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Vantage Point: Believing in the Narrow Way

By Ken Horn
Aug. 4, 2013

“Believe” is the theme of this year’s General Council, the 55th biennial business meeting of the Assemblies of God.

And General Council is always more than just business. It is a time when the largest number of people from the AG in the United States gather to worship and recharge spiritually together.

There are some things we all believe, for example:

We Believe that it’s not OK for anyone to die without an opportunity to hear.

We Believe, therefore, that we must go complete the Great Commission.

The greatest core value in all of Christianity is salvation by faith in Jesus Christ alone. It is also embodied in the first of the AG’s Core Values: “Passionately proclaim, at home and abroad, by word and deed Jesus as Savior, Baptizer in the Holy Spirit, Healer, and Soon Coming King.” Our mission is this: “Evangelize the lost.”

The tolerant position on salvation is pluralistic: “All paths lead ultimately to God.” A true Christian has virtually no common ground with people holding this view, and will almost always be seen as narrow-minded and inflexible. And you know what? We are. We must be. Jesus said, “Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life” (Matthew 7:14, NKJV). On an issue as big as eternal life, we dare not bend.

On the surface, it may appear narrow-minded to say, “You must turn right on this street. You can’t turn left!” But if that street has a “One Way” sign pointing right, that narrow-mindedness becomes necessary. You turn left at your own peril, and that of any other vehicle you might meet.

In John 14:6, Jesus defines the one way to salvation: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (NIV).

Even Proverbs 22:6 — “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (KJV) — indicates the way is narrow. The word “train” is from a Hebrew language root for “narrow.”

A Christian should never apologize for being “narrow-minded.” There is only one true Way; there are unlimited false ways.

Apologize only if you keep the truth to yourself.

This General Council issue of the Pentecostal Evangel falls during the magazine’s centennial year. The following articles from our archives address the themes of the Believe campaign.

Ken Horn
Editor

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