“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.” (Matt. 7:13, 14)

When you look out at the religious world today, you see numerous religions, denominations and cults. And yet
basically there are only two religions, as suggested in today’s text. On the one hand there is the wide gate
and the broad, well-traveled way that leads to destruction. On the other is the strait gate and sparsely
traveled, narrow way that leads to life. All religions can be classified under one or the other. The feature that
distinguishes the two is this: one religion tells what man must do to earn or deserve salvation; the other tells
what God has done to provide salvation for man.

The true Christian faith is unique in that it calls on men to receive eternal life as a gift by faith. All other
religions tell men that they must earn their salvation by works or by character. The Gospel tells how Christ
finished the work necessary for our redemption. All other systems tell men what they must do to redeem
themselves. It is the difference between DOING and DONE.

The popular idea is that good people go to heaven and bad people go to hell. But the Bible teaches that there
are no good people, and that the only ones who go to heaven are sinners saved by God’s grace. The Christian
Gospel eliminates boasting; it tells man that there are no meritorious deeds he can do to win God’s favor
because he is dead in trespasses and sins. All other religions cater to man’s pride by implying that there is
something he can do to save himself or to assist in his salvation.

All false religions are “the way that seems right unto a man” but are also the way which ends in death (Prov.
14:12). Salvation by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ seems “too easy” to men but this is the way that leads
to life. In false religions Christ is nothing or only something. In the true Christian faith Christ is everything.

In other religions there can be no real assurance of salvation because a person never knows whether he has
done enough good works or the right kind. The believer in Christ can know he is saved because it isn’t a
question of his works but rather of Christ’s work for him.

Only two religions—one of law, the other of grace. One of works, the other of faith. One of doing, the other of
believing. One of trying, the other of trusting. The first leads to condemnation and death, the second to
justification and life.
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Phil Dossett will be the Speaker at our 11 A.M.
Family Bible Hour on Sunday, O
ctober 23,
.  Phil and his wife Anne are the parents of
four grown children. Their son Mark and his
wife Karen served as missionaries in Vienna,
Austria for many years.  Phil serves as an
elder and Sunday school teacher of our adult  
class. He and Anne have fellowshipped at
Grace Bible Chapel since the mid 1950s.