What about the Christian who is smug, self-righteous, priggish, judgmental, and certain he or she is correct about everything he believes about God and the Holy Bible?
These kinds of Christians beat their audience bloody with the word of God. They hold themselves up as pious examples, certain that they are above the fray. They are better than the rest of us who claim Christ, yet still fail and sin from time to time, nevertheless. They are certain they must be perfect to glean a reward from God Himself, and thus demand that we all follow their example and behave similarly.
What does God really think about them?
Jesus called these kinds of Christians “blind guides.” He wasn’t pleased with them at all.
“Leave them. The Pharisees are blind guides. If a blind person leads another who is blind, both of them will fall into a pit.” –Matthew 15:14
Jesus had other advice for those who think they can preach from a place of arrogance, judgment, and self-righteousness instead of humility and love:
“Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.” — Luke 6:41-42
“We must judge ourselves, and judge of our own acts, but not make our word a law to everybody. We must not judge rashly, nor pass judgment upon our brother without any ground. We must not make the worst of people. Here is a just reproof to those who quarrel with their brethren for small faults, while they allow themselves in greater ones. Some sins are as motes, while others are as beams; some as a gnat, others as a camel. Not that there is any sin little; if it be a mote, or splinter, it is in the eye; if a gnat, it is in the throat; both are painful and dangerous, and we cannot be easy or well till they are got out. That which charity teaches us to call but a splinter in our brother’s eye, true repentance and godly sorrow will teach us to call a beam in our own. It is as strange that a man can be in a sinful, miserable condition, and not be aware of it, as that a man should have a beam in his eye, and not consider it; but the god of this world blinds their minds. Here is a good rule for reprovers; first reform thyself.” (Source)
The Parables of Jesus ( http://theparablesofjesus.blogspot.com )
Bible Study Tools ( http://www.biblestudytools.com/matthew/15-14-compare.html )
DougBrittonBooks.com ( https://www.dougbrittonbooks.com/onlinebiblestudies-personalgrowthanddevelopment/changeyourselffirst-takethebeamoutofyourowne )