In this video Paul Washer teaches on Matthew 7:13 which states that the way into God’s eternal kingdom is not a broad road but a narrow gate which leads to eternal life. According to the Bible, only few will find it and enter in. Forget everything you thought you know about this passage of Scripture and listen carefully to Paul Washer’s exposition on this disturbingly profound passage. In some ways this message flies in the face of the false gospel preached by people such as Joel Osteen who claims that as Christians we can have our best life now.
In this teaching a clear distinction is drawn between ‘decisional evangelism’ and discipleship. They are mutually incompatible. The great commission instructs all Christians to go and make disciples – not converts. If this doctrinal point is not clear to you, please watch this video very carefully until you understand the difference between the two categories of people. This is essential viewing for every Christian but be warned – it will challenge you in every way.
It’s as if Christians expect the best of both worlds. They want God to endorse their carnality and love affair with the things of this world despite what the Bible teaches about what we should focus on as believers. For example, 2 Timothy 2:4 teaches that we should not be tied up in the affairs of the world. I suggest that you read the whole of 2 Timothy which explains the fundamental truths of what real Christianity is all about. Contrast this with the teachings of the contemporary prosperity gospel which has more to do with the worship of self rather than God.
The story of Israel worshiping the golden calf in Exodus 32, sheds some interesting light on this subject. The deity worshiped by the Israelites who rebelled against God, was called HAPI. The word “happy” seems to be derived from this deity. Being “happy” or focusing on “happiness” has everything to do with being preoccupied with ourselves and the things we love – which are usually things the Bible warns against. Does this interesting fact expose the root of the idolatry of personal happiness in contemporary Christianity today?
The idolatry of personal happiness, has nothing to do with Biblical Christianity. Contemporary pseudo Christianity continues to uphold the golden calf of the pursuit of personal happiness and fulfillment in this life. This is completely contradictory to the teachings of the Bible which clearly explains that, as Christians, we cannot love both God and Mammon. We will love one and hate the other. In other words, there is no space in the life of anyone who describes themselves as Christian, for a competing God. Have prosperity driven churches created a false god, and are they encouraging idol worship among Christians today, just as Israel worshiped a false God?
What is so revealing about this story of the golden calf is the context of the story. Moses had gone up the mountain to receive the Ten Commandments from God. Israel would not wait for Moses to return and in no time, created an idol to worship. The worship was completely self indulgent, and included sexual orgies and hedonism. The greater truth behind this story is that many Christians today still reject the Word of God. They believe the lie perpetuated by false teachers in the church, that we are free to live as we please. We have simply disguised our golden calf of personal happiness with the false doctrines of the prosperity gospel and hyper-grace. God seems to have no problem with our self indulgence and desires for what the Bible condemns (i.e. the lusts of the flesh, the pride of life and the deception of wealth).
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.
2 Timothy 3
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.
Let’s consider what Ephesians 5 has to say about idolatry:
1. Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Let’s also consider Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (or what is also referred to as The Beatitudes) in Matthew 5:
1 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them.
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.