Do Not Deceive Yourself

By: Woody Godbey

Matthew 7:13-27

13 "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.

14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. 15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.

16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?

17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.

19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.

22 Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?'

23 And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'

24 "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:

25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

26 But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:

27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."

Notice that in verses 13 and 14 are two gates and two ways. There is the wide gate and broad way that leads to destruction and then there is the strait gate and narrow way that leads to life. Then notice the many is verse 13 and the few in verse 14.

I am 100% convinced by the Word of God that only a few out of the billions who live today are Christians. Let me take it a step closer. I am also convinced that many who confess to be born again Christians are deceived.

Verse 21 tells us that not everyone who says that Jesus is Lord is going to heaven. Then in verse 22 those who are deceived will say things like, "we preached in your name" "cast out devils in your name" and make sure you notice this one, "done MANY WONDERFUL WORKS IN YOUR NAME."

It seems to me that the above people were depending on good works instead of Biblical Salvation by grace through faith. Listen to them talk, they sound real spiritual. It's all about hearing the Word and doing it.

The many who call themselves Christians but are on the road to destruction and are deceived by pride! They could care less what the Bible says about sin. They try to sound spiritual and put everything on the shoulders of God like we have no responsibilities to stand against evil.

Some will say, "Well, they are just liberal and passive Christians. I'm not for sure there is any such monster! I'm not for sure that liberal and Christian can go together. I don't have all the answers but one thing I know for sure, God has given His followers the Holy Spirit to CONVICT, CORRECT, CONVINCE AND COMFORT.

All the above to ask, how can a Christian vote for leaders who redefine marriage, promote abortion, homosexuality, and sell out Israel?

I want you to read what Matthew Hagee told his viewers. He said that, as Christians, they are required to "vote the Bible," which means that they cannot ever vote for any candidate who supports reproductive rights or marriage equality.

Hagee declared that if Christians would just vote the Bible on these two issues alone, "we would find ourselves with principled leadership that can lead this country back to what we are supposed to be." Some will try to put that on God's shoulders but He has always used men like David, Asa, and others to right wrongs.

Hagee goes on and says "If you see a politician who says that he's pro-choice or she's pro-choice, you cannot vote the Bible and vote for that politician,” "If you see a politician that wavers on what the definition of a marriage should be, you cannot vote the Bible and vote for that individual".

Listen folks, there is a gap or breach in the moral walls of America. God is looking for a man and a people to fill that gap. We have to get our hearts right and heads straight and do that which is right in the sight of the Lord.

I believe red, yellow, brown, black and white liberals, homosexuals, the uninformed and the prideful are the guilty ones. Gay Pride? "Pride goes before a fall." Ask Satan! Biblical Christianity is the minority in America but remember, God took 300 and defeated a massive army. Only a few on the straight and narrow. God Bless!