Accidental Pharisees: Avoiding Pride, Exclusivity, and the Other Dangers of Overzealous Faith

Accidental Pharisees Avoiding Pride Exclusivity and the Other Dangers of Overzealous Faith Zealous faith can have a dangerous dark side While recent calls for radical Christians have challenged many to be passionate about their faith the down side can be a budding arrogance and self right

  • Title: Accidental Pharisees: Avoiding Pride, Exclusivity, and the Other Dangers of Overzealous Faith
  • Author: Larry Osborne
  • ISBN: 9780310494447
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Paperback
  • Zealous faith can have a dangerous, dark side While recent calls for radical Christians have challenged many to be passionate about their faith, the down side can be a budding arrogance and self righteousness that accidentally sneaks into our outlook.In Accidental Pharisees, bestselling author Larry Osborne diagnoses nine of the most common traps that can ensnare CZealous faith can have a dangerous, dark side While recent calls for radical Christians have challenged many to be passionate about their faith, the down side can be a budding arrogance and self righteousness that accidentally sneaks into our outlook.In Accidental Pharisees, bestselling author Larry Osborne diagnoses nine of the most common traps that can ensnare Christians on the road to a deeper life of faith Rejecting attempts to turn the call to follow Christ into a new form of legalism, he shows readers how to avoid the temptations of pride, exclusivity, legalism, and hypocrisy,Larry reminds us that attempts to fan the flames of full on discipleship and call people to Christlikeness should be rooted in love and humility Christians stirred by calls to radical discipleship, but unsure how to respond, will be challenged and encouraged to develop a truly Christlike zeal for God.

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    1. Are you a Pharisee, or better yet am “I” a Pharisee?Why do we always see our motives as sincere, but others’ as vengeful or just plain wrong? Why, when we do something wrong, is it an accident or we misspoke, but when others do the same thing, we consider them sinful,mean-spirited or Judgmental?This is the main subject of "Accidental Pharisees". We all, whether we admit it or not have a tendency to act like Pharisees. It is in our fallen nature to cover up our sin. Look at Adam and Eve.Pha [...]

    2. The Pharisees generally get a bad rap in Christianity today, and it’s not hard to see why since they were subject to Christ’s hardest and harshest words. Having grown up in the Church, I have seen modern Pharisees parade around like they know everything as if “knowing” everything was the essence of what biblical Christianity is. What is often missed in all of this is the fact that the Pharisees were one of the most if not the most well-educated group of Jewish believers trained thoroughl [...]

    3. I thought that would get your attention. But in truth, you might not be able to handle this volume called “Accidental Pharisees” by Larry Osborne and published by Zondervan. I say this not because it isn’t good, but because it is so good! It tackles many preconceived notions with, of all things, what the Bible actually said. Novel approach? Well, you might not like it when you realize you have believed something yourself that the Bible doesn’t say.I’ve reviewed several books at this po [...]

    4. This is a really good book. A must read for Christians; especially for Christians who think they couldn't be accidental Pharisees. The subtitle says it all. Inside are all the scriptures, applications and caveats. Buy it, and read it anyway.What makes this books so amazing to me is that our pastor made it his "book-of-the-month", encouraging every member of our congregation to read it. That takes courage . . . and humility. Because the second thing you see after you see that all this applies to [...]

    5. No one sets out to be a Pharisee, well, almost no one. There was a time before and during the life of Christ where a certain group of religious leaders were actually called Pharisees – and they were proud of it. They thought they were doing God and all His people a spiritual service by making all kinds of extra biblical rules. They were making laws for God’s laws and they believed God loved them all the more because of it. They were zealous about their faith.Fast forward to today. Being a Ph [...]

    6. Books on the Pharisees make many people nervous or defensive. No one wants to be labeled a Pharisee, and we're all sure that whatever they were, they weren't us. Larry Osborne approaches this from a more gracious angle, he describes people as "accidental Pharisees" in his new book "Accidental Pharisees: Avoiding Pride, Exclusivity, and the Other Dangers of Overzealous Faith." If you're already suspicious of that title, let me encourage you to give it some thought. With everything in the Gospels [...]

    7. "When the radicalness of my commitment, the intensity of my zeal, or the extent of my personal sacrifices become the means to receive or maintain God's acceptance and approval, the good news of the gospel is no longer good news to anyone except those of us who excel."This book was painful in the best ways. My heart frequently dropped as I read these words and recognized so many evidences of Pharisaism in my life--and God's grace was made bigger as my sin was made evident. This book is not only f [...]

    8. I had difficulty rating this book. The message is crucial to Christians, but I felt the delivery was at times poor. There are numerous ways Christians elevate themselves and their spirituality above other Christians', and the danger is that they don't even realize it because it all started with good intentions (hence, "accidental" in the title). "Accidental Pharisees" gives many examples of the traps into which the well intentioned fall. Scripture is used to refute the various pitfalls; usually [...]

    9. If I had to pick just one word to describe this book, I'd pick the word RELEVANT.This is possibly THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK Christians from all backgrounds and denominations could read today. Even though it's been out for 5 years, I pray it becomes a best seller because so many of us believers are in desperate need of the timely message that's within its pages. If I ever become one of those pesky persons who give out books for believers to read like those annoying, nosey relatives who hand out uns [...]

    10. The PhariseesWhat were they thinking?The Son of God himself shows up full of grace and truth, and all they wanted to do is argue over weekends and hand washing! Glad I'm not like those sinners. I wouldn't have been so foolish. It just goes to show that some people, just don't get it!Wow, I'm starting to sound a little Pharisaical myself. It seems that even when we have the best of intentions to love and obey God, we can sometimes end up fighting against him.This is exactly the sort of thing Larr [...]

    11. Title: Accidental PhariseesAuthor: Larry Osborne Pages: 208Year: 2012Publisher: Zondervan Okay, I’ll admit it…I didn’t want to read this book at first. Why? Probably because I know my tendency to be a Pharisee in different areas of my life and it is hard to look at honestly. The Lord knows how many times words with an attitude slip out of my mouth or fingertips when I am typing an email then have The Spirit touch me. Ouch! Yes, I admit and confess I wrestle with it often. If it weren’t [...]

    12. No one wants to be a Pharisee. They were harsh, unloving, unforgiving. They killed prophets and they spent an incredible amount of time baiting Jesus in an attempt to trip him up. Jesus offered Grace, the Pharisees demanded obedience. Jesus offered forgiveness, the Pharisees demanded consequences. And yet, the road to Pharisee Land is hard to avoid."We're all susceptible (to becoming accidental Pharisees) in different ways. But in the end, the pathway to becoming an accidental Pharisee always s [...]

    13. Accidental Pharisees is about radically extreme believers who are strict on others who aren't living up to the notion of being a true follower of Christ. The based their whole demeanor on the passages of scripture and they expected others to follow the rules. The Pharisees were addicted to legalism and they condemned people who weren't as zealous at following the law. Pride is a big factor of an accidental Pharisees. We must avoid making comparisons with other believer and thinking we're living [...]

    14. Every Christian needs to read this book. Period.Good Points:1. And it’s at this point that your personal pursuit of holiness can morph into something dangerous: a deepening sense of frustration with those who don’t share your passionate pursuit of holiness. (loc 103)2. If you continue farther and farther down the path of contempt for those who fail to keep up, you’ll end up in a place of arrogance. Fewer and fewer people will measure up to your definition of genuine disciple. Inevitably, b [...]

    15. Excellent book. It is thought-provoking and incredibly convicting! I had my doubts at first that it would be anything more than fluff - but boy was I wrong!

    16. It might come as a surprise that a mega church pastor would write a book warning Christians not be be overzealous in their faith during a time in which secular humanism is growing more dominant, but yet, the book is as relevant as it is timely. Those that are familiar with the story of Jesus know that the ancient sect known as “Pharisees” were singled out for strong criticism by Jesus and his followers. They had a reputation for being very legalistic in their interpretations of religious tea [...]

    17. Larry Osborne has written a wonderfully helpful and witty book about the prevalence of Pharisaism in our culture. Pharisees were known to be the most spiritual of their day, wearing the name like a badge of honor. But the term is now syno√nymous with hypocrite—no one in their right mind would want to be called a Pharisee today. Yet, because of the proclivity of the human heart, we all tend to think we're doing it right and somehow everyone else is not measuring up to God's standard (though, [...]

    18. I was able to read Accidental Pharisees by Larry Osborne through book sneeze and I have to say its a great book and one I think every Christian today needs to read. This important book shows us how to stop this kind of behavior before it becomes second nature to us and I have learned so much from it.Accidental Pharisees by Larry Osborne get to the heart of the matter and shows us just way its so important for us to never judge others or become prideful in the way we walk with the Lord. Sometimes [...]

    19. Close, but I didn't finish the book in one day. I started reading Accidental Pharisees while on a cruise and had no access to the internet. I read it in three days. Once I started reading, I could not put it down. It's been a long time since I read a non-fiction book with this much wisdom. In fact I had stopped reading non-fiction except for the Bible. The title caught my attention because the modern day Pharisees I've encountered in the church has made attending church difficult. But I never be [...]

    20. I think this is a great reminder to all who follow Christ to not be a Pharisees and to repent of pride. Great humor and sensitivity was used in dealing with this common and widespread issue. I originally was attracted to the title for "others" I knew, but it was God's way of dealing with me about this very issue. My Pride and exclusivity and overzealous faith and how I am that pharisee! Thank you Larry Osborne for this gift!

    21. With his typical wit & pull-no-punches honesty, Larry Osborne tackles the variety of ways in which those who are serious about following Jesus can become more serious about their own rules rather than Biblical truth. I'd be interested in Larry speak on the intersection of these ideas with his Sticky Teams book it would be an intriguing discussion.

    22. I really liked this book, even though (especially because?) it was pretty convicting to read. I would recommend it to anyone struggling with guilt over not doing enough for God, anyone in church leadership, and anyone who secretly thinks they've pretty much got the Christian life down. I think I'll be re-reading this one!

    23. Wonderful, challenging book on how we grow and live together as believers in Christ in a way that encourages one another. Really humbling and biblical look at how easily we can all become self-righteous.

    24. Very accessible, challenging to our pharisaical biases, and comforting to those on the end of pharisaical abuse.

    25. It is a particular interesting book when we use the contents within the book as a mirror to reflect on our conduct as a Christian (or just life in general, I find it to be useful outside a religious context as well). One major point which the author has frequently mentioned is that while most of the time we may have the best of intentions, our overzealousness tends to turn people away instead of bringing them to us, therefore turning us into someone which we exactly wanted to avoid to be.One thi [...]

    26. I highly recommend this book for all of my Christian friends. This easy to read book will make you think about what a zealous faith can mean and how t can be harmful. For those carrying burdens of shame and guilt because you are struggling, this book will give you rest and hope. God loves you in your failures, if you have accidental Pharisees in your life you need to remove their destructive voices from the voice of God.

    27. Excellent bookThis is a great read for keeping us in check, spiritually. It points out the many ways we are led astray in our thoughts and actions, and in doing so, reminds us to love one another.

    28. This one deserves ten stars. One of the most thought-provoking books I’ve ever read from a current Christian leader and author. It’s guaranteed to pull some rugs from under your feet and disturb pet theological peeves. Refreshingly upsetting.

    29. This book would make an excellent Sunday Night Service series. (If only shared in the correct spirit)Larry Osborne asks the question: is it possible to be too zealous for God? The answer, found in this book, is obviously.Osborne begins by giving a little love to the group of fellas known as the Pharisees. Many Christians view them with disdain because they were the brunt of Jesus' verbal attacks. What we may not realize is these Pharisees had a passion for God. They were people who wanted to bet [...]

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