"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." Matt. 7:13-14
A few excerpts:
"...we may plainly discover why it is that the vast majority of our fellow-men and women, yea, and of professing Christians also, will fail to reach Heaven: it is because they prefer sin to holiness, indulging the lusts of the flesh to walking according to the scriptures, self to Christ, the world to God. It is as the Lord Jesus declared-"Men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil" (Jn 3:19): men refuse to deny self, abandon their idols, and submit to Christ as Lord: and without this, none can take the fist step toward Heaven!"
"Though the 'Narrow Way' leads to life, only FEW tread it. Multitudes make a profession and claim to be saved, but their lives give no evidence that they are 'strangers and pilgrims' here, with their 'treasure' elsewhere. They are afraid of being thought narrow and peculiar, strict and puritanic. Satan has deceived them: they imagine they can get to heaven by an easier route than by denying self, taking up their cross daily, and following Christ!"
"Christ came here to 'save His people from their sins' (Matt. 1:21); and if you are not delivered from the power of sin, from the deceptions of Satan, and from the love of the world, and from the pleasing of self, then you are NOT saved."
Much to ponder.