In writing these blogs, sometimes the sin of pride can easily creep up by stealth. It is something that I recognise I have to kill on a daily basis because I know the sin in my own life and how depraved my nature is. It is so easy for us who have come out of the foolish ways of modern day christianity to think like the pharisees.
9 Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:9-14)
Believe me when I say that I realise what a wretched sinner I am and dont deserve anything from God. I can say with Paul that “I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells” (Romans 7:18)
This is not to say that we cease from calling out false doctrine and teachers as I firmly believe in these days, it is necessary that we do so. But at the same time we have to be very cautious that while we do this, that we do not become self-righteous.
God resists the proud,But gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6)
We also have to examine our motives at all times. Are we exposing falsehood because of the commandment to contend for the faith and defend truth, or is it to show off how much doctrine we know, to ‘put these other preachers in their place’ or to prove our point and win an argument.
Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall (1 Cor 10:12)
Let us always be on the lookout for the sin of pride and kill it when it appears, through the power of the Holy Spirit