To the extent that the Scribes and the Pharisees then still sat in the judgment seat of Moses — to the extent to which the Scribes and the Pharisees still correctly enjoined the Law of God — to that extent, Christians were to obey their injunctions. However, the Christians were not to imitate the deeds of the Scribes and the Pharisees.
Even in Christ's stark denunciation of the Pharisees which followed, His love for a lost humanity still shone through — irrepressibly. "Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you keep on shutting up the Kingdom of Heaven against men. For you do not go in yourselves, neither do you permit those who are [desirous of] entering, to go in."3041