Your Inner Pharisee is Showing

4 Ways to Diagnose and Dismantle the Burden

Dr. McKay Caston
6 min readSep 5, 2023

“Everything they do is done for people to see.” — Matthew 23:5

The Pharisees would have loved social media.

The opportunity to carefully curate an idealized version of their life would fit perfectly with Jesus’ evaluation in Matthew 23:5, “Everything they do is done for people to see.”

If you had asked someone in this sect of religious Jews during the period of Jesus’ earthly ministry about their life’s purpose, they likely would have responded, “To obey God’s law.”

Fervently committed to projecting an image of outwardly righteous conduct, their public display of “law-keeping” garnered them respect among their contemporaries, solidifying their status as profoundly devout religious men.

But if the Pharisees were as righteous as they appeared, why did Jesus refer to them as “whitewashed tombs,” beautiful on the outside but internally filled with death?

What could Jesus see that others couldn’t?

The New Testament recounts numerous confrontations between Jesus and the Pharisees. While Jesus extended words of invitation and forgiveness to those…



Dr. McKay Caston

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