by Moody Adams Jesus commanded, ”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: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13, 14).
“There are but two ways, right and wrong, good and evil; the way to heaven, and the way to hell; in the one of which we are all of us walking: no middle place hereafter, no middle way now: the distinction of the children of men into saints and sinners, godly and ungodly, will swallow up all to eternity” declares the Jamison, Faucett and Brown commentary. The wrong road, the road that leads to hell, is distinguished by being wide and crowded. Wide means it allows those with many lifestyles, moral and religious. Morally, it allows thieves, drunkards, adulterers. Religiously, it allows Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and all the cults. It is crowded by the great masses of mankind. All but a few are on this road.
By contrast, the right road, the road that leads to heaven, is narrow and traveled by few. It is so narrow it is hard to find, “few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14). As there is a narrow gate that must be entered, and there is a narrow road that must be traveled. The wide road is highly crowded, as most people prefer the sinful pleasures it offers.
I learned what it means to walk a narrow path in Africa’s Sudan. The North Sudanese Muslims had planted land mines throughout South Sudan. We were instructed not to deviate from the path of the leader who walked on a cleared path. Once in a while we saw a man riding a bicycle, peddling with his hands on a specially rigged bike. His legs had been blown off by a land mine. He was one of the fortunate ones who lived. I was careful not to wander, though there were better looking paths. The way was narrow and sometimes rough, but I stayed on it. The narrow way was the way to live. You could leave it and die.
Romans instructs Christians to mark those who wander from the path of strict doctrine, avoid them as belly worshippers “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple” (Romans 16:17-18).
Titus 3:10-11 says heretics get two chances to repent and get back on the path of sound doctrine, or they are to be rejected: “A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself” (Titus 3:10-11).
Many sinners take comfort in the fact that they are in the midst of the crowd. It should be a source of terrifying alarm, since the crowded way is the way to hell.
Rudy Atwood “started his career, long ago, playing the piano for Charles E. Fuller and the Old Fashioned Revival Hour. The association was a great one, for Fuller was preaching a solid Bible message, and the music was not contemporary, even by standards of that era. Rudy Atwood bumped into a wall. This was in the form of Charles Fuller's son Dan.
This dandy, goodie—two—shoes heretic started Fuller Seminary. Charles Fuller and his wife had been derelict in reining in the unbelief of their son Dan, and when Dan started Fuller Seminary, Charles Fuller dived right in with his agnostic son.
“Rudy Atwood moved along to Youth For Christ. He played for the rallies at the Church of the Open Door in Los Angeles for some years, and then Roy McKewin of Youth For Christ went for the sloppy kiss Christianity which brings in the numbers and saves no one. Rudy Atwood moved on again.
He went from ministry to ministry, leaving behind many who would not stay on the narrow way. The last I heard, Rudy Atwood was 94 and teaching piano at Fairhaven College in Michigan, a very narrow Baptist school. …Today, Rudy Atwood (is) with his Lord in the Glory, but he remains the very icon of Christian piano accompaniment for the narrow way” (Dr. John F. Bailes, Director USA Missions).