Don’t you know the Pharisees were mad? They had been doing things their own way for hundreds of years. They had been following lots of rules and making up more rules – doctrines of men. They had been walking around in their own man-made righteousness making it difficult for anyone else to be as holy as they were. Then along came a man, a carpenter’s son from Bethlehem, and told them they were doing it all wrong. Jesus told them that their rules were not making them holy - they were cleaning the outside of the cup, but leaving the inside filthy. They were whitewashed tombs filled with dead men’s bones. They may have been keeping all the doctrines of men, but they were not feeding the poor or taking care of the sick. They worshiped God with their mouths, but their hearts were far from Him. We know this because they had no love for the brethren. The goal was love from a pure heart, and they totally missed the boat. This carpenter was healing people on the Sabbath, eating with tax collectors, washing His disciple’s feet, casting out demons, and teaching with authority. He told them that God’s words were spirit and truth and that God’s words were His words. People were listening to Him, and so the Pharisees killed Him.
Things have not changed much since that day. There are still people who want to follow the precepts of men – taste not, touch not, etc. They think that will make them holy, but they have no love for their brothers. They hold to a religion, but deny the power of God. The worst part is that they tell others that this is the way to the kingdom of God. They tell people that you must not touch this or taste that or drink that. People, who do not know God, believe this. They judge people by this standard – just as the Pharisees judged people thousands of years ago. These rules and man-made doctrines have become the standard for who is "religious" and who is not. People are missing the boat again.
Am I saying that sinning is okay? Not at all! But just as people do not have a clue what righteousness is, neither do they know what sin is. I’m just saying that many people are holding to the wrong standards. I could say lots more, but this helps me to get something off my chest.