Pharisees Anonymous: Thomas Paulson

My name is Thomas Paulson, and I am a Pharisee.

I’ll give a little background about myself. I grew up in a very strict sect of the Church of Christ (Restoration movement, not Mormons). The name a lot of people give us is the “Anti’s,” because we’re anti-everything (one man minister, musical instruments, Sunday School, Bible Classes, kitchens, One Cup, the list literally goes on and on). About five years ago I decided to question everything I had been taught and see what the Bible had to say on all subjects. Having grown up in a tradition that boasts we always “Speak where the Bible speaks and are silent where the Bible is silent,” this was a hard process to go through.

I often look back to that time and I’m frustrated at how blind I was. But then I think in another five years I’ll be frustrated at how blind I am now.

The purpose of this site is to share the studies I’ve had over the last few years and to share my future ones. The intent is to answer the many questions I’ve had to address personally over the years. Maybe if you are caught in the bondage of legalism like I was, the answers I have found will benefit you like they did me.

As with alcoholism, phariseeism is easy to slip back into. My secondary goal is to avoid slipping back in.

Mat 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.