12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee (like me)by John Fischer
Who Are We to Judge?
We have met the Pharisees, and they are...us. That's because we are all slaves to self-righteousness and judgmentalism. It's built into human nature. We set "the standard"--the list of do's and don'ts--to which others must adhere. Then we associate this predetermined behavior with righteousness and declare, "A 'Christian' wouldn't… See more details below
Who Are We to Judge?
We have met the Pharisees, and they are...us. That's because we are all slaves to self-righteousness and judgmentalism. It's built into human nature. We set "the standard"--the list of do's and don'ts--to which others must adhere. Then we associate this predetermined behavior with righteousness and declare, "A 'Christian' wouldn't do that."
In this book, John Fischer points out that Jesus defined the truth in such a way as to leave no one righteous--not one. We cannot be made right before God by being "better" than anyone else. Instead, by recognizing and laying aside the Pharisee in all of us, we can embrace the grace, gratitude, and joy of the spirit-filled life.
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As one who has immersed himself in books on 'God's Grace' lately, this book ranks right up there with the best of them. John's words knocked me off my high-horse in no time and made me realize why I must begin to see others through the same lenses that God sees me: lenses of grace and not judgement. This is a great book for anyone who wants to know what the essence of Christianity really is!
It's all about Grace. We don't deserve what we get. We must accept it or we will miss it. None of us will be perfect. Unlike the Pharisees who already are. Do we have to remind ourselves, why did Jesus die? I personally wrote to John Fischer and thanked him for pointing me back on that Narrow Road. I veered way off course because of all of the Pharisee mentality that I saw in the church that I use to attend. After reading this book, I feel good again about my relationship with Christ. It's about a relationship (Jesus) and not religion (Pharisee). The best book that I've read written on Grace. I recommend this book to all who are sick of religion. Thanks John Fischer!
If you are serious about living the christian life the way it should be lived in todays world, '12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee (like me)' must be read. This is not a book that everyone will like, but it is a book everyone should read who considers themselves a Christian. In this book John Fischer challenges us to see ourselves for who we really are, and not for who we want others to believe us to be. As we are honest with ourselves and each other perhaps for the first time we can begin to be honest with God.
John Fischer has quickly become one of my favorite authors. In '12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee (like me)', he makes the reader stop and think and search his own heart and motives for the things he truly thinks and believes and why he thinks them. Are your beliefs truly biblical or are they merely pharisaical? How do you tell the difference? This is where John Fischer helps. Thanks, John!!
I was knocked off my pharisaical pony very quickly, maybe even the first page. I think many churches/ small groups could benefit by reading and discussing the powerful words in this book. We all have a bit of 'pharisee' in us and we all will struggle with that to some extent while we reside in imperfect fleshly temples. However, if something can help us to see it in ourselves, perhaps we'll be a little more kind, and offer more of God's mercy to others...yeah, even those we don't like, even those who cut us off in traffic. Get you hands on this book, get you nose in it, and see if you are not challenged to 'see differently' those around you. I told John that his words 'ring truer than the bell on my Grandpa's Methodist Church, so many years ago.' Find out for yourself, that's all I can say. Thanks, John!