Age of Tolerance


Big Ship Small Boat

Matthew 7:13-14 

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.

Like so many individuals, the statement that Jesus made about the narrow gate, comes as a shock. This statement is especially hard to accept in Western civilization, where we are always told to have an “open mind” and to be “tolerant” about almost everything. In our Post-modern world, the highest virtue one can have is to be tolerant of those that have differing views and opinions than theirs. What was once universally deemed as wrong is now considered right. Marital infidelity, homosexuality, abortion, profanity, corruption, and all kinds of immoral behavior have become common place and tolerated. It is, as if, “tolerance” is equated to morality. The more tolerant and accepting you are, the higher your chances of being liked by those around you. The only exception to this is if you are a true, Bible-believing Christian. All of a sudden things change. Even those who claim to be “tolerant” are only so to the point where you call out the name of Christ and begin teaching from the Bible. Instead of tolerating your opposing belief, they call you names like, “bigot”, “narrow-minded”, “Bible thumper”, etc. Even among so called Christians who are leading advocates of religious tolerance are often outspoken opponents of true Biblical Christianity. Anybody see the hypocrisy here?

The mentality that tolerance is loving can be a good thing when we are discussing non-essential Christian doctrine, such as what color shirt you should wear to church, what kind of food you should eat, and what kind of music your choir should sing. However, when it comes to essential Christian doctrine such as the deity of Christ, and the inerrancy and sufficiency of scripture, there is no room for tolerance of those that object to it. There is no love in teaching someone that they should be tolerant of those things that are clearly prohibited in scripture. Yes even if it hurts. If your house is burning down, and your little child is stuck inside, wouldn’t you do all you can to pull them out of those flames and save their life? If you, or someone you know, is on that broad road that is leading them to destruction, wouldn’t you want to warn them? Warning them is a loving thing to do!

It was for God’s glory and our best interest that the path is narrow. The wide-accepted deception is that if we follow the crowd and think like everybody else, we should be fine; but the stark opposite is true. As Christians, we believe what Jesus says (John 17:17). Not the pope; not the preacher; not your parents or grandparents; not the government; not even yourself. Truth must exist outside of ourselves to be true otherwise it is simply self-deception. There must be objective truth that lies outside our own morality.

If you want to find eternal life, then you must walk through the narrow gate. But first, you must find that narrow gate. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the father, but by me” (John 14:6). There are not many gates that lead to heaven as some want you to think. There is only one gate, and that gate is very narrow, and there are only a few who can enter through it. The majority of the people are going to enter through the broad gate to destruction. Are you going to be one of them? I pray, not.

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