February 17, 2010

The Wide Path Is Lined With Predators

This is a warning to Christ-believers to not heed the false teachings of false teachers/shepherds but to obey the teachings of Jesus Christ in their pursuit of holiness. And to realize that multiple teachings in the Bible can be seen through the same lens. Life doesn't always unfold exactly the way certain parables or stories did in the Bible. Sometimes it isn't a wolf or a roaring lion (they're metaphors people) it is alcoholism and pornography. Sometimes it isn't Judaizers and Gnostic it is a TV evangelist or a motivational speaker pretending to be a preacher. We need to discern the danger and know when we are being led to slaughter.

Matthew 7:15 "Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

A narrow road leads to the city (The Kingdom of Heaven, Paradise). It is unconquerable in its fortified majesty. The only way to enter is through the narrow gate at the end of the narrow trail because it is easily defended. This narrow road and narrow gate are representatives of righteousness and holiness such is the characteristics that Jesus demands of His disciples. A broad road leads to another city known by many nefarious names (Hell, Gehenna, Sheol, destruction) which is situated on the open plain, similar to the cities of the plain, Sodom and Gomorrah. Its gates are wide allowing anything or anyone to enter. There are no restrictions and all vices are welcome. It caters to complete and absolute freedom which turns eventually to complete and absolute slavery. Because its wide gate beckons all to enter it, it also beckons to thieves, murders and the morally debased and mentally insane. Most assuredly the murderous invaders will flock to the easy prey and reap their witless bleating victims. The broad wide road symbolizes lax behavior taught by false prophets/teachers and practiced by false disciples or undiscerning sheep. Lax behavior may give you freedom now and exempt you from immediate persecution; it will subject you to destruction when you attempt to access through the wide path. Conversely, superior righteousness may subject you to persecution and mockery now; it will exempt you from it for eternity by entering through the narrow path.

False teachers/leaders/shepherds care nothing for you as sheep in Christ’s flock. They will expose you to the lurking wolves and invaders because they themselves are wolves and invaders in the Church. If they don't fleece you themselves they will allow you to be fleeced if not killed outright. They only care about power over this world system, financial gain or self-aggrandizement. You know who the wolves are. They sit in the shadows waiting for the weaker sheep to fall off the pace and get behind the main body so they become easy prey (fall victim to sin or the teaching of false teachers). They are then systematically isolated, cut-off and consumed. Regardless of how its done the devil gets his due.

Sadly, some false teachers/shepherds have become so deluded and led astray by the devil they themselves don’t realize they have gone rogue. In turn they are unwittingly leading their sheep down the wide path to the wide gate. The wide path for some has become so wide it isn't even a path anymore, it is an avenue of annihilation. It is dead-center in the middle of the plain where all can see it, no defenses and an easy target for destruction or more specifically, easy for targeting the unwitting for destruction.

Matthew 7:16-17 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.

Matthew 7:21-23 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”

2 Peter 2:1-3 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.

The wide path is lined with predators and some of them even kill wolves.

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