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NARROW GATE: The Radically Inclusive-Exclusive Gospel


“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.” (Matt. 7:13-14)


This was one of the most haunting and soul tormenting verses in the Bible for me when I was growing up. These verses have been misunderstood and misused by pastors, teachers, parents, and youth group leaders to drive people away from numerous “worldly” and “wide gate” habits and behaviors. I’ve seen many people attempt to modify their lives with unhopeful applications of “narrow gate” living. I've done my fair share of white knuckling my way through my own spiritual discipline and moral improvement.

“The gate is narrow and the way is hard. Are you walking the right way?”

This question was repeated over and over by pastors, discipleship leaders, in my own head, and most certainly by the Devil… It was always time for self-examination:

“Am I too comfortable? Is life hard enough? Am I being persecuted enough? Do I have too much? Am I listening to the right music? Am I watching the wrong movies? Should I take a baseball bat to my television or my computer?”

I never passed any of those self-exams.

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