Conflict (2 of 3): Tax Collectors & Sinners


Pastor John preaches through Mark 2:13-22. Jesus, after being questioned by the Pharisees on why He is eating with tax collectors and sinners, instructs the judgmental Pharisees that He "came not to call the righteous, but the sinners." He is repulsed by their self-righteousness and drawn to the sinners because they know that is what they are and aren't trying to pretend to be otherwise. Jesus hung out with sinners more than the Pharisees because the Pharisees were religious hypocrites pretending to be righteous. Jesus came to usher in a new Kingdom that the former rules and regulations of the law could not contain.