The Bible is a dangerous book
for ShepherdDave to read, because a self-deceived believer imagines himself way-better than he actually is. If the Holy Spirit is not convicting ShepherdDave of his sin as he reads the Bible, he becomes a monster — clear-sighted about the sins/weaknesses of others, but blind to his own sin. Loves feeling superior. Just like the Pharisees, who imagined themselves followers of God, but were exposed by Jesus as frauds. Bible knowledge, like all knowledge, puffs up, and is therefore dangerous. Not bad, but dangerous. Spiritual disciplines are also dangerous, because they can make Dave feel like a successful follower of Jesus. Success in ministry or in the Christian life is not bad for Dave, but dangerous. Without the convicting work of the Spirit, I am just like the Pharisee — addicted to feeling superior, clear-sighted about the sin/weakness of others, but blind to my own.
–PhariseeDave, A.K.A. ShepherdDave, needing fresh conviction of being dissatisfied with Jesus and His imputed worthiness, so he might momentarily be DumbSheepDave, enjoying the bliss of Jesus-dependency/humility/cluelessness-about-what’s-best, and enjoying others, self, just as we are, and SovereignJesus’ genius plan for us all, so the pre-believers around him might experience the other-worldly humility and other-worldly love of Jesus
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