Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 10, 2015

“For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Kings 10:12-36.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

“Thus Jehu eradicated Baal out of Israel.  However, as for the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel sin, from these Jehu did not depart, even the golden calves that were at Bethel and that were at Dan.  The Lord said to Jehu, “Because you have done well in executing what is right in My eyes, and have done to the house of Ahab according to all that was in My heart, your sons of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.”  But Jehu was not careful to walk in the law of the Lord, the God of Israel, with all his heart; he did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam, which he made Israel sin.

In those days the Lord began to cut off portions from Israel;  and Hazael defeated them throughout the territory of Israel:  from the Jordan eastward, all the land of Gilead, the Gadites and the Reubenites and the Manassites, from Aroer, which is by the valley of the Arnon, even Gilead and Bashan.”   2 Kings 10:28-33.


Like Jehu, we may do well in certainly things.  We may do well enough to stay around for a while.  We may feel content.

But, like Jehu, we may not be careful to walk in the word of God with all our heart.  We may worship our own idols of our own heart.  And, we also may be tolerant of other people’s idols.

We notice that in those days of Jehu the LORD began to cut off fringe portions of Israel.  Likewise, in our days, we see fringe church goers leave the church.   

The fringe church goers who leave the church are like those in the parable of the sower in Matthew 13:20-21.  “The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;  yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away.”  Matthew 13:20-21.

We need to take care as to which doctrine is the foundation of our faith.

Is our doctrine based on ourselves (man), our own works, and our own alleged free-will?  

Or, is our doctrine based on God, God’s works, and God’s will for us? 

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house;  and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.  Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.  The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”  Matthew 7:24-27.

In The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination, a book written by Loraine Boettner in 1932, in Chapter XXVII, there is a thought-provoking section titled “4. ONLY CALVINISM WILL STAND ALL TESTS”.

Here is a quote from it.

“We are living in a day in which we see practically all of the historic Protestant churches attacked by unbelief from within.  Many of them have already succumbed and the line of descent has invariably been from Calvinism to Arminianism, and from Arminianism to Modernism or Unitarianism;  and this latter state has proved to be self-destructive.  We firmly believe that the fortunes of Christianity are bound up with the fortunes of Calvinism.  Certainly the history of Modernism and Unitarianism in this country has proved that they are too weak to maintain themselves.  Where the principles of Calvinism are abandoned, there is a powerful tendency leading downward into the depths of Naturalism. Some have declared– and rightly we believe — that there is no consistent middle ground between Calvinism and Atheism. These distinctions which we have set forth between Calvinism and Arminianism are broad and important;  and until one has made a special study of these truths he does not realize what a large amount of heresy has been incorporated into the Arminian system.  If one system is true, the other is radically false.  As strict Calvinists we believe these doctrines to embody final truth and to be eternally right.  We believe this to be the only system of Christian truth which is taught in the Bible and the only one that can be logically and respectably defended before the world. …”

“Enter through the narrow gate;  for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.  For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”  Matthew 7:13-14.


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