“Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I
say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be
There is a prominent view these days among Christians
which seems to have crept into the mainstream of
Christianity. It is the view held by many professing
Christians that sitting in a pew every Sunday morning
is a good indication that a person is born again.
Sadly, what we’re confronted with here is another of
the enemy’s many deceptions.
Before continuing with
the above deceptive view, I’d like to remind everyone
that Satan came to kill, steal, and destroy. He will
do everything in his power to keep people from God’s
truth. He’s discovered that combining some truth with
some lies brings about the results he wants. He’s also
discovered that many of those he’s determined to
destroy are willing accomplices.
From Jesus’ own words
we know that there will be many who have been deceived
into believing they are His, when in fact they are
once the master of the house is risen up, and hath
shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and
to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto
us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you
not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have
eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught
in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know
you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers
Luke 13:25-27. The master of the house is God, and at this point He
has locked the door to Heaven. Yet there are many who
are outside still knocking, claiming they should be
allowed entrance. Why would God not allow them to
enter? I know
you not… depart from me, all of you who work…for
Interestingly, when it
comes to eternity humans are afforded only two
choices. “He that is not with me is against me...”
We either say yes to Jesus, in which case we are with
Him, or we refuse Him, in which case we are against
Him. In regards to the above mentioned door knockers,
they heard Jesus’ words as He taught in their streets,
they even ate and drank with Him. Yet Jesus considered
of iniquity – in other words the opposition.
The unsaved are often
taught that simply being a good person or doing good
deeds is in accordance with God’s will, therefore God
will not deny them their part in Heaven. This is a
deception that in many cases resonates throughout many
churches. All the “door knockers” works and good deeds
were nothing to the King of kings. If we don’t believe
in Him then His response to us will always be
“I know you not.” Many will continue their bewailing and knocking
as they are falling into the depths of Hell, all
because they allowed the enemy to deceive them with
the notion that all God desires is your good
intentions and your good works. On the contrary, what
God desires from each of us is a personal relationship
with His only begotten Son.
Our relationship with
God is twofold. First of all we must understand what
constitutes a relationship. A relationship exists
between people when we have established a link between
us and them – there’s a connection. When Jesus said He
never knew these folks He meant He had no knowledge of
them ever attempting to establish a connection with
Him. Secondly, what I mean by twofold is that both
parties must acknowledge that there exists a
relationship. No acknowledgement by one of the
participants means there is no relationship. The
people spoken of in Luke 13:25 who are crying Lord,
lord were deceived into thinking they had a
relationship with Jesus, but in fact the relationship
they were convinced they had was only one sided.
What was it that was
missing? Belief. They never got to a point that they
actually believed in who Jesus was and is. Since Jesus
plainly states He never knew them we can be assured
something was missing that would link them to Him.
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be
saved. It doesn’t get any simpler than that. The key
here is belief. There is nothing to works or good
deeds when we are considering our eternal salvation.
There is only belief in the One who God sent.
When we first believe
in Jesus as our Saviour and Lord, and that He alone is
our hope for salvation, we are then brought instantly
into a relationship with the God of all creation.
Believing who Jesus is, and what He did for us is the
means to establishing an everlasting relationship with
Him – only then do we have a connection. Many sitting
in those pews on Sunday mornings have never
established that connection – relationship. How’s that
possible you might ask?
The deception that has
been burgeoning for many years in most cases involves
the attributes of God. Is God real? Did He create the
universe? Did He create the earth in 6 literal 24 hour
days? Did He create man as it plainly states in His
word or did He use evolution and millions of years?
Jesus didn’t really walk on water, there’s no such
thing as a virgin birth, He’s not really God Almighty,
and on and on the deceptions flow. The enemy owns the
field of deception and doubt. First he introduces the
God really say” and then he introduces the
deception “You shall not surely die”. With these two phrases that make up
the core content of the enemy’s lies he has managed to
convince many that the God of all creation, Jesus
Christ, is only a myth. In some pseudo-Christian
circles we are confronted with those who believe in
Jesus but only as a lesser god, or in some cases
merely a wonderful teacher. This attitude towards our
God and Saviour does not lend itself to a twofold
relationship with Jesus Himself. Many profess they
know Jesus, but if He refers to them as workers of
inequity (children of Satan) they are deceived. When
we listen to mere men and glean our faith in God from
what many teach we run the risk of coming away with a
skewed view of who God is. We must always wash what we
are taught by men by running man’s teachings through
the pages of Scripture for accuracy.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord
Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath
raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
Here Paul gives us the simple truth on how to become a
born again follower of Jesus Christ. Believe it or
not, as simple a gesture as this seems many sitting in
those pews have never confessed Christ. And if they
never confess Christ it’s a good bet that they don’t
believe in their hearts that God raised Him from the
What does it mean to
confess Christ? It means we’re saying that we trust
Jesus to be perfect in all His ways, and we’ve
completely and unswervingly given ourselves over to
Him. He alone paid the price for our salvation, thus
He is our redemption. He owns us; we are no longer
Satan’s possession, but Christ’s.
As I sojourn in this
world I walk in God’s precepts and I adhere to His
doctrines. Nothing is going to lead me away from my
Lord. But if I can’t trust Him to tell me the truth
about who He is and what He’s done then how can I
pretend we have a relationship? No pretentious
relationship is going to give me everlasting life in
Heaven with my God.
There are many who sit
in a pew on Sunday morning erroneously believing that
because they diligently attend those services and
tithe from their income that they are born again.
Because they do good deeds and they are, for the most
part, decent people they’ve earned their way to
Heaven. The very fact that people have this type of
mentality should tell the rest of us that a huge
deception has infiltrated those sanctuaries.
“For by grace
are ye saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest
any man should boast.”
Ephesians 2:8-9. All the good deeds in the world will not suffice
as payment for entrance into Heaven. The only way to
avoid finding ourselves standing outside and knocking,
asking to be let in, is to believe on the one God
said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might
work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto
them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him
whom he hath sent.”
Only by believing in the One who came once and for all
to reconcile us to God can we ever obtain entrance to
that most glorious abode called Heaven.
There’s a catchy truism
I’ve read lately that goes something like this, “Going
to church makes you as much a Christian as standing in
your garage makes you a car”. Granted, attending
services might help you decide to say yes to Jesus,
but in many congregations today you might be just as
inclined to say no to Him, or nothing at all. Many
things taught by cults and false teachers concerning
who Jesus is quite often contradicts God’s inerrant
word. A person might more easily be led astray than to
be lead to the strait path and thus through the narrow
gate which is Jesus Christ our Lord.
If we consider again
that verse from Luke 13:24 it must be pointed out that
the Greek word
which is translated into our English word “many”,
actually means “a great number”. The numerical
equivalent of that great number isn’t mentioned.
However, we must see this as a mass of people. When
combined with those who out and out reject Christ the
numbers are innumerable.
Thinking we have a
relationship with the One who created everything
without actually believing who He really is, is folly.
Many are caught up in this foolish mindset. Attending
Sunday services and doing good deeds are not
prerequisites for salvation. This incredibly pervasive
deception continues almost unabated while taking a
horrible toll on multitudes of folks around the world.
“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we
not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast
out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:
depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
Matthew 7:22-23. There’s that word “many” again. As I’ve stated,
numerically we have no figure to place here but the
language of those two verses indicates a vast number
of deceived individuals all headed in the same
direction, ultimately to destruction.
It’s interesting that
we are given the words many and few to describe how
many will perish vs. how few will enter Heaven. Jesus
tells us few will enter in through the strait gate and
“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way,
which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find
Matthew 7:14. Our English word “few” is
translated from the Greek word
which is another numerical term and means little,
small, few, slight. In other words, Jesus will
be saying “I
know you not” to a multitude of very
disappointed people. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ
and you will be saved. When we believe in Him we are
acknowledging Him as God and Saviour and we can depend
on our entering into a personal relationship with the
King of kings.
Jesus, speaking to the
Pharisees of His day, was very blunt as He responded
to their disbelief
therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins:
for if ye believe not that I am…, ye shall die in your
John 8:24. Call Him a liar, deny His deity,
write off His word as myth while sitting in your pew
and your eternal destination will not be what you’ve
planned – you
die in your sins.
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