This is taken from a website about a book by John Fischer – Recovering Pharisee

The book is called:  “12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee (like me)

I haven’t read this book yet but I plan to get a copy ASAP.  After tackling some issues with self-righteousness in another blog post called:   Lip Service, I’m interested in learning everything I can about how to root out this weed from my spiritual garden.  Below are the twelve steps by John Fischer.

The 12 Steps for Recovery from Spiritual Pharisaism

1. We admit that our single most unmitigated pleasure is to judge other people.

2. Have come to believe that our means of obtaining greatness is to make everyone lower than ourselves in our own mind.

3. Realize that we detest mercy being given to those who, unlike us, haven’t worked for it and don’t deserve it.

4. Have decided that we don’t want to get what we deserve after all, and we don’t want anyone else to either.

5. Will cease all attempts to apply teaching and rebuke to anyone but ourselves.

6. Are ready to have God remove all these defects of attitude and character.

7. Embrace the belief that we are, and will always be, experts at sinning.

8. Are looking closely at the lives of famous men and women of the Bible who turned out to be ordinary sinners like us.

9. Are seeking through prayer and meditation to make a conscious effort to consider other better than ourselves.

10. Embrace the state of astonishment as a permanent and glorious reality.

11. Choose to rid ourselves of any attitude that is not bathed in gratitude.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we will try to carry this message to others who think that Christians are better than everyone else.

I think I’ll print these steps out on a card and put it in my wallet so I can reflect on it often!

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