1. To set apart for sacred use; consecrate.
2. To make holy; purify.
3. To give religious sanction to, as with an oath or vow: sanctify a marriage.
4. To give social or moral sanction to.
5. To make productive of holiness or spiritual blessing.
Making a show of being morally superior to other people.
Those who follow Jesus Christ are set apart, sanctified, holy. We are different from others in many ways. However, none of us are entirely right in our understanding.
We do no great service to Christianity when we become sanctimonious. Quite the opposite. We are seen as hypocrites. Rightfully so!
In the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, the pharisee said in essence “look at me. I am righteous (and right) above all others.”
The tax collector said “forgive me, a sinner.”
“I am RIGHT and you are WRONG!” When we take this position on the understanding of scriptures, standing ready only to show how our knowledge and understanding is superior, we’ve become sanctimonious. We see that occasionally here. People who show up only to point out their perceived “errors” of what others believe. No blogs of their own, no biography or testimony, only sanctimonious responses to what others have written.
What does that approach do to build the kingdom?
I tend to just ignore them.
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