"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it" (Matthew 7:13,14).
There is a Christianity abroad, supposedly evangelical and fundamental, dedicated to making itself easy enough and popular enough for even half-hearted and jaded modern church-goers. True to its mission, it has developed a whole series of teachings which are consistent only in their common effect of smoothing off the rough edges and right angles of genuine Christianity. These new doctrines are very popular and widely accepted. Why shouldn't they be? They cater to the natural aversion of men to self-denial and especially to the modern worship of pleasure.
Only these deep-rooted tendencies can explain the delusion that such Christianity is authentic. Jesus himself warned against it by telling us that genuine Christianity would be difficult and unpopular ("small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it"-- Matthew. 7:14), whereas its counterfeit would be easy, popular, and damning ("wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it"-- Matthew 7:13). Is your Christianity authentic? Or, is it easy, popular, and damning?
2. Suspicious Inconsistency
Return to Table of Contents