This was shared with me by Teresa at Facebook this evening. I hope you will follow the link and read it all—it’s very much worth reading. As I commented back to her, the narrow road is definitely less traveled these days and can be, on occasion, a “lonely” road.
From A Cry for Justice, by Jeff Crippen:
I thought I would share the first portion of the sermon I will deliver tomorrow morning at Christ Reformation Church in Tillamook as an encouragement to our readers:
The Large Majority of Professing Christians Travel on Broadway, and thus are not Christians at all
Matthew 7:12-16 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. “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. “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
Now here is a point that I am trying to emphasize more and more lately. These kinds of warnings in Scripture are primarily addressed to people who claim to be followers of Christ….
And so it is here in Matthew 7. Christ is telling us about two ways: the narrow gate, and the way that leads to destruction. He compares and contrasts the two:
Narrow Way Broadway
|Narrow (difficult)||Wide and easy|
|Leads to life||Leads to destruction|
|Few travelers||Packed with traffic|
|True Prophets||False Prophets|
Continue reading this excellent message here