13 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:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Anyone that has been to the beach as a child has played in the sand. A bucket and shovel at the beach are enough to keep a child preoccupied for hours. It is understood by parents and children alike that anything built in the sand on a day at the beach is not made to last. Spend as much time as you like building castles out of sand, moats, bridges, tunnels, pillars, and more. No matter how much time and dedication is put into such creations, they will not last.
Building sand castles on the beach out of sand is fun and entertaining, but building one’s life out of sand and water is a guarantee for a future of disappointment and destruction.
Matthew 7:13-29 is both good sound advice and a warning. God is not silent as some would like Him to be. God tells men the foundation that they are to build their lives on if they are to be successful and avoid disappointment. The foundation is God and His Law and Word. If man builds his life on anything else he is going to fail. Everything that he builds will be destroyed, and since it is his life and not a sand castle that will be falling apart, when the castle crumbles and falls apart there is not a second chance at building it again.
God warns us to mark those that would attempt to teach against God and against His Word. These teachers are not educators, they are miseducators. Such people may hold degrees and certifications, but the degrees and certifications are not in education they are in miseducation. Such people can never teach children how to build upon the Rock that is God and His Word. Such people are false teachers and are inwardly ravening wolves.
Christ here does not mince words. Any teacher or educational institution that does not teach about God and His Word are not simply “different teachers,” they are false teachers. Any teacher or educational institution that teaches another foundation in which to build and dedicate one’s life to, or any other standard of ethics and morality other than God’s, are internally ravenous destroyers that will ensure destruction of those they teach.
God does not allow us to believe in neutrality.
Jesus makes a very startling statement that is neglected by almost every church in America, “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” (Matt 12:30)
This applies to all teachers and all educational institutions. This means that government schools, in particular, are at war with God and His Christ, and are actively and aggressively attempting to destroy all things Godly, and especially His people.
Christians should become teachers because it is the job of every Christian to disciple and teach the nations for Christ, this very much so applies to young children.
It is the job of Christians to convict the world of sin, and to seek the lost sheep of Christ in this world. It is the job of Christians to teach men how to build their lives on the Rock of God so that they may not only be blessed in this life, but will also gain life everlasting. It is the job of Christians to stand against the anti-God teachers and institutions of this world. It is the job of Christians to rescue children from the ravenous and destructive desires of evil men that destroy all those who hear them.
Christian teachers can not force those that hear them to build upon the Rock, but they certainly can teach them how.
Those that do not help Christ help His enemies. Which side are you helping, and which side do you want to help? Christ or man?
Rev. Jeremy Walker
Rev. Walker is a Christian education and entrepreneur advocate who seeks to inspire, equip, and train young men and women to become the next generation of Christian teachers, to own and operate Christian schools, and to become financially independent and to live without debt.
Rev. Walker has created a Christian internet radio station CR101 Radio, a Christian podcast network, and is the host of a number of podcasts that cover various topics related to Christian doctrine, the family, and society. His hope is that other Christians will get inspired, get equipped, and get involved in the work of the great commission.
In addition, Rev. Walker has created Rushdoony Radio, a website that is dedicated to the promotion of and making available the works of Rousas John Rushdoony. Learn more at Rushdoonyradio.org