These are people who believe they are more spiritual than most other Christians are. Yet there is a difference between those who are close to God and those who have a holier-than-thou attitude. This can be based on selective criteria, such as being more expressive in praise or holding to certain doctrines. Their emotional neediness drives them to seek attention from people, which they find by being the centre of attention and impressing others; they do this by claiming to have constant revelations of ‘God told me…’ in an attempt to impress others with their degree of relationship to God. However, any spiritual gift or manifestation should bring glory to Jesus, not exalt an individual or the gift. God can use dreams, visions or prophetic words to speak to us yet mostly it is through the Scriptures.

Often such people do not submit to Godly authority and consider they are above reproach, yet are living in deception, not growing in wholeness in Christ and likely to move regularly from church to church, with their minds being puffed up with their own importance (Col 2:18). Typically, they are proud, arrogant, judgmental, and opinionated, out of touch with everyday life and have dysfunctional relationships. The Pharisees were super spiritual leaders of Jesus’ day. In contrast truly spiritual believers live out their faith in a Godly, wholesome and natural way, guided by the Holy Spirit, whose fruit is produced in humility.

See also: Pharisees, pride, spiritual/spirituality, spiritual gifts, superior.   


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