Andrew Perriman: Who are the ‘least of these?’

Andrew Perriman argues that the famous “the least of these” passage in Matthew 25 doesn’t refer to the world’s poor population. Check out the snippet below and go to Open Source Theology for the full (and short) article:

… the point of the parable of the sheep and goats is that the nations will be judged according to how they have responded to the presence of the Christ-like disciples in their midst. Those who treat them kindly will be surprised to discover that in so doing they have ministered to Jesus himself. They will be counted as righteous; they will inherit the life of the coming age. Those who mistreat or neglect them will, conversely, suffer the destruction that will accompany the end of the age.

So chime in, dear reader. Does Perriman’s argument have merit?

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