The accuracy of Christian theology and Biblical understanding is crucial yet a Theological Pharisee is the kind of person who whether with full knowledge or hidden motives that they do not even fully discern, is a kind of person who may unknowingly value perfect doctrine over deep love- it is noble to want to be as accurate in our understanding of Scriptures as possible yet we can never substitute knowledge for the Love of God and love for our neighbor as well as fellow believers in the family of Christ.
This may offend some Christian on here but if what I am saying is deemed to be necessary or beneficial in the eyes of God then may he bless my words, if not may my words fall on deaf ears. Yet one very frustrating thing I have seen is a lot of fancy theological words yet at the same time a felt atmosphere among some Christians who many are most likely genuinely saved but may be falling into a ditch without realizing it.
There are times where I come across that seems to almost enjoy using big theology words and concepts and if we are all not careful, including myself, Im just as fallible as anyone else, but if we are all not careful we may be tempted to be in some degree of blindspots of our own be doing so for the show of it. And Jesus would never be pleased with this, and what will matter more then anything you read or what theology text books you memorize quotes from will be, how this practically works in ones life. You can quote Tozer all day and listen to Spurgeon sermons all you like, and yes these were great men of God yet doubtful they would be happy if they were cited just for any of us to look smart rather then to better grow in our faith in Christ, love for Him, and neighbors. There is a great need for truth without compromise in our day yet lets “do the latter and not leave the former undone,” as Jesus said.
Matthew 23:23-24 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.
How are we doing treating those who from a human standpoint are adversarial toward us? We are called to love our enemies and not just smack them back saying the “truth hurts” or “you need to hear this” kind of thing. Yes I agree there are times to be direct and forward and we must NEVER change God’s word to approve anyone’s sins but the crucial question is Motive,
We all must examine our underlying motivation of why we say what we believe is truth- and of course appropriately discern with God’s help what he thinks is needful at the moment- because the Bible also says there is a time to speak and time to hold our tongues, Jesus before Pontus pilate “remained silent” and wisdom of God tells us not just what we ought to say in accordance to Scriptural truth but in what time and context we should speak as well as when to refrain.
There is a need I think, and I know I need to do this just as much as anyone else, but there is a need for us to ask God to give us wisdom and “pure hearts” so that in sharing truth and speaking God’s Word we do not “make any provision for the flesh” Romans 13:14
Romans 13:14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.