What is the truth about the Pharisees? Were they holy people? They were in the most powerful religious positions of their day, yet were shockingly far from holy! In fact, they were the Lord Jesus’ greatest enemies and wanted him dead! Though they were unrighteous people, they appeared to be righteous to man. Again, they were very sinful, though outwardly religious:
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. (Mat 23:27,28)
Jesus openly called the Pharisees blind guides, blind fools, blind men, snakes, hypocrites, etc. Though they didn’t receive the rebuke and repent, the public who heard Jesus openly say those things were probably the greatest benefactors of those facts. From this alone we learn to carefully examine everything with Scripture, even if it comes from people in a Pope-like position.
[Dan Corner has preached hundreds if not thousands of sermons. Many of these are FREE for your spiritual blessing. Refuting once saved always saved is his specialty, but being a former Catholic also enables him to help others ensnared in Catholicism. Dan Corner also has extensive experience exposing and refuting the Jehovah’s Witnesses.]