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The Wide or Narrow Way

Which will we take?

"Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it."  Matthew 7:13-14

The Narrow Way

The Wide Road

Leads to Life

Leads to destruction

Few find it

The masses follow it

Is precious to God' people

Offends unbelievers

Is difficult

Fits human wants and culture

Yields spiritual "fruit" (love, joy, peace...)

Yields conformity to world's standards

On the narrow way, we -

On the Wide Road, people -

Set our hearts on God

Set their hearts on pleasure

Follow Jesus - our Shepherd

Follow self: (human inclinations)

Receive blessings

Are blinded to God's blessings

Learn objective Thinking

Learn subjective feelings

Heed God (promptings, Bible...)

Heed group consensus

Love and follow His Word

Ignore or resent His Word

Consider it holy and unalterable

Adapt the Bible to "felt needs"

Share God's love and gospel

Widen the church to fit the world


Blessed [is] the man who -

  • walks not in the counsel of the ungodly

  • Nor stands in the path of sinners

  • Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
     "The ungodly are... like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish."  Psalm 1:1-6

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King James Version

1. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. [He will take care of me -- not presumptuous for David trusted Him.]
2. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

The Message Bible

1. God, my shepherd! I don't need a thing. [We need much - wisdom, training in obedience...]
2. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from.
3. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction [by whose view, where's "His Name's sake?].
4. Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I'm not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd's crook makes me feel secure.