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 You Might Be a Pharisee If... -vaughn



[b]You Might Be a Pharisee If...[/b]
[i]by Harold Vaughn[/i]

You are glad you are better than others.
Your prayers are more like “self-talk” than speaking with God.
Your sins seem so small when placed beside the really BIG sins of others.
You rationalize that Christians who don’t agree with you are all “compromisers.”
You routinely dismiss anyone who would dare to point out a “blind spot.”
You verbally rip apart the people who disagree with you.
You rehearse your virtues when you should be confessing your sin.
You take delight in checking off your religious “to do” list.
The standard you use to judge others is “you.”
Prayer is more about you and your perception than about God and His praise.
You assume your discipline and “preciseness” indicates true spirituality.
Your memory is excellent when it comes to remembering your good works.
You glory more in appearance than in heart.
You are obsessed with externals, but blind to the internal reality of your own soul.
Outward righteousness is more important than heart holiness.
You find it difficult to fellowship with those different from yourself.
You believe you are superior to others.
You keep a list of your religious activities on the tip of your tongue.
You justify yourself by condemning others.
You build up yourself and your group by tearing others down.
You despise people who do not hold your convictions.
Your conscience is silent when you accuse and verbally abuse God’s people.
You excuse your arrogant behavior because you hold to “the correct position.”
You call your uncanny ability to catalog the faults of others “discernment.”
You thank God you are not as other men.
You really like to hear yourself pray.
Your sense of self-importance blinds you to the fact of how repulsive you are to
others.
You always come out in a favorable light when you compare yourself with other
men.
You feel your anger is justified because you are right and those you are angry
with are wrong.
You cling to “emotional infallibility” – the belief that whatever you feel in your
heart must be correct.
You believe a person really pleases God by keeping all the rules.
Your theological “rigidity” is more important than all other factors.
You feel the trail of broken relationships in your past is due to some fault in the
other parties.
You visually and intellectually comply in order to gain acceptance and approval.
You are so caught up in your own circle that you will do anything to maintain
your reputation.
You are dominated by the fear of man.
You are insulted by the notion you may be a Pharisee.


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 2007/10/4 13:33Profile
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 Re: You Might Be a Pharisee If... -vaughn

Thanks for the list!


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 Re: You Might Be a Pharisee If... -vaughn

this is a good list to "go through" once a week at least and take "inventory".....


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hmmhmm wrote:
this is a good list to "go through" once a week at least and take "inventory".....




I'm in total agreement.


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 Re: You Might Be a Pharisee If... -vaughn

I admit it: I can be like that.

Lord, cleanse my heart. I don't want to have this "form" of godliness- I want it to be real, and from you! I want to be holy as you are holy and have a great love towards others. Father, I pray that I will not be blinded, not get angry unjustly.

Thanks for posting that article.


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 Re: You Might Be a Pharisee If... -vaughn

Quote:
You rationalize that Christians who don’t agree with you are all “compromisers.”



Oh how this thought can well up in my heart!! More and more each day i realize that I am wretched!

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