Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it, Matthew 7:13.
Two times of year at Christmas and Easter, backsliders, the religious and prodigals reunite at church. The motives for this annual tradition vary. Some do this as an act of penance. Others do this as an obligation to their friends or parents. Meanwhile, there are those who hope this visit will transform their life, praying that the Savior of the world will become real.
But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it, Matthew 7:14.
However, in recent years there has been some confusion over what the term Savior means. Is Jesus the Savior of the World, for those who seek Him out? Or is Jesus the Savior for the world, everyone included? As Universalism expands throughout the world, the Pope and some evangelists are taking stances not found in the Bible. Fearful of offending those outside the church, spiritual leaders are now claiming the God of the Bible is the same God as those whom other religions worship. Unfortunately, this is not true.
Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves, Matthew 7:15.
During his sermon on the Mount, Jesus spoke about two destinations, heaven and hell. Based upon his own words in the gospel of Matthew, those who enter hell is much greater than those who take the road less traveled. While Jesus is the Savior of the world, He is not the Savior of all. While this teaching may be unpopular, it comes straight from Jesus’ mouth. I’m assuming the false prophets are those who stray from the Bible’s teaching, trying to appease a cynical culture. In view of this, study the Bible for yourself in 2016 and you will discover the truth about the Savior of the world.
by Jay Mankus