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No thanks, John. If I thought there was any way to penetrate your self-righteousness, I would. But it wouldn’t do any good.

You see, I’ve been a Christian for nearly 55 years now. I was born and raised in a fundamentalist Baptist church. I was saved as a child, re-dedicated my life to Christ multiple times as a youth, was baptized, married and raised a family in the church, regularly attend and tithe to this day. My faith has never wavered from my “first love”.

But what I see far too often in the church today, and what I’ve read of your other responses, is nothing less than Phariseeism. You mix pious words with dripping contempt, and show little love for those who believe differently than you.

Jesus had several things to say about this attitude.

"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. — Matt 23:13

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices--mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law--justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. — Matt 23:23

21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ — Matt 7:21–23

It’s not too late, John. I hope you can someday learn to show Christ’s love.