Some people are so liberal in their thinking that they try to believe anything and everything and end up believing nothing. They frown upon those who they call “Narrow-Minded”, because they follow the Word of God exactly as it was written. What is strange is that they would also have to call every prophet of God, every apostle, and every faithful servant, “Narrow-Minded”, because they too only did that which they were commanded to do. In fact, they would also have to call Jesus Christ “Narrow-Minded” because he only spoke and did what God specifically commanded him to do. (Jn 12:49,50)
The Bible says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). No other explanation is offered for the origin of the universe. Now men tell us we should be open-minded and put human theories on equality with, or even above, the creationist view. Is the Bible narrow?
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me” (Jn 14:6). If this statement has any meaning at all, it conveys the thought that Jesus Christ is man’s only access to the Father. Any attempt to reach God apart from the mediatorship of Jesus ignores God’s plan of approach. (1 Tim 2:5) Was Jesus narrow-minded in presenting this teaching?
John wrote, “He that says, I know him, and keeps not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4). According to John, all who profess to know the Lord but do not keep his commandments are liars. Only the people who are faithful in keeping his commandments really know the Lord. Was John narrow-minded in making such a statement?
Paul taught, “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Eph. 4:4,5). Today, there are many bodies (churches), numerous faiths, and it is openly declared that one church is as good as another. Can we call the chief writer in the new testament, the beloved apostle Paul, narrow-minded?
Jude emphatically stated that the faith was “once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3). Some modern religions are based on the doctrine of progressive revelation. Their proponents tell us to be broad-minded and accept what has been delivered to the saints through latter-day “prophets.” Was Jude narrow-minded too?
Peter wrote that “baptism does also now save us” (1 Pet. 3:21). He urged sinners to “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). Denominations tell us that one can be saved separate and apart from baptism. Was Peter narrow-minded?
James wrote, “You see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” Most denominations say justification is by ‘faith only’. Some say that James, like me, has it all wrong. Could it be that James was narrow-minded?
If it be admitted that such persons as Peter, James, John, Paul, Jude, Matthew, and even Jesus Christ our Lord were narrow, I am in good company when I am charged with being narrow-minded for teaching what they taught. If it be acknowledged that the Bible is narrow, I plead guilty to the same, for I believe and trust the Bible for truth!
Anyone who restricts his way of life by following rules and laws will be considered narrow-minded by all who dislike such rules and laws. Anyone who insists upon accuracy and exactness, whether in reasoning or in work, will be viewed as narrow-minded by all who are loose and careless. Anyone who thinks, studies, and forms definite conclusions will be labeled narrow-minded by all who in ignorance and indecision change from one state of mind to another. These are they who are tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine and have forsaken the one and only doctrine of Christ. (Eph 4:14) Any who practice moral restraint are considered narrow-minded by people who desire unrestrained carnal indulgence. One who attempts to closely follow a standard will be charged with narrow-mindedness by others who wish to deviate from that standard. A conservative is always narrow-minded to a liberal. A Christian is narrow-minded to the worldly individual and to the unbeliever.
Last, but not least, the scriptures reveal to us that the way to heaven is “narrow.” (Matt. 7:13, 14) The only ones who will find this narrow path are those who are willing to walk the narrow gospel and continue in the narrow doctrine of Jesus Christ! (Gal 1:6-9 f; 2 Jn 9) Christians are nothing, if not a narrow-minded people following the narrow minded truth of God!