My daughter and I were at the dirt track that we regularly venture to for exercise and give Mom a breather. Periodically between laps we’ll play various games of chase. One game we’ve enjoyed from time to time is an old playground game from my youth called “Gingerbread Man”. One of us yells out; “Run, run, run as fast as you can…you can’t catch me I’m the “Gingerbread Man!” and then the other person chases the one that just yelled the old rhyme.
This semi-oval dirt track located in the outskirts of our town surrounds a grassy field. Any area of tall grass in the region is a good hiding place for a potentially dangerous snake so my daughter is taught to stay out of tall grass.
Recently one bright summer morning about one half of the grassy field inside the track was mowed. The mowed area included a straight and narrow strip about four feet wide. This narrow way spanned the radius of the track. As I was chasing my daughter around the mowed half of the field she suddenly decided to detour onto the straight and narrow path in her gallant effort to escape my restrained pursuit. I quickly reminded her of the need to stay within the mowed path and how we’d have to stop playing if she decided to turn off the narrow path into the broader area filled with tall grass. It was at that moment of reminding her of the consequences for straying from the strait path that thoughts about the importance of God’s children staying within their narrow road were quickly activated within me. My mind ran to thoughts based upon verses like the ones found below.
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: “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)
Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. (Luke 13:23-24)
Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil. (Proverbs 4:25-27)
Throughout much of our remaining time at the track I pondered the different temptations we all face to listen to the deceitful voice of our heart and justify broadening God’s narrow way in order to accommodate the desires of our sinful nature. I considered ways in which the narrow way was currently being broadened, why this broadening was occurring and what can be done about returning the body of Christ to the strait way. The remainder of this article reflects upon the answers to these questions.
God knows how long the professing American Christian church has failed to teach the whole truth concerning the works of the flesh. The word of God is being handled deceitfully. (2 Corinthians 4:2) Some sinful works of the flesh are addressed more than others by church leaders. I believe that the main reason this truth famine exists is that leadership is generally more interested in damage control and eliminating threatening obstacles to church growth instead of developing mature disciples of Christ.
In short, most 501-c3 churches face debt. In addition, ambitious narcissists craving attention, wealth and power control these churches. Rarely will 501-c3 pulpit beasts actually desire to take social security income from elderly members in order to support their religious operations. Ambitious pulpit predators prefer to take from compliant, generous younger folks that make them feel successful.
Jesus Christ warned us to beware of wolves disguised as sheep. (Matthew 7:15) Savvy wolf websites may even rudely welcome us to their religious business with an on-line giving banner immediately reaching for our wallet. Yes, evangelism makes excellent cover for greed. Families are good fish for these greedy dogs to fry because families are usually attractive and come with a network of contacts to be mined. There’s no biblical basis for the wolves’ carnal methods. Many works of the flesh are justified in the name of church growth required to support 501-c3 religious works of the flesh that American professing Christians call “churches”.
Inside each of us lives an enemy that many of us don’t fully recognize or understand. This enemy is the works of our flesh. Though these works may be a greater daily threat to the believer’s relationship with God than Satan’s intermittent, localized attacks infrequently occurring whenever the devil finds a vulnerable Christian to devour, many professing Christians remain quite ignorant concerning the ever present enemy within them. As a result we remain extremely vulnerable to self deception.
Did you know that Galatians 5:19-21 lists sixteen major categories of works of the flesh or sins of human nature? Within these categories there are even subcategories of sinful works that could be listed. How many of the 16 works of the flesh can you name? Of those that you can name, how many of them can you define?
Do we understand that these works are among the non-negotiables of true religion? If we live in these works, we don’t live in Christ. (Romans 6) If we continue in the works of the flesh without turning from them by faith in Christ, we remain separated from God eternally facing a future in the lake of fire. (Galatians 5:13-26)
If we stumble and get entangled in works of the flesh as a believer; even falling to the point of enjoying the temporary pleasure of something we know to be sin, it’s never too soon to put that sin to death through confession and faith. Don’t listen to that lying voice accusing you that you’ve gone too far and can’t be forgiven. For it is written in Matthew 12:31 and 1John 1:9-2:2;
Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
God is holy and expects his people to be holy. (1 Peter 1:15) God doesn’t overlook the sin of his children. He reproves and disciplines them so that they can continue to share in his holiness. (Hebrews 12:1-14) Willful sin isn’t the same as “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit” which can’t be forgiven. When Matthew 12:31 is properly interpreted within its context, we see that what Jesus calls blasphemy against the Holy Ghost is permanently rejecting his true identity as proven by his miraculous works.
The sixteen major categories of the works of the flesh and their biblical definitions are as follows:
- Adultery: fantasizing about or actually having any form of extra-marital sex. Divorcing a faithful spouse in order to marry someone else or marrying someone who has wrongfully divorced their spouse in order to marry you.
- Uncleanness: unrestrained, excessive, immoral thoughts, words and actions.
- Lasciviousness: any form of male gay or female lesbian homosexuality; any form of pre-marital sex or fornication; incest; bestiality; loosely running around indulging animalistic sexual desires.
- Idolatry: attachment and devotion to any group, person, place, symbol or thing in the world above the Lord Jesus Christ with such excessive allegiance or covetous desire for it causing disobedience to the principles or commands of His Word.
- Witchcraft: sorcery; the art and science of using demonic forces to cause change to occur according to your will through white magic witchcraft to manipulate people and or circumstances for personal gain and in black magic witchcraft for destructive purposes.
- Hatred: deep rooted, unforgiving opposition to someone; the opposite of friendship toward a person.
- Variance: quarrels based upon differences of opinion, interpretation, or altered legal conditions.
- Emulations: malicious, unrighteous heated jealousy or indignation.
- Wrath: fierce, violent, extreme, uncontrollable, selfish, vengeful, unrighteous anger.
- Strife: any form of competitive rivalry or contention for superiority for the purpose of promoting yourself above someone or placing them below you.
- Seditions: opposition to moral, lawful civil authority.
- Heresies: cultic or sectarian beliefs unique to an individual or a group which are contrary to the sound teaching of the Holy Scriptures.
- Envying: feeling ill will or spiteful jealousy at the superior condition and happiness of another.
- Murders: premeditated killing from extreme hatred or ill will.
- Drunkenness: overwhelmed or overpowered by intoxicating alcoholic drink to the point where one becomes physically and mentally impaired.
- Revellings: letting loose, carousing, partying or feasting with noisy music and hilarious laughter arising from self-indulgent entertainment.
The root cause of breaking God’s commandments can be traced back to one of these sixteen characteristics. A sprinkling of them is found in every human being. Throughout all ages and generations the father’s sinful nature on the side of the mother and father has been transmitted to each newborn.
It’s worth noting here that as a result of this curse, we know that it’s possible for someone to be born with an inborn tendency to lasciviousness. This tendency can include a tendency towards homosexuality or lesbianism. This truth doesn’t justify these sinful works. Living in this sin is always a choice. This is true whether these sinful tendencies are inborn or they’ve developed later in life for emotional or psychological reasons, rebellious bitterness against the opposite sex, or for one reason or another at some point in their life they enjoyed an experience.
Unlike global warming and climate change, sin is a truly global problem knowing no boundaries. (1 John 1:9; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12) Because God is love, God has already sacrificed his one and only perfect Son the Lord Jesus Christ to cover the global sin debt for all time. The problem continues to exist, however, because people love the moral darkness of sin more than the light of truth. (John 3:16-21; Romans 3:23-25; 1 John 2:1-2; 1 John 4:10)
If the global sin problem has a solution then why does it still haunt humanity? Why are we plagued by this “speciesism”? Why does sin still haunt the country like the U.S. where you’d have to literally be physically deaf and blind to avoid hearing the gospel? Jesus told us it was because people love their sin more than God’s truth. (John 3:16-21) Many people won’t admit that until they encounter great personal loss or face death. This is to be expected since human beings are born liars. (Psalm 58:3) If sins slaves were honest they’d admit they love themselves and the comfortably familiar security of their world. They wouldn’t deny that it’s too costly for them to exchange their fit with the broad way of their world for a radically new life on a narrow road alien to them.
Hypocrites believe the truth intellectually and profess faith publicly; however, they broaden the narrow way to accommodate their favorite sins of the flesh. The 501-c3 pulpit predators have created good religious cover for hypocrites to feel comfortable in. It’s also a great situation for unbelievers to use as a scapegoat for their unwillingness to assume responsibility for their sin. A massive demonic stronghold of self-delusion was created when this religious cover was combined with decade’s worth of teaching aimed at building self-esteem instead of God and others-esteem in children. As a result, nearly two generations of Americans are now covered with a mountain of prideful self-love rendering them incapable of responding in selfless, unconditional love to God and others. Many professing Christians now live with a mentality that nothing or nobody is going to come between me and my desires. Although God has promised to comfort his children amidst much tribulation, persecution and suffering, many professing American Christians act as if whatever it takes or whomever I hurt I’m entitled to enjoy that materialistic “Life Is Good” American Dream (John 15:18-21; Acts 14:22; Romans 5:3; Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 1:4; 1 Thessalonians 3:4; 2 Timothy 3:12; Revelation 1:9; Revelation 2:9-10)
Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also (John 15:20)
We must take very seriously the fact that Jesus warned that MANY will end up in hell because nice pastors with impressive religious resumes deceived them to believe they could enjoy both their best life now and heaven later by detouring around the difficulties of the narrow way on the broad and easy road. (Matthew 7:13-23; Luke 13:22-30)
Heresies of the flesh
No nationality or race of people is exempt from sin’s curse. There is no overall superior flesh. Racial strife is a work of the flesh. God is no respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34) Our inherent sinful nature or flesh separates each of us from a holy God unless that sin is confessed and atoned for. (1 John 1:5-10) Each of us is a mixture of the characteristics of our inherent sinful nature, intelligence and temperament. Each of the works of the flesh is destructive to life and liberty. Some destructive works of the flesh are accepted as legal in society because they serve the overall plan and or financial purposes of the demonically enlightened evil elite running the world system. (Ephesians 6:12) Elite programming and social engineering has led us to falsely believe that the covetous idolater or greedy glutton is better than the drunkard, smoker, or sloth; that one socio-economic class is superior to another, that the formally educated are better than the informally educated, that Jews are better than Gentiles, that CEO’s are better than those they employ and that the financial elite are superior to their slaves. Let’s not be deceived. No one is good except God alone. (Matthew 19:17) In our flesh dwells no good thing. (Romans 7:18) The first shall be last and the last first in God’s kingdom. (Luke 13:23-30)
Matthew 7:13-14 reads as follows:
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: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
The Geneva Bible comments on these verses that “the example of life must not be taken from the multitude.”
“The example of life must not be taken from the multitude”
(Geneva Bible Comments)
In spite of this truth, the professing Christian church in America has done just the opposite. Over the last century I believe that Satan has progressively conditioned the church to believe that bigger is better and faith is God guarantees worldly success. Mass Evangelistic Crusades and Revivals, Televangelism, The Moral Majority and Mega-Churches have subtly conditioned us to believe if God was blessing our work it would successfully reach many while thriving financially. As a result of accepting this false paradigm of success with God, the professing American Christian church isn’t deeply rooted in unselfish obedience to biblical truth. Instead, the church has thrived numerically as a spiritually lukewarm religious club through appealing to the culturally acceptable desires of our flesh and providing false temporary psychological cover for sin’s guilt. This has filled the professing church with many tares that profess but don’t possess Christ.
Heresies arise from within man’s sinful nature. (Galatians 5:20) The operative heresy at work in selling the lie that if God is blessing our work it will successfully reach many and thrive financially is the false doctrine of “Gain Is Godliness”. False teachers have added another lane to God’s narrow road in order to accommodate professing Christians tending to idolize material success and faithless tares needing constant signs of affirmation that God is alive and working on their behalf. To overcome this heresy we must simply believe the following truths:
More isn’t better. Greed isn’t good. The rich aren’t superior to the poor or vice-versa. They simply have greater responsibility before God to share with those in physical need. (Matthew 19:16-26; James 2:1-9; Isaiah 56; Proverbs 1:19; 1 Timothy 3:3, 8; 1 Timothy 6:17-19)
Members of the controlling super class aren’t better than their slaves. They too have greater responsibility before God for the harm they’ve sown and the good they failed to perform. (James 5:1-6)
Financial gain isn’t related to godliness. The godly can be content having food, clothing and shelter for the day. Great gain is godliness with such contentment. (1 Timothy 6:3-10)
Ephesians 6:10-12 tells us that the world system is ruled by demonic forces operating through wicked elite.
“The birth of TV was a magical event foreshadowing its satanic significance. The first commercial broadcast was aired on Walpurgisnacht, April 30th, 1939, at the New York World’s Fair. Since then, TV’s infiltration has been so gradual, so complete that no one even noticed. People don’t need to go to church anymore; they get their morality plays on television.”…”We can use TV as a potent propaganda machine. The stage is set for the infusion of true satanic philosophy and potent (emotionally inspiring) music to accompany the inverted crosses and pentagrams.” (Anton LaVey, The Devils’ Notebook, 1992)
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”
Truth is under attack by these demonic powers. When the mind isn’t renewed with truth it’s vulnerable to devil speak. Ephesians 6:14 tells us to have our minds “girt about with truth”. “Girt about with truth” is a figure of speech based upon military terms. The loins refer to the seat of man’s power. The girdle refers to a soldier’s belt pulled tightly around the waste to strengthen the warrior’s mid-section. Our minds are spiritual weak and vulnerable to enemy attack unless wrapped with the truth of God’s holy word.
One front in the war on truth is fought against our minds in the following simple terms. Elite controlled mass communication media is designed to lead us to desire the social pattern established for us by elite controlled educational institutions and corporations. Media programming uses demonically inspired messages and imaging designed to appeal to the desires of our sinful nature in hopes of leading us off the narrow way to our best life now. Elite controlled organizations feed our flesh entertainment specifically chosen to socially engineer us into the mold envisioned for us by the elite and distract us from spiritual realities.
High priced distraction: Michelle & Barry
The church has now been fully indoctrinated and conditioned to lovingly embrace this world of the elite. The church now affirms the use of world system and its idols as tools to reach non-members. The church now supports murderous and illegal state doctrines essential to the establishment of Antichrists “United States of the World”.
Greedy dogs and their sleepwalking saints tell us a world system friendly church is a growing church. They ignore the truth that becoming a friend of the world system and its idols means becoming an enemy of God. (James 4:4) Professing American Christians are generally led to believe that as long as they publicly profess Jesus as Savior and Lord, get baptized, submit to church and state authority, pay taxes, attend church religiously, read the Bible, pray, tithe, oppose abortion, believe in Creation, spread the gospel and avoid addictions to smoking, drinking, gambling and pornography that God would be pleased with them. Is this what the scriptures teach though?
The reality of our own salvation should be tested against the following truths taught by the Apostle John as written in 1 John and not against an experience like speaking in an unknown tongue or accepting Jesus into our heart at an altar after walking a public aisle.
In its culturally re-engineered mindset, the church has exchanged God’s values for the values elite programmers’ desire for her. Because of this apostasy, it hasn’t mattered much to the professing church how professing Christians earn their income as long as their Federal Reserve Notes were earned legally. It became of little or no consequence how many people might be indirectly or directly hurt or wrongly offended in the course of one’s work as long as they worked diligently, honestly and obeyed their employers’ rules.
It didn’t matter if a career separated a father or mother from their family if it paid well enough. It didn’t matter if Mom forsook her role as “keeper at home” or homemaker as long as the family lived in a nice home, drove nice cars, looked and acted nice and faithfully supported the church. Putting Mom to work outside the home allows elite controllers to reap tax benefits and socially engineer children through the weapons of mass education and worldly peer influence (socialization).Instead of being a useless eater; an unproductive branch of the US Federal Reserve System, a working Mom becomes a productive person for their system.
It didn’t seem to matter much if the church functioned according to the principles and commands of scripture or if church leadership taught the whole counsel of God accurately. It was of no consequence that our government and financial system functioned illegally and un-Constitutionally. It didn’t matter that wars were justified under false pretexts and used to murder those standing in the way of covetous American interests and our elite ordained role in policing the process of economic globalization on behalf of the kings of the earth.
Church leadership was now unequally yoked with the antichristian state as a 501-c3 religious organization as the powers had planned. Biblical truth was now compromised. The Holy Spirit was quenched. A famine of hearing the word of God had developed. The narrow path had been broadened. In order to justify this whorish relationship, the deceitful hearts of 501-c3 church leaders told them that this is Christian America and their members better stop exposing evil and questioning policy because the USA knows and does what’s best for the world.
The power of American patriotic pride would rise up and rid the congregation of anyone considered brash enough to throw biblical truth in the face of elite inspired error. What mattered now to the elite conditioned 501-c3 church leadership and their fans was that the sheep were in attendance, in submission and in support of church and state operations. What mattered was that the sheep played in tune with music written by the unbiblical 501-c3 IRS tax code regulations. It didn’t matter if the music was written wrong. It didn’t matter that their tune was out of tune. The sheep were still expected to play their role in the band well. If they couldn’t bring themselves to cooperate with the band conductor they risked being told by him to find a new band in another country.
Black Magick believers in the late idol Aleister Crowley, whom they refer to as “the beast 666”, believe in the concept of freedom. Though slaves to witchcraft and demonic powers they believe the essence of their freedom lies in freedom from restriction. In other words they’re slaves to sin; however, they believe they’re free because they deny sin exists. Professing American Christians take a parallel path denying the reality of encroachments to true freedom they can encounter in efforts to conform their entire lives to the whole counsel of God.
True believers have spiritual freedom in Christ. They’ll also face restrictions unique to believers because of their faith. 501-c3 church leaders are prone to remind the sheep of the freedom they enjoy as Americans.This inevitably leads to praising our troops and the wars they fight to keep us “free”.
What do these deceived and deceiving leaders mean by free though? Does freedom from economic restriction mean we’re a nation of true liberty? If professing Christians don’t evaluate our moral values by looking at our face in the mirror of God’s Word and evaluating the true nature of our work and its methods; the moral quality of our financial investments; the moral fruit of the people, corporations, politicians, political parties and institutions they promote, and the conformity of the teachings and methods of our ministries with biblical truth, it’s easy to deceive ourselves to believe we’re a good, free and faithful servant when in reality we’re either indirectly or directly enslaved to iniquity.
Yes, thank God true believers are absolutely spiritually free in Christ! It’s foolish to believe that true believers in Christ enjoy total socio-political freedom in the U.S.A. though. Americans currently enjoy freedom of choice when it comes to using our earnings and off work hours. Is this alleged freedom truly freedom though if what we spend our money and time on is the result of elite programming or if we have to deny some aspect of truth to remain employed or involved with a group of professing Christians?
We live in a time when the narrow way is under construction. Our religious, sexual, economic, political and other heritages are being radically altered at an accelerated pace. Key 501-c3 church leaders have worked for decades modifying God’s way according to visions aiming to increase their financial profit through increasing traffic flow to their church. They’ve committed spiritual adultery by marrying profane music with sacred lyrics; secular psychology with biblical counsel; financial capitalism with biblical principles of free enterprise; antichristian state policy and 501-c3 IRS tax code regulations with body life and a U.S. Constitutional Republic with antichristian Israel and the New World Order.
Revival is the answer
What is the answer to this spiritual dilemma? Should we keep playing the 501-c3 death dirge because it feels good even though it’s dreadfully out of tune with the Holy Spirit on numerous critical issues?
The answer lies in submission to truth. Not submission to church and state but in submission to the pure, unadulterated, raw truth.
If we’re a believer and not a tare, we don’t need to attend revival services or a deliverance ministry to experience revival if the Spirit of God lives within us. All we need is a completely transparent self examination of our lives for active infestations of the sixteen works of the flesh found in Galatians 5:19-21.
Some bible teachers have placed mountains of unnecessary work in front of people hindering them from receiving God’s grace. We need to understand that our sin, no matter how heinous or minute it is, is ultimately against God only. (Psalm 51:4) Our forgiveness with God is based upon our humble, contrite confession of sin to him. (Psalm 51; 1 John 1:9) The Apostle Paul couldn’t make things right with the Christians he’d murdered before God forgave him for those atrocious murders. God didn’t demand that Paul go and make things right with the families of his victims either before he transformed Paul’s life. (Acts 9: 1-19) The criminal crucified with Christ didn’t make restitution with his victims before being forgiven. (Luke 23:39-43) No, each of these sinners was freely forgiven by God. Their forgiveness was based exclusively upon a faith based contrite response to the debt paid for their sin laden past by God’s sinless Son.
Apologies and restitution remains the means of restoring broken human relations. A sincere confession of sorrow over our wrong behavior towards a true believer can restore broken relations if we’re willing to confess our role in the break. This confession is entirely independent of the confession of sin towards God that restores contact with him.
Revival can begin when we’re willing to examine ourselves and sincerely confess our sin to the God whom we’ve sinned against. After this confession we need to begin a steady diet of reading the word of God, praying and obeying truth as God reveals it to us. (1 Peter 2:1-5; 2 Timothy 2:15; Ephesians 6:10-18; Jude 1:20; James 1:19-27) In response to renewed faith and obedience, our revived relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ through God’s Holy Spirit will defeat the power of our flesh and the devil in our lives.
Faith without works won’t sustain a revived spiritual connection. (Ephesians 6:10-18; James 2:20-26) Faith doesn’t make us an empty shell that’s automatically moved by God’s Spirit to do what pleases God. Keeping our relationship right with God involves faith which leads us to yield our will to the truth of God’s word. God’s Spirit uses our knowledge of God’s word to counsel us to choose to walk in obedience to God’s word. (John 15; Colossians 3; James 1:19-2:26)
Apologies and restitution are means of restoring broken human relations. A sincere confession of sorrow over our wrong behavior towards a true believer can restore broken relations if we’re willing to confess our role in the break.
The other night the U.S. Air Force did another one of its illegal low altitude flyovers above our small neighborhood. The thunder of the shockingly low flying bomber rumbled loudly across the sky above us.
Young neighborhood children hid their faces crying out in fear over the fearful presence of the fighter. Later that night, however, this opening satanic act was completely overshadowed by the evening’s main act. Holy God shook the neighborhood with a severe thunderstorm. His hour long display of lightning and thunder dwarfed the man-made rolling thunder of the fighter aircraft. As fearful as the cruel flyover of the F-15E Strike Eagle was, its power was truly pitiful in comparison to God’s truly awesome weather display.
Scripture warns supporters of a global beast military about the complete and eternal annihilation awaiting a global beast nation, its patriotic supporters and antichristian leaders.
The power of pride empowering a demonically deluded global military will cause its armed forces to engage in a senseless battle with the omnipotent armies of God. The human remains of Antichrist and his global beast troops will be consumed by God’s flying creatures. Their Christ-less souls will boil for eternity in the lake of fire and brimstone God’s prepared for them. (Revelation 19:11-21; Zechariah 12-14; Ezekiel 39)
What a fearful fate; a future far exceeding the emotional pain of the most torturous of nightmares, awaits many abominable human beings who’ll proudly and defiantly pledge their shortsighted allegiance to the global beast nation and its Commander in Chief, Antichrist. What incomparable blessing awaits the patient saints of God! (Revelation 14:12-13; Daniel 12:1-3)
The huge contrast in power between human engineered thunder and Gods natural thunder amplifies the innate gap between the armies of the beast and the armies of God and between a Holy God and sinful humanity. It illuminates the irreconcilable contrast in moral power between a life controlled by our sinful flesh and one controlled by God’s Holy Spirit.
Returning to the narrow way isn’t a restrictive experience at all! Spiritual revival is a powerful and victorious encounter with God freeing us from the godless restrictions imposed upon us by our sinful nature!
 Tares are false professing Christians that Satan has planted amongst true professing Christians. (Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43)