"Jesus answered: Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, CLAIMING that 'I am Christ,' and will deceive many"
"And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many."
"Many shall come in my name..." Jesus was speaking, so He meant that many would come in His name -
that is - in the Namae of Jesus.
By "correcting" an imagined error in the KJV, they created a real
problem in their own Bible.
How do we know that this is not speaking of false Christs? Jesus said, "Many shall come in MY name." We see clearly that this was our Lord Jesus speaking, and revealing that many would come in HIS name - that is - in the name of Jesus. They do not come in their own name, or in anyone else's name; they come in the name of Jesus. The verse is more than adequately clear on that. So here's the sixty-four dollar question: If they come in the name of Jesus, who do they say is the Christ?
If they come in the name of Jesus, then we may assume that the people they come to must know something about Jesus, or at least have heard of Him, else why bother to come in His name? But if they come in the name of Jesus, would they then claim to be Christs themselves? Think about it. That would be the height of all absurdities. If they, at the start themselves claimed to be Jesus, then they possibly might have a chance to fool a few people, but they didn't do that. They came in the name of Jesus. It is only reasonable to believe, therefore, that they come in the name of Jesus, even confessing that He, Jesus is the Christ. They might be preachers, evangelists, or even soul-winners from the local church. But they are not false Christs.
Who then, are they? They are deceivers. There are many of them. And they deceived many. Now we know that down through the history of the Church, there may have been quite a few people who tried to pass themselves off as false Christs. They usually turn out to be some kind of kooks, cult-leaders, maniacs ready for the funny-farm. But by our standards, there weren't all that many people pretending to be Christ. I don't know that I have ever seen one myself. Could Jesus have been talking about something else? False teachers, maybe?
Now when it comes to false teachers, that would be a horse of a different color. Like the "Chicken Man," they are everywhere, and give real meaning to the word, "many." And we all know that they have deceived many. Deceivers come in many flavors. Some produce new, stupid Bibles, and deceive many into believing that they have discovered the Bible closest to the Original Word of God. Hogwash!
Later on, Jesus spoke of false Christs. Here He spoke of false teachers. "Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not." (Matthew 24:23)
This man is not pretending to be Christ. He's trying to direct people to where he says Christ is. He's lying, of course. He might deceive some believers until they go there and find out for themselves. Jesus was trying to save them an unnecessary trip. Verse 24 says that IF it were possible, they would deceive the very elect. That means it's not possible to deceive the very elect.
This is the correct translation. Although at a quick glance it may seem to be speaking of false Christs, careful reading and a bit of reflection will show otherwise. But the NIV mistranslation forever closes the door to a reasonable and correct interpretation and, as in many instances, gross errors which could have been avoided are, instead, perpetuated.