Let’s go down the list that qualifies people for the broad road that leads to destruction. Oh, no, John did not write these in the accepted American order.
What was he thinking? My friend John is not the one who placed these in their order. It was Father Himself, that’s right, it was “He that sat upon the throne that said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto John, WRITE: for these words are true and faithful,” Revelation 21:5.
How is it that the American believer has the audacity to rearrange them to suit their comfort zones?
For obvious reasons the western church goer skips over the first two and starts with the American super sins, “the abominable, (contemptible), and murderers, and whore-mongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars. However the last one, liars, does take in literally millions, but the first two are the major ones that will sweep literally millions into Hell, if what My Father is saying is true.
Please take note of his last words in the fifth verse, that these words are true and faithful! The reason he said true and faithful is that you can count on the fact that what he says will happen, and it will be carried out with the same faithfulness as those who are saved by My blood.
Because the American Christian emphasizes the other five, with a little emphasis on six which is liars, I want to emphasize the two they skip over, the fearful and the unbelieving, because these represent the greatest number of people who call themselves Christians, in the Western world.
Understanding the meaning of the word fearful and unbelieving is very important. Without a proper understanding almost no one in the Western world and even in the world, would be qualified to go through the narrow gate.
All fear is not bad, as a matter of fact in order to follow Me, you must fear the repercussions of not obeying My Holy Spirit. Fearing the repercussions from My Father is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction, Proverbs 1:7.
The reason the repercussions are so severe, is because people fear the enemy, more than they fear My Father and it is an insult to Him and His Kingdom and all He stands for. To better understand the word fear as it is used here, you must replace it with the word believe, because what they believe is what’s causing the fear.
This fear is causing them to believe and respond the same as Eve. In effect they are saying, “We believe that satan is not lying, when he says there will NOT be the repercussion of death, if we eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil like God said.”
As a matter of fact, they are saying, “We believe God is afraid of us discovering the secret of knowing good from evil and becoming just like Him,” Genesis 3:5.
Now you must re-look at the word fearful. Fearful does NOT mean being afraid, which is a natural human emotion, that can save life as well as destroy it. The word fearful in this context, means a paralyzing fear, where you can no longer choose right or even distinguish right from wrong.
A place where survival and a paralyzingly panic becomes the foundation of all your decisions. It is a fear of death, to the point where you will deny your relationship with Me, to escape it, such as Peter experienced before he was converted, Luke 22:54-61.
It is a paralyzing fear of being broke, a fear that causes you to turn to the enemy to supply all your needs. It is the belief that if My Father does not meet your need, then he is a liar and you must turn to the enemy in order to survive. This belief, is actually the second listed sin of unbelief, believing that mammon must now be your God in order for you to survive.
At this point the average western believer will change gods, even after reading, “it is impossible for them to serve two masters,” Luke 16:13.
Because of this paralyzing fear, millions will serve mammon and they will believe that their new mammon god will keep them and watch over them, thus causing them to “change the truth of My Father into a lie, and worship and serve the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever,” Romans 1:25.
Please do not wait until the strong man is at your door, Mark 3:27. If you are afraid of the unknown now, such as death and poverty, it is a sign that your relationship with My Father and I is too weak to sustain you when the hordes of hell begin their final attack. Start today by laying aside the weights and sins that are so easily besetting you, Hebrews 12:1.
Begin by downsizing in every area of your living, houses, lands, cars, things in storage, including bank accounts and invest them in the Kingdom.
Learn to live as close to the bare necessities and essentials as possible. If you cannot do this, then your trust level is too low and paralyzing fear in the end will cause you to panic and take the broad road to destruction.
Multitudes are talking the talk now, but in the end will never be able to walk the walk, so do not be foolish and compare yourself to any of your peers or even leaders you respect, 2 Corinthians 10:12.
I AM to be your only example.
~ Jim Hammerle
Jim Hammerle began ministering with David Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz, founding Teen Challenge Philadelphia. 6 times pastoring a mission ship, 15 years with TV and radio, a retired businessman, Jim now helps feed Ugandan widows and orphans, helps Muslims find the Jesus who feeds them. He’s His banker and is privileged to give His money away, helping to build a Haiti orphanage and invest in USA lives.