Narrow has always been a conservative church word. It is also a biblical word; For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life. Sure, I'll toss my interpretation into the mix. I think the narrow way is the one called Jesus. All of life blooms through him; he said so. Go for money, fame, or famous money and one will miss life. Jesus is the doorway to fullness.
But in my circle of believers, narrow has come to mean no garage sales, no dancing, no drinking, no Christmas trees (or gifts), no Bible classes, no orphans homes, no Bible versions other than KJV....the list is endless. Oddly, such narrowism produces consistently meager life.
I have an estranged preacher friend who will not read any books who were not written by Church of Christ authors; and even that selection is narrowed. Not surprisingly this man is ultra unhappy. Yet, this isn't the saddest trait. He is mega-unproductive. His fruit is narrow and withered.
The reason I write this is because I once lived pounding out that Matthew 7:14 verse as loudly as any of my pulpititious cohorts. I was a puplit pounder and a red-faced deliverer of the Almighty Word; but my harvest....well, there wasn't any. It too was narrow.
So what say ye to the biblical narrow viewpoint? Jesus said it/he would lead to life. John 10:10 is where he states it is abundant life. Biblical narrow leads to abundant life. What I enjoy about the church, and my participation in it, is the abundance of life we encounter at every turn. Some of it---no, much of it---is found in books and works and even doctrines that are not about nor from us!
The world of God is wider than our conservative perception and mistaken view of narrow.
From which end of the telescope shall we peer?