"Broad Is The Way"

  • Matthew 7:13 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
  • vs. 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
  • Luke 13:24 “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.”

I learned many great principles in church, Christian school, and Bible college about interpreting God’s Word. One principle, however, I have rarely ever heard, and yet is one of the most important principles in determining God’s Word and will is found in our text. Jesus reveals a constant: the broad way leads to destruction; the strait gate leads to life. Many travel the broad way; few find the strait gate. I trust you get the impact of this truth. One way to know if your stand or path is correct is to see how many travel your same path. If the majority are on your side, you might be on the wrong side. If you feel all alone, you might be on the correct path. Mind you, this principle should never be used by itself. Many cults have originated from those who took one passage of Scripture to support their views. (See “A Threefold Cord”) God’s Word is big for a reason. It must be taken in its entirety. Nonetheless, God still points out this principle, so it is still important to note. This principle actually flies in the face of normal thought. Most people feel vindicated that they are right when the crowd is following them. Most believers feel truly blessed of God when their churches are big, their name is well known, and the majority support what they are doing. However, more often than not (since God’s Word in our texts is a permanent principle), it is the few, the unheard of, the remnant, the despised, the overlooked that are actually going the right way. Throughout our Bible articles, you may have noticed how often the majority stand on the wrong side against God’s Word. Even what is commonly considered “Christianity” or commonly accepted practices, words, and beliefs in Christianity are the broad way that leadeth to destruction. The remnant (Rom. 9:27) is called the remnant for a reason: the remnant “strive to enter in at the strait gate” “and few there be that find it.”