The Meaning of Matthew 24:4 - 5
I think I followed your thinking in your reply to me.
I want to try some rudimentary Math here. If Christ = I am, then 'I am Christ' = I am I am. Would that be correct?
The thing which seems to be missing as an option amongst the possibilities you've described, is where the person is teaching about Christ 'in an orthodox way' with their lips, but their heart is far from Him.
The effect of doing that, is that the preacher or teacher is, in fact, teaching what they think, and from their own Christless experience - while declaring it to be Christ's teaching.
It is this silent substitution of 'self' where Christ should be, which is the deception. As I said in another thread 'by their fruits ye shall know them'.
Psalms 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD [is] good:
blessed [is] the man [that] trusteth in him.
The sheep who knows the Shepherd will not be deceived easily.
But it's very interesting in John 10, what Jesus warned about false shepherds (hirelings) and wolves.
12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
So, the false shepherd recognises the wolf, but unlike David who could beat a bear and a lion to save the sheep, the false shepherd simply goes missing.
It is clear from both the Lord's teaching, and Paul's teaching, that the right kind of shepherding was Jesus' kind of shepherding, where the shepherd lays his life down for the sheep. This is one of the signs of a safe pastor. Another is, the fruit of the Spirit. Those who do not manifest Christ, are false. They have no authority to proclaim Christ as if they know Him, or, as if they know where He might be found.
Last edited by Charisma; 11-26-2011 at 02:48 PM.
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.