The following is taken from the CARM Blog, for which I regularly write. This is just a snippet, but I’ll post a link to the article in its entirety at the end of the snippet.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes, and Emergents: What Do They Have in Common?
Lawlessness comes in two main forms: Legalism and Antinomianism. These two heresies are dealt with extensively in the New Testament, so my point in writing this article is not to delve deeply into those two forms of legalism. No, what I want to talk about is moral-superiority-complex of heretics that is evident all throughout Scripture and among contemporary enemies of the Christian faith. Consider the enemies of Christ Himself, viz. the Pharisees & Co., and the putrid scent of sanctimoniousness that wafts out from the pages of the New Testament whenever they speak. “[John the Baptist] has a demon,” they say, “for he came neither eating nor drinking.” “Look at [Christ]! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners,” they’ll exclaim, for “the Son of Man came eating and drinking.” You can hear them popping up out of nowhere, criticizing those who trust in the finished work of Christ for salvation and not in their own works, and saying: “Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.” You can hear them rebuking the Lord of Glory, asking Him why His “disciples break the tradition of the elders;” and you can see them rolling their eyes as He replies:
“It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person…for out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person…”
You know them well; everyone does – they make it their business to make sure everyone see how holy they are, especially in comparison to those who believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone as revealed in the Scriptures alone to the glory of God alone.
The Pharisees & Co. may have some external differences with Emergents, but they have more in common than the superficial observer would notice.
To read the article in its entirety head over the Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry’s blog and check out Heretics that are Holier than You.