By Ellen G. White
“Unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others,” Christ spoke the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector.
The Pharisee goes up to the temple to worship, not because he feels that he is a sinner in need of pardon, but because he thinks himself righteous and hopes to win commendation. His worship he regards as an act of merit that will recommend him to God. At the same time, it will give people a high opinion of his piety. He hopes to secure favor with both God and man. His worship is prompted by self-interest.
And he is full of self-praise. He looks it, he walks it, he prays it. Drawing apart from others as if to say, “Come not near to me; for I am holier than thou” (Isa. 65:5), he stands and prays “with himself
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Adapted from Christ’s Object Lessons, Chapter 13, “Two Worshipers.” Ellen G. White (1827–1915) was a Christian author and speaker whose inspirational writings have been translated worldwide.