“Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach.” Matthew 23:3 NLT
It seems as though Jesus did not have a problem with the Pharisees, who believed in the coming of the Messiah and the resurrection, that were in right standing with God, and the law of Moses. What He did have a problem with were those who were NOT themselves in right standing with what they were teaching from the prophetic teachings of God. For he told the crowds to follow the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees’ teaching, but not their behavior. Even though it was the leaders of the Pharisees who were persecuting Christ and His followers, He made it clear to the people, that they were not allowed to disregard the Pharisees’ teachings of the law of Moses in the synagogue.
Yet we have some Christians who have turned away from the church, and it’s teaching based on the unrighteousness of a few. Because they have not read and studied their Word, they have allowed Satan to trip them up by getting them out of the will of God. Their sin? Refusing to search for, and submit to a righteous leader of the faith of Christianity, and a church assembly, where they can be strengthened thru the teachings of the Word of God under God’s anointed headship. It is thru this anointed headship that they become empowered disciples of Christ from the teachings of the Word of God. It’s not just about me, and my four, and no more experiencing a relationship with Christ and the Father. No, discipleship is about reaching outward and bringing other souls into the kingdom of God, so that they too can experience abundant living in Christ. To strengthen others, you-yourself must be strengthened.
They are believers in Christ, however their rebel mentality falsely allows them to pick and choose which laws the church teaches they will follow, and those they will not follow. When the time comes for all Believers in Christ to make a biblical stand for a principle regarding God’s written word-even a basic bible stance, you will sometimes see where some will be on the opposite side of God’s teaching, because they have not submitted to the will of God. You will even find those with this same rebel mentality sitting in church pews on Sunday morning. They have committed their bodies to go to church, but not their Spirits, therefore their souls don’t follow suit, and line up with the Word of God. This is how you’ll find Born again Christians in opposite camps regarding basic 101 Godly principles that plague our society today, such as, to name just a few, the current top three biggies i.e. abortion, homosexuality, and same-sex marriage.
As a Christian, you would have to have been born in a barn, and lived in a cave, having never opened your Bible to NOT know that as Believers in Christ, we are to ALL be on the same page regarding what the Word of God specifically says about where we as imitators and followers of Christ, should be taking a united stance against what God states in His Word is a sin-abortion, homosexuality, and same-sex marriage.