The Social Costs of Walking The Narrow Path
Since the beginning of time, the most hated people on earth have always been those who choose to walk the narrow path through life. By narrow path, I mean the obedient, torah-based, commandment keeping lifestyle that all of the biblical prophets lived, from Enoch to Yahusha (Jesus). Anyone who has ever chosen to live this lifestyle and stick with it has always become an enemy to the society around them. By enemy, I mean the society was extremely hostile towards them, to the point where they experienced the following:
Rejection (the normal)
Murder (the worst cases)
This type of treatment towards those walking the narrow path, has been pretty much standard all throughout history. However, the difference between our ancestors of the past who walked this path and those of us who walk it today is that they knew what they were getting into and we don’t. Let me explain…
The Result of Not Knowing The Social Cost Of The Narrow Path
For most people today, when they began their journey of devoting their life to The Most High, usually have no idea of the painful social effects that they will later experience. This is mainly due to the fact that they don’t have any true leaders around them to warn them of the journey ahead nor done any biblical research on their own to find out for themselves. Therefore, they began this walk with a religious mindset thinking that everyone (friends, family, associates) will be happy for them making this positive change in their life. So when they began receiving persecution from the very same people they thought would be happy for them trying to live a righteous set apart life – it’s the biggest shock in the world to them and causes many people to go into a state of depression.
In many cases, the persecution from one’s family causes so much pain that they end up forsaking the path and going back to the path of the world. Why? Because we love our families. We have known them since birth, spent all of our lives around each other and have created soul-ties with them. Therefore, the bond that one has with their family is so thick, that anything trying to break it will cause resistance (pain). So when someone from the family who has lived in sin right along with the rest of the family for all their life, decides to repent and then began the journey of walking the narrow path, it hurts both the believer and the sinners because the tie between them has been broken.
To add insult to injury, the family then begins to bear witness of the LIGHT that you began to display, which by default shows them how much DARKNESS lives inside of them. As a result, this stirs up bitterness and hatred within them towards you, which causes the family to persecute and reject you. Since most people are not prepared for this, the pain and persecution that you receive from your family causes you to lose faith and question whether you made the right decision in choosing the narrow path. You began to miss your old life so much that you can’t enjoy the new one.
Many people in this case, then began to start playing both sides of the fence, so they can be in good with their friends and family, while also being in good standing with The Most High. However, after jumping back and forth from fences so long, they end up spending more time on the side with the world then they do with YAH until they reach the point where they no longer seek after righteousness. So they just forsake the righteous path altogether and return back 100% to the path of the world (2 Peter 2:20).
Does this sound like you? I hope not, but this is the predicament that many of our people are finding themselves in today. I have heard many testimonies from people sharing similar stories of the above, which has caused them to go into a state of depression or leave the faith altogether. And all of this is a result of being un-prepared.
Research The Narrow Path Before You Try To Walk it
The main reason why so many people are unprepared for this walk today is because our so-called leaders have failed us. By leaders, I mean your pastors, ministers, teachers, and whatever else title that people are giving themselves today; who have accepted the role of shepherds over YAH’s sheep. It’s no secret that I believe over 90% of modern day church pastors and ministers are FALSE PROPHETS. I have stated that many times in my writings. And the reason I hold fast to this belief is because they are not teaching their flocks the full truth of the scriptures, which leads to believers being totally un-prepared for the narrow path.
In fact, most believers don’t even know what the narrow path is. We as a people have been wrongly taught that becoming a member of an organized religion or a church building is walking the narrow path; but this is the complete opposite of what the scriptures teach. From Abraham, the father of our faith, to Yahusha, the perfecter of our faith; all of the prophets and teachers of YAH taught that the narrow path was repentance and living the Father’s commandments. They taught this because it was from the Torah, which is the narrow path! Yet, today we have a plethora of religious leaders who teach against the torah claiming that it’s obsolete. As a result, most believers today feel the same. Religion has deceived people into thinking that their denomination (or non-denomination) has them on the narrow path that leads to YAH when they are really on the broad path that leads to destruction.
I’m not sure which path you are on but if you want to make sure that you are on the correct path, the best thing you can do for yourself is to learn the torah. In case you don’t know what the torah is, it’s the first 5 books of the bible. Inside those first 5 books, you will learn about the history of our ancestors, the marriage covenant they signed with The Most High, and the commandments (instructions) that He gave us for how to live as His people. The torah is the foundation of the rest of the scriptures (OT) and writings (NT); and is what all of the biblical prophets, kings, judges, shepherds, and apostles based their teachings from. It is the original word of YAH written down in print as a guide on how to attain inner peace by staying connected to the creator and avoiding sin.
In essence, the torah is the narrow path that leads to eternal life. But the only way you will discover what this path truly is all about, is by reading and studying it for yourself. Once you learn the torah, then the rest of the bible will began to make more sense, because you will be able to see how the torah is taught all through the bible from the beginning to the end. The torah is taught in the prophets, the psalms, the proverbs, the gospels, the letters, and in revelations. But most believers can’t see this because they don’t know the torah; they only know religion. This is why many Christians can read the bible their entire lives and still never understand it because they read it through the eyes of their religion instead of from the eyes of the torah.
You can’t understand the bible through religious doctrine because the bible is not a religious book, it’s a history book. So you have to read it from the beginning in order to understand its ending. Once you learn the torah and start reading the rest of the bible with the torah as your foundation, you will began to see that it was always the minority of people who chose to live the torah, which is why it’s called the narrow path. You will also begin to see that all of the persecution that believers received from society was not for becoming members of religions; but for walking the narrow path. And by seeing this, you will be better prepared for the trials and tribulations that lay ahead for you, if you choose to walk this path.
The Messiah Warned Us About The Social Cost of The Narrow Path
One of the biggest misconceptions that people have about the biblical Messiah is that He came to create a religion, which is beyond false. Yahusha did not come to a start a religion; He came to restore the marriage covenant that the 12 tribes of Israel had violated and broken with YAH in times past. But in order to restore the covenant, he had to first prepare the people’s minds for the narrow path.
During the time of his ministry, there were many false prophets and teachers around leading our people astray; just like they’re doing today. Because there were few true shepherds around that were teaching the torah, the believers who desired to serve YAH had to learn from the teachings of the false shepherds, who taught them to follow their traditions rather than the truth. As a result, the majority of the people of Israel were living in darkness (sin). So Yahusha came on the scene to be the light (living torah) as an example for those who were seeking YAH to follow after.
Yahusha’s ministry was all about gathering the lost sheep from the house of Israel that were being led astray and guiding them back to the narrow path, that our people had lost knowledge of (Matthew 15:24). Yahusha, being the Messiah, walked the narrow path flawlessly and taught his disciples to do the same. As a result, he faced much persecution from the leaders of the religious system of his day. The leaders of Israel could not stand Yahusha because he was teaching truth, which was exposing their lies and causing people to follow YAH instead of their religious traditions. So they sought to kill him in order to maintain control over the people (Mark 11:18). Yahusha knew this would also be the fate for his followers, so he warned those who desired to follow him, that they would face persecution as well if they chose to embark on the narrow path with him.
Let’s read about some of these warnings the Messiah gave his disciples below:
Counting The Cost
If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish... So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:26-33
In the passages above, Yahusha starts out telling a group of Israelites that if they do not love their family members less than him, then they cannot be his disciple. He stated this because he knew that if someone is not willing to separate from their family members in order to follow after YAH — because of soul ties fleshly lusts — then will not be able to walk the narrow path because their heart will be elsewhere. Then he gives them a parable that basically explains to them to count the cost of the narrow path. He goes on to tell them that if they do not forsake all that you have, then they can be one his students. He stated this because if one is not willing to leave behind their old life to experience a new life, then the narrow path was not for them.
Division Between Family
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. – Matthew 10:34-38
In the passages above, Yahusha is telling those he called that he did not come to bring peace on earth, but that he came to bring division among households: between parents and children and brothers and sisters. He states this because for every one person in a family that desires to serve The Most High, the rest of the family will desire to continue living in sin. Therefore, Yahusha was saying that he came to cause division between those family members who desire to serve him and those who don’t. This is why he told them that if they don’t love their family less than Him, they can’t be his disciple, because you can’t walk the narrow path with sinners.
Persecuted For Righteousness
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. – Matthew 5:10-12
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. – Matthew 10:22
In the passages above, Yahusha tells those seeking to follow him that persecution is a byproduct of living righteous, and that we should rejoice when we receive it, because it confirms that they are on the narrow path. In other passage, he tells them that they will be hated by all men because they are followers of Him, but if they endure it; they will be redeemed. His purpose in these passages was to prepare them for the trials that lay ahead, so they wouldn’t be caught off guard when persecution came, like we are today.
Following The Messiah Is Walking The Narrow Path
Unlike most pastors and leaders today, Yahusha did an excellent job of warning his people of the social cost they would pay if they chose to walk the path. Yahusha not only taught the narrow path perfectly, he also lived it perfectly. He did so to be the example of how to live for those around him during that day, and those who would read about him later in history during our day. This is why he stated that he was “the way, the truth, and the life” because he was the living torah manifested in the flesh; showing us how to walk the torah out to perfection. So by following the Messiah, we should also be able to live the torah (almost) perfectly, which is called walking the narrow path.
As you began walking the narrow path for yourself, you will began to face the same rejection from society and your family members and friends just as the Messiah and his followers did. You will see the world around you that once loved you began to hate you, because you will be following the Messiah instead of the world. In the process, you will began to see that many people who claim to be followers of the Messiah are actually not; and that they are just religious but not righteous. But as you continue on the path, you will find some people along the way that are true followers of the Messiah, who may be further along the path than you are and can help guide you along your journey. Walk with them because will become your new family and friends.
As Yahusha, stated once, “my sister and brother are those who do the will of my father in heaven.” He made this statement to let his disciples know that although he was born into a natural family, he only considered those that walked the narrow path with him, to be his true family. That is because only those who loved The Most High by living out His torah, would have in in their heart to love Yahusha because they are on the same paths. And this message applies to us today as well. Once you began walking the narrow path, you will quickly find out that the only family you’ve got are those that are on the same path with you. Your natural family members and childhood friends that you came up with, will either reject you or yall will just grow apart. But that’s okay because YAH can give you a new family and friends; and they will love you more than your natural family.
However, friends and family must be proven. As you meet new people claiming to be followers of the Messiah along your journey; always get to know them very well before you consider them your friend. Everyone is not who they appear to be, especially among ministers and teachers. So make sure that if you choose to follow someone as your leader, to only walk with them as long as they are following the Messiah. As Paul wrote in one of his letters, “follow me as I follow Messiah”. That is to say that if he stopped following Yahusha, his followers needed to stop following Him. This message applies to us as well. If your leader gets off that path is no longer following Yahusha — by their teachings and actions — then you need to stop following them. But the only way you will know who is following Yahusha or not, is by following him yourself. You must first walk the path yourself, before you can discern if someone else is walking it.
I hope this message inspires you to research the narrow path (torah) for yourself and to follow the Messiah as your example on how to walk it out.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But narrow is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14