For several years I have considered writing a new book to challenge all Christians to stay faithful to the Word of God and their life with God. Jesus warned the church in Matthew that we are to "Enter in at the straight (tight or narrow) gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat" (Matthew 7:13). The difference between the narrow way to Heaven and the broad way to destruction is simply a matter of believing and obeying the Word of God. However, because of the many religions in the world, the majority of people do not know what they are to believe. Unfortunately this is also true of Christians who believe in Jesus Christ. Satan has convinced the majority of Christians that because they believe in Jesus Christ they are truly saved.
I once pointed out to a Christian friend of mine who happened to be a Baptist -- "your problem is that you believe in your believing and trust in your trusting". I'm not trying to denigrate Baptist but simply pointing out that Christians are often taught to "believe in their believing" with such unscriptural terms as "accept Jesus as your personal savior". Exactly what does that mean? It is not a quote from the Bible, but it is commonly stated and the result is that most Christians have learned to "trust in their own trusting" rather than believing in the Word of God. The "Accept Jesus as your personal savior" mantra has found its way into almost every Christian church even though there is absolutely no scripture anywhere in the Bible that makes that statement. While most understand that it simply means to believe in Jesus Christ, the use of the phrase has created the "easy believism" that has become the substitution for true faith unto salvation.
A more reliable "plan of salvation" and one that is scriptural is to quote Peter when he was asked, "Men and brethren, what shall we do". Peter said "Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:37-38). That statement IS scriptural and is the scripture that is used by Christians who truly believe the Word of God and will not accept any substitutes made by man. By staying with scripture, a Christian ensures that he or she will walk the narrow way instead of being a Christian on the broadway.