Trying to Live a Godly Life with an Ungodly Spirit...PHARISAICALISM
A Pharisaical relationship with God is one that is based on a list of "do's" and don'ts. Their trying to keep these do's and don'ts by their own doing resulted it them having two characteristics that are ungodly...Self-righteousness and Pride. This religious contract keeping as a relationship with God is a total misunderstanding as to Who God is and what His Gospel is.
Luke 15 is love’s reaction against self-righteous religion. The well-known parables of the good shepherd, the woman who lost her coin, and the father and his two sons constitute Jesus’ response to the attacks from indignant religious Pharisees. We read, “Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them…” (Luke 15:1-2)
Verse 2 summarizes the entire gospel: God receives sinners and has fellowship with them. This is the Good News Gospel of His Grace message that is buried under the religious do's and don'ts of religious denominations today and is herald far too often and when Grace is preached by the Pharisees of today it is preached from a misunderstanding viewpoint.
Any do's and don'ts that are upheld to gain or maintain God's favor is works of self-righteousness and is totally foreign to Grace living.