We easy become proud and arrogant when we manage to do something good. It's only the sad truth. This does not mean that we shall stop to do good things.
We shall do good deeds, seek the Lord, obey him, do fasting, give money to the poor etc. We shall go to church but don't let your heart be proud and arrogant. Pride is a very serious sin.
Jesus hates religious pride. This page is also about greed, false spirituality and evil, false leaders.
Compiled by: Carl Grinde Date: June 10 2016
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Updated May 2 2019
Be humble before Jesus, our salvation is a gift from him.
If you live a healthy, sober, consecrated and sanctified life, if you pray and go to church etc one thing can perhaps happen after a while: you might become boastful and proud over your own righteousness. You boast before God and others and think you're so extremely good and perfect. And you might also look down on others and disrespect others. This is a very serious sin. Your own righteousness becomes your idol and you forget about your dependence on Jesus's sacrifice on the cross. Perhaps you believe that you are saved because of your own goodness? Perhaps you believe that you have saved yourself?
Don't be haughty as the scribes, the Pharisees who thought they were perfect before God only because they fasted and gave tithes, but at the same time despised others. They looked down on others. God rejected the arrogant Pharisees, the scribes who were filled with self-righteousness and boastfulness. Be humble, seek God's face. But don't forget about your dependence on Jesus's sacrifice on the cross. Don't forget your loved ones, don't forget your neighbor.
All have sinned and lost the Glory of God. We are totally dependent on Jesus's sacrifice on the cross for our salvation. Our own righteousness is like a dirty rag before God.
Don't forget that you are also a sinner. Do not behave like the scribes and Pharisees who despised other people.
Don't look down on sinners. You and I are also sinners who need the sacrifice and mercy and of Jesus christ. Our own righteousness not good enough for salvation, since we all also sin.
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed like this: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
For I say to you, That if not your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Seeking God's face through prayer and fasting is a thing Jesus want's us to do.
But we shall not forget about our neighbour, our family and our loved ones. We shall not forget people in need. We shall help eachother.
“Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of wickedness,
to undo the straps of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up speedily;
your righteousness shall go before you;
the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Saved or Self-Deceived, Part 1 (Selected Scriptures) John MacArthur
Homepages about pharisaism and religious pride
But Jesus called them to him, and said to them, You know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.
But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your servant:
but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”
How to recognize a self-righteous and proud scribe/ Pharisee:
Who are the proud scribes and Pharisees in today's christian churches? You don't have to be old and have a big beard to behave like a proud scribe/Pharisee. You can also be young, male or female.
After my new repentance that I received in October 2013 when I realized that my life was very sinful and I decided to turn back to Jesus and start living my life for God, I myself had two brief periods when I myself became a judgmental self-righteous and boastful Pharisee/ scribe. Unfortunately... Thanks be to God who made me aware of this.
Regardless of how good we all try to be, most of us are all also egoistic. It's the way things work. I made a list here of what I consider is typical for a proud religious person, a Pharisée/scribe of today.
The things listed below were not all part of my behavior during these two short periods but I can tell you what it was: I stopped doing my daily willfull sins and because of this I almost thought that I had saved myself. I almost thought that I had earned my own salvation.
Plus I made a very judgemental page on my webbsite that almost nullified Jesus's mercy. I apologised on the same page afterwards and removed the text when I realized my mistake.
Here is the list of of what I consider are character traits of a proud scribe/ Pharisee in todays Christian churches. And like I said, I have also been this person... some of it anyway, even if it was only for a short while.
And of course, this list is not meant to refer to all Christians. Not at all. But the sterotype Christian can be found.
Self-righteous, proud and arrogant scribe/ Pharisee of today:
Doing good deeds out of duty rather than of brotherly love
Looking down on people who are considered inferior and do not fit into the religious template
Believes that you can earn your salvation through good deeds. (This would actually be possible if you were 100% righteous and never ever sinned in thought, words or deeds. Earning your own salvation would be possible if you were 100% perfect, pure and holy as God and his son Jesus Christ. But you must realize that you are not. No matter of how many good deeds you do. You are also a sinner. Yet you are loved by God and through faith in Jesus Christ you can be seen as 100% righteous in the eyes of God. God loves you and wants to forgive you and spend eternity with you! If you believe in Jesus Christ and keep him as your Lord and confess him as your Lord and believe in your heart that he died as a sacrifice for your sins and that God resurrected him from the dead and if you say it out loud with your mouth then your sins are forgiven, you are saved, through God's love and mercy. Not because of your own good deeds. You shall also be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ.)
No realization that one's own righteousness is like a dirty rag before God.
No realization that compared to God you are on the same level as all other sinners.
Looking down on and despises "worse" sinners than one self.
Showing no mercy.
Have no forgiveness.
Pretending to always be happy and cheerful, wearing a mask.
Faints and falls down in the church because of self suggesion, due to imaginary God's ointment.
Would easily say: "Do you want me to pray for you?" but would never just sit down and converse with you.
Easy to control, easily manipulated, no critical thinking, all you need is a pulpit.
Avoids eye contact and seldom or never greets you.
The worship service in the church is for the Church rather than before the face of God.
Living only for riches and money.
Having a racist attitude.
Is generally cheesy, disgusting, sickly, disgustful, and hypocritical.
Two trenches which we Christians easily fall into:
As Christians we can all fall into two traps:
1. Very liberal lifestyle, accepting sin, living exactly like the world, not caring about God's will, not caring about God's commandments. Only preaching God's love and mercy.
2. very judgemental, arrogant, cold attitude, having no forgiveness at all. The church service is for the church rather than before the face of God. The main focus is on God's moral and there is no focus on Jesus love and sacrifice. There is no real harmony, only robotic smiles.
Arrogant pride is a very dangerous and serious sin
Why should we only talk about arrogant pride within the church? It can be found among atheists also. It can be found everywhere. And it's a very big problem.
The more I think of it, the more I realize that arrogant pride is one of humanitys biggest sins. Actually it was the very first sin in history when the angel Lucifer, Satan wanted to be above God. He wanted to be worshipped. He wanted to take God's throne.
Human arrogant pride can be found everywhere, not only among christians
Ok even if I made the list, I like Christians very much! All Christians are not like this. And I like to go to church. I'm a Christian myself:) I made the list just to try to show how wrong it may be. Arrogance, pride, selfishness and self-absorption has been my greatest sins in life. Also to be fixated on how I look and narcissism... very sad but true. You don't have to be religious to be a proud arrogant person. Just look at the Hollywood celebrities who are so full of evil pride. They don't know Jesus Christ at all. They live for their own desires, money and fame. And they look down on other people who don't fit in. Good looks, sex, drugs, money and fame is all that matters for them. It's all about idol worship. They don't know God.
Arrogant pride among rich presidents of big corporations and the Freemasons
Here, another category of proud arrogant persons: all the super rich presidents of the greedy corporations. People that only care about their money and riches. God will judge them.
Think on the Freemasons also. How evil they are. They have corrupted our whole society. They sit in our local city halls. They are all over the world. The Freemasons are very evil. And they are everywhere, realize this.
Freemasons even pretend to be Christians but they are not. They don't follow Jesus Christ. And the Masonic organisations are criminal. God will judge them.
The sin of partiality, favoring the rich
My brothers, don't believe that the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, Lord of glory, can stand together with having respect of persons.
For if a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel comes to your assembly and a poor man in vile raiment come in also;
And you have respect to him that wears the fancy clothing, and say to him, Sit down here in a good place; and say to the poor, You can stand over there, or sit here under my footstool:
Are you not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to them that love him?
But you have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
Don't they blaspheme that worthy name by the which you are called?
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.
But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
The person who keeps every commandment of God's law but fails in one small detail, is as guilty as the person who has broken all the commandments.
This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
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