The Leaven of the Pharisees

Recall these scriptures:

…Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees…
–  Matthew 16:5-12

A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough.
–  Galatians 5:9

You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.
–  Deuteronomy 4:2

…you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition.
–  Matthew 15:6

–  Mark 7:7 (quoting Isaiah 29:13)

Note in the following exchange (which originated here) how the commenter’s view invalidates the word of God by the assertion of man-made additions to the word of God:

Yes, mercy triumphs over judgment (James 2:13), but the Lord will still decide who He blesses with eternal life and who doesn’t find a place of repentance.

Eternal life and places of repentance are on offer here and now.

Yes, His favour outlasts His anger (Psalm 30:5), but there is coming a day of wrath.

As with eternal life and repentance, so the day of wrath is upon us here and now.

Shall not those who are not called sons be called sons? (Hosea 1:10)  Yes, those who are not called sons will be called sons. This is because of Our Lord’s perfect, atoning sacrifice, but if people are unwilling to allow Our Heavenly Father to draw them to His Beloved, sinless Son it will not happen.

To believe this we’d have to believe that the will of the creature is stronger than the will of the Creator.  God is not impotent.  The resurrection of Jesus Christ demonstrates in the most dramatic and profound fashion that even when it appears that God is thwarted, He is not.


James 2:13, Psalm 30:5, and Hosea 1:10 all speak clearly.  It’s only Christian traditions – accretions to Scripture –  that cause people to say otherwise.  We need to scrape away the barnacles that have attached themselves over the centuries to the hull of the Scriptures of God’s prophets and apostles.  The word of God is pure (Psalm 12:6); let us add nothing to it, lest we be like the Pharisees who leavened the loaf with “yes, but’s…”