The Highway to Hell (11 of 12) by Keith Krell

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The Highway to Hell (11 of 12)
Series: Counter-Cultural Christianity
Keith Krell
Matthew 7:13-23

In the early 90s, I played basketball at Multnomah Bible College. My basketball career is now a blur of mediocrity. However, one particular game stands out to me: Multnomah Bible College vs. Reed College. Reed is a well-known bastion of tolerance that is the antithesis of Multnomah. What I vividly recall from this game was the warm-ups. The moment our team took the floor for our layup drills, Reed starting playing AC/DC's infamous songs "Highway to Hell" and "Hell's Bells" over and over. The Reed players and fans laughed and mocked while we just went about our business. This desperate but rather clever attempt to "get into our heads" failed. We beat them by a whopping fifty points! (I had to share this.) What I remember, however, was my grief that many (if not all) of these young people were headed to a Christless eternity. What these players and fans thought was one big joke was actually dead serious. This led me to ask the question, "What is the difference between these Reed students and me?" I quickly thought through total depravity and unconditional election, but then recognized that certain passages emphasize the necessity to believe in Christ. In other words, from humankind's vantage point what distinguishes us from one another are the choices we make. We make decisions and then those decisions turn around and make us. To say it another way: "Your decision about Christ affects your destination." In Matthew 7:13-23, Jesus gives two charges that will help you to make correct choices.

1. Choose narrow over broad (7:13-14). In these two familiar verses Jesus warns, "Don't worry about being PC—Politically Correct; instead, be SC—Spiritually Correct. He begins with a command and then follows it up with two reasons: "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. ...

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