Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matthew 7:13-14
A few weeks ago (maybe a few months ago even) during a discussion on the “narrow gate” in class, I mentioned how Dr. Paul Washer has preached an amazing sermon on this passage in Matthew that everyone ought to listen to. Washer is know in the evangelical community as a leading proponent of getting the (universal) church back to the back truths of the gospel.
To give you some context of where his head’s at, here is an excerpt from his new book ‘The Gospel’s Power and Message’:
One of the greatest crimes committed by this present Christian generation is its neglect of the gospel, and it is from this neglect that all our other maladies spring forth. The lost world is not so much gospel hardened as it is gospel ignorant because many of those who proclaim the gospel are also ignorant of its most basic truths. The essential themes that make up the very core of the gospel—the justice of God, the radical depravity of man, the blood atonement, the nature of true conversion, and the biblical basis of assurance—are absent from too many pulpits. Churches reduce the gospel message to a few creedal statements, teach that conversion is a mere human decision, and pronounce assurance of salvation over anyone who prays the sinner’s prayer.
I promised that I would post Washer’s hour-long sermon on the “narrow gate” here and have neglected to do so…until now. It was Parris Payden who first introduced me to Paul Washer, and this was the first sermon I ever heard from him – it blew me away.
Buckle your seat-belts, and enjoy!