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The Gate

PP wicket gatePaul Washer:

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. (Matthew 7:13-14 ESV)

How many people in this county today live terrible, godless lives, but they know they are saved because one time in their life they repeated a prayer with a preacher? And how many preachers today preach that you are ok as long as one time in your life you asked Jesus to come into your heart.

My dear friend, a person is saved through faith in Jesus Christ. But most people today are not trusting in Christ. They are trusting in a decision they made a long time ago. They are trusting in the fact that they passed through certain evangelical hoops and said yes at every question that was asked them. Do you know you are a sinner? Yes. Do you want to go to heaven? Yes. Do you want to ask Jesus to come into your heart? Yes. Did you ask him to come into your heart? Yes. Then you are saved. That is not scriptural at all. It is not found in Scripture at all. It is not found in Church history at all, but it is the way we do evangelism today and that is why the great majority of people in America and in the Church believe themselves saved when, in fact, they are not. And they prove they are not because although they claim to have walked through that one small [narrow] gate [and] they live in the broad way. They look like the world. They act like the world. They talk like the world and their lifestyle will be the very thing that condemns them on the Day of Judgment.

What is this Scripture teaching? Well instead of standing on my own interpretation, let me just sum up the interpretation of the early Baptists and the early Congregationalists and the early Presbyterians and the early Puritans. This is what they would tell you this text is teaching. That the only way of a man to be saved is to pass through that small [narrow] gate that is Jesus, to trust in Jesus Christ by faith. There is no other means of salvation. There is no multiple choice. Not all roads lead to Rome. The only way to be saved is through repentance of sin and a turning to God through faith in Jesus Christ. But what about the way? Well, our forefathers taught us this. The evidence that you have truly passed through the small gate is that you are now walking in the narrow way. The evidence that you have truly believed in Jesus Christ is that your life has been changed and now you are walking according to the commandments of Jesus Christ and conformed to the will of God. (“Lies Preachers Tell”)

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  1. Reblogged this on My Delight and My Counsellors.

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  2. What a great post! It really makes me want to read the whole book.

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