Pharisees do not mingle with sinful people
Pharisees will mingle only with their own crowd of “holy” Pharisees. They criticised even Jesus for mingling with sinners. Is your holiness one that prevents you from mingling with your unconverted relatives? It is true that we can only find fellowship only with God’s children. But we can be friendly with all. Jesus was known as the “Friend of sinners”. If you want to be like Jesus, you must be a friend of sinners.
A Pharisee will not attend the wedding reception of an unconverted relative, because he feels he will be polluted by associating with them. Jesus however would have gladly attended an unconverted relative’s wedding reception. He went to the homes of sinners, where they probably had lude dancing and drunkenness going on. He would share the gospel with those sinners. Contact with them didn’t defile Him because His righteousness was inward. It is true that He spent most of His time with His disciples. But He spent a lot of time talking to sinful people. How can we win sinners to the Lord if we are not friendly with them? How can they see how “the other side lives” if they are never in contact with the “other side”?
A good question you can ask yourself is this: How many were brought to the Lord by you? I don’t mean to say we are all evangelists, because we’re not. Even though you may have been in your church or community for 20 years, no one may even know you are a believer! And I don’t mean because you mentioned it, but could they see it from your life? . Don’t you think this indicates something about your life? Many pastors too have not brought a single person to Christ in many, many years. Not because of people “coming to the alter”. I mean directly one on one. The reason could be that they are Pharisees. If you honestly acknowledge your Phariseeism in this area, God can use you to bring others to Him.
Maybe I’m able to point out your Phariseeism. Maybe you can point it out in me!
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