Luk 5:30But the Pharisees and their teachers of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus' disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with such scum? “ NLT
We’ve all met them! Those whose religious instruction has ruined them. Those who want to teach what they “know” about God! Unfortunately, all they have learned are religious rules… and all they know now is that somehow being better than some means that they right with God.
Levi got it right. He was called by Jesus.. he got up and followed Jesus… he invited his “scum” friends to a party… he also invited Jesus! And guess what? Jesus came to the party!
When questioned by those with the, “better than some” theology, Jesus simply said,
Luk 5:31 "Healthy people don't need a doctor—sick people do.
Luk 5:32I have come to call NOT those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent."
Beloved, its great to be righteous because you are forgiven, but never to “think your righteous”, simply because your better than scum.