“There are only two kinds of
people in the end. Those who say to God ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom
God says, ‘Thy will be done”
C S Lewis.
Being given the ability to choose between God and
His adversary is the greatest of choices God could have bestowed upon
mankind. And it all comes down to where we wish to spend
eternity. Is there anything that is more important than our eternal destiny? I
say no but many will say yes there are things more important than thinking about
what comes after this life. The reason for this attitude among the perishing is
one of unbelief. Many just won’t believe there’s life after planet earth, hence,
two kinds of people.
C S Lewis
had it right. More recently I, too,have
written of the magnitude of a sincere and informed eternal decision. But more
importantly Jesus speaks of this subject quite forcefully in His word
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is
the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be
which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which
leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
Matthew 7:13, 14.
the Greek word for way
and can also be translated path, road, or highway.
the most part,broad
and can accommodate a huge throng of people. Jesus says many will travel that
broad highway and be destroyed. Many will seek after destruction because they
just find it too difficult to accept or believe that any other path exists. Many
will seek after the lusts and desires of this life, never coming to the
realization that these things are all temporary.
This lost generation looks at
believers and says “We don’t want to be like them, we don’t want to miss out on
all the thrilling and fantastic adventures that these Christians can’t even
appreciate because of their religion”. “We want what’s coming to us”,many
will say, “I deserve it”, (sadly, if they stay in that frame of mind they will
soon realize they got exactly what they’ve asked for). God says, “Thy
will be done”.
As believers in Christ we can
enjoy this life God has blessed us with. We can have relationships with folks
who, for the most part, think as we do and this places us
in a position of fellowship that is never understood by those who are perishing.
has a need for fulfillment and as such Christians turn to Christ, we say to God
“Thy will be done.”
The lost, on the other hand, have a big empty void
inside them. There’s a place for God in us all but those who refuse to allow God
His place in them are at a loss to understand why they can not be filled. They
struggle continually, in vain, to fill that emptiness by giving in to the lust
of their hearts.
Every decision is pretty much a moral decision these days, and yet the ones who
are perishing can’t or won’t see it that way. It’s all about how much pleasure
they can derive out of any and all situations. All the sinful pleasures that
unbelievers strive to be engulfed in are only going to turn out to be a fleeting
pleasure at best. Adhering to the carnal lusts of the heart will always result
in pursing more and new pleasures but never actually achieving fulfillment.
What those who are perishing
can’t seem to grasp is that all Christians sin. Oops, here come the emails.
Those who place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ don’t suddenlybecome
the lost think that’s exactly what happens. Then when
they witness a believer stumble, as we all do, all they can see is a hypocrite.
We’re not perfect,not
by, any stretch of the imagination,but
we are forgiven.
At some point, many who are perishing because of
their unbelief begin to seek after a more fulfilling “spiritual” life. Satan
loves to lead these unguided seekers to something that sounds like it might have
come from God but actually comes from Satan himself.
Many will be lead to their own demise by listening to others with an agenda that
is in direct opposition to God. Many will fall in step with leaders, supposedly
Bible teachers, who through their own deceitful interest teach lies.
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in
sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
The problem is, many people as they seek after
some form of spirituality, remain ignorant of God’s word. Therefore it’s
impossible for them to heed Jesus’ words to
“beware of false prophets.” This in turn gives these cunningly false
to deceive the masses. These ravening wolves have an agenda,and
it isn’t to teach from God’s word. A huge deception I see currently affecting
many people’s spirituality is the onslaught of self help books. Many of these
books can actually take on a Christian look and feel yet be quite contradictory
to God’s word.
I’ve seen and heard of some extremely heretical
practices occurring in Churches across this county. As Christians we are to be
focused on Jesus Christ, we aren’t to take our eyes off Him. That’s what Jesus
meant when He said, “... No man, having put
his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Luke 9:62. If we take our eyes off
Jesus Christ we will turn away from Him and get caught up in things that will
lead us astray.
Yet we see many pastors and others who once taught
from the Bible turning to alternative sources for teaching and using these
alternatives to lead people away from the word of God. Using these alternative
sources they corrupt the lives of others, and there are some pastors who
actually use these very heretical alternatives for preaching from the pulpit.
Rick Warren’s now famous book, “The Purpose Driven Life” as well as Warren’s “The Purpose
Driven Church” and the study materials that accompany these teachings are all
distractions to move people away from the word of God.
In my home town of 4800 people and about 100
churches there’s at least one church that has gone bonkers over the “The Shack”
written by William P. Young. They’ve gone as far as to erect a small structure
in front of their regular assembly building depicting “The Shack”. They’re
promoting a book of fiction that depicts God as a character that is completely
contrary to the God of the Bible. When we begin to incorporate props such as
this for teaching in our Christian Churches we begin to move away from God
and closer to where Satan would have us. There are many other distractions being
presented with a Christian look and feel but they are all deceptions. Tell me,
if you can, what’s wrong with teaching exclusively from God’s inerrant word?
More and more we see these erroneous teachings
invading our once revered sanctuaries and we know this is going to continue and
become even more pervasive. Every single denomination and non-denomination is
being attacked by some sort of false teaching and false doctrines and as such
they will continue to move further and further away from a foundation built on
no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come
a falling away first...” 2
Thessalonians 2:3a In Paul’s admonition to the Thessalonians he makes
it clear that before Christ’s return there must first come a falling away,and
scholars are divided on whether Paul is referring to the falling away by
believers or a world wide rebellion to God. All we need to do is look at what’s
happening in many of our Christian Churches today to see what Paul meant.
Unfortunately, one of my favorite Christian
organizations which began back in the late 60’s and early 70’s and which God
used mightily to create a huge movement, leading many to Jesus, is Calvary
Chapel. It, too, isbeing
attacked from every angle and now heading full steam towards the
emergent/contemplative purpose driven agenda and kingdom now affiliation.
Believe it or not there is only one purpose behind all these distractions and
that is to eliminate the true Church and replace it with the apostate Church of
the last days.
every evangelical denomination and organization of any size in North America is going in this same direction as [the
Calvary Chapel organization] to one degree or another.”
Two separate paths and two different types of
people. Different only by the choice they make. That choice will either lead
them to an eternity with Jesus Christ in Heaven, or an eternity in a burning Lake of Fire. As different as the two people
groups seem they are all equally known by God. God knows which path each person
will ultimately take and He’s known it from before the creation of the world.
“But, beloved, be not ignorant
of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a
thousand years as one day.” 2 Peter 3:8.
In this verse Peter is giving us a lesson in how God views
eternity, and the fact that God is eternal. God is not restrained by time or
space but He can see the beginning and the end of all things at the same exact
moment. He already knows what decision you and I will make in regards to our
eternal destiny. That’s how Jesus can say “broad
is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat”.
Matthew 7:13b. If you’re reading
this commentary and you’ve not made that most important decision of your life to
follow Jesus Christ, there’s still time, albeit precious little, so choose
It’s appropriate that Jesus refers to His
followers as sheep. Sheep have the propensity to follow rather than lead and
sadly many will follow doctrines which consist of what man has derived from his
own mind, most of which are at odds with the scriptures. In these “last days”
there will be great multitudes that follow erroneous teachings and they are
completely unaware of the fact that they are being led down the most destructive
of highways. This truth isn’t something we will need to be looking for as
occurring in the distant future,it’s happening right now. This world of ours is
heavily into following extremely deceitful and blatant liars.
Jesus said “Because
strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few
there be that find it.” Matthew
7:14. Jesus is that
straight gate and narrow way referred to in the scripture verse above. There is
no other Way in which one may
enter Heaven. Jesus says, “I am the way, the
truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
First and foremost, we must believe Jesus is who
He said He is or there is no hope for salvation and no foundation for our
Christian faith “Jesus said unto them,
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”
John 8:58. In the very
next verse the Pharisees provide us with their understanding of Jesus’ words.
“Then took they up stones to cast at him:”
John 8:59a. You see, in
the minds of the Jews who had just heard Jesus’ proclamation,He
had blasphemed God by making Himself out to be God. Jesus had just committed the
offence (in the eyes of the Pharisees) that would lead to His death. If you
don’t understand what Jesus meant by saying “I Am”, He was referring to the
voice that spoke to Moses from the burning bush in Exodus chapter 14. Jesus was
that voice. Jesus is God and the Pharisees recognized Jesus was making that
claim. They didn’t believe it of course, but they do now.
Again, two very distinct paths are available to
the people of planet earth. All earth’s peoples have a choice to make. We are
all God’s creation and we were all created in His image, more importantly God
has no favorites when it comes to our salvation.
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise,
as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that
any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
2 Peter 3:9.
God would love for all men to seek Him and come to repentance before
it’s too late. Unfortunately, according to God’s own words, that’s not going to
happen. Many will follow the wrong path.
None of us are pushed on to that broad highway
that leads to destruction,but
many people will be led there. Jesus says many will follow it because they
choose to follow it. Few will make the alternative choice. How disturbing is
that revelation? We can choose to believe what Jesus says or we can ignore Him
and continue down the wrong path,but
we can’t have it both ways. If we never consciously make the choice to follow
Jesus,then we have made our choice.
Following a liar just because he or she gives
persuasive and articulate speeches using words that
sound like something God might say will not suffice as an excuse as to why you
were lead astray as you stand before the White Throne Judgment Seat of God. If
you’re following a man or woman who claimsto
have the answers and know the correct path to God,yet
they deny the deity of Jesus Christ,you’re
going to be in for a huge surprise as you stand before the King of Kings weeping
as you realize that during your life on earth you had continually followed the
father of all lies instead of learning the truth. God’s truth is obvious and
those who don’t accept it are without excuse.
Here’s the answer to this problem of being
deceived or misled. Grab your Bible and open it to the book of Genesis and begin
to read and study like you’ve never done before (and many haven’t). When you get
to the last page of the Book of Revelation begin again. Since our eternal
destiny is a life or death situation, continue this new study practice for the
rest of your life. If you are familiar with God’s word it will be very
difficult, probably even impossible, to be led astray by those who want to teach
doctrines of men and those who have their own agendas apart from God.
This concept of getting people to read everything
that comes along,all
the while neglecting the one book they should have practically memorized by now,is
satanic. This evil is inspired by Satan and it’s working quite well. I’ve read
that there are currently about 3,000 new books being published every day. That
statistic, if true, is extraordinary to say the least,yet
there has never been another book so popular in its sales that it holds the
record for books sold to date,or
as neglected once purchased, I’m speaking of the Holy Bible, God’s inerrant
You say you want to hear from God? Read your
Bibles. God will speak to you from every page. You may wish to ignore the
admonition I’ve written on this page, which, of course will be to your own
detriment. As we get close to the time of Jesus’
is working exponentially to lead as many as possible down that destructive
Thy will or my will be done. Your choice.
God bless you all,
All scripture is from the KJV