Jesus taught us that he makes a distinction between sinners.
The key is one man recognized and confessed that he was a sinner;
the other tried to cover up his wretchedness by boasting of his own “goodness”
and pointing out the sinfulness of his “rival”.
Does anybody get the picture?
And [Jesus] spake this parable unto certain
which trusted in themselves that they were righteous,
and despised others:
Two men went up into the temple to pray;
the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself,
God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are,
extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
I fast twice in the week,
I give tithes of all that I possess.
And the publican, standing afar off,
would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven,
but smote upon his breast, saying,
God be merciful to me a sinner.
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified
rather than the other:
for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased;
and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Pastor Tim D. Cormier