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The post earlier today brought this to mind. Haven’t had the privilege of attending any of the Gospel Coalition Conferences, but was able to recently catch this message by Tim Keller on sharing the gospel and consequently confronting idolatry.

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One of the issues I go to lengths to address in the book I have been laboring away on is self-righteousness.  I call it old fashioned religion (and have titled a chapter as such).  Oddly, while writing, I have become increasingly aware of the Pharisee within myself, and not just how I “used to be” one, but how I continue to struggle to date.  When I began to write about the topic I was pretty much unaware of how often I fall into the role (and I will go as far as to say that I personally think it is the most unidentified sin).  Coming to grips with my tendency to play the Pharisee while feeling spiritually superior to others (as Tim Keller explains)—say a child molester or even my brother in Christ who does something “I’d never do”—has been eye opening as well as painful, and surprisingly freeing at the same time. 

It’s imperative if we would follow Jesus that we identify self-righteousness and assess the damage we do others—as well as ourselves—when we fall into the familiar trap. 

Tim Keller makes some great points on the subject here.


HT: Tim Brister

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