Many Christians Still Taking the Broad Road
By A.W. Tozer
For many deceivers are entered into the world,
who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. . . .
2 John 1:7
Deception has always been an effective weapon and is
deadliest when used in the field of religion.
Our Lord warned against this when He said, "Beware
of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing,
but inwardly they are ravening wolves." These words
have been turned into a proverb known around the
world --- and still we continue to be taken in by the wolves.
There was a time, even in the twentieth century,
when a Christian knew, or at least could know, where he
stood. The words of Christ were taken seriously. A man
either was or was not a believer in New Testament
Clear, sharp categories existed. Black stood in sharp
contrast to white; light was separated from darkness;
it was possible to distinguish right from wrong,
truth from error, a true believer from an unbeliever.
Christians knew that they must forsake the world, and
there was for the most part remarkable agreement
about what was meant by the world. It was that simple.
The whole religious picture has changed. Without
denying a single doctrine of the faith, multitudes of
Christians have nevertheless forsaken the faith.
Anyone who makes a claim to having "accepted Christ"
is admitted at once into the goodly fellowship of the
prophets and the glorious company of the apostles,
regardless of the worldliness of his life or the vagueness
of his doctrinal beliefs.
We can only insist that the way of the cross is still
a narrow way!
Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.