Luke 16:15 Justifying Self

Luke 16:15 (KJV)
And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

Of the Pharisees Jesus said these three things:

  • They justify themselves before men
  • They are highly esteemed among men
  • God knows their hearts and it is an abomination in the sight of God

He spoke directly to these Pharisees but is there not a warning for us?

We must be careful not to justify ourselves
I believe we do this too often when we create a culture that in the sight of others appears to be righteous but hides to truth that resides in our hearts. 

We must be careful not to seek the esteem of men
The heart is so desperately wicked that this is a bigger issue than we generally wish to admit. We like our heroes, and it is even better if we are one in someone’s eyes.

We must take care that we have not deceived ourselves into accepting the esteem of men 
Because this will certainly come at the price of being an abomination in the sight of God. 

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Luke 16:15 Justifying Self

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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