The Wide Gate, or the Narrow Gate?
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
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?
- The Mustard Tree
The parable of the mustard seed when looked at from multiple perspectives reveals the depth of Jesus' words and the misconceptions of many concerning the Kingdom of God.
- The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand
There are many man-made ideas that attribute themselves to the Kingdom of God, or Heaven, but Scripture should take precedence in answering and defining what it truly is.
- Deliverance and Transference
The Gospel is about transformation, but also about deliverance and transference from the dominion of darkness into the Kingdom of God becoming citizens with the light of Jesus Christ within us.
© 2014 PlanksandNails