I asked a brother here yesterday what he thought Jesus meant when He told us to deny ourselves. This brother said, That it means to avoid sinning. I said, That’s true, but Jesus meant something deeper than that, even to the root of sin : that we would even deny WHO WE ARE : That is, any self-identity we have which is independent of identifying with Christ. Christ is now our identity.
Many of the younger Christian generation now project themselves. They seem to be only self-aware, in their own world, and not dead to their own selves, not denying themselves, as Jesus said we must if we want to be His disciples.
Yes, some of them know the Bible quite well, but bcos their own ego is still so very much alive, nearly everything they say is self-referring – in reference to themselves, as if they are the center of the universe. And this tends toward self-glorification and self-promotion, and does not tend toward Christlikeness.