The Road Less Traveled by James Merritt

"THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED"
Dr. James Merritt
Matthew 7:13-14
4-30-00
INTRODUCTION

1. Are most people going to heaven? Well, most
people think they are. According to researcher,
George Barna, 98% of Americans believe they are going
to heaven. When read the statement, "When you die you
will not go to heaven," only two out of a hundred
agreed.1

2. The Lord Jesus disagreed. He said,

"Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is
the gate and broad is the way that leads to
destruction, and there are many who go in
by it.
Because narrow is the gate and
difficult is the way which leads to life,
and there are few who find it." (Mt. 7:13-
14)

There are two road you can travel in this world. One
road leads to destruction, the other road leads to
life. There are two groups who can travel one road
or the other. There are the many and there are the
few; there is the majority and there is the minority.
Jesus said the majority take the road to destruction,
while the minority takes the road to life.

3. In his poem entitled, The Ways, the British poet,
John Oxenham, wrote:

To every man there openeth
a Way, and Ways and a Way,
and the High Soul climbs
the High Way
and the Low Soul gropes
the Low,
and in between, on the misty flats,
the rest drift to-and-fro.
But to every man there openeth
a High Way and a Low,
and every man decideth
The Way his soul shall go.

4. Most people take the low road to hell, while few
people take the high road to heaven. The reason why
heaven is the road less traveled, is because only the
"few" make the decision to take that road. Jesus
explains why the Highway to Heaven is the road less
traveled.

I. There Is A Deception
That Appeals To Most People

1. ". . .Wide is the gate and broad is the way that
leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by
it." (v.13) There is a road that is both big and
broad. ...


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