Matt 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Verse 14 says that only a few will find the gate leading to life. Why is that? Gosh I don't know, lets read verse 15...Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
You want to know why I am so disgusted with churchianity? Right there in verse 15, it's full of false prophets. They embrace with their whole hearts that which Jesus HATES, the practices of the nicolaitans. Verse 14 tells us only a few are going to make it, verse 15 tells us why (at least partially). Another reason only a few will make it into heaven: 2 Thess 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
This weekend I saw some friends that I have'nt seen in years. We started talking and I find out that they are card carrying members of apostianity now, so I started down the road of questioning why they do what they do, asking them what certain parts of the bible mean in relation to their religious practices, asking them what Jesus meant by nicolaitans in Rev 2-3. As you might imagine, they got hot under the collar, and quickly. They hold their pastor up in such esteem, you'd think he sits at the right hand of the father instead of Jesus. I'd call their feelings for their pastor so strong that they are ...............idolatrous. Yep. I find that quite frequently, in people who love the nicolaitan system. That in fact, is the stake in the heart of it, and why Jesus says he hates it, the SYSTEM causes idolatry. Speaking the truth, even in love is not going to make you friends, it might lose you quite a few though. Who cares, I don't. We serve the true Jesus, not men, come what may. grace and peace