During the time which Jesus walked the earth he spoke eight woes to the Pharisees who were the religious leaders of that time. And anytime God uses the word “Woe” he is announcing deep sorrow, grief or affliction upon those whom He is speaking to. And although Jesus spoke them thousands of years ago those eight woes are still alive and well today. In fact, those of us who are believers need to be careful that we don’t find ourselves operating in these woes today. Because whether we carry a title or not in the body of Christ we still have a leadership role because when we tell someone we are a Christian we will be watched from that point forward and our life will lead and speak to those whom we have shared our faith with. Thus, over the next week or so we will look into the eight woes or warnings that Jesus shared with the Pharisees. The first woe is found in (Matt 23:13) Jesus says “But woe unto you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the kingdom heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye that are entering to go in.” Thus, I term this first woe (the antagonism of God). To operate in the spirit of antagonism is to become an enemy of God, or an opposing force. Thus, the Lord called them hypocrites, in that they said one thing and lived another. Not only did the Pharisees not make it into heaven but they taught their doctrine in such a way that even the new converts themselves missed heaven because of this false teaching. Though the Pharisees had some understanding of what it took to get to heaven they refused to teach it. Thus, causing enmity and hostility between themselves and Jesus; never let it be said about us today that we as Christian leaders are operating in the spirit of antagonism. As Christian leaders we never ever want to bring about enmity or hostility between us and God, but to teach false doctrine to God’s people and cause them to miss heaven will open the door for that.
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