April 7, 2013 Leave a comment
It might come as a surprise that a mega church pastor would write a book warning Christians not be be overzealous in their faith during a time in which secular humanism is growing more dominant, but yet, the book is as relevant as it is timely. Those that are familiar with the story of Jesus know that the ancient sect known as “Pharisees” were singled out for strong criticism by Jesus and his followers. They had a reputation for being very legalistic in their interpretations of religious teachings.
This book warns modern day Christians of several ways they can be unwittingly trapped into becoming like the Pharisees of old. Osborne discusses pride, exclusivity, legalism, idolizing the past, the quest for uniformity, and what he terms “gift projection” in major sections of the book.
It is divided into seven parts, with three short chapters in each part. At the end of every part, there are one or two pages of discussion questions, making this book suitable for small group study. Osborne writes in a casual but direct style, making his points plain for the reader to pick up on.
Not content to point out deficiencies he sees in others, Osborne also confesses to several of the faults being addressed in the book. He explains that his views on several topics have changed over the years, as he has developed his faith and relationship with Jesus.
Christians everywhere can learn lessons from this short book, which earns it 5 stars out of 5 in this review.
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