Did you know that I wrote a sequel?

The sequel to The Kingdom is a continuation of the journey of Steadfast and Hope to find the army of God to help win back their fathers kingdom from the dragon Compromise.  What they discover on their journey across the wide path and into the narrow path will shock you.  It paints a picture of the spiritual condition of the church today.

If you like the teaser I have below please click “The army of God” to read the whole story.

One must take heed to the warning I am about to give as I continue to relate to you the story of The Kingdom.  For in no ordinary way it continues the efforts of Steadfast and Hope to awaken in God’s people what Compromise has destroyed.  Just as a prism will separate out light to show its true colors, so this story will lay bare your souls too.  Listen to my pleading.  You may not like what you see reflected back to you from these pages.  Now for my warning: You are who you are, whether you have believed the truth or a lie.  After reading you will be left only with the knowledge of who you are and what you believe, since there is no power here to change you.

The work of Compromise has been very thorough and at first appearances is totally complete.  For it is the subtle way it which he can get men to leave their convictions of God’s truth, to pursue the lesser things of man himself.  It is almost impossible for Steadfast and Hope to know for sure who is with them in taking back the kingdom from the dragon.  For many give lip services to their cause, but their hearts are far from it.  Compromise has made himself a place in the hearts of men where men hold to higher ideas but such notions are chained to their inner chambers by apathy.  

This is their continuing story:

Steadfast and Hope had been pushed into exile by their father Standard.  They could no longer rely on those in the king’s government for help.  The king himself put out an edict declaring all of Standard and Hope’s actions to be sedition against the kingdom.  They would have to risk their lives to restore the Law of God to its proper place in the hearts of men.  Enemies were everywhere.  People could not be trusted because those few who recognized God’s Law were not ready to lay down their comforts, positions of authority, even lives to do those things which those who had gone before them had done.

Being troubled in heart at the condition of their fellow man’s hearts Steadfast decided he must take a journey he has never undertaken.  He felt it was the best way to restore the kingdom.  He told Hope he needed to go find the army of God.  When he was younger he would hear their father speaking of it.  It was a place where men gathered to present themselves to the King of Kings.  Surely there they would find the people they needed to defeat the dragon and his sons.  Surely there he would find those who counted it all joy to suffer, even die for the kingdom.

Hope insisted that she be allowed to go with him, but Steadfast loving his sister didn’t want his sister to be in danger.  The journey would take them right across the wide path.  Eventually she convinced her brother that they should not be separated.  “Besides,” she said, “haven’t all people great and small started on the wide path.”  Marveling at such wisdom he relented to let her come with him on his search.

With much provision they set off.  They avoided all towns and kept to the small trails.  Since they new men had proven themselves to be untrustworthy, they avoided talking as much as they could to those they met along the way.  After some time they no longer had to go around any town.  The trails were mostly grown over and they could tell they had left the kingdom.  Steadfast understood from his father’s stories they could not miss their destination since it was the one place all men travelled.  However, his mind pondered the one and only man in all creation who had avoided it.  “His footprints you will not see there,” he remembered his father say.

It had been countless days since they had begun when suddenly they stepped out of the woods.  “This must be it”, Standard said to his sister.  They were both looking up at a big warning sign.  It read in big bold words,

WIDE IS THE PATH THAT LEADS TO DISTRUCTION

Did you know I wrote a short story?

Yes it is true, I have written a couple of short stories that are tucked away here on my blog.  I think many of you are unaware of them.  I would like to introduce you to one called “The Kingdom”. If you liked the beginning you will love the end.  Click the link for the full story.

Not long ago but very near and present.  In a place uncomfortably close although not found on any map there is a kingdom.  Strangely today most people no longer believe in this realm, although everyone recognizes it when they see it.  Rest assured this place is real and the battles are fierce, but where one does not see danger there is nothing to fight for.  Sadly its memory has become so faint and the belief in it so rare, it may have even slipped from your mind. 

The dragon is the most terrible of beast.  It wasn’t the claws that could hurt a man that needed to be feared.  Nor was it its sharp teeth and powerful jaw it used to devour its enemies.  One might even suspect it was the fire of its wrath directed at those who would challenge it.  Instead this beast is the most hideous of creatures because of its tongue.  With it the dragon will lure men away from the laws of God to their ruin.  By offering so called new liberties for men to live their lives by, he can lead them to pursue self fulfillment and pleasure instead of righteousness, bringing them to their destruction.  This most terrible and dangerous of beast went by many names.  Most people know him as the dragon Compromise.

Compromise loathed the king of the land.  For the king stood for everything the dragon sought to destroy.  Compromise wanted to bring and end to justice and righteousness, and all who obeyed the Laws of God.  Time and time again the dragon would attack the kingdom, but the king Standard would not let Compromise overcome the Laws of God and take control of his kingdom.  Every attack that Compromise made against Standard ended in failure.  The dragon had to think of a new strategy to destroy the king and his kingdom.

King Standard was a good king because he himself never forgot to obey God’s Law when he ruled his kingdom.  By applying God’s Law to his people they dwelled in safety, which he protected with his sword Justice. He always remembered it when he judged the peoples because the sword was always by his side ready to be drawn to serve.

The crown on his head is called Unity by which all the people came together under God’s Law in agreement to served the king.  Not because they feared the king but because they knew he reigned righteously.  The people knew they were of one people and one cause.

Everything was done with impartiality and this was represented by the King’s necklace.  Every time the people stood before their king they would always look up and remember the king didn’t play favorites because they saw the necklace.  Everyone was the same before the law because they knew the king feared God.

The cross on the king’s breast plate was the symbol of the righteousness people live in when they obeyed the Laws of God.  This was the king’s desire for his people.  He knew that this was they only way that he could guarantee his subjects their liberty.  It was the only way the king could keep the kingdom strong and not let it be destroyed.

Now after much time and failed attempts at destroying King Standard, the dragon crafted plans for new weapons that he knew for sure would destroy the king.  With his new plan the king would never know he was under attack, because it wouldn’t be the dragon he would have to defend himself from.  The King would have to defend himself from his own compromise.  The attack would be subtle and unnoticed.