The Parable of the Pharisee and the Baptized Believer

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And he spoke a parable unto certain men who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others.

Two men entered a church building to pray; the one a Pharisee and the other a baptized believer.

The Pharisee went to the front row, stood and prayed thus with himself.

God, I thank thee that I am not as other men are, Baptists, Methodists, Pentecostals, or even as this liberal. I assemble thrice a week, taking communion every Sunday and only on Sunday. I give liberally and cheerfully to the church treasury every Sunday and only on Sunday. I refuse to allow any food, except unleavened bread and unfermented grape juice, to enter this most holy building, even after services have been dismissed, and I refuse to call the room where communion is prepared a kitchen, even though it has kitchen cabinets, a kitchen sink, and a refrigerator. I sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (except those mentioning Christ’s birth) without the aid or addition of musical instruments, or choirs. I refuse to help orphans or any other non-Christian (one who doesn’t believe exactly as I do) out of the church treasury. I refuse to support a missionary society or any other so called Christian institution out of the church treasury, and I wouldn’t even think of building something as sinful as a fellowship hall. I use the one and only scriptural name for the church even though those liberals, whom I lovingly refer to as erring brethren (sinners condemned to hell – James 5:19, 20), also use the same name. I bind certain examples and inferences (those which help me to add to your list of sins, thus condemning others who don’t agree with me) making them equal to your commandments. I speak only where the Bible speaks, and am silent where the Bible is silent (except for those sins mentioned above which I have added to the doctrine in order to set myself apart from all those despised denominations and liberals). I refuse to accept the definitions of words such as “psalms,” “aid,” or “denomination.” I am open minded to study and questions but I always throw out some intimidating verses such as 2 John 9, 10 in order to discourage and condemn those who dare to disagree with me, or question one of my added sins. If they persist to question me I accuse them of being weak, not a mature Christian as myself, and suggest that they are trying to justify some other sin in their life. I tell them not to raise these questions in class lest some weaker brother be made to stumble. If all these intimidations fail I declare that they have a problem with authority and threaten withdrawal. I then declare them to be false teachers and announce to the brotherhood worldwide that since they disagree with me these troublemakers have fallen from grace, and should be shunned. I know that because I do all these works that I am one of the few that will go to heaven when I die, leaving all those self-proclaimed Christians who disagree with me on any point to burn in hell.

And the baptized believer, sitting on the back pew, bowed his head saying;

Father, I pray in Christ’s name that you be merciful unto me and forgive me my many sins.

Which of these men went home justified?

(AUTHOR UNKNOWN)

About Damon Whitsell

Hello, my name is Damon. I have been studying Christian Cults since 1985 and doing Cult Apologetics online since 1998 because I grew up with Mormons, Oneness Pentecostals and Bible Missionaries in my family. All three of these groups (or Cults) think they are the One True Church and the Only True Christians and to be Saved you must join their Church. So as a result I started studying the Bible for myself to try to determine which of these groups had the truth. After much praying, reading and studying I decided the Mormon, Oneness Pentecostal and Bible Missionarie churches are not real Christian Churches at all, rather they are Christian Cults because they do not line up with what the bible really teaches about Salvation and they are not in agreement with other Essential Christian Doctrines. I found that according to what the Word of God teaches, and Historic/Orthodox Christian Teaching, Salvation cannot be earned by any form of human works or efforts I found that Salvation is ALL by the Grace and Work of God and that Salvation and Eternal Life are a Free Gift from God (Ephesians 2:8, Romans 6:23, John 3:16) to all who will Trust in Jesus Christ and the atoning sacrifice He made for us by dying on the Cross for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2). The Word of God is clear and plainly says “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). Because I know what it is like to be targeted by Cult Groups and to suffer from the spirtual confusion and frustration brought on by their false teachings, I have endeavored to help others find True Eternal Life in Jesus Christ and to break free from the clutches of, and to be healed from the damage done by, Cult Groups who claim to be the One True Church. So it is my hope and prayer that the Lord will use my Websites to help those that need help and that some who use my websites will be helped by them to find the Free Gift of God’s Salvation, that is only found in His only begotten son Jesus Christ.

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