Those who play the Pharisee Card hope to dismiss
Christians like you and me as ultra-conservative doctrinal
purists with no love for the lost. But like a fifth Ace up the
sleeve, the Pharisee Card is a cheat. Those who play it
ignore the real errors of the real Pharisees. They wrongly
apply the name to those who stand in the way of false
teaching, compromising change and a watered-down gospel.
In the end, The Pharisee Card amounts to nothing more than
name-calling. And, like the Race or Gender Cards are in
politics, in the Church, the Pharisee Card is always the sign
of a losing hand.
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