Are You a Ministry Pharisee? 8 Ways to Find Out

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Perry Noble shares personal experiences about being a recovering Pharisee.

I am a recovering Pharisee.

I cannot read Matthew 23 without thinking about who I used to be shortly after meeting Jesus.  

I became obsessed with religious rules and legalism and forgot all about the grace that God had poured out on me through Jesus.

As I look back on that time in my life, there are eight things that really defined me…

#1 – I was way more obsessed with the sins and shortcomings of others and made it my obsession to point out their faults so that I did not have to deal with my own.  (Matthew 23:27-28)

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#2 – I made it my goal to catch people doing something wrong and condemn them rather than seeing them with the same eyes that Jesus saw me with, thus causing me to be broken for them and reach out to them with compassion and a genuine concern.

#3 – I would not associate with anyone or any group that did not acknowledge that I was completely correct in my view and interpretation of the Scriptures…and if they didn’t see just like me, I would attack and malign them as often as possible.  (Kind of goes against what Jesus said in John 13:34-35.)  Which leads to…

#4 – I only hung out/associated with people who thought just like me!

Perry Noble Perry Noble is the founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina. The church averages 26,000 people during weekend services at multiple campuses throughout the state. Perry is a gifted communicator and teacher, convicted about speaking the truth as plainly as possible. God has given him a vision and a passion for helping people meet Jesus, and each week he shares God’s word and its practical application in our daily lives. Perry, his wife Lucretia and their daughter Charisse live in Anderson, South Carolina. You can read all of Perry’s unfiltered thoughts about life and leadership at Don’t worry, he holds nothing back.

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  • wow

    Right on unfortunately this is a trap many ministers have fallen into. About the only clear thing missed is gossip to the staff about the sheeps problems and directing the staff away from those in need. Which my uncle a minister of 30 years my brother and several graduates from rhema have resigned from the pastoral sataff because of the gossip and judge the sheep while the sheep who is not present and doesn’t know the very one he confided in is spilling the beans to other miniaters and staff.


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