“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves” (Matthew 23:13,15).

The hypocrisy of the religious establishment, evident in its proselyting, is filled with tragic irony. That is, while willing to go to great lengths to see itself replicated in others, their religious zeal actually becomes a stumbling block to those desiring the kingdom life God offers. The result for both is a fate far worse.

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