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 system. 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 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 the easy paved roads. The sides of the roads are filled with all sorts of pleasures from fast food restaurants, churches, strip-malls, etc. whose sole purpose is to satisfy the temporal needs of the people. They advertise with big signs to lure, draw and appeal to the carnality fleshly desires of the passerby. Their delicacies are meant to fill their void, but they will never be fully satisfied consuming because they are the products created by 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 that requires 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 walk along the narrow path. 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 empty void in their hearts. Their main focus and mindset are on the eternal things of God by being in one accord with Christ who has cured the carnal condition and filled the empty void in their hearts.
The carnal religious Christian is not in need of anything because they believe they are rich in the temporal delicacies that are offered in Satan’s worldly kingdom. They do not refuse him 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 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 lifestyle. 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 in worldly pleasures that will never fill the void they have within them, but nonetheless, they will still boast in their prideful religious ignorance. Their fake godliness has denied the power of the Holy Spirit for the power of man.
The journey of walking the narrow path does not include those who attend church because they are deceived by Satan that attending a religious man-made building is one of the keys to entering into the Kingdom. They fail to understand that their mere works in disobedience are considered by Christ a betrayal to the ekklesia 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 THE WILL I 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 before Him. 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 their traditions of mixing 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 “Jesus” that they are clinging to is actually Satan.
The premeditated emotionally charged gatherings of church deny the genuine movement of the Holy Spirit. Corrupt minds corrupt God’s word for self-ambitious endeavors and 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 as mediators between you and God. It is our own responsibility to know the truth by seeking first the Kingdom of God for ourselves. The salaried-to-serve in the modern church are paid to entertain, polish the offering plates and keep the flow of the monetary coming through the front doors. The churches of men have absolutely nothing to do with the Kingdom of God.
Christ is the narrow gate. There is only one way to know God and that 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 true Christ that requires repentance of sin and transformation by the Holy Spirit. Many do not want His free gift, but would rather travel the broad road and walk through the wide gate saying there are 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 in the modern “church” brag and boast of their accomplishments on stage on all the “great” things they have done?
Do they not understand that their mere human effort will never be good enough?
Accepting Christ in faith by what He has done is the only way into the Kingdom of Heaven.
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 power. No matter how hard man tries in their own way through their good works are futile because any one sin that has not been dealt with by what Christ has done will keep them from entering the Kingdom unless the power of Christ has dealt with it.
Salvation is repentance through conviction and confessing that Christ is our Savior by believing that he died for us and rose again on the third day. The power of Christ to save comes from the drawing of the Father through His Son.
Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
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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