Since Jesus Christ reproved some Pharisees and called them hypocrites, most “Christians” have mistakenly taken that to mean the word “Pharisees” denotes hypocrisy, even some dictionaries have defined the term “Pharisee” as “self-righteous person”, a pretender, etc. However, Jesus’ criticism of the Pharisees in “Mathew 23” does not imply that all Pharisees were pretenders. As a matter of fact, Christians are walking almost the exact same way of the Pharisees - Christianity and Phariseeism have many things in common. To begin with, the word Pharisees stands for “separated ones,” Christians also claim to be the “called-out ones”. Just like the Christians have different denominations; the Pharisees were also of diverse groups during Jesus’ time. Rabbinical literature (The Jewish Talmud- Ṣota 22b) shows that there were seven different categories of the Pharisees and they all had different characters, surprisingly Christians have the characteristics of the seven groups of the Pharisees.
The Seven Types of Pharisees
(1) The Shechemite "shoulder" Pharisees, who displayed their good deeds on their shoulders for everyone to see, so that they could receive praise from people.
Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. (Mathew 6:1-4)
It is obvious that there are also shoulder Pharisees among the Christians. In fact, it is difficult today to find a single Christian or a group of Christians who are doing their charity works in secret as Jesus commanded; most Christians today can’t feed the poor or clothe the naked without advertising it, they must take sad looking photos of the poor people to whom they give food and use it to raise money. Some Christians will go as far as announcing their charitable deeds on television, the radio, internet, posters and banners just to receive praise from people, and to get back the “double portion” of what they spent to help the needy.