2. Obedience is the Acid Test of a Valid Religion 4
3. Love is Not Legalism 7
4. When is Worship Vain? 9
5. Sunday—A Tradition of Man 11
6. Preachers in Doubt 15
7. If the Sabbath Can Be Changed
Then the Bible Can Be Changed ... 18
8. God's Law—A Protecting Wall 19
9. The Wall Broken—The Sabbath
10. God's Measures the Wall 23
11. Wall-Daubers Destroyed by the Plagues 24
Some of the most astonishing prophecies in the Bible have to do with the proportion of people who will be saved at the coming of Christ. Jesus clearly taught that only a comparative few would be ready to inherit His kingdom. He said, "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).
In Luke 18:8, by asking a very penetrating question, Jesus implied that the "few" might be even less than we could hope or imagine. "Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" Again, the Master spoke of the final separation in these words: "And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man" (Luke 17:26). Only eight people were saved from the flood and "as it was then" so shall it be at His coming. Other Bible writers and prophets use similar language to portray the "little flock," the
"remnant," and the "few" who will prove faithful to the very end.
The fact that so few will be saved is not nearly as shocking as the reason given in the Bible for their loss. It seems obvious that great multitudes will be excluded from heaven even though they professed Christ, worshiped Him regularly, and spent much of their time doing wonderful works in His name. Jesus said, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:21-23).
These verses reveal that the earth will be flooded with a lot of false religion in the last days. Millions will be spending their time, their effort, and their money in promoting a religion that involves apparent miracles, apparent spiritual gifts, and much enthusiastic activity. All of this is explicitly spelled out in the teaching of our Lord. Yet those many will finally be utterly rejected by Jesus and shut out of heaven. Talk about startling truth! More people need to get their eyes open to this little-understood situation that will characterize the end time. Then we need to find out how to avoid the vast spiritual delusions which will cause so many religious people to be lost.
Why will they be rejected in spite of their devoted worship and ministry in the name of Jesus? It has caused some people almost to despair of salvation. How can one know that his own religion will not finally be found in this category? Let us seriously look for the answers to these questions. Our salvation does not depend upon our sincerity, but upon finding the truth in God's Word and obeying it!
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