"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"--Matthew 7:13-14.
Which road do you desire? Before answering that simple question, consider the stakes. Modern philosophy in general tries to promote the concept of thinking along the lines of a continuum, much like a furnace thermostat. Right and wrong, black and white, exist only in degrees. The core to this thought process is compromise, and idealistically, the middle--moderation--is the most desired stance.
Even within the modern mainline church.
But it makes sense. Gray is comfortable. It is safe. It doesn't require ultimatums, definites. In the Christian context, it allows a man to play in both arenas, to live in both worlds, and reap the benefits each offers. Living in the gray area of a moderate Christian life allows a man to follow the path of the Cross without experiencing the suffering and sacrifice that accompanies it.
In essence, it allows him to believe he is following Christ when in reality, he is denying Him.
When we acknowledge our desire to follow Christ fully, when He becomes Lord of our life, the supposed security of the gray disappears and we suddenly find the world we've surrounded ourselves with being shaken to its very foundations. All that we based our existence upon, all the things we strategically positioned in our life to ensure security and stability, we discover were really only facades, placebos to a purposeful life outside of Christ's Lordship. We see things for the first time as they really are, that our life really isn't under our control. And then the harshest reality of them all permeates the very core of our heart when we realize one simple truth.
We can never go back.
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW
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