. Chris says:

    Trey, it actually does…

  25. Anonymous says:

    Brian, don’t get one of those campstyle folding forks for your ashtray…wastes toomush time:)
    -nb

  26. Anonymous says:

    Trey,
    Don’t let those pirates fool ya. Those fake eyes look sooooo real these days!

    What do ya think was in his box? Forks, I bet!

    Watch out!
    -NB

  27. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Trey,
    Some how our churches are listed as non Sunday school and anti. That is very funny because we are neither (unless a teacher doesn’t show). We get very interesting looks from people because they thought they could trust us to be Godly and then we smack them with our children’s home pantry list.

    So:If you… well, I still feel like I should apologize from last weeks opinions so make what ever add on you want to from that thought.

    What I really think we should do is carry eye patches in our ashtrays so we can slip them on before stopping. Then, they would think we were the pirate…. Maybe a talking parot in the backseat window…

    Kathy

    How about:
    If you stop to pick up a pirate and drag main a couple of times so that people would see you and announce to everyone in the grocery store and restraunt that you are doing your good deed helping out a pungent person before putting them up in the local cock roach motel.

  28. The Preacher's Household: says:

    James is busy, someone will have to email me with the meaning of demas and Delphi technique…. I think you people speak Greek or something.
    Kath

  29. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Trey,
    Just a couple of thought:
    * If you use the words seperate and apart from… before the collection.
    * If you tell people it is wrong to tithe, using the excuse we are to give not out of compulsion.
    * If you know the five fingers but don’t know Ephesians 2.
    * If you know the first part of Acts 2:38 by heart but not the second half.
    Sory, I know I said a couple.

    James

  30. The Preacher's Household: says:

    How ironic I posted just as she did. I will update her.
    James

  31. Brian Nicklaus says:

    james,
    as for acts 2:38, if you believe the latter half of that verse, it means you are a penny-costal and I can’t fellowship you…

    :)

  32. TREY MORGAN says:

    Sorry James … I’m with Brian on this one. You know too much about that verse. So, I hope you’re still on the narrow path.

    Ha

  33. Brian Nicklaus says:

    trey,
    the picture of the pharisee(it looks like its from the visual bible video) is sorta piraty.

  34. TREY MORGAN says:

    He looks a lot like the guy I gave a ride to today. Minus the box.

  35. lisa leichner says:

    I love how you’re throwing in pirate talk with pharisee talk and the like. What a trip! Y’all are so much fun.

  36. Gene says:

    Do you think you might be a pharisee if you
    1. argue the ‘true’ meaning of the words love and hate in Hebrew,Greek,Aramaic,English and Swahilli to prove a point?
    2.Cannot accept any authorised version of the Bible as being inspired, in fact you will spend 18 yrs three months 4 days and 3 hours to find one word which is incorrectly translated from the ‘original’ text.
    3. Following two above this will become your main topic at any discussion for the next 18 yrs three months 4 days and 3 hours.

  37. TREY MORGAN says:

    Gene … thanks for joining on on the topic. Good thoughts.

    Lisa … where have you been today?

    And, I did think of another one I wanted to add. This is one I experienced first hand too.

    You might be a Pharisse if you refuse to sing, “When we all get to heaven,” because you know that not “all” will get to heaven. Instead you sing, “when the saved get to heaven.”

  38. Chris says:

    How about…

    You may be a Pharisee if you believe the KJV is owned and copyrighted by God.

  39. lisa leichner says:

    I was hiding from the scary pirate you had on your post.

    No, actually — believe it or not — I have been trying to limit my out-of-control commenting (shocking, I know), so I am going to try to only leave comments that might be meaningful or helpful or encouraging … I didn’t really have anything to add to your list that fell under those categories.

  40. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Lisa, don’t hold back too much or I’ll miss you.
    Trey, Kyli is in a habit of saying “I hate ____” we all answer her with “but we love you”. I think this might be my new answer to pharisical blog commenters and maybe some of the pharisees in my life.
    Kathy

  41. Paula Harrington says:

    Number nine is my favorite!

    Great post.

  42. Brian Nicklaus says:

    for those who missed it, kathy is of greek descent, and “demas” and “delphi” are greek words.

    no one should have to explain their own jokes, and some of you missed out on k’s wit.

  43. Robert D. Lukenbill, III says:

    Double Amen brother! Is it okay to put these top ten lists in our bulletin if we give credit?

  44. TREY MORGAN says:

    Robert … feel free to use anything you want.

    Trey

  45. Ticket Walker says:

    A Pharisee thinks Promise Keepers are a bigger threat to the planet than Al Queda!

    Ha!

  46. Anonymous says:

    How can a person be a pharisee if you are disgusted with movies we are to protect our children not let them watch whatever they want to even Jesus went into the temple and flipped the tables because he was disgusted with the filth. Sometimes people rent movies and don't realize that the movie is bad until they put it on and I personally flip it off as soon as the I hear a movie start swearing.

  47. Michael says:

    Trey, Loved sign #9. You mean Paul and Silas carried along only the KJV? HA! HA!

    Mike
    El Paso

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