Few There Be – 2x2s sometimes use this passage to explain why their group is small in number:
Matt 7:13-14 – 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: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
The early Workers took comfort from this verse and were reassured that their small number of followers (a FEW) was proof their method was approved of God.
Alfred Magowan, an early Worker wrote: The Clergy used to say the same to persuade themselves that they were right…But we persuaded ourselves that we were right, BECAUSE we were few. We got encouragement from the words of Jesus about the gate being strait and the way being narrow, and FEW there were that found it. (Outline of History of Peculiar People 1900-31 by Alfred Magowan, pp. 20-21).
Worker Quote: What Malachi was speaking of here were a few people and when they met and they talked of His name, thought on His name, God was so pleased with them. This is our privilege today. We are glad that although we don’t accomplish big things in the eyes of the world, we don’t put up big buildings called cathedrals, we are glad there can be a few people meeting together, people who have those marks. (Eastern USA Overseer George Walker, Lowell Sp. Mtg, 1968)
See also The Narrow Way