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The Danger of Spiritual Comparison (6 of 7)
Series: Accidental Pharisees
It's been awhile since we've been in our series but tonight, we continue our series entitled, Accidental Pharisees. I told you when this series began that it would most likely be the most painful series I've ever preached. That has proven true for me. This series has cut to the heart and challenged me greatly.
We all must recognize our own tendency to become Pharisees. If you think it's not possible in your life, you're fooling yourself.
Why would I do a series like this? Why would I preach a sermon like this? Well, I am doing this series for me, and I am doing to series for you. It's for me because many of you knew me during my Pharisee days. It's for you because I want to warn you not to go there. It's for us, as a church, because I want to avoid the dangers of self-righteousness and legalism.
You see, we are aware of the dangers of liberalism. We know the pitfalls of not believing the Bible or trusting in Jesus. But I don't think we're really aware of the dangers of legalism. Legalism is just as dangerous as liberalism. In fact, it might be more dangerous because it is disguised as special righteousness.
Jesus recognized the dangers of legalism and He called the Pharisees on it at every turn. He wouldn't let them get away with it. And here in Luke 6:37-42 we are reminded once again of the dangers of slipping into legalism. Following rules is easy, but developing a relationship takes effort and energy.
If you didn't notice, tonight we're looking at the world's favorite verse. Nope, John 3:16 is not the world's favorite verse, Luke 6:37 is. Almost everyone, lost/saved, churched/unchurched, knows this verse and loves to quote it: ''Judge not lest you be judged.'' READ TEXT - PRAY
I know it's happened to you because it's happened to me. It's such an awkward and strange situation that I even have a hard time talking about it tonight. It's one ...
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