John Fischer is an award-winning author of many books. His insightful columns have been a monthly favorite in Contemporary Christian Music Magazine. He is a graduate of Wheaton College and currently lives in California.
Fisher asked the hard question of, "Who are we to Judge?" I have often said that churchgoers are either Pharisees or Recovering Pharisees. In this book, one will deal with the two nasty sins of self-righteousness and judgmentalism. We to force others to live under "the standard" that is the list of do's and don't for everyone, which we set for all in our minds.
Fisher gives points back to Jesus as giving the definitions for rightness The sad reality is that we cannot be made right before God by being "better" than anyone else. Through recognizing and laying aside the Pharisee in all of us, we can embrace the grace, gratitude, and joy of what Jesus has called us to be.
I believe that this book draws you closer to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It will challenge our self-worth away from images towards the content of our hearts. We all know what we should look like; it is easier to focus on that than on having the right heart to get there.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:
“Somehow, we’ve got to get the spotlight off pharisaical self-righteousness and back on the gospel…”
“Faults make us real. Faults make us human.”
"'Perfect' people have no witness. They have nothing to give anyone. You can only give what you have received, and Pharisees, unfortunately for their followers, have earned everything. Likewise, all those perfect Christians running around being great examples for Christ have no witness at all. They are, in fact, doing grave damage to the gospel. They are perpetuating the myth that Christians are better than anybody else and driving away those who truly need the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ."
"It occurs to me that it's a good church whose pastor the people can comfort."
"In its simplest form, our greatest witness to the world is to show and tell how much we need Jesus."
"Where does a pro-choice Democrat with homosexual struggles go to church today? Not many churches I know of. For that matter, where does a sinner go to church?"
"The gospel is just what it is: good news for sinners. The only people who should be offended by it are people who can't admit their sin."