The Pharisees wanted the praise of men. They wanted to be respected and loved by the people for thier devoted and "holy" lives. They wanted others to follow them and be like them. Jesus was not like them. Jesus taught a different way than the way they taught. Thus they rejected Jesus and hated him. Many did in fact believed Jesus but according to John 12:42 they feared the consequences and would not openly acknowledge him. It says they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.I see nothing of them "picking and choosing" which sins to enforce. These religious leaders and authorities hated Jesus because of His love for those not good enough, those judged unworthy by the scribes and Pharisees.
So if Jesus loved perfectly why didn't love work? Jesus offended them with what he taught. So what was this offensive teaching that made them walk away? How was this offensive teaching loving yet still made them argue sharply and leave? I would like to know your thoughts.When love didn't work Jesus let people walk away. In John 6 many of the disciples walk away and He lets them go. He even asks the 12 if they don't want to leave too. They choose to stay.
Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” - John 8:11bNo where do I see Jesus telling people to leave their life of sin behind.
"Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, "See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you."- John 5:14
From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” - Matthew 4:17
What does he mean to repent? Repent of what to what?
Jesus was trying to get across a better way, a way of selflessness not sinfulness. He called people to take thier cross, deny themselves and follow him. He did not walk in the way of sinners, so how could he call us to follow him in sin?
Paul supports this idea in Romans 6:1-2 as well as in other passages. We're called out from sin to righteousness. We are to move from a complacent settling into sinning and receiving more grace to a life of self denial and righteousness. Knowns sins are given up and the Spirit moves us from where we are to where we need to be, that is from loving self to loving others as self.
see above: He called to leave her life of sin. Which is being set free. Sin enslaves us. So to stop sinning is to be free. We cannot do so alone, but as the Spirit enables us, hence why no more condemnation for sin.He tells the woman caught in adultery that she no longer has to live that way, He sets her free. He forgives people their sins and in that forgiveness they find healing, Oh the religious elite hate Him for that too.
I know it is hard for us to adequately discourse in this form without writing a book, so i will just leave it there. Hope it is enough of an answer.
And this is why I refer to all as brothers in Christ. Todd, Ben and maybe even Dennis may not see things the same way, especially in this limited means of discourse but we can agree on the essentials most of the time without any variation. I see great variation and unfortunately friction in what really amounts to non-essential in my opinion. Sound doctrine comes from much refining what we believe and teach, from leaving elementary truths about God's word to maturity. I have both learned and refined my own understanding and hopefully added to others understanding from these NN exchanges.I do not see anyone here on this site, NazNet, who has turned from sound doctrine. Some of our doctrines are definitely not yours, yet all seem sound and based in Christ to me. Every one here claims what we are taught in 1 John 4:2 and no one here is like that in 1 John 4:3. We may well disagree and we do, but we are all still brothers and sisters and none of us is apostate.