Misconception that Law Keepers are like the Pharisees
Many, including myself, are incorrectly accused of being just like the pharisees from the New Testament.
The false claim is that Law Keepers are like the Pharisees.
This usually comes in response to trying to convince people that the Law was never abolished.
They may say this when they are not happy about someone sharing the Truth that the Law is eternal and we can not ignore it, so they accuse those who keep the law of YHWH of being like a pharisees in the gospels.
The Pharisees were rebuked heavily, and called wicked in the Bible, and these people are calling law keepers Pharisees to try and say the Bible is talking about them when it's rebuking and sharing about their blindness.
This insult that they may try to throw at us, is not in Truth.
A Law keeper and a Pharisees are 2 different things.
Yahushua the Messiah was a Law keeper, and was not a Pharisees.
All of the righteous men in the Bible were Law keepers, it had nothing to do with Pharisee'ism.
The Bible is not rebuking those who keep the Law, and it is not saying those who keep the Law are blind and wicked.
This should be obvious it's not saying those who are righteous and do what's right in the sight of YHWH, keeping his word, are wicked!
Pharisee'ism is a denomination, and the Pharisees are not even Law keepers!
You can't be a Law keeper and a Pharisee, because the Pharisees follow man-made commandments that go against the Law of YHWH, and honor their traditions and ignore the Father whom they claim to follow.
The new testament thoroughly teaches us this, and they were being rebuked for not keeping the Law, and not doing what was right, and being hypocrites.
So the people who are using these insults, are actually often times the 1 like the Pharisees, yet they're still in blindness and unable to be aware of their actions.
If 1 claims to be a Law keeper, but breaks the Law, that would be more worthy of saying they're behaving like a Pharisee mentioned in the new testament.
If 1 claims to be a Law keeper, and indeed keeps it, that would be worthy of saying they're walking just as the Messiah walked!
The Messiah kept the Law perfectly, and became a blemish free Passover lamb for us!
The Bible never says that it was because the Pharisees were keeping the Law that they were bad and why they were being rebuked, rather it's the opposite!
The Pharisee leaders had the Messiah murdered, and bore false witness on him, how can one claim they're keeping the Law?
If they kept the Law, then those things would not have been done, or even in their heart, and they would have accepted the Messiah!
Obeying the Messiah is part of the Law too!
Anyone who obeys YHWH and his law with a righteous heart is nothing like the wicked pharisees mentioned in the gospels that were being rebuked often by the Messiah.
The "new testament" constantly points out that the pharisees that are being rebuked were NOT obeying the law but rather were picking and choosing what to obey, and keeping traditions of men over the commandments of YHWH.
They were breaking the Law with their own commandments and putting on a show of righteousness when they were really blind in sin.
This still takes place in modern Pharisee'ism, today known as Judaism.
The Messiah called them white washed tombs, beautiful on the outside, yet on the inside full of death and uncleanness, meaning outwardly they were appearing righteous, but within was full of lawlessness!
Matthew 23:27 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness, so you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness"
Matthew 15:3 "But he answered and said to them, Why do you also transgress the commandment of Elohim by your tradition?"
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This misconception is fueled by people not reading the text for what it really says and deciding to think these Pharisees were being rebuked for keeping the commandments of YHWH, even though that would contradict everything, including the Messiah being sin free if he broke the law and told others to break it.
It is also fueled by misconceptions with specific verses, such as Paul's words where he tells people the Law can't save them.
Those specific verses will be covered on the misconceptions page, so if you think of a specific verse, look it up on the misconceptions page.
For example, in context, Paul rebukes those who reject the Messiah and try to gain eternal life through keeping the Law, when they can't gain eternal life from keeping the law or anything else other than through the Messiah.
Verses like that are often twisted by people where they say he was rebuking Law keeping, but in reality he was rebuking those who rejected the new covenant, and was trying to gain eternal life through works of the Law when they had already sinned and fell short, and they were rejecting YHWH by behaving that way.
So make sure you read in context and do not fall for the lies of the satan.
So in addition to the other examples above, if someone says they're a Law keeper, yet rejects the Messiah's sacrifice, then they're behaving like the men being rebuked in the new testament as well.
And if anyone is really fitting into these categories, why throw a fruitless insult at them by calling them a Pharisee as a bad word?
Is that how 1 should behave? Maybe by behaving in such a way, those people too are acting like a blind Pharisee in the new testament, if they're enjoying throwing out blind and fruitless insults at others.
Let us interact with each other in love, with open ears and hearts, not with closed ears, bitter hearts, and sharp tongues.
I become saddened and disappointed when I am trying to share to someone and wake them up to the Word of YHWH, and they just choose to ignore what I am showing them and insult me.
After they've insulted me, it's going to be even harder for them to turn around and admit they were in error, so always watch what you say and do, so that the truth doesn't become even harder for you to accept.
The ones who are obeying YHWH and the Messiah, and taking part in the new covenant through the blood of Yahushua, are not like the Pharisees, but are the people of YHWH, the children of Elohim.
As a side note, the apostle Paul was previously a pharisee;
Acts 26:2 "I consider myself fortunate that it is before you, King Agrippa, I am going to make my defense today against all the accusations of the Jews, especially because you are familiar with all the customs and controversies of the Jews. Therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently. My manner of life from my youth, spent from the beginning among my own nation and in Yerusalem is known by all the Jews, They have known for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that according to the strictest denomination of our religion I have lived as a Pharisee"
Philippians 3:4 "Though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also, If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more, circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Yisrael of the tribe of Benyamin, a Yisraelite of Yisraelites, as to the law, a Pharisee, as to zeal, a persecutor of the assembly, as to righteousness under the law, blameless"