The Pharisees or Sadducees’ leaven (their spiritual pride and religious hypocrisy) spiritually, morally, emotionally, and physically alters the internal and external characteristics of the lives around them. In other words, a spiritually proud religious hypocrite swiftly poisons the inward emotions and attitudes of other individuals. Additionally, a spiritually proud religious hypocrite’s outward behaviors always dishonors, disrespects, and diminishes the “much good” that genuinely holy and righteous people do. That’s why believers today still need to watch out for the Pharisees and Sadducees’ leaven, for it rots within and affects without.
A sheep, is a sheep, is a sheep, or perhaps not. Which sheep can discern what kinds of sheep are in the flocks (churches or ministries) in which they are a part of the sheepfold? Which sheep can discern if their undershepherds are living laborious lives full of ceaseless watchfulness, love and concern for Christ’s sheep, opting to stay with them day and night? Which sheep know if their undershepherds are living convenient lives full of pretentious power, filthy greed, and evil deception and seduction—who will choose to flee when the going gets tough, or when offers of greener pastures come their way?