- Women should never wear anything that pertains to a man.
- Men should not wear anything that pertains to a woman.
- No one should wear a garment made of wool and linen.
- No one should ever eat pork because it is unclean.
- Never eat before you wash your hands.
…And the list goes on and on.
Ladies and gentlemen, these are just five of the 613 laws that were jettisoned through the blood of Jesus and His perfect sacrifice on the cross. Most of us are familiar with the Pharisees and their collective plight to rid the religious world of Jesus. In essence, they were the religious/political sect that were the self-proclaimed overseers of the Mosaic Law. As a result of this proclamation, they managed to compile a huge list of rules and traditions that were added to the basic Law of Moses, while simultaneously enforcing those traditions by becoming judges, jurors, and executioners.
These traditions were noble gestures, however, the enforcement of these traditions were borderline terrorism. Because no one could ever really fulfill all the requirements of the traditions of men set forth by the Pharisees, they used them to flex their pious muscles, while being sheltered from the consequences themselves. This is the very reason why the crucifixion of Jesus was successful. Jesus was legally sentenced to a wrongful death because of the force of the Pharisaic Traditions.
You would think with the entrance of the New Covenant, that the Pharisee would be a thing of the past…
Well, think again.
The Church is still the breeding ground for the Pharisaic mentality. The tools of the trade have changed indeed. I’m sure you’ve encountered a Pharisee or two. They’re the ones that police everyone on Sundays to make sure their dress is long enough, or their hair color is “appropriate.” Nevermind the pain that a person may be going through, or the person contemplating suicide, or the person that came to church one last time before making a decsion to become an atheist because they have lost hope.
It’s infuriating and unacceptable. So what do you think?
Do modern-day Pharisees exist?
What are the “new” traditions that are enforced in church today?
How does proper teaching come into play when dealing with this mentality?
Let’s talk…feel free to leave a reply below. I’d love to hear from you.