“But there were false prophets also among the people (of Israel),
EVEN AS THERE SHALL BE
FALSE TEACHERS AMONG YOU (THE CHURCH),
who PRIVILY shall bring in DAMNABLE HERESIES
EVEN DENYING THE LORD THAT BOUGHT THEM,
and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And
MANY (THE VAST MAJORITY OF CHRISTIANS)
SHALL FOLLOW THEIR PERNICIOUS WAYS;
by reason of whom THE WAY OF TRUTH
shall be EVIL SPOKEN OF.”
(2 Peter 2:1-2)
“BY REASON OF WHOM THE WAY OF TRUTH SHALL BE EVIL SPOKEN OF.”
This is a key verse for finding out just where it is the false prophets strike. Here is where they will contradict, disavow and refuse what Christ clearly stated. Remember that right after He spoke of the strait gate and narrow way that He warned us of the false prophets. It was not coincidental, for Christ was clearly telling us the false prophets will zero in on the ONLY WAY TO ENTER HEAVEN, AND ATTACK IT WITH A MASTERPIECE COUNTERFEIT. Look at what Peter says:
THE WAY OF THE TRUTH SHALL BE EVIL SPOKEN OF.
The false prophets bring in a group of heresies that cause THE WAY of the truth to be evil spoken of. NOTICE that THE TRUTH is not evil spoken of, but only THE WAY. It is THE WAY of the truth that is evil spoken of, and NOT THE TRUTH ITSELF. It is clear then that Peter is warning us that there will come false doctrines that will UPHOLD JESUS CHRIST, UPHOLD THE TRUTH, UPHOLD DIVINE AGAPE LOVE, UPHOLD ALL THE MAJOR TENETS. They will only cause THE WAY to be evil spoken of. Remember the false prophets cannot speak evil of Jesus Christ, nor will they! They uphold Jesus Christ to the world. IT IS ONLY “THE WAY” that they cause problems with. That this is a truth is proven by today’s salvation theology – they indeed not only speak evil of any strait gate and narrow way, they rail against it and call it an “anathema.”
Jesus said that we must WALK THE NARROW “WAY.” Jesus said that you could not come to life, or know the truth unless you walked THE NARROW WAY, for IT LEADETH unto LIFE. The WAY OF THE TRUTH IS STRAIT AND NARROW. Because there is only one valid WAY of the truth, then obviously THE FALSE PROPHETS WILL DEVELOP THEOLOGIES AND DOCTRINES THAT CAUSE PEOPLE TO SPEAK EVIL OF THE REAL WAY, WHICH IS STRAIT AND NARROW. The word for “way” here is ‘hodos’, and it means HIGHWAY, ROAD, PATHWAY, PROGRESS, JOURNEY. It is the mode by which one enters in to the New Covenant. Peter then is most blunt, and it is beyond misinterpretation:
THE HIGHWAY, PATHWAY, JOURNEY, PROGRESS
The Heresies of these Christian leaders will zero in ON THE WAY, AND ONCE EMBRACED, THEY CAUSE THE PEOPLE TO SPEAK EVIL OF THE REAL WAY. What could be more obvious? Peter is saying that THOSE ON THE BROAD WAY WILL EMBRACE THE THEOLOGY OF THE FALSE PROPHETS, AND THOSE ON THE NARROW WAY WILL COME UNDER ATTACK:
“STRAIT IS THE GATE AND NARROW IS THE WAY… THE WAY OF THE TRUTH SHALL BE EVIL SPOKEN OF.”
Now we know why these heresies ARE DAMNABLE. They come against THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN THERE IS, THE NARROW WAY. Their theology refutes it, denies it, contradicts it. We will study this ‘way’ of Jesus Christ in full detail, and this way is mentioned in ACTS 16:17; 18:25; 1 CORINTHIANS 12:31; HEBREWS 10:20 and 2 PETER 2:15. All of these words are ‘hodos’ and refer to the journey of the Christian that leads unto life, which will be proved, is REGENERATION. The wise Christian will not spiritualize away the meaning of the word “way” and will also become obedient to it.
Therefore it is the STRAIT GATE AND NARROW WAY THAT THE FALSE TEACHERS COME AGAINST, AND THEIR DOCTRINES ARE ACCEPTED CHURCH WIDE AS TRUTH. The word “truth” in this passage by Peter is ‘aletheia’ and it means THAT WHICH IS TRUTH. The root is ‘alethes’ and it means THE WHOLE TRUTH, AS NOT CONCEALING, AS NOTHING HIDDEN, NOTHING CONCEALED, BOTH POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE ASPECTS, ALL OF IT. Remember the word “privily”? That it meant something done by SUBREPTION? SUBREPTION MEANS TO HIDE OR CONCEAL CERTAIN FACTS, THE FACT THAT IT IS CONCEALED IS THIS: IT IS
ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY FOR EVERYONE
TO WALK THE NARROW WAY OR THEY CANNOT ENTER HEAVEN!
That aspect will be concealed, altered, twisted and destroyed by an entire new satanic theology. By hiding the necessary facts concerning what true salvation actually entails, THEY NULLIFY THE NEW COVENANT, NULLIFY THE GRANT OF PETITION FOR MERCY, AND DESTROY THE MILLIONS WHO EMBRACE IT FOR EVER AND EVER.
PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION OF THE ‘WAY.’
We are going to prove out that when Jesus Christ said there was a ‘way’ that LEADETH UNTO LIFE, that He was not fooling even one bit. This was the most serious of all doctrines, which is why Christ spent time explaining it, and then warning that a new theology would emerge that would attempt to do away with it. As you know the word way is ‘hodos’ and it means A JOURNEY, PROGRESS, HIGHWAY, PATHWAY. It is therefore the MEANS, THE MODE, A PROCESS USED. It is the obvious that we often overlook and stumble upon, so it is necessary to review some things here that SHOULD BE OBVIOUS TO EVERYONE.
First Jesus said there was a literal “way.” Second, He said this WAY leadeth unto LIFE. The word “leadeth” is very important, for it proves the meaning of the word “way.” It is ‘apago’ and it means TO CARRY AWAY, TO LEAD OFF, TO PUT TO DEATH, TO TAKE AWAY. It implies DISTANCE BETWEEN THE STARTING POINT AND THE DESTINATION. The point between START and FINISH IS THE ‘WAY.’ The starting point is the STRAIT GATE. The finish is “LIFE.” The distance in between is THE NARROW WAY.
- If there is a highway, a journey, a progress, you must ENTER this journey at some point, i.e. you must GET ON THE ROAD AT SOME POINT. If there is a journey, you must START THE JOURNEY AT A SPECIFIC LOCATION. If there is a progress, you must BEGIN somewhere. So then we have AN ENTRANCE, A GATE, A STARTING POINT. Jesus called it the ‘STRAIT GATE’, AND HE SAID WE ARE TO “STRIVE” TO ENTER IN. It is therefore DIFFICULT TO EVEN ENTER THE STRAIT GATE, AND MOST PEOPLE ARE NOT ABLE.
- If there is a highway, then obviously the HIGHWAY, PROGRESS OR JOURNEY COVERS A GIVEN DISTANCE, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE START AND FINISH POINTS. That is why Jesus used the word “leadeth.” If there is a distance to travel to reach your destination, then obviously YOU MUST TRAVEL THE ENTIRE DISTANCE TO REACH THE DESTINATION. If there is a progress to be made, you must reach the destination to be successful! If you stop short of your intended destination, then you do not ever reach it. You cannot claim you are at the destination at the beginning, or at the middle, but ONLY WHEN YOU ACTUALLY REACH THE SPECIFIED DESTINATION. In this case, the specified destination is called “life.” It will be proven that “life” is AUTHENTIC REGENERATION. The way you obtain this “life” is to travel the “NARROW IS THE WAY” SAID JESUS.
- If there is a highway, progress, journey, and you start at the specified starting point, and travel the entire distance to reach the destination, then IT MUST TAKE TIME TO ACCOMPLISH. If there is a journey to be made, IT MUST TAKE TIME TO ACCOMPLISH. If there is a progress to be made, and you must start at the beginning and travel the entire route to the destination, then it must TAKE TIME TO ACCOMPLISH.
The Lord of our Universe gave us a very specific starting point, THE STRAIT GATE. There is NO OTHER METHOD OF ENTRANCE OTHER THAN THE STRAIT GATE. He gave us a very specific pathway or way we must follow, THE NARROW WAY. There is no other WAY OR METHOD TO ENTER THE NEW COVENANT. EITHER YOU JOURNEY ALONG IT, OR YOU DO NOT AVAIL YOURSELF OF THE NEW HEART.
IT IS AN EXCLUSIVE.
He gave us a very specific destination, which He called LIFE, WHICH SCRIPTURE CATEGORICALLY PROVES IS REGENERATION, OR AGAPE LOVE LIFE.
The false prophets will then CONTRADICT, REFUTE AND DISAVOW WHAT THEIR LORD SAID.
- Jesus said the gate was STRAIT. That means full of obstacles, narrow, very difficult to enter through, verified by Christ in Luke when He said we MUST STRIVE TO ENTER IN. If the false prophets are true to form, they will then CONTRADICT CHRIST AND CLAIM IT IS EASY, THERE ARE NO OBSTACLES, AND THE GATE IS WIDE. They have accomplished it by the INSTANT FAITH, INSTANT SALVATION DOCTRINE OF MODERN CHRISTIANITY. Say a simple “sinners prayer” and you are in. A complete reversal by theological doctrine, accomplished by the redefinition of two words: FAITH AND GRACE.
- Jesus said the way was NARROW. The word “narrow” means full of pressure, agony and tribulation of the soul. The false prophets will then say THERE IS NO PRESSURE, NO AGONY, NO TRIBULATION OF SOUL: IT WILL BE EASY, PLEASANT AND ENJOYABLE. YOU CAN EMBRACE THEIR GOSPEL WITH GREAT “JOY.” Simply make a decision for Jesus, accept Him into your heart by a choice of the will, and PRESTO! INSTANT JOY FILLED CHRISTIAN! THEN CLAIM ALL OF THE SALVATION PROMISES IN SCRIPTURE BY FAITH, AND YOUR NAME IS WRITTEN IN THE LAMB’S BOOK OF LIFE FOREVER, AND YOU ARE ETERNALLY SECURE. WHO WOULD NOT JUMP FOR JOY? THEY WILL EXCLAIM LOUDLY that anything contrary to this doctrine is a perversion of FAITH AND GRACE, a form of “works” or “legalism.” On the surface it would appear they were right. The problem is they WERE WRONG, DEAD WRONG. IT COST THEM ETERNITY.
- Jesus said that the way LEADETH unto a destination. He implies it takes a long period of time, and therefore one must CONTINUE, ABIDE, REMAIN AND BE STEADFAST OR DILIGENT. It requires patience. The false prophets will then contradict Jesus Christ and say THAT NO TIME AT ALL IS REQUIRED, IT CAN BE DONE INSTANTLY, IMMEDIATELY AND BY A SIMPLE ACT OF FAITH AND UNBELIEF.
- Jesus said that the destination was ‘LIFE.’ Scripture will absolutely prove this word means REGENERATION. The false prophets will claim via redefinition that ‘life’ actually means heaven, which is only the future abode of those who have “life” in agape love. Because “life” really means heaven to the false teachers; then they will teach that they reach the DESTINATION AT THE END OF THEIR LIVES, and that the “narrow way” is traveled IN UNION WITH CHRIST, BECAUSE REGENERATION OCCURS INSTANTLY AT CONVERSION. THEREFORE THERE IS NO TIME OR DELAY IN THE PROCESS OF REGENERATION, IF THEY WILL ADMIT TO A NARROW WAY.
That position is a precise fulfillment of the prophecy of Peter. By either OUTRIGHT REMOVAL OF THE WAY, or by CHANGING THE MEANING OF LIFE INTO HEAVEN, they TOTALLY NEGATE ANY CHANCE FOR SALVATION. The two concepts actually hinge upon each other. Modern Christian theology claims that CONVERSION AND REGENERATION ARE THE SAME THING. THEY ARE NOT. They are in fact a strait gate and a narrow way apart, which is why the vast majority of Christians ARE REJECTED. They were CONVERTED; they had undergone CONVERSIONS. You cannot enter the Body of Christ without a CONVERSION. None of them, however, was REGENERATED. They were not regenerated because their theology TOLD THEM THEY WERE, WHEN THEY WERE NOT. In other words, BECAUSE THEY INSIST THAT CONVERSION AND REGENERATION ARE IDENTICAL, THEY PROCLAIM THEMSELVES SAVED AND HEAVEN BOUND. This negates the strait gate; this negates the narrow way. They remove it, it is non-existent in their theology. In graph form, it looks like this:
In the conservative camps of the fundamentalists, we find an identical position. A person is converted and regenerated at sincere repentance and the asking of Christ for forgiveness of sin, and by asking Jesus into their hearts. This is done in all primary fundamentalists denominations, such as the Nazarenes or Baptists. Their theology then tells them that THEY ARE BORN AGAIN. They are to accept this REBIRTH BY FAITH ALONE. In other words, THEY ‘LAY HOLD OF’ INSTANT REGENERATION AT CONVERSION. They are BORN AGAIN because their interpretation of Scripture TELLS THEM THEY ARE BORN AGAIN. They have no evidence of it, it is taught as totally non-experiential, and that they are just to LAY HOLD OF IT BY FAITH. They DO IT BY FAITH, THEY LAY HOLD OF IT BY FAITH, AND IT HAS HAPPENED BECAUSE THEY CLAIM GOD’S WORD SAYS IT HAPPENED.
In other words, they INSTANTLY LAY CLAIM TO THE PROMISES OF SALVATION WITH THE VERSES OF ‘BELIEVE’ AND ‘FAITH.’ In their concept, this means MENTAL BELIEF, MENTAL FAITH. THEY MERELY ARE TO ACCEPT IT ALL AS TRUE, BECAUSE THE BIBLE SAYS BELIEVE, AND YOU ARE SAVED. Therefore they are obedient, and THEY BELIEVE IT. It never dawns upon them that Jesus QUALIFIED THE WORDS BELIEF AND FAITH. Their definition and the definition Christ gives ARE DIAMETRIC OPPOSITES. This is exactly why the ‘MANY’ CHRISTIANS ARE REJECTED. THIS IS WHY THEY STAND IN STUNNED SHOCK WHEN CHRIST TELLS THEM HE NEVER KNEW THEM.
Because they now proclaim themselves SAVED, AND REGENERATED, the fundamentalists then BEGIN THEIR NARROW WAY WALK ALREADY SAVED, if they acknowledge any such narrow way at all. Their narrow way walk is a walk OF HOLINESS, OF SEPARATION FROM THE WORLD, OF RIGHT THINKING, RIGHT DOING, RIGHT WORSHIP, RIGHT WORKS. The destination of the narrow way, according to their theology, IS HEAVEN ITSELF. The narrow way becomes a WALK OF HOLINESS BEFORE THE LORD. In truth, the narrow way is not a walk of holiness at all, it has nothing to do with holiness. It is instead a way of exposing the human soul to ITS OWN DEPRAVITY AND DEATH. This aspect of the narrow way is the way of the CROSS; OF DYING. We will explore this in depth later in this series.
What the false prophets MUST DO in order to prevent you or I from entering in to the New Covenant is to REMOVE THE NARROW WAY, AND BY REMOVING IT, THEY CAN THEN BRING THE STARTING POINT AND FINISH POINT TOGETHER. In point of actual fact, they negate by their theology the entire structure of true salvation. They remove the STRAIT GATE, THE NARROW WAY, and they SEIZE THE PRIZE OF REGENERATION INSTANTLY, EXACTLY IN ACCORDANCE TO THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER AND THE ‘ANON WITH GREAT JOY’ CROWD THAT JESUS CHRIST CONDEMNED!
It is imperative that this be understood. For the sake of example, if you went from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Chicago, Illinois, you would take the INTERSTATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM I-94 and I-90. In this example, there IS NO OTHER WAY TO GET THERE. The interstate is YOUR ONLY HIGHWAY, OR YOUR NARROW WAY. Now then you must ENTER the interstate at Minneapolis. That is your STRAIT GATE. You must then STAY ON THE HIGHWAY ALL THE WAY TO YOUR DESTINATION. To accomplish that, you must CONTINUE, ABIDE UPON, REMAIN ON THE HIGHWAY FOR THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF TIME REQUIRED FOR YOU TO REACH CHICAGO. It is the interstate that ‘leadeth’ to Chicago.
- If you refuse to enter the DESIGNATED GATE, can you get on the highway?
- If you refuse TO CONTINUE, AND ABIDE on the interstate for the length of THE JOURNEY/WAY, will you reach Chicago?
- If you travel the distance, did it take a PERIOD OF TIME OR WAS IT INSTANT OR IMMEDIATE?
- In your traveling down the highway, DID YOU PROGRESS FROM TOWN TO TOWN, WAS THERE AN OBSERVABLE PROGRESSION?
Now you might say all of this is obvious, but the enemy uses the obvious to trip us up. Some things are SO OBVIOUS they are TOTALLY OVERLOOKED. The false teachers REFUSE TO ENTER THE GATE, CLAIM THEY TRAVEL FROM MINNEAPOLIS TO CHICAGO INSTANTLY, AND BY THEOLOGY CLAIM THAT MINNEAPOLIS IS CHICAGO! By theology they REMOVE THE HIGHWAY TOTALLY, AND BRING CHICAGO AND MINNEAPOLIS TOGETHER!
From the above example, we begin to understand what the false teachers do to the WAY OF JESUS CHRIST; THE WAY OF THE TRUTH. THEY REFUTE AND DENY THE STRAIT GATE, THE NARROW WAY, THEY CLAIM LIFE AND REGENERATION AT THE VERY BEGINNING, AND IF THEY ACKNOWLEDGE A NARROW WAY, CLAIM UNION WITH CHRIST FROM THE BEGINNING AND WALK THE WAY “WITH HIM.”
In other words they again contradict Jesus Christ. Christ was very emphatic about where LIFE was. It was at then END of the narrow way. Thus the false prophets have no choice but to claim LIFE is at THE BEGINNING OF THE JOURNEY. Their union with Christ is immediate, instant and they walk in union with Christ from this point on. Because they claim they already ARE IN UNION, THEN THEIR THEOLOGY MUST BE TELLING THEM THEY ARE REGENERATED IMMEDIATELY AT THE BEGINNING OF THEIR WALK.
The vast majority of Christians buy into this theology hook, line and sinker. Because they are told they are “born again” immediately and instantly upon bending the knee and saying the sinner’s prayer, they NEVER WILL IN TRUTH FIND THE STRAIT GATE OR WALK THE NARROW WAY. Why should they? They have it all now! That is why they stand in such utter shock before Christ when He sends them away! THERE NEVER WAS ANY UNION, HE NEVER DID ENTER INTO THEIR HEARTS, HE DID NOT KNOW WHO THEY WERE, AND THUS THEY NEVER DID ENTER THE NEW COVENANT. THEY WERE ALL BASTARD SONS AND DAUGHTERS, WHO LAID HOLD OF REGENERATION AND THE PROMISES OF THE KINGDOM BY A FALSE THEOLOGY RADICALLY DIFFERENT THAN THE THEOLOGY OF JESUS CHRIST!
Their doctrines and theology tell them they are born again; they are regenerated. The biblical EVIDENCES GIVEN TO PROVE AUTHENTIC REGENERATION ARE DISCARDED OUT OF HAND. Not only are they discarded, THE ACTUAL EVIDENCES ARE BRANDED AS SATANIC. What a delusion, what a deception! Because the “many” are UTTERLY CONVINCED that they are saved and heaven bound, they SPEAK EVIL OF THE WAY OF REAL AND AUTHENTIC SALVATION. They speak ‘evil’ of it. The word “evil” is ‘blasphemeo’ and it means TO SPEAK IMPIOUSLY, TO DEFAME, TO RAIL AGAINST. In other words, the MANY WILL RAIL AGAINST AND DEFAME THE STRAIT GATE AND NARROW WAY. They will say it is all a heresy, untrue, and anyone who brings this to the attention of Christians is a false prophet, a liar.
They will claim the TRUE STRAIT GATE AND NARROW WAY A FORM OF “WORKS” OR LEGALISM. They will say it is a PERVERSION OF FAITH AND GRACE, A HERESY, A FALSE GOSPEL, ANOTHER CHRIST, AND THEY WILL BRAND ANYONE WHO PRESENTS IT AS “ACCURSED.” Thus do they RAIL AGAINST IT, DEFAME IT, AND BLASPHEME IT.
In reality, they are guilty of BLASPHEMY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, FOR IT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT’S JOB TO CONVICT OF TRUE SIN (WHICH IS THE LACK OF AGAPE LOVE WITHIN); OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (AGAPE LOVE COMPARED TO PHILEO LOVE); AND JUDGMENT (DEATH AND ETERNAL SEPARATION FROM A HOLY GOD). All these things the Holy Spirit is to do, and they are DEEP, AND THEY ARE FULLY EXPERIENTIAL, AND THEY ARE HORRIBLE TO UNDERGO, JUST AS JESUS SAID THEY WERE. Because this JUDGMENT IS REFUSED, AND BRANDED AS SATANIC ATTACKS, THESE POOR SOULS ACTUALLY END UP COMMITTING THE ONE SIN THAT CAN NEVER BE FORGIVEN: BLASPHEMY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
If you refuse the CONVICTION AND THE REPROOF OF CHRIST from the DEEPEST INNER HEART, then how can Christ SAVE YOU? He cannot, for THE ONE METHOD HE GAVE US TO ACCOMPLISH IT IS REFUSED, AND ANOTHER GOSPEL IS BROUGHT IN, WHICH IS SIMPLE, EASY, AND SOUNDS WONDERFUL. Thus the vast majority of Christians ARE ETERNALLY LOST, FOR THEY REFUSED AND BLASPHEMED THE HOLY SPIRIT. They will NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE. The WHOLE truth of salvation they will NOT ACCEPT. The strait gate and narrow way will be branded a FORM OF WORKS, A FORM OF LEGALISM. ALL THE NEGATIVE ASPECTS OF THE SALVATION DOCTRINE ARE DONE AWAY WITH.
This would have to be true because instant salvation can only be achieved by altering the scriptural definitions of faith and grace, which also expands to alter the definition of works and what is meant by works. Thus with great anger the “many” will reject the narrow way and go into eternal damnation. What a price to pay because they simply would not go into the Word on their own to find the truth. They never had life, but they claimed they did. They never see heaven, but put all of their faith in the fact that they would spend eternity there. This is a tragic ending for holding a theology so much in contradiction that they could have easily spotted it had they really wanted to seek the truth. Thus the vast majority within the Body of Christ embrace a false gospel of salvation, and only THE FEW will escape this snare of Satan.