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1. We place legalistic standards on our females, as if Christian men are incapable of looking away. We blame our men’s environments instead of their wicked hearts; thus, our men never deal with their wicked hearts in the area of lust.
2. We encourage our people to set pharisaical boundaries in their lives in the name of “biblical” obedience.
3. We teach our people that those who subject themselves to pharisaical boundaries are morally superior to those who don’t.
4. We teach our pastors to discriminate against pretty secretaries as if we are incapable of exercising self-control. (I’m not suggesting that you look for a secretary that is pretty; I’m merely suggesting that whether or not a beautiful woman is around you on a daily basis, should be irrelevant… if you exercise the self-control of God the Holy Spirit.)
5. We teach our children to clean their plates when we should be teaching them how to eat unto the glory of God.
6. We give our children whatever they want for Christmas and birthdays.
7. We try to make things “fair” with our children by rarely giving one sibling something without giving another sibling something as well.
8. We eat what we want, when we want.
9. We buy what we want, when we want. This is why if we make more money, we spend more money.
10. We drink what we want, when we want.
The more we exercise self-control in our lives, the more we are able to control ourselves when temptation knocks on the door. Pharisaical boundaries will only protect you if you do not live in an evil world; and our world is saturated with evil, because we are what is wrong with the world (sinners; Rom. 3:23). It is very interesting that Christ did not take the saved immediately out of the world, but rather commanded them to be holy (1 Pet. 1:15), to keep His commandments (John 14:15), to be in the world, but not of it (John 17:9-19), etc. Thus, if you place Pharisaical boundaries in your life without dealing with your wicked heart and cultivating the self-control of the Spirit in your life, you are doomed for eventual failure. Furthermore, based on the examples we have in Scripture, Jesus Himself was a “friend of sinners.” He did not place pharisaical boundaries in His life, but rather exercised self-control in His life. Isn’t it interesting that the Holy Spirit lead Christ into the wilderness to fast for 40 days before the Devil tempted Him (Matt. 4:1-11)? Christ cultivated self-control for 40 days before He was tempted. Granted, He was hungrier at this point than probably at any other time in His life; but, He was also prepared to resist the hunger temptation due to 40 days of fasting. He cultivated self-control in His own life; and we should as well. *Remember also that cultivating self-control is not a Pharisaical endeavor; it is not the ground of our salvation, although it does reveal Christ’s work in us (Phil. 2:12-13).
What do you think about this article? Do you agree? Why or why not?