Lost Religious People

Lost Religious People

I. The Pharisees (Matthew 23)

    A. “Sons of hell” (Matthew 23:15)
    B. Hypocrisy (Matthew 23:2-3)
    C. Sought glory for selves, not God (Matthew 23:5-7)
    D. Spiritual blindness (Matthew 23:13)
    E. Ignored “weightier matters of the law” (Matthew 23:23)
    F. Appeared righteous outwardly, but inwardly full of hypocrisy and sin (Matthew 23:25-28)

II. The self-trusting Pharisee (Luke 18:9-14)

    A. Contrasted with the humble tax collection (Luke 18:9, 13)
    B. One cannot “earn” a place at the marriage supper of the Lamb (Romans 3:23; Matthew 26:28; Proverbs 3:5-6)

III. The converted Pharisee (Acts 9)

    A. His bragging rights, zeal, and conscience (Philippians 3:3-6; Galatians 1:14; Acts 8:3; 23:1)
    B. His conversion (Acts 9:1-6; 22:16)

IV. Even a person who has obeyed the gospel can fall away

    A. The church of Ephesus (Revelation 2:4-5)
    B. The church of Pergamos (Revelation 2:14-16)
    C. The church of Thyatira (Revelation 2:20, 24-26)
    D. The church of Sardis (Revelation 3:1, 3)
    E. The church of Laodicea (Revelation 3:15-16, 19-21)

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