Verses thirteen and fourteen are well-known verses to most of us, some of us probably even have them memorized, but have you ever stopped and really pondered what Jesus was saying here?
The Word narrow as defined in Hebrew in the Vine’s Dictionary means; “to groan, or narrow writing. It is used figuratively in Matthew 7:13-14, of the gate which provides entrance into eternal life. Narrow because it runs counter to natural inclinations.” …. “The way is rendered narrow by the divine conditions, which make it impossible for any to enter who think the entrance depends upon self-merit, or who still incline towards sin, or desire to continue in evil.”
Does that make the way seem a little more narrow than you originally thought? God is holy, and His wrath is just. Salvation is not easy believism with no life change. The American church has embraced a broad road concept of salvation, yet the Scripture says the broad way leads to destruction.
The way is “narrow because it runs counter to our natural inclinations”. This is Romans chapters six through eight. There are fruits, and proofs of genuine faith in Christ; it is to live like Christ. And make no mistake about it, living like Christ is not touting a social gospel that is championed by the media and supported by Hollywood celebrities.
Charles Spurgeon said, “A time will come when instead of shepherds feeding the sheep, the church will have clowns entertaining the goats”. This is, by and large, the current state of the American church. Believers like myself were drawn into unbiblical prosperity, health, and confession teaching. We have been looking for our best lives now, not realizing that ultimately means we’d probably be in Hell because no matter how good we have it here, nothing can compare to heaven. Preachers are teaching series based on psychology and not the Bible. Men are twisting the Scriptures making us the focal point of every Bible story, it’s about our dreams and not God’s glory. People are lulled into a false sense of security because they prayed a prayer yet didn’t have a changed heart.
That’s why Jesus warned against false prophets. That’s why Paul’s pastoral letters to Timothy dealt with false teaching. It’s why Jude, who wanted to write about our common salvation, ended up warning against false teachers. We are heaping up teachers to tickle our ears, and the so-called prophets keep getting it wrong.
Matthew 7:15-23 NKJV “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them. 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”
The wolves among us are shedding their sheepskins, openly promoting racial division, and reparations instead of redemption, and making skin color inherently sinful. They are saying we must interpret Scripture through other ethnic lenses; they are twisting Scripture and adding commands God did not give. They are embracing social justice over Biblical justice. These wolves look like the world because they are of the world. Reverence in worship is missing because those leading us don’t reverence a holy God. Some are so busy chasing signs and wanting dreams they have abandoned the clear teaching of Scripture simply because they had an experience.
Friends, the Bible says the devil comes as an angel of light. Wolves wear sheepskin because we would recognize them if they didn’t. The devil’s opening line was, hath God said. If you hear a preacher say the Bible isn’t really saying blank. RUN! That’s a wolf! It’s an agent of satan to get you off of the narrow path and on to the broad path to lead you to destruction.
Plenty of church leaders say things that sound good, but when they’re saying the same thing as celebrities and the media elite, we should pause and see what’s going on. Don’t be fooled by false gospels, social justice, and new perspectives on Scripture. Read the New Testament, make a study of each book, read chapters again and again, and get them deep within your heart.
Not everyone who claims the title Christian is a sheep. There are goats and there are wolves and it is important for us to have discernment. We can’t just listen to people’s claims; we must listen to their words and observe their actions. We must also realize a hard truth, just because someone once walked the narrow path doesn’t mean they haven’t or can’t stray into a ditch or even start walking on the broad path. It’s time to be more discerning, hold fast to God’s Word, and preach the Biblical Gospel of Christ Crucified.
Recommend Bible Reading:
2 Timothy 1-3
2 Peter and Jude