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The Wide Gate, or the Narrow Gate?

Updated on July 2, 2017
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Christ said that many would choose the wide path and go through the broad gate. This means that there are many who are in company with one another on a well-travelled road who live for the flesh. This includes all church members who serve the world in the traditions of man. Many have rejected the Holy Spirit because they want to continue to please themselves and worship God in their own way. It may be sobering to realize that there will be far less people who will enter through the narrow gate than all those who have chosen to travel on the broad road leading to destruction.

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. – Matthew 7:13-14

The Wide Road
The Wide Road

Temporal vs Eternal

The wide gate and broad road that leads to destruction can be likened to busy rush hour traffic. It is filled with all different kinds of vehicles travelling in the same direction down easy paved roads. The sides of the roads are filled with all sorts of lures to pleasures such as fast food restaurants, church buildings and strip-malls whose sole purpose is to satisfy your temporal needs. They advertise with big signs to draw and appeal to your fleshly desires as you pass by. Their delicacies are meant to fill your void, but you will never be fully satisfied consuming their wares because they are products of man.

The straight narrow road that leads to the Kingdom of God is a road not travelled by many because it requires faith and spiritual eyes to find it by being born again and having a relationship with Christ. Those who take the narrow path will seek the Kingdom of God through the power of the Holy Spirit that brings righteousness to all those who desire to walk the path of righteousness. It is a daily walk by grace through faith with the ability to ignore the advertisements, enticements, services and products that the world has to offer.

A true believer who is filled with the presence of God understands that the carnal temporal world could never fill the void in their hearts. Their main focus and mindset are on the eternal things of God by being in one accord with Christ who can cure the carnal condition and filled the empty void in many people's hearts.

The carnal religious indoctrinated church minion is not in need of anything because they believe they are rich in the temporal delicacies that are offered in Satan’s worldly religious kingdoms. They do not refuse his delicacies and gave in to the same temptations Satan offered Christ. Because of their compromise, Satan rewards them by giving them a worldly kingdom with all the carnal pleasures this fallen world has to offer.

So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. – Revelation 3:16-17

Imagining that Godliness is a Means of Gain

Many twist the word of God to justify their sinful lifestyles. They pervert God’s love and grace to a more universal and appealing 'Gospel,' but this veers of the straight and narrow path to the onramp of the highway that leads to destruction. Satan’s 'Gospel' is always enticing, entertaining and fun that traps many into worldly pleasures. Nonetheless, they will still boast in their prideful religious arrogance. Their fake 'godliness' has denied the power of the Holy Spirit for the power that man offers instead.

The journey of walking the narrow path does not include those who attend church buildings because they have been deceived by Satan believing that attending religious man-made services are one of the keys to entering into the Kingdom. They fail to understand that their mere works in religious disobedience are considered by Christ a betrayal to the ekklesia that he is building.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ – Matthew 7:21-23

Faith in Christ does not come by the means of carnal man, but through him alone. We must worship God not only in spirit, but also in truth so that we may be pleasing and acceptable in His sight. The churches of men worship in vain because they profess Him, but worship Him in disobedience. God does not acknowledge their worship, nor does He know them because they have no desire to deny the mixing of the holy and profane. The things of the world and their traditions have become idolatry as a means of attaining God. They accept the world on one hand and attempt to hold the hand of Christ with the other. Unfortunately, in their blindness the Christ they have created for themselves is actually Satan.

The premeditated emotionally charged gatherings they call 'church' deny the genuine movement of the Holy Spirit. Corrupt minds corrupt God’s word for self-ambitious and self-righteous endeavors for material gain.

And constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. – 1 Timothy 6:5

Christ is the Narrow Gate

Judgement day is coming. There are no excuses for accepting the corrupt denominational teachings of man that create division. There are no excuses for relying on 'special' ordained men deemed as mediators between you and God. It is our own responsibility to know the truth by seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. The salaried-to-serve in the harlot church system are paid to entertain, polish the offering plates and keep the flow of the monetary coming through their front doors. These behaviors have absolutely nothing to do with the Kingdom of God.

Christ is the narrow gate. There is only one way to know God, which is through His Son. It is an exclusive condition, but many reject this as they want to believe that there are many other ways and means to entering the Kingdom. Salvation is conditional on choosing the genuine Christ that requires repentance of sin and fruit of the Spirit. Many do not want the genuine Christ on the narrow way, but would rather travel the broad road and walk through the wide gate of many alternatives.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. – John 4:16

And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12

The Path of Faith

The narrow path is a walk of faith.

How many brag and boast of their accomplishments on stage of all the supposed great things they have done for Christ when it is all in vain?

Do they not understand that their mere religious human efforts gets them nowhere.

Accepting Christ in faith by what he has done and walking in Kingdom values and principles is the only way to being accepted by our Father in heaven.

Choose this day whom you will serve as it dictates what road you are travelling on.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9

Being a good church minion will not get you into the Kingdom of God. It has absolutely nothing to do with man’s religious power. No matter how hard man tries in their own way through their good works are futile because a lifestyle of sin will keep them from entering the Kingdom unless they allow Christ to be their Head.

Do you believe there are many who believe that they are on the hard, less traveled, narrow path when they are actually on the wide, easy, well traveled paved road?

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      sharetheWord,

      Many want to go another route because the truth does not appeal to them. They follow after their carnal desires rather than enter through the narrow gate. Yes, we should all work out our salvation with fear and trembling. I am glad I have brothers and sisters in Christ who have a continual desire to seek after the truth.

      God Bless.

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      Benjamin Maxwell 3 years ago from Kingdom of God

      Hi PlanksandNails;

      Unfortunately for many the TRUTH to hear is as hard as the straight road is to follow. Many attempt to climb up another way, but what does our Lord say in John 10:1? All who attempt to love this current world and the Lord also will be cast down - for you cannot serve two masters - you cannot love both God and mammon too.

      Therefore: work out your own salvation with fear and trembling (overcoming the world); it is every believer's personal responsibility. The faithful bare the cross of Christ Jesus (suffer the death of their self nature), coming after Him.

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Neil,

      Some great points, and I agree. We do have an obligation to reach those who under tremendous religious spiritual bondage. It is not the most pleasant task, but we have Truth on our side who sets the captives free. There are many avenues of opportunity to reach people near and abroad with the different tasks God gives us. May we boldly go into the world and proclaim truth and allow the Holy Spirit to bring conviction and repentance to those who are willing to hear.

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      Neil Braithwaite 3 years ago

      Jesus made it a point to confront the leaders on their turf - telling them the truth. They had no answers for His truth, except to try to shut him up.

      In the ways of Jesus, Paul and the other Apostles also told the truth without fear. Like Jesus, their enemies had no answers other than to try and shut them up.

      Addressing the seven churches in Revelation, Jesus found many critical spiritual problems. But He also spoke of their positive ways. In the end, He warned those churches to repent - or else lose their eternal reward.

      Jesus also taught in the Synagogues and made it a point to usually have a group of His followers with Him. It was a tactic that allowed for any who may have questions about the current "system" to feel some security in the fact that there were others who followed Jesus' teaching.

      My point in all this is that we have an obligation to try and reach those who are being deceived, just as Jesus’ example to the seven churches in Revelation. Jesus did not abandon them because they had spiritual problems. Just look at some of the problems they had, and even then, Jesus still found something positive they were still doing.

      If we are to emulate Jesus and be His voice in this world, especially to those who call on His name, we must do all we can to reach them - even if it means calling them out on their own turf. We should not try this alone, but should organize groups and disseminate the truth to them. Maybe challenge those leaders to a debate. Will this cause an uproar? You bet it will. Will we be persecuted? You bet we will. Do we have the truth on our side? YES WE DO! And that fact alone should be all we need to empower us to be the voice of Jesus.

      We can not allow the great deceiver to win this battle! Jesus did not give up and neither should we.

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Neil,

      When Jesus was face to face with false religious leaders, He called them many different names. These names came from Jesus' own mouth, but today if we used the same language, we would be deemed unloving and judgmental. Are we bold enough to call them for what they are: whitewashed tombs, hypocrites, vipers, serpents and blind guides. The modern "church" says that we are to fellowship with these type of men, but Scripture says otherwise. Most do not respond in repentance when confronted; therefore, rejection is in order. Most are never sorry for their actions, they are just sorry they got caught.

      Those who preach a distorted "Gospel" are accursed.

      Scripture says we are to try these men according to the Word. If they do not meet that standard , we are to mark them and avoid them. They are to be rebuked and reproved and we are not to receive them in our house.

      People whom I have personally known I have rebuked for their perversions. They are marked and I do not have anything to do with their corrupt and evil ways. If I didn't expose their heresy, I would just be standing idly by in disobedience. I continue to let others know who they are and what they stand for as they continue in their carnal ways.

      The religious hypocrites are the hardest people group to reach because most have been given over to reprobate minds.

      The articles that I type on my computer have been through my own experiences. The Bible from beginning to end is "ad nauseam" concerning making ourselves right before God.

      So...If we are doing something about it, we are being persecuted for it.

      The question is, do you suffer persecution?

      If more were willing to stand on truth, which includes action, there would be more persecution. This would mean that God is moving in His people.

      http://hub.me/agtsD

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      Neil Braithwaite 3 years ago

      Now that it has been clearly established that what is called "church" in America today is actually a counterfeit system based on the traditions of man, what do we do about it?

      Do we just continue to blog and vlog about the problem, basically "preaching to the choir?" Or have we been given a revelation from God so huge and so far reaching that we don't know where to start?

      Maybe we should take a page from the civil rights movement and confront the corporate churches and denominations directly with the issues. Organize groups to visit high profile churches during their Sunday services and speak directly to their leaders and members, also giving pamphlets out and putting them on the cars in the parking lot.

      Something this big that affects so many millions of people's eternal lives with the deception of evil perpetrated by the very churches they believe to be telling them the truth needs to be addressed somewhere other than the blogosphere don't you think?

      Does God expect us to DO SOMETHING other than lament this problem to each other over and over ad nauseam?

      We need look no further than the Old Testament for the encouragement and confidence to act! There were many individuals that had revelations from God to "right" the ship after it had gone off course who actually DID SOMETHING about it.

      Will we continue to stand by typing into our computers as millions of deceived people face eternal damnation?

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Northwind,

      It is so simple, but so many have complicated things because they want to do it on their own strength and make their own conditions, but it is all vanity. It is better to realize this truth sooner than later, but in Jesus' words there will be many who just won't get it and it will be too late. We must never take any of Jesus' words for granted. We must continue to be beacons of God's Kingdom for those who are willing to hear. God Bless.

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Lifegate,

      Unfortunately, many do not understand they are implicated in the verse you quoted. It should strike fear in those who understand what it means. There are many who need to hear this truth. The Americanized "church" is on the broad road and they have no fear at all.

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Graceinus,

      Men like to have power and control; therefore, they make the gullible believe that they have special "anointing" and "revelation" that they can only dispense to them. If they only knew that Jesus wants them to come directly to Him. These wolves in sheep's clothing need to be cast aside; otherwise, they will never know who Jesus Christ is, or be set free. We must encourage those in religious bondage to learn to seek truth for themselves rather than man doing it for them.

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Deorganicchurch,

      Burnout is so common in the modern "church" because the people are in bondage. They will say that you must keep persevering and paying the price, but they have it all backwards. It is about Jesus Christ in us persevering and that He has already paid the price. Jesus Christ did not call His people to spend all our their time, money and resources for a man-made building called "church."

      Just like you, when I left the man-made template the burdens, religious voices and double-mindedness rolled of my shoulders and I could hear truth from the Holy Spirit for myself rather than being filtered through a denominational lens from a salaried "church" official. I came to know the truth, and the truth set me free.

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      North Wind 3 years ago from The World (for now)

      @ lifegate - I would go further and say that those words would be the most devastating words one could ever hear.

      @Planks and Nails - each day I thank God for the grace that He has given me. I know that I owe all to Him down to the breath I breathe as I type this. I lay my life in His hands and depend on Him. I think that a lot of these deceitful teachings come from the idea that we can stand on our own two feet through our own strength and perhaps even without the grace of God. This too, is vanity.

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      "And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness." Those have to be the saddest words anyone could ever hear. I can't imagine being turned away with no hope, but such is the case for many. Except for the grace of God, it could be me. Thank God for the provision He made in the blood of His Son.

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      graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      PandN- Another great article. I believe that following to narrow path into the narrow gate would not be so difficult if people would take the time to study the word of God. In doing so they would be more able to discern what is truth from the falsehood that is in the teachings of man made churches. I have said this many times in other Hub's and I will keep on saying it. But so many place trust in what they hear in the teachings of false doctrine and come to relay on those who teach it. They have not learned to relay on studying God's word nor do they relay on being guided by the Holy Spirit for understanding. It seems they embrace the bondage they are in and accept blindness given to them by the vary churches they attend.

      Christ is that narrow gate and only a few will enter into it.

      Again great Hub and God bless.

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      deorganicchurch 3 years ago from Newark, DE

      Since I started attending a house church instead of a traditional church, I have noticed a lot of burdens roll off of me. I used to spend a lot of time involved with church programs which took up my entire weekends every single week.

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Jackie,

      You are right, Jesus does say His burden is light.

      Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” - Matthew 11:28-30

      The heavy burdens of the religious system is spiritual bondage as they require vain works to be accepted and deemed worthy in the sight of men. The religious clergy lorded their power over the people, but Jesus was well aware of their tactics and rebuked them.

      They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. - Matthew 23:4

      The self-righteous and legalistic people fail to understand that no amount of law keeping and "good works" can bridge the gap between our sin and the holiness of God. Jesus Christ is the ONLY one who can do this. It has nothing to do with what we are doing because our righteousness is like filthy rags, but about what He has done. Our faith, hope and assurance rests in this.

      Many are in religious bondage and have never known, or have had true freedom in Jesus Christ. Living a life by faith is a much lighter yoke and easier burden than the heavy religious self-righteousness yoke where the "church" masses are striving to make a name for themselves believing that their works are acceptable through their traditions.

      When we allow Jesus to carry our burdens for us, the Holy Spirit within us perseveres in us on our behalf to keep us on the straight and narrow path. When we have Jesus, it is by His power that keeps us on the straight and narrow, but while we are still in this world, just like when Jesus was fulfilling the purpose the Father gave Him, we must also heed the will of our Father. It will not be a cake walk, but our souls will be at rest and He will give us the strength to persevere to the end.

      Thank-you for sharing your thoughts. They are appreciated. God Bless.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very interesting read. I am using the narrow gate scripture in the article I am working on and it has given me much food for thought. Especially saying there will be few. Jesus does say though that His burden is light. I suppose if we are not in and of the world living for Christ does not seem a burden, as well it should not. I suppose it is like the camel going through the eye of the needle. All things are possible...if we are right with the Lord but we may many be taking too much for granted and should make very sure of our salvation. ^+