Sobering Thoughts 13

Mat 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 “And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26 “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 “The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell– and great was its fall.”

There are very many in the world who are almost and yet but almost Christians…A second proof of it is that of the parable of the virgins in St. Matthew. See what a progress they make, how far they go in a profession of Christ.

The reason that people must go through the narrow gate is because of three things. One, the gate is wide that leads to destruction. Two, the way is broad that leads to destruction. Three, there are many who enter through that broad gate (from Sobering Thoughts 10)

It bears repeating, to our own souls and to that of others, that of all the people on either road all of them think that they are on the way to heaven. All those on either of the two roads think that they are on the road that is the way to heaven. No one really thinks that s/he is on the road that leads to destruction. The broad gate is not thought all that broad by those who go through it. The broad gate may even be thought of as extremely narrow by those who go through it. This should so strike our souls as to make us to turn from self with all of our own strength and then seek the Lord for strength to turn from self. That self is so sticky and is such a chameleon that most people have no idea that they are full of self and in the control of self. This is true of religious people and even very religious people.

The way to destruction is often (apparently by the vast majority) thought to be the way to life. How can one stress this with the appropriate words? How can one overly stress the importance of such a teaching? If we look out on the world today, it would appear that few people (percentage or real numbers) are even concerned about the road that they are on. However, of the few people who are concerned about the road that they are on, it would appear that the vast majority of those people are on the broad road that leads to destruction. Speaking of the way of destruction, Scripture tells us that “there are many who enter through it.” When Jesus speaks in such a way, it would behoove all to listen and then search his or her own heart.

Matthew 7:15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

The very next verse after Matthew 7:13-14 which tells us of the narrow gate and the broad gate and then the broad road and the narrow road, we have the words of Jesus telling us about false prophets. Not only are people deceived by their own hearts, by the deceitfulness of sin, by the Deceiver himself, and perhaps God is hardening their hearts as well; but people are deceived by those who are supposed to be preaching the Gospel. Each and every soul must beware of what s/he hears. There are people who mean well (in a humanistic way) in the pulpits and take the name of “pastor” who are lost and clueless as to the Gospel. The very words of these men (and women in our day) may be charming and sound so wonderful, but these men are ravenous wolves of souls on the inside. These people only care about themselves and not the truth. They are the blind leading the blind and indeed both will fall into the pit of eternal destruction. How we must know that only the free-grace of Christ can take a poor soul and enlighten its eyes and grant it a new heart. All the ways of these false teachers, who may indeed be quite orthodox in many ways, are simply part of the broad road. Christ alone is the way, the truth, and the life. Our souls must learn that.

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