Most readers, I'm sure will share my concern for unbelievers and the majority who are on the vast road to destruction, but note that I wrote, "I am often accused of being pessimistic about Christians." What these accusers identify as pessimism about Christians I call concern. Read Matthew 7:13-14 above one more time and then read the words Jesus spoke just a few verses later in this passage. "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.'" (Matthew 7:21-23)
Is it clear to everyone that these are people who thought they would be spending eternity in heaven with Christ Jesus? Instead they are doomed to hell. If they call to Jesus as "Lord, Lord," is it not safe to assume they "believed"? These are not people who call out, "Budda, Budda." These are not people who call out, "Allah, Allah." These are not people who call out, "Apollo, Apollo," or "Zeus", Zeus." These are people who call out to the Lord of lords and they are going to spend eternity in hell because they adulterated God's grace system of salvation which is faith alone in Christ alone. People who think they are true "Christians" are going to spend eternity in hell. Maybe I am pessimistic about these verses in Matthew. I know for sure I am alarmed. To those who would say I need to "lighten up and not be so pessimistic" I ask how would you want me to respond if I were driving through your neighborhood and saw smoke coming from your windows and attic vents? Do you want me to continue on, minding my own business. Or would you rather I run to pound on your doors and call 911? Will you say I am being too pessimistic? Would you rather I continue on my way, or do everything I can to make sure everyone in the home is safe? When I read Matthew 7 I see smoke pouring out of churches.
In 1944, the 101st airborne was completely surounded at Bastogne by thousands of German soilders, tanks, and artillary in what has become known as the "Battle of the Bulge." It was one of the coldest winters on record and the Americans were poorly supplied. The German high command sent messengers to the American commanders with a surrender ultimatum. General Anthony C. McAuliffe gave a most simple reply which read, "To the German Commander: Nuts! The American Commander."
We were created to bring glory to God and to bring resolution to spiritual warfare. When others ask us to stop being so pessimistic, don't give up! There is smoke pouring from the windows of churches which demands a most urgent response. When others request that you surrender the battle say, "Nuts!"