How is it possible for PRI and church employees to pay tithing, to pray, to fast, to proselyte, yet be inclined to omit “the weightier matters”—mercy, judgment, faith and love.

Following this last confrontation in which Jesus condemned the hypocrisy of both scribes and Pharisees with his questions and answers, he turned to the multitude and to his disciples to give one final denunciation of the whole Pharisaic system. As you read and ponder the meaning of this condemnation of the Jewish leaders, you will see how it was possible for them to pay tithing, to pray, to fast, to proselyte, yet be inclined to omit “the weightier matters”—mercy, judgment, and faith. (See Matthew 23:23.) You will see how outward cleanliness of person was observed, yet inward cleanliness was neglected.

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