I would like to note a number of things in
what is called the "fall of Adam and Eve". First Lucifer has already
rebelled against God and he is seeking through the serpent to deceive Adam
and Eve into following him. At this point in time Adam and Eve are in a
personal relationship with God with the Holy Spirit residing within them
on the throne of their will. They are clothed by the Holy Spirit in a
garment of light called the "shekinah glory". Luciferís approach is to
bring doubt against Godís word and call God a liar! Then appealing to
Eveís pride he further slanders God by saying that God is withholding a
special blessing from them, the knowledge of good and evil! Adam and Eve
believe the lies and disobey God. The first thing that happens is the
withdrawal of the Holy Spirit (spiritual separation from God) and the
beginning of aging and eventually physical death. God then steps in and
promises a Messiah who will undo this terrible event! Satan is still
slandering, twisting, mis-interpreting Godís word in order to deceive
people. He has created many religions and ways to God, some a counterfeit
form of Christianity, some just a different set of rules or practices
which supposedly lead to God such as Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism,
Shintoism and the listing could go on and on. Now back to Godís view of
But if we are striving to find the way to
heaven we must look at what Godís word says about us. His word lights the
way to the narrow gate. His word since he is the creator accurately
assesses our spiritual condition.
The fundamentally basic inner condition of
man is described as follows.
Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in
iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none
righteous, no, not one:
Romans 3:11 There is none that
understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
Romans 3:12 They are all gone out of the
way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth
good, no, not one.
Romans 3:13 Their throat is an open
sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps
is under their lips:
Romans 3:14 Whose mouth is full of
cursing and bitterness:
Romans 3:15 Their feet are swift to
Romans 3:16 Destruction and misery are
in their ways:
Romans 3:17 And the way of peace have they
Romans 3:18 There is no fear of God before
Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give
you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the
stony heart (actively rebellious heart) out of your flesh, and I will
give you an heart of flesh (Spiritually obedient heart).
Ezekiel 36:27 And I will put my spirit
within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my
judgments, and do them.
As you can see God has a decidedly different
view of man. One of the reasons this is so is because man tends to compare
himself to other men while Godís measurement is comparing man to His
The question becomes are you a "sinner by
inner nature" or do you just slip up and commit an outward act of sin once
in a while? I believe God says the former, man might like to see himself
as the latter and able to offset this outward act of sin by a good deed,
penance or a ritual.
The Bible describes outward sin as the "fruit
of the inner nature". The Bible sometimes use the term the "fruit of the
tree". A tree will only produce one type of fruit continually. If the root
of manís heart is actively sinful that life will produce the fruit of sin
continually. That is why God says in Ezekiel 36 v 36, 37 above that man
needs a "heart transplant" from a stony sinful heart to a Spiritual born
again heart. God doesnít ask for a person to obey the law and stop
sinning. No, God wants to deal with the root of sin not outward acts of
But in order to see the fruit of the inner
nature it is worthwhile to cover just what that looks like.
Romans 8:7 Because the carnal (natural)
enmity (rebellious) against God: for it is not subject to the law of
God, neither indeed can be. (Manís fallen inner nature has a built in
rebelliousness against God)
Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That
whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery
with her already in his heart.
Matthew 15:18-20 But those things which
proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart (inner nature); and
they defile the man.
15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil
thoughts, murders (internal thoughts also), adulteries (sex outside of a
previous marriage unless Biblically divorced), fornications (all sexual
activity outside of a married man and woman), thefts, false witness
(lying), blasphemies (railing against God)
15:20 These are the things which
defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh
(self-directed life) are manifest, which are these; Adultery,
fornication, uncleanness (defilement due to moral sins such as lying),
lasciviousness (sexual excess without shame),
5:20 Idolatry (honoring or venerating icons
and idols for benefits gained), witchcraft (occult practices including
drug use seeking benefits from the spiritual world), hatred, variance
(disputes with animosity), emulations (jealous or malicious rivalries),
wrath, strife (provoking to arguments), seditions (rebellion against
parents and others in authority), heresies (holding false ideas about
5:21 Envyings, murders (internal thoughts
also), drunkenness, revellings (living to party), and such like: of the
which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past,
that they which do (practice as a way of life) such things shall not
inherit the kingdom of God.
Exodus 20:11 For in six days the
LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and
rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and
Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy
mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God
Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not kill
Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy
neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his
manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing
that is thy neighbour's.
Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou
shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul,
and with all thy mind.
Matthew 22:38 This is the first and great
Matthew 22:39 And the second is like
unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Matthew 22:40 On these two commandments
hang all the law and the prophets.
The opposite fruit of the above two
commandments would be, "thou shalt ignore the Lord thy God with all thy
heart, soul and mind. And thou shalt take advantage of thy neighbour if
the opportunity arises."
For each one of us it is not too hard if we
are truly seeking God to see the bad fruit of our inner nature manifesting
in the above verses.
I have said all this to arrive at what "true
Biblical repentance" looks like. Godís will for you is to repent under the
conviction of the Holy Spirit, to surrender the throne of your will to
God, and to receive, believe, trust in only the shed blood payment by the
Son done in love on your behalf. There are three parts here.
The thought process leading to true
repentance goes something like this. So if my inner core or root is sinful
then everything I have ever done is sinful. I canít try to be better, turn
over a new leaf, curse less, fornicate less, party less, drink less, smoke
less, go to church more, give more to charity, be kinder and gentler and
on it could go. The root would all be from my sin nature. I need a new
nature and cleansing not better outward performance.
The next thought process is that I am not in
a good position spiritually. I am a practicing sinner therefore in the
kingdom of darkness not in the kingdom of God!
Colossians 1 v 13 Who hath delivered us from
the power (kingdom) of darkness and hath transferred us into the kingdom
of His dear Son!
Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened,
who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye
walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of
the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of
Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had
our behavior in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the
desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by inner nature the
children of wrath, even as others.
Therefore if I am spiritually bankrupt,
spiritually destitute, under the power of the old nature which is totally
corrupt. Then I am totally undone before a Holy God and have nothing to
offer! Even my good deeds are tainted by the inner sin nature! I am
distraught at these thoughts and my condition!
Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean
thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags
The next thought calls me to cry out, well
how can anybody get to heaven then? It is impossible for me! Of which that
is a true statement but God has a reply. Listen also to the reaction of
the disciples when they realized that they had to keep Godís law perfectly
to go to heaven by works!
Matthew 19:25 When his disciples heard
it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
Matthew 19:26 But Jesus beheld them,
and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things
God then offers hope of which I am going to
now lay out before you. God wants you to enter the narrow gate and come to
His Son but on His terms not yours. In true Biblical repentance you must
arrive at two disposition points. One, you are willing to totally forsake
the old life, the old you, your old ways, your favorite sins, your love of
the world and any self-righteousness. Second, you need to count the cost
before entering the narrow gate which would look something like this. All
who enter the narrow gate must give their first and highest allegiance to
the Son and His will over and above their own will, their family, friends,
former church and any other cherished thing. All who enter the narrow gate
will suffer persecution, friends and family may abandon you, members of
your former religion may persecute you, take your goods, even kill you,
they may torture you so that you will come back to your former religion,
you may lose your job, you may be ridiculed and psychologically abused and
the list can go on but you get the idea.
So recognizing your spiritual bankruptcy and
having counted the cost you can enter in by surrender of the throne of
your will and acknowledging that the Son in his love for you paid the full
price on the cross for your sin. The full payment is described here in
Hebrews 10 v 12 "And the Son, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins
forever, sat down on the right hand God." Another way God describes this
full payment is with the word "propitiation" which means "paid in full in
Godsí courtroom". 1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and
not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
The following is a suggested prayer: The
prayer itself is not a magic set of words but is only effectual if sincere
repentance and believing on the Son is present in oneís inner being. Ask
God for help to repent and believe if you need.
"Heavenly Father I come to you in
the precious name of your Son. I renounce (name the occult practices or
spiritual practices or false religion I have practiced) and ask your Son
to deliver me from these fallen deceiving spirits that I have let into my
life. I know that I am a sinner by inner nature with a stony heart and
that I have lived my life for myself and not for You. I renounce my life
of sin and self and believe in your Sonís shed blood payment alone on the
cross for my sin. I receive your Son as my Savior and Lord. Take up
residence on the throne of my will and make me the person you want me to
When you come in this manner God will cause
you to be "born from above". The Holy Spirit will come to reside on the
throne of your will, the old stony heart will be deactivated, the shed
blood payment on the Cross, and the "righteousness of the Son" will be
placed into your spiritual bank account. The Holy Spirit will begin to
change you from the inside out empowering you to follow the Son and do his
will. The Holy Spirit as you abide in Him (daily yielding the throne of
your will) will give you the fruit of the Spirit from Galatians chapter 5,
love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and
self-control. The Holy Spirit will witness to your heart that you are
forgiven all sin, past, present, and future. The Holy Spirit will witness
to your heart that you going to heaven and you now have a real
relationship with the Living God! You have passed from spiritual death to
The Wide Road Ė What is going
2 Corinthians 11:13 For such are
false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the
apostles of Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for
Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
2 Corinthians 11:15 Therefore it is
no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of
righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Deception and offering counterfeit ways to
heaven has always been Satanís modus operandi. Unfortunately he also has
an abundance of willing people who prefer to follow the counterfeit way
versus seeking the true way. The counterfeit way is religion, the true way
is a personal relationship with the living God. In the beginning Cain and
Abel exemplified this. Cain approached God through the produce from his
fields (good works) but Abel approached God through the blood sacrifice of
a lamb (shed blood payment for sin). In that situation the counterfeit way
person Cain murdered the true way person Abel.
There are so many errors now in the larger
vale of Christianity I wonít delve into them here. But because we are in
the last days I will mention two movements which call for discernment. One
is Roman Catholicismís efforts to bring all the other Christian sects back
to her fold even though there are serious doctrinal differences. These are
the same differences that have existed since the Protestant Reformation.
The second, is called "the signs and wonders movement" which the Bible
notes as a last days phenomenon from false teachers. This is identified in
the Bible as a counterfeit move of the Holy Spirit. The Bible says that
spiritual deception and apostasy from the true faith will increase as we
move to the end of the church age and on into the 7 year tribulation.
So, letís return to why the "wide" road has
the "many" on it. In pointing out these things I have no ill will towards
anybody but I have been called to be faithful to the Son. It is hard to
point out error without ruffling feathers but I hope those on the wide
road will see it as a call to re-evaluate what Godís Word says and
consider exiting the wide road and getting on the narrow road. If you
cannot honestly say, I know I am forgiven and explain correctly why, I
know I am going to heaven and explain correctly why, I know the living
God, and show some fruit of understanding both in doctrine and behavior
you are likely on the wide road.
On the wide road there are many "angels of
light" calling out to people, come this way, it is the way to heaven! Of
course from scripture above we know that this road is not going to heaven
but to destruction. What is the appeal? I can see two things that come to
mind right away. You can join one of these churches without real
repentance. You can keep yourself on the throne of your will without
surrender therefore "not born again". In other wards you can love the
worldly sinful stuff (the movies, the rock bands, the partying etc) from
Monday to Saturday and show up at church once in a while on Sunday. You
can live the double life so to speak. Your church is offering "fire"
The other thing is adding some of your good
works or self-righteousness to the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. It
is holding a higher view of yourself than Godís word does. By doing this,
the payment on the cross is nullified and therefore one cannot be "born
I wanted to mention one of the larger
organizations on the wide road, Roman Catholicism. They deny the finished
work of Christ alone as sufficient for salvation but have added the
ongoing sacrifice of the Eucharist or Mass, have added the memberís good
works as meritorious towards salvation and promise to get you to purgatory
where the fires of purgatory will burn off any remaining sin. Of course
all this denies the shed blood on the cross as sufficient alone and denies
the need for true Biblical repentance. In addition the Bible teaches that
only the shed blood of the Son can cleanse us from sin. The fires of
purgatory cannot do this. Thus it would be difficult to be "born again"
with all this teaching contrary to the true gospel way.
In other veins of Christianity I see a
watered down gospel or what I would call "easy believism". This usually
involves a minimizing of real repentance and a distortion of the fullness
of who Christ is. The broad road Christ is here to give you the desires of
your heart, make you healthy, wealthy and wise. Not much about denying
yourself and taking up your cross daily. Perhaps you have heard this
message, Jesus loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life! Does that
sound like a narrow road gospel message? Or this message, the Evangelist
says, "Who wants to go to hell?" Of course nobody in the audience raises
their hand. Then the Evangelist says, "Who wants to go to heaven?" Well of
course everybody raises their hand. Then the Evangelist leads the audience
in a very shallow prayer to receive Christ as Lord and Savior. Of course
then these "converts" enter the church without being born again and join
the wide road. No real repentance, no real counting the cost, no real
surrender of the throne of the will. This type of gospel presentation has
dominated North American Christianity for many decades now.
Another even more surprising departure from
anything resembling a gospel message is the number of churches you can
walk into and the message you will receive is "just be a good person or
just do the best you can". This is very far off the mark but a common
message on the broad road.
What else is attractive on the wide road?
Well everyone can have their own view on doctrinal issues. There isnít
really one correct view that the Spirit of God intended. You can also deny
large portions of scripture to be in harmony with evolutionary atheistic
scientists. There are few churches and Bible colleges that would say that
Noahís flood and the first 11 chapters of Genesis are real history. There
are few churches that have not went to bed with secular psychology
incorporating teachings by Jung, Freud and Maslow (atheists and
occultists) into their counselling programs. There is room for almost
everybody on the broad road.
If you have the "gift of discernment" and go
to point out some error as kindly and gently as you can you will likely
hear, "donít judge lest you be judged", "criticize not Godís anointed".
So, on the wide road, discernment and judging things has only limited
acceptance. We want to keep the road broad you know.