Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?”
He said to them, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’
“But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’
“Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’
“But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’
“There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last.”
This passage of scripture should make a lot of people uncomfortable. Many have been deceived into believing that they are entering through the narrow door when in fact they are on a broad path that leads to a wide doorway. This road offers them everything and requires them to sacrifice nothing. These people are being told by their pastors that;
‘Every blessing imaginable is waiting for you to take hold of. All you have to do is ask. If you don’t feel as though you have all that you want, keep asking until get it!’
For these people, Christianity has become a self-serving mechanism to get what their fleshly hearts desire. Personal holiness has been replaced with personal fulfillment. Self-denial is no longer desirable and the appetite for worldly possessions is encouraged (1 Pet. 1:14). What is being preached today is not a ‘Narrow Door’ gospel but one that is easy to believe and easily attracts those who desire the things of this world (1 Tim. 6:9; 2 Tim. 4:3).
What is so shocking about this ‘gospel’ that promotes health, wealth and prosperity is that it contradicts what Christ taught.
- Christ taught humility
For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
- Christ taught self-denial
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
- Christ taught against greed.
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
Even so, professing Christians have been unable or unwilling to discern the truth from this lie and have essentially ‘bought-in’ wholesale to this false-doctrine (Deut 32:28-29). It is by no accident that tens of thousands of people show up at churches that stroke their egos instead of encouraging them to walk in humility (Phil. 2:3). This ‘gospel’ feeds the flesh and starves the spirit, and many have been given a false sense of security when it comes to their salvation. The pastors and leaders of these churches will be rightfully judged for encouraging the sin nature to thrive within the hearts of their people (2 Pet. 2:1).
It is obvious that money and possessions are what motivates false teachers and their followers. The question is ‘what motivates you?’ Is God no more than someone who grants you your every wish or is He truly the Lord and Savior of your life? Does your prayer life say, ‘God, give me more stuff,’ or does it say, ‘God, I lay down my life for you and I give you my all’?
Are you truly striving to enter into the narrow door?