The Narrow Way
The Narrow Way, The Way of Holiness
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits..." (From Matthew 7 NKJV)
False prophets / teachers tell us what we may want to hear, not what we need to hear. They are the promoters of the “have it your way” Gospel, the broad way to destruction. Their “fruit” is also evident - it bears no resemblance to Jesus Christ in humility and servanthood - the narrow road that leads to life, but rather the opulent indulgence in “what I want now.” As if Christ died to grant everyone who follows him the lifestyle and wealth of a Donald Trump! That is the way of people who follow after the world, to get an advantage in it or over it. And that world is always passing away! But it is not the way for he Christian who is sent out into the world to proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom that men may come out of the world and enter into the eternal life in Christ Jesus - their real purpose: to be “saved”, and following that to become Christlike in the world.
The false prosperity preachers do not bring the calling or message of Jesus Christ for our life, which bids us enter into the Life of His Kingdom via the narrow gate, nor do they call any to walk the difficult way of repentance and transformation, by mortification of self and the passions. They instead bring their own devilish interpretations of the Scripture and of Christ to itching ears, proclaiming the broad way that leads to destruction.
“And a highway will be there, a roadway, And it will be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean will not travel on it, But it will be for him who walks that way, And fools will not wander on it..” Isaiah 35:8. NASB 1977.
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