How can two groups read the same Bible and reach completely different conclusions? This question, so common in our day, could have been asked centuries ago about the Sadducees and Pharisees. And Paul makes it clear that one side was right.

(For the Sadducees say there is no resurrection, or angel, or spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all.)
Acts 28.8 NET

The sentence is put in parentheses in some version like the NET Bible, because Luke inserts it in the narrative to explain how Paul divided the Sanhedrin with his affirmation about the resurrection.

At the same time, it serves as a sad testimony of how far some of God’s people had strayed from the revealed truths of Scripture.

He who Hebrews 12.9 calls the “Father of [our] spirits” was denied by the Sadducees, for, like the materialists of today, they did not believe in what the eye could not see.

It may be no coincidence that such denial came from those who sought solutions in human power and politics. The more one trusts in the visible, the less one believes in the Unseen.

In this sense, modern Sadducees exist among us. There is much talk about modern Pharisees, for it is popular to condemn legalism, but perhaps the greatest danger comes from those who may even admit the spiritual side, but who live as if it did not exist.

Father of spirits, reality is in the Lord, divine Spirit who created all that can be seen and that only you can see. I believe, O God, in this reality. Help my unbelief.

Hold this thought: Only what cannot be seen now will remain.

4 thoughts on “Modern Sadducees

  1. From what I’ve read from extra-biblical material, they rejected many if not all of the writings of the prophets and poetry. They also rejected many of the “oral” teachings that the Pharisees held as binding. With the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D., the Sadducees were forever eliminated. While the Pharisees survived, modern Judism is derived from that form of interpretation of the O.T. and their “oral” traditions.

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