Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Whenever I read something like this on the Complacency of the Church, I am reminded again of the following passages from John 10:1-14.

1 "I tell you truly, that the man who does not enter the sheepfold through the door, but climbs up some other way, is a thief and a robber.
2 The shepherd of the sheep enters by the door.
3 The doorkeeper opens the door for him and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
4 When he has brought them all out, he walks on before them and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
5 They will not follow a stranger at all. Rather, they will run away from him, for they do not know the voice of the stranger."
6 This parable Jesus spoke to them, yet they did not understand what He meant.
7 Jesus then spoke to them again, "Indeed, I tell you, I am the Door of the sheep.
8 They were all thieves and robbers who came before Me, and the sheep would not hear them.
9 I am the Door. Everyone who comes in through Me will be safe, and he will come in and go out and find pasture.
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I come so that they may have life, and have an abundance of it.
11 "I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
12 A hireling - that is, one who is not a shepherd and who does not own the sheep - leaves the sheep and flees when he sees the wolf coming, and the wolf pounces down on the sheep and scatters them.
13 The reason why the hireling flees is that he is a hireling, and does not care for the sheep.
14 "I am the Good Shepherd. I know My sheep, and My sheep know Me,
15 even as the Father knows Me and I know My Father. I lay down My life for the sheep.
16 I have other sheep, too, which are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice, so there will be one flock and one Shepherd.

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