by Jeff Strite

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Don't Want To Be A Pharisee (5 of 6)
Series: Not A Fan
Jeff Strite
John 8:1-11

About the worst thing you can call somebody in Church is to say they are a ''Pharisee''. The Pharisees were THE ''bad guys'' in scripture and seemed to always be the main group that Jesus singled out as examples of who His followers were NOT to be like.

I don't want to be a Pharisee.
How many of you would not want to be a Pharisee? (Ask for a show of hands)
But apparently we could become like them if we are not careful.

Someone put together a list of danger signs to know whether or not you've become a modern day Pharisee:

Your official title is longer than your given name.
You're willing to be merciful - once.
You have two dogs named ''Faithful'' and ''True''… and they're both killer pit bulls.
Everyone outside your immediate circle, and most within it, are wrong.
God's still small voice… sounds exactly like you.
You know the Word of God, but not the God of the Word.

Back in the days of Jesus the Pharisees were the bad guys and Jesus was always giving them a hard time. So I don't want to be a Pharisee. I don't want to make Jesus mad.
I want to be a Christ follower. I want to pick up my cross daily and follow Him. I want Jesus to look at me on the Day of Judgment and say ''Well done, good and faithful servant.''

In fact we used to have a song about that at Church Camp.
''Don't want to be a Pharisee
Don't want to be a Pharisee
Cause they're not Fair you see
Don't want to be a Pharisee''
(From the song ''I wanna be a Sheep, Baa Baa'')

Now why sing the song?
Because there are people who end up being Pharisees.

You see, the Pharisees of Jesus day had started out wanting TO PLEASE God. They began in a day when Israel was deeply tainted with immorality and unrighteousness and somebody needed to stand in the gap. And the Pharisees stepped up to fill that need. And in an era where many Jews had abandoned the rules and law ...

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