September 1, 2019 | Charles Causey | Luke 18:9-14
The church stands or falls on this one question, "How shall we be right before God?" If we get this wrong, we have nothing but false hope, moralism or idolatry. How are we justified before God? The parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector sheds light on what God cares about vs. what man thinks is important.
"He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”