“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people's faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.
These are the first two of the seven woes that Jesus speaks to hypocritical religious leaders - both then and now. These are some of the harshest condemnations that Jesus issues to spiritual leaders. In his words here Jesus describes them as people ignorant of the kingdom of God and only concerned with gathering followers for themselves. He indicates that their focus and attitude has kept people from experiencing spiritual life.
The Pharisees were all about living by the law.. more specifically living by their legalistic interpretations of the law. This phenomena remains to this day as spiritual life is robbed from many by legalistic religious leaders. These modern day Pharisees are still making rules about food, movies, television and all sorts of behaviors they deem to be inappropriate for those who follow their teachings. Like the Pharisees they focus on the legal negatives.
Help my life to be about the positives Lord. Keep me from judging others.