“Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it. But the gate is narrow (contracted by pressure) and the way is straitened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it”. Matthew 7:13, 14 Amplified Version
Christianity has become a national litmus test in the public arena. The benefits of wrapping oneself in the cloak of Christianity can be staggering. Just look at our politicians. Everyone is touting their Christian credentials. They have made, at least in public, Christianity into a “designer religious” for the financially prosperous and powerful.
The mega churches of the world are quick to point out that they have the ear and heart of God within the walls of their huge temple-like churches, with their wide ‘gates’ and the many who they squeeze through them. They must not have Matthew 7:13, 14 in their bibles. Of all the scams that con artists use to bilk people out of their hard-earned money, none are more devastating that the ones’ that are running rampant through some of our local churches. We have over 1,200 different Christian denominations in the United States, all vying for members. Many of these denominations can’t even agree on the basic Christian doctrines. But they can agree on one thing: everyone owe ‘Ten’ percent of all their earnings. We will get into that debate another time. For now we need to know that there is ‘NO’ substitute for studying the word of God for ourselves. There are ‘wolves’ in sheep clothing, even in the local assemblies.