The Problem with Religious Folks


Bryant Wright discusses why Jesus stood strongly against the religious crowd of His day.

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people (Matthew 23:13).

Isn't it interesting that the group Jesus had the hardest time with were the religious folks? And the people He was most drawn to and who were most drawn to Him were the obvious sinners?

Why was that?

1.  He had no patience with self-righteousness, and the religious had an abundance of it.

2.  He condemned hypocrisy, and the religious leaders were eaten up with it.

3.  He knew that legalism put people in guilt-inducing bondage, and He came to free people of this demanding “yoke.”

Yet obvious sinners were drawn to Him because of His love and acceptance. Oh, He wasn't flippant about their sin. It would cost Him an agonizing death. But amazingly, while they were yet sinners, He loved them anyway (Romans 5:8). “Them” is “us.”

Hey, Christians—let’s be more like Jesus than “religious folks.”

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