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  • M Taylor posted an update 3 months, 1 week ago

    With the recent and past revelations of spiritual abuse in the church, “Evangelical Pharisees” by Michael Reeves is a great and timely read. The author pulls no punches and as an evangelical, he rightly points out that there are some modern-day Pharisees in the church. A quick read, the book is around 100 pages and covers many points, including:

    – 3 major mistakes of the Pharisees and 3 essentials of the gospel.

    – Instead of seeking to honor and glorify God, the Pharisees (like some in today’s church) sought the praise and acceptance of people.

    – Having head knowledge of the Bible is not enough – we must let the Holy Spirit transform us.

    – Signs of Christians falling into the Pharisee mindset of self-reliance.

    – The self-reliant form of performance-based Christianity does not satisfy.

    – The Pharisees, like some modern-day church members, were obsessed with outward appearances and performance than inward purity of their hearts.

    – The danger of seeking the approval of people instead of God.

    What I liked about the book:

    – Easy to read and understand.

    – Addresses a very important point in today’s church.

    – Smooth transition from chapter to chapter.

    – Helpful scripture index for further study.

    – Good footnotes.

    Great read and recommended. I was given a review copy by Crossway in exchange for a fair review and appreciate the opportunity.