“Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)
“Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.” (Luke 13: 23-24)
“Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” (Acts 14:22)
From the above scriptures, it does not appear that there are many paths to The Almighty. Furthermore, it does not seem that the path will be the way the majority will travel. Very few will find the narrow way or enter through that strait gate. Why would anyone avoid the path to eternal life? Is it because they are not looking for it or are they distracted by that broad path? Everyone seems to want to conform to the world and its wickedness, perhaps thinking that billions of people cannot all be wrong. However, it will be to their detriment and destruction. We must all go through much tribulation to enter the Kingdom of God. There is but one path to the Kingdom and it is a narrow road that is less traveled. Which path are you traveling on and in which gate will you enter?
“There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 14:12)
Beware of False Prophets
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Matthew 7:15)
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
“But you, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” (Daniel 12:4)
“Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw yourself. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” (1 Timothy 6:5-7)
“When a rich man speaks, every man holds his tongue, and, look, what he says, they extol it to the clouds: but if the poor man speak, they say, What fellow is this? and if he stumble, they will help to overthrow him.” (Ecclesiasticus 13:23)
It is far too late in the game for people to be trusting in everything they hear without questioning its validity. Information is easily accessible, and knowledge has increased. However, we must do our due diligence to seek truth and not be lazy in our pursuits. Even with the accessibility of information, and the ability to research, people still choose to go with the flow. They go with their feelings, traditions and the false doctrines of men supposing gain is godliness. Many go with the crowd believing they are being covered, but don’t realize they are trusting their soul and salvation to wolves. Christ had neither a degree nor millions stashed away in a bank account. He didn’t have mansions or luxury cars, multimillion-dollar book deals or a huge media platform. As a result, the very people that claim to follow him today, would not have even looked His way.
The Gate is Wide and the Way Is Broad That Leads to Destruction
Many believe everyone at death, regardless of how they lived, will go to Heaven. The Most High has stamped their ticket to the Kingdom, so they are good to go. Perhaps even no ticket is necessary. No works, no deeds, no faith, no problem; just get in line and come as you are. They say God is all love and will accept them as they are no changing required. Some think they can buy their way in or sneak in through the back gate as a thief in the night. These same people would acknowledge that if they want something, they must work hard to get it. However, with the Kingdom of Heaven they feel entitled, with little to no effort spent. That is why the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction and most will find it.
“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:13)
“And you shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” (Mark 13:13)
“And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.” (Mark 4:17)
“You believe that there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” (James 2:19)
The Way is Narrow That Leads to Life
The “Way of Holiness” that leads to eternal life is a road that most will not travel. It isn’t because they do not want to make it to the Kingdom. The narrow path can be lonely and unpopular and requires them to be separate from the world, not conforming to it. Christians think all they must do is believe to be saved! They think God is liberal and requires no obedience to His laws, and that it “doesn’t take all that” to get to Heaven. Trust, mega-pastors will never preach the narrow path to their congregations because their objective is to fill the seats and the collection plate every Sunday; not to save souls from hell. Christ is the only path to salvation and we must endure until death or until He returns.
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