Recommended Reading – The Pharisee Card

Excellent rebuttal  by Todd Wilken to those who equate standing for doctrinal purity and sound doctrine as pharisaical.

An excerpt:

“The Pharisees’ error was not the a lack of missionary zeal; it was that their false teaching (however zealously preached) damned rather than saved. Moreover, contrary to everything the Pharisee Card is meant to imply, just because someone is  concerned for doctrinal purity and resistant to theological innovation, does not mean that he is unconcerned for the lost. On the contrary, departure from the pure Word, in doctrine and practice, does not help, but hinders the preaching of the Gospel therefore impedes the mission of the Church. False teaching does not save sinners. Purity in doctrine and practice makes the preaching of the Gospel possible. Purity in doctrine and practice makes the preaching of the Gospel imperative.”

Another really good article:

Is contending for the faith always divisive?


4 thoughts on “Recommended Reading – The Pharisee Card

  1. For some reason, Todd Wilken’s article cites Matthew 23 only in passing. In Matthew 23, Jesus teaches that the Pharisees upheld laws that were man made and not part of the scripture, to the detriment of others. The Pharisees were also legalistic and held people to the letter of the law while ignoring the Spirit of the law. This comes out in John 7, where Jesus healed on the Sabbath, which is technically work and therefore forbidden. Jesus told the Pharisees in John 7:24, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” I think that there are legitimate times that some of us could be labeled Pharisees…

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