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June 14, 2014

Some Favorite Quotes from Accidental Pharisees by Larry Osborne

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

“being right will become more important than being kind, gracious, or loving. Thinning the herd will become more important than expanding the kingdom. Unity will take a back seat to uniformity.”

“My kids’ T-ball teams taught me how powerful our innate urge to compare is and how quickly we categorize people as winners or losers, based on the flimsiest of reasons.”

“God would rather have us struggling with porn than with pride. Now, that got their attention!”

“I try to regularly ask myself if there is any group of people or Christians for whom I am developing a knee-jerk response of disgust, disdain, or aversion. If the answer is yes, it’s an early warning sign that I’m headed down the path of arrogance.”

“So here’s a question you might want to ask yourself: “Do I have my own ‘thank God I’m not like them’ list? And if so, who’s on it?””

“PRIDE’S UNHOLY TRINITY Log-Eye Disease, Self-Deception, and Comparison”

“the more we know, the more we’re tempted to look down on people who don’t know what we know.”

“We forget that pride and a lack of love nullifies our knowledge, even if it’s a full and complete understanding of all the mysteries in the Bible.”

“The more time and energy I spent trying to answer the unanswerable, seeking to solve every biblical paradox, and digging into complex theological systems that claimed to explain everything that God didn’t explicitly spell out in his Word, the more I missed what God was trying to tell me. And the more I became prideful instead of godly.”

“God gives us both the will and the power to obey. That’s why obedience is not above and beyond the call of duty. It is the call of duty. It doesn’t turn us into the spiritual equivalent of a Navy SEAL. It’s the natural byproduct of loving Jesus. It’s the very definition of being a follower.”

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