Under this question, the writers of Got Questions.org show that they really believe that salvation comes NOT through faith in Jesus, but through a difficult path of self-denial. They have pride in the fact that they will endure the difficulty, and thus are saved, while others have not, and thus are damned. This is a lie from Hell. Those who simply believe in Jesus are saved from sin, death, and Hell. (John 6:47 and 1st Corinthians 15:1-4.) Salvation is NOT hard. On the other hand, ~discipleship~ can be hard. But the Way into Heaven is NOT paved with discipleship good works. All who simply believe in Jesus are saved. (John 6:47 and 1st Corinthians 15:1-4.) Lordship Salvation False Gospel teachers seem biblical to some because they are always quoting Scripture. Remember that Satan quoted Scripture to Jesus, also. What they do, mostly, is use discipleship verses as salvation verses. GotQuestions.org teaches a False Gospel of Salvation by Works of Discipleship. My comments are in editorial parentheses, [like these]. —Curtis Smale
Question: “Will more people go to heaven or to hell?”
The question of whether there are more people in heaven or hell is answered by Jesus Himself in one succinct passage: “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:13–14).
This passage tells us that only those who receive Jesus Christ and who believe in Him are given the right to become children of God (John 1:12). As such, the gift of eternal life comes only through Jesus Christ to all those who believe. He said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). It’s not through Mohammed, Buddha, or other false gods of man’s making.
[Mohammed was a prophet, not a god. Buddha was a teacher, not a god, and never claimed to be one.]
It’s not for those wanting a cheap and easy way to heaven while continuing to live their own selfish and worldly lives on earth.
[Here’s where the trouble starts. The Way into Heaven is more than “cheap,” —it’s FREE. Salvation is clearly described as a FREE GIFT by the New Testament.]
Jesus only saves those who fully trust in Him as Savior (Acts 4:12).
[And… what is the definition of “~fully~ trust”? The Bible says merely to believe in Jesus. (John 6:47, 1st Corinthians 15:1-4)]
So, what are these two gates in Matthew 7:13–14? They are the entrance to two different “ways.” The wide gate leads to the broad way, or road. The small, narrow gate leads to the way that is narrow. The narrow way is the way of the godly, and the broad way is the way of the ungodly.
[Wrong. The narrow gate is faith in Jesus, and the broad way is people thinking they are going to get into Heaven by their own good works. When GQ says that the Narrow Way is the way of the “godly,” you can see that they think salvation is achieved by godly people. That is self-righteousness.]
The broad way is the easy way. It is attractive and self-indulgent. It is permissive. It’s the inclusive way of the world, with few rules, few restrictions, and fewer requirements. Tolerance of sin is the norm where God’s Word is not studied and His standards not followed.
[Not necessarily. Most religions have stringent rules in order to reach Heaven.] [Notice that this False Gospel teacher says that the Way into Heaven is following God’s standards. No, it’s not. The Way into Heaven is believing in the Way, which is Jesus.]
This way requires no spiritual maturity, no moral character, no commitment, and no sacrifice.
[The Way to Heaven is Jesus. Believe in Him and be saved. No “maturity, character, commitment, or sacrifice” will get you into Heaven. This is Phariseeism.]
It is the easy way of salvation, following “the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2). It is that broad way that “seems right to a man, but end is the way to death” (Proverbs 14:12).
[This is an abuse of the contextual intent of these verses.]
Those who preach a gospel of inclusiveness where “all ways lead to heaven” preach an utterly different gospel than the one Jesus preached.
[This comment is not relevant to this discussion.]
The gate of self-centeredness, self-absorption, and a proud, holier-than-thou mindset is the wide gate of the world that leads to hell, not the narrow gate that leads to eternal life.
[How ironic. That is exactly what Got Questions is advocating here. Spiritual blindness!)
As a result, most people spend their lives following the masses who are on the broad road, doing what everyone else does and believing what everyone else believes.
The narrow way is the hard way, the demanding way.
[No. It is not. Salvation is EASY. It is a FREE GIFT. JESUS did everything you need to be saved.]
It is the way of recognizing that you cannot save yourself and must depend on Jesus Christ alone to save you.
[Right, so why are you talking out of both sides of your mouth? If salvation comes through belief in Jesus, as the Bible says it does, why are you saying that it is difficult? What is difficult is for people to realize that their good works are not needed or allowed.]
It’s the way of self-denial and the cross.
[That is discipleship, not salvation.]
The fact that few find God’s way implies that it is to be sought diligently. “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). The point is this that no one will stumble into the kingdom or wander through the narrow gate by accident. Someone asked Jesus, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” He replied, “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able” (Luke 13:23–24).
[They cannot enter because their hands are full of their “good works” that they think will get them into Heaven. They cannot get through the Narrow Gate of Jesus carrying all that stuff! Good works get no one into Heaven. Jesus is the Way into Heaven, and all who believe in the Gospel of Christ are saved. (1st Corinthians 15:1-4)]
Many will seek to enter that narrow door, the door of salvation, but “will not be able.” They are unwilling to trust/rely on Jesus alone.
[Here comes Satan’s deception. This is exactly what Martin Luther, Billy Graham, John MacArthur, and all the other prideful Lordship Salvation false prophets do. Here you can see it action. Notice that this viper just said the truth: “believe in Jesus.” Now, watch what this snake does next:]
They are unwilling to pay the price.
[There is NO PRICE on the FREE GIFT of salvation!]
It costs too much for them to give up the world.
[Giving up the world (or your sins) is not a prerequisite for salvation. This is deadly poison, full strength. Truth mixed with error!]
God’s gate is a gate through which one cannot carry the baggage of sin and self-will, nor can one carry the accoutrements of materialism. The way of Christ is the way of the cross, and the way of the cross is the way of self-denial. Jesus said, Let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. [This is discipleship, not salvation!] For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it” (Luke 9:23–24).
Jesus knows that many will choose the wide gate and the broad way that leads to destruction and hell.
Correspondingly, He said that only a few will choose the narrow gate.
According to Matthew 7:13–14, there is no doubt that more will go to hell than to heaven. The question for you is, then, on which road are you?
[Salvation is not a “road.” The “road” is the way of works, or the road to coming to believe in Jesus, crucified, dead, and risen.]
Recommended Resource: Jesus Among Other gods by Ravi Zacharias
Ravi Zacharias teaches a False Gospel of salvation through commitment and works of discipleship. —Curtis Smale
Here is the link to the original text: https://www.gotquestions.org/more-people-heaven-hell.html