MM#98. THE BROAD AND THE NARROW WAY
An allegorical story
By DON E. STANTON
MARANATHA REVIVAL CRUSADE
THE PERSONALITIES IN THE STORY
Three names in
this parable are the names of actual, real, living
created being who was beguiled by the seed of arrogance
in his own mind. He subsequently rebelled against God,
and became the Devil, the Destroyer, and the sovereign
Yeshua the Messiah
(Jesus Christ), the Eternal Word, the Creator, who came
to earth, as a Man, to redeem mankind from Satan’s
kingdom of darkness. Yeshua is the Anointed One (the
Messiah) who saves all who call upon His Name. He is the
King of Kings. (Yeshua
is the original Hebrew Name of Jesus.)
the Eternal One, who is the all-powerful and all-knowing
Source of life, light, love and wisdom. He is filled
with holiness and grace, and His eternal plans are being
fulfilled through His eternal Son, Yeshua the Messiah.
All other names in
this parable are fictitious and are not intended to
represent particular living persons. They are
allegorical names of people in general.
The small numbers
that appear in the text, relate to the Bible references
listed at the end of the book.
THE NARROW WAY
LOOK AT THE CROWD!
The road is crammed. Look at the types of people in the
throng! See how they surge along! Some seem very busy,
while others just meander along. Many of them are
light-hearted, and others seem bent over with
Where are they all
going? They seem to be going in the same direction.
Let’s go and join the crowd for a moment.
Just look at the
signs! They are flashing in coloured lights, each one
vying for our attention. Look, one sign says, “THIS IS
THE LIFE.” Another one says, “ENJOY LIFE NOW.”
Listen to the
people as they pass by:
“What is life?”
quips a golden-haired girl.
A companion shrugs
and replies, “Life is what you make it!”
another scolds. “Life is a lucky dip.”
“Life,” adds a
third, “is a play, a drama, a merry-go-round. You are
stuck with it, so enjoy it.”
“But there must be
some purpose in life,” a young man in a small group
reasons. “Life can’t be just a meaningless existence!”
“Well, if you ever
find out the purpose for life, darling,” the
golden-haired girl jeers, “then kindly let me know.”
The group does not
seem to know where they are going. But look! They stop
for a moment. They are looking into a glass showcase
that is attached to the wall. They are reading the pages
of an open book inside the case.
Each one reads the
words underlined in red. They seem to be pondering the
words, and yet they all appear confused. Their smiles
disappear for a time, but then they shrug and
laugh again. They move on, down the brightly-lit road.
What was it that
caused a moment of serious thought? Let us draw near.
Let us also read the words of the book:
“Enter through the NARROW GATE,
for wide is the gate, and spacious and BROAD is the way
that leads to DESTRUCTION and many are those who are
But the GATE is SMALL, and the WAY is NARROW and
COMPRESSED that leads to LIFE; and there are few who
(The Bible - Matthew 7:13-14)
words! But can it be true? Look, over there! It is
indeed a gate we see - a wide gate. Can this be the gate
referred to? Surely it must be, for there is a sign
spanning the entrance. The words are quite clear ...
“The Way that leads to Destruction!”
Look closer at the
gate. Do you notice how many people swarm through the
gate, with scarcely a glance at the sign-board? They
flock into the Broad Way with barely a thought as to
where it leads.
that group that has paused at the entrance. They are
looking at the signboard. They’re looking at the crowds
entering. Some are shrugging their shoulders, and
saying, “Well, let’s give it a go.” Others are saying,
“Well, the crowd can’t be wrong. Let’s take our chance.”
THE BROAD WAY DOES LOOK INVITING
Others are looking
about them. “What alternative is there?” they ask. And
seeing none, they follow the crowd through the wide
can’t really mean what it says,” they reason. “How can
anyone know what the end of the way is?”
And see that young
man standing there? He can’t decide. His name is Manohar.
He evidently is inclined to believe the signboard. But
listen! There is a voice behind him: “Come, young man.
There’s no harm. This is the only way to gain
the security you need, and to have a good time.”
It’s a devilish
voice, for sure, for there is no mistaking the sign
spanning the entrance to this way ...
“THE WAY THAT LEADS TO DESTRUCTION!”
“This way does look inviting,” he thinks, “but then …
I’ve heard that ...”
“Why wait, young
man?” the voice echoes. “You are quite young. You will
have plenty of time to think about those matters later.
On this road, you can attain the desires of your heart.
steps forward. He is soon joined by a group of friendly
young people who introduce themselves as Edwin Envy;
Proud Peter, Cultured Cornelius, and Jessica Jealousy.
“These seem to be
good people,” Manohar says to himself. In fact, he meets
quite a few friendly people out of the millions of
people who are going along the way.
The Broad Way is
mostly going downhill, and Manohar finds there’s no
difficulty in walking down hill. He goes along with the
crowd, and with his friends, and stops here and there to
make new acquaintances, and to talk.
Do you see that
gentleman over there? He smiles so kindly at Manohar,
and says, “Good morning, young man. My name is Ramesh
Respectable. May I have the pleasure of your
the young man replies. “I am Manohar Made-up-my-mind.”
Manohar! What have you decided?”
Respectable, I’ve really made up my mind to enjoy myself
while I can.”
“Good for you, my
boy. I wish you well. But be careful! There’s all types
on this way. I try to be very respectable and do the
best I can. I would not harm a soul ... not like
some of the scoundrels in this way. Do unto others as
you would have them do unto you - that’s my motto.”
“That sounds very
good, sir,” replies Manohar. You should end up
well, and gain the blessing of God.”
“I hope so,
Manohar. I’m trusting in my good works, and I think He
should be happy with me. I wish you well too.”
The young man
moved on down the road a little. “This must be the right
way,” he thought. “There’s so many good people here.”
But he soon
discovered that there are all types of people on this
He came to a
corner known as
Kings Cross. There's a group of
teenagers lazing about near the street corner. They peer
at Manohar as he approaches.
says one of the girls. “Where have you been all my
Before he could
answer, a young man caught his hand and drew him into
the circle of the staring young people.
introduce ourselves,’’ said the young fellow. “My name
is Larry Liar. This is Theodore Thief. And that is
Samuel Seducer. The small guy over there is Religious
Joe. Next to him is Max Manslayer. The girls are
Caroline Freelover, Penelope Pro, Helen Heroin, and
Wendee Witchery. Why don’t you join our gang?’’
“Well, you seem to
be quite a select group, but not quite my line, I’m
"YOU SEEM TO BE QUITE A SELECT GROUP"
“And what might
your line be?” Samuel Seducer asked with a sneer.
“I’m just out to
have a good time while I can.”
“Well, we will
help you do that,” suggested Caroline.
“Many of you seem
to have Christian names. I thought Christians had a
The girls burst
out laughing. “Oh, none of us are religious ... except
Religious Joe, here.”
also,” interrupted Wendee. “But I’m not a Christian! I
follow the true path.”
“And what is that
path?” Manohar asked.
“It’s the way of
“What? But Satan
is the devil?”
“No, no,” replied
Wendee. “Satan is God.”
“But that’s not
true,” shouted Religious Joe.
his attention to the young man.
“Are you really
“Of course he is,”
interjected the others. “He even prays and reads the
“But you are still
on this Broad Way?” asked Manohar.
“I’m not sure,”
Joe answered. “I mean ... I’m thinking of returning and
getting off this way.”
“Why? Isn’t this
way all right?”
“They say it leads
Again the others
burst into laughter. “We’ve been telling him, when you
are dead, you’re dead. But he keeps dreaming about hell,
and all that nonsense!”
Joe looked down
for a while, and then lifted his eyes.
“But what if it is
“Then you are
going to sizzle, you pork chop!” giggled Penelope.
“And all of you
will!” retorted Joe.
“Then why don’t
you run back and squeeze through that little Narrow
Gate, if you are scared?” countered Theodore with a wide
Joe paused for a
moment. “I think you are right. For once you have
advised me right. Yes! I’m going back. Goodbye friends.”
Joe turned and
walked briskly back along the Broad Way.
“Have a cool
time,” called out Larry. “But we’re going to have lots
Manohar looked on.
“Who is right?” he wondered. He started to walk away.
“Hey, where are
you going?” called Larry. “Join our gang. Take Joe’s
place, will you?”
“Are you really
sure this way does not
lead to destruction?” he asked.
“Oh no! Don’t you
start worrying about silly questions like that,”
Penelope scolded. “You want to have a good time don’t
“Yes, of course,
“Then don’t think
anything about it. Look at me. I have a good time. I
have plenty of money. I buy lots of clothes, and I flash
a few diamonds and rubies. And I also have plenty of
“Where do you
“At a sex club. I
get good business.”
“Is that why you
are called Pro?”
“Of course. I’m a
professional prostitute ... or if you don’t like that
word, just say I’m a high class sex worker!”
“Oh! Aren’t you
ashamed of that?”
“No! It’s my
business! I’ll take you to the Club tonight, sweetheart.
“No, I don’t think
so. No thanks, I don’t think that is what I want.”
“Then what do you
“I don’t know
really - but I do want to have a good time.”
“Oh! That’s a man
for you - never knows what he wants. Well, keep looking,
sweetheart. You will find something you like along this
way, sooner or later. This is a
very Broad Way.”
Manohar moved on.
That’s not quite the type of company he really wants.
QUITE a long way
from where Manohar is looking for a good time, another
young man stands gazing at a Small Gate. He has been
standing there for ages, reading the sign above the
gate, again and again.
“THE NARROW WAY THAT LEADS TO LIFE!” 1
Standing at the
gate is a man in white clothes. He is speaking to a few
souls - a few who show some interest in what he is
saying. Most of the crowd never even notice the
“Enter the way to
life eternal,” he cries. “Turn out of the Broad Way, for
why will you perish?”
A few of the
people reason with him. “But sir, we are not bad
sinners. We are all right as we are.”
cries the preacher, “unless you repent you will all
likewise perish. The wages of sin is death.2
The Broad Way leads to destruction and hell!
3 It is sure!
“WHY WILL YOU PERISH?” ASKED THE PREACHER
Now is the time to
be saved. Now is the day of salvation.4
Enter the Narrow Way while you have the opportunity.”
The young man who
was keenly listening, stepped forward. “Sir,” he says,
“My name is Religious Joe. I have been thinking a lot. I
have been reading the Bible and praying. I have left my
bad friends, and I’m doing my best to live a good life.
Am I not saved?”
“My boy,” replied
the preacher. “You are not saved unless you actually
enter through the Narrow Gate.”
“Then how do I go
through the Narrow Gate?”
“The Narrow Gate
is the Heavenly Master, Yeshua the Messiah. Hear His
Word: ‘I am the Door, by Me if any man enters in, he
shall be saved.’
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ - He is Yeshua the
Messiah - and you will be saved.”
“I wish I could
believe that,” replied Joe.
“You can. Just
take the step of faith,” replied the preacher.
“But isn’t that a
rather narrow way?” interjected a listener. “There are
many ways. Surely all religions lead to heaven?”
“My friend, there
are many ways that make up the Broad Way. They are the
ways of self, and sin, and death.7
The Narrow Way is the way of life and truth. It is the
way of faith. It is indeed a narrow way, for this way is
the Way of the Heavenly Master, Yeshua the Messiah. Hear
His Word; ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no one
can come to the Father, except through Me.’
“Yes, Yeshua is
the Narrow Way, because He does not accommodate sin. You
must leave your sin at the foot of the cross before you
enter this Way. Young lady, look at the load of sin on
your back! You have accumulated much sin in your life.
You can’t enter the Way while you are so laden down!
believe the Gospel so that your sins might be taken
away,” 9 the
preacher continued. “Humble yourselves and come like a
child, in simple faith, to the Saviour.”10
another listener. “I was born in a Christian family. My
uncle was a bishop! I should be all right as I am!”
“My friend, unless
you personally enter the Narrow Way, you are doomed.
Have you not seen thousands of ‘born Christians’ along
the Broad Way? You don’t need to be a ‘born Christian’;
but you must be a born again
believer in the Messiah!”11
shouts a woman. “Let me tell you, my father was a ‘born
again’ Christian. But he was a pain! He wouldn’t listen
to anyone, but tried to bash them with the Bible. He was
so hot-headed and aggressive that everyone avoided him.
And when he died, they said, ‘Thank God, he’s dead’!”
“That’s sad, lady.
Maybe your father had a deep concern for your lost soul,
and you wouldn’t listen. Maybe he was a bad
advertisement for the Narrow Way. But it is not your
father’s word, but the Word of the Messiah - ‘Unless one
is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God’.”12
“How can we be
born again? Do we have to come back into this life as a
baby?” asks the listeners.
“No, no, my
friends! That which is born of flesh is flesh. You must
be born again spiritually. You need life from God. The
gift of God is eternal life through Yeshua the Messiah,
the Heavenly Master. For God so loved the world that He
gave His only Son, so that whoever believes in Him
should not perish but should have everlasting life. He
who has the Son has life, and he who does not have the
Son of God does not have life, but the wrath of God is
heavy upon him.”13
“But how can
believing in Yeshua the Messiah give us eternal life?”
“When you receive
the Messiah as your personal Saviour, God gives you His
Yeshua died for your sins. Look here at the cross. When
you receive Christ - the Messiah - as your Saviour, your
sins roll away, for He paid the penalty for all your
sins. When you receive God’s provision, He will accept
you and make you His child. For as many as receive
Yeshua the Messiah, to them God gives the right to
become His children, even to those who believe in His
Do you see a small
group of listeners? They are tossing the matter over in
their minds. Some are very conscious of the heavy burden
of their sin resting on them. Some of them shrink away.
The cost is too great. They love their sin and don’t
mind carrying their burden. And they prefer their
companions in worldliness, rather than the love of the
continues; “Choose this day whom you will serve. Let us
reason together, says the Lord, though your sins be as
scarlet, they will be as white as wool.17
“Who will enter
the Narrow Gate?”
“I will,” cries a
young man. It is Religious Joe.
“Bow down, my
friend, and confess you are a sinner before God.18
Ask Him to save you in Yeshua’s Name. Receive the
Messiah as your Saviour and Master, and enter the Narrow
Way right now.”
Joe bowed before
the Saviour; he believed from his heart, and asked for
forgiveness. He concluded his prayer with the simple
words, “Yeshua, come into my life. Come in today, come
in to stay.”
He now stands
erect, and goes through the Narrow Gate. A miracle has
taken place. Now he is no longer bent over with the
burden of sin. His load has been lifted. Do you see now
how joyful his face is? He thanks the preacher from the
bottom of his heart, and then presses on to discover the
upward Narrow Way.
was seeking enjoyment. When he passed an Entertainment
Centre, the posters outside caught his eye. “A good
action film,” he thought. “Just what I need to take my
mind off these other questions.” But as the film
progressed, his mind became more confused. The violence
on the screen irritated him. He should have found a
comedy instead! He jumped up hurriedly, and
stumbled out of the crowded cinema.
The street outside
was darkening. Manohar thought about his evening, and
how he should make the most of his time. Should he try
his luck in gambling at the casino? Or should he attend
a dance hall, or a sports gym; or just go for a drink?
“Yes, let me first
have a drink,” he told himself.
Look, there is a
hotel. There’s a crowd inside, and loud music and
singing can be heard.
Manohar stepped in
unnoticed through the swing doors, and made his way to
the counter to order a drink.
Before he could
take two sips, a quarrel started nearby. The music
stopped. Two men seemed to be fighting over a gaudily
painted woman. “What a thing to fight over,” Manohar
thought. The woman tried to stop the fight, but was
thrown to the floor. A mug of beer flew through the air
and smashed near Manohar’s feet, spraying his pants.
“Oh, why did I
come here,” he thought. He quickly finished his drink,
and pushed his way to the door. He paused outside for a
breath of cool air, and then moved down the street.
He came to a
bookstall, and glanced at the titles. “Ahh! Let me buy
a book ... about love.” He put his hand into his pocket.
“My wallet!” he
cried. “It’s gone! Who’s the thief? Must have been that
Theodore. Oh hell!”
“WHO'S THE THIEF?” MANOHAR WONDERS
A voice spoke from
behind him. “Did you call for my help?”
“Who are you?”
“I’m one of hell’s
great force of guiding angels.”19
“What! Angels from
“Yes, of course.
We used to be angels. You can call me a demon if you
like. But I’m a good demon.”
“What! A good
“Sure! I’ll give
you some help. You lost your wallet. Never mind. Put
your hand into your pocket. See, you have 50 cents.”
“Yes, but what use
is 50 cents?”
“Come, I’ll show
you.” His new guide took him by the hand and led him
down a back street. He took him into a gambling den,
where he was welcomed warmly.
“Come, try your
luck at the wheel of fortune.”
Manohar placed his
50 cents down on the table, and made a bet. In a couple
of minutes he had doubled it.
“Didn’t I tell
you, Manohar?” said the voice behind his shoulder.
Manohar. “You really are a good demon. What do I do
Soon he had fifty
dollars in his pocket. With a wide grin and a happy
heart, he decided to withdraw from the saloon while his
luck was good. “Now to get that love book!”
“Wasn’t I right?”
his companion asked.
“Yes, you were.
How can I ever thank you?”
“Oh, don’t worry.
I’m here to help people along the Broad Way. You can pay
your thanks to me later. Call me whenever you need me
... and I hope you enjoy the nice love story. It should
give you some exciting dreams. See you later.”
Manohar bought his
book, and headed back to his home. He read till late in
the night. The book really excited him. It gave him a
great craze. Tomorrow, he decided, he was going to find
that street gang again. He was thinking of Caroline
“She’s the one for
me. I should have joined the gang there and then.”
The moment Joe stepped
through the Narrow Gate, he became a new person. He knew
instantly that he now belonged to the Messiah. The
Narrow Way, he found, was such a contrast to the Broad
Way. Here there were none of the crowded bars,
entertainment centres and video parlours. There was an
absence of bustling crowds seeking fun and frolic.
Joe stopped now
and then to talk to others, and found sincere, joyous
fellowship with those he met. One day an older man was
able to explain to him much of what had happened when he
entered the Narrow Way.
“My name is
Perseverance,” the man said. “I’ve been travelling this
road for many a year, and soon I’ll reach home.”
“I’m glad to meet
you, Perseverance. My name is New Joe. I was called
Religious Joe, but now I’m saved. I used to think that
I could be saved by being religious, but now I know I
needed to trust in the Saviour.”
“That’s right, New
Joe. And now you have a long way to go. You
notice this road is mostly upward.”
“Yes, indeed. And
the Broad Way always seemed to be going downwards.”
“That’s true. The
Broad Way leads down to the pit. I used to be on that
“And how were you
“Just the same way
as you, my boy. If anyone is on this Way, it is because
he came through the Narrow Gate. Of course, there are
those who try to get into this Way by some other
entrance. They try to climb in by a less restricted way.
But they are thieves and robbers, and do not succeed.20
Some of them soon realize that the Narrow Way is the way
of holiness. And unless they have their sins forgiven
and have received a new heart from our Father, they soon
get irritated by this Way.”
“This is indeed a
peaceful way, sir.”
“Yes, my boy. But
there are also difficulties; there are obstacles, and
there’s a lot of climbing to do on this Way. But we are
not alone. This Way is Yeshua, and He is always with us
to strengthen us; and He is preparing us for His
glorious Mansion which you see on that distant High
Mountain. That is Mount Zion, the Heavenly City.”
“I hope I can
reach there, Perseverance.”
“You will, my son.
But beware of pitfalls. And if you should fall along the
Way, cry out to your Saviour. He is always with you.
Watch and pray. Feed on the Living Bread. Yeshua is the
Bread from Heaven.22
Feed on Him and on His Word and you will grow strong in
Him. Never cast your eyes back to where you came from,
except to remember the grace that delivered you from
your futile past.” 23
Perseverance, I praise the Master for snatching me from
the Broad Way ... it leads to destruction, doesn’t it?”
does, my brother. But most of the people heading for
destruction imagine that when they come to the end of
that way, they will simply go to sleep for ever.”
“What is the
destruction?” Joe asked. “The preacher said it is a lake
“Yes, New Joe.
That’s what the Messiah has warned about. He said, ‘If
your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw
it from you. It is better for you to enter life with one
eye, than to have two eyes and be cast into fiery
Perseverance. A lot of my old friends just laugh at the
mention of Hell.”
“Yes, New Joe. And
we need to try and save them from that fate. Did you
notice that no one ever laughs at a funeral?”
always such a sense of finality ... of hopelessness when
“But not for those
who have been saved by the Messiah’s grace. We know that
our redeemed souls step out of these bodies, and
immediately enter the Celestial City.25
So my young friend, let's press on.
Remember, be persistent.”
whenever I think of your name, I’ll be reminded to
persist. I want to be like you ... a persistent
follower of the Messiah.”
“Better still, New
Joe, be like your Heavenly Master Himself. ‘Fix your
eyes on Yeshua, the Author and Perfector of your faith,
who for the joy set before Him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of
the throne of God’.” 26
taught Joe much of the Narrow Way and its dangers, and
of the new life he had received. And Joe was so glad to
learn more and more of his Saviour day by day. But
Perseverance could not stay with him all the time, he
had other assignments from the Master to complete.
So New Joe pressed
on, often alone. Sometimes he became faint and fell
discouraged by the way. But as he rested his head on the
ground, he felt a loving arm resting on his shoulder.
“My friend, what
is it? Why are you weary?”
Joe cried a
little. “The Way is so difficult.”
“Mr friend, I am
here with you.”
Joe turned his
head upward and gazed into the face of his Saviour.
“Master ... Yeshua ... I must have forgotten You.
Please forgive me.”
The Master put His
arms under Joe and raised him up. “My friend, you are
unnecessarily carrying a heavy load of care. Let me
carry it for you.” 27
“But Master, You
have so many loads to carry.”
mind, New Joe. I am strong. Cast all your cares on Me.”
Joe gladly gave
his load to the Master, who, as he found, was well able
to take care of it. Now New Joe kept close to Yeshua,
and he found deep joy in walking with the Messiah.
looked at her friend who was lying on her bed in a lot
Penelope Pro had
been ravaged a couple of nights earlier, by one of her
customers. He had abused her so badly that she could not
get herself home. Another prostitute had brought her by
car to her flat, and had contacted Wendee by phone.
Wendee came over
and did all she could to bathe her injured friend, and
to bind up her wounds. Penelope looked ghastly. Her face
was contorted with pain, and her mind was distraught,
and filled with hatred for the man who had all but
killed her. She knew his name - or thought she did -
Brutal Bob. It was no doubt a false name.
would be a better name for him,” Wendee said.
“I will kill him,
Wendee. I’ll kill him if it is the last thing I do!”
“How will you do
it?” Wendee asked.
“I don’t know ...
I’ll get a gun ... maybe. But I’ll get my revenge.”
Wendee leaned over
closer and said in a low, deliberate voice. “A bullet
would be too good for him, Penny, and besides, it would
be more dangerous. There’s a better way. We will make
him suffer in agony so that he will wish he was dead.”
“Yes? How can we
“I’ll explain to
you later. But Penny, you must first recover from this
“Okay ... as long
as it works.”
“It will work,
Penny. I promise you.”
NEW JOE LOOKED AHEAD.
His eyes swept over the breathtaking landscape, taking
in the meadows, the rivers of the plains, the
foothills, and the towering mountains behind. What
grandeur! He stood spellbound at all that was before
him. But look! Over there beyond that distant mountain!
Joe exclaimed, although from such a distance he could
not make out the details.
Celestial City,” a voice said from behind him.
“Is that where we
are going?” Joe asked.
“Yes, my brother.
That’s Heaven. It’s more glorious than we can imagine.”
“Why is it so
sparkling, so radiant?”
the Messiah, Yeshua is there. He’s the glory of the
eternal city. There’s no night there, because He is the
There’s no sickness, no sadness, no crying, and no dying
there. It really is glorious.”
“Oh, it must be
worth everything!” Joe replied, glancing for the first
time at his companion. “Have you been there?”
“No brother, not
yet! I’m on the way like you. I’ve been travelling this
Way for quite some time. We need to keep our eyes lifted
up. There’s a glorious reward ahead of us.30
It’s awaiting us when we reach that city ... By the way,
my name is Faithful. What’s yours?”
“I’m Joe - New
Joe. Glad to meet you Faithful. Actually I used to be
Religious Joe. I was on the Broad Way, but recently I
realized my mistake. I was religious, but I had never
entered the Narrow Way. So I sought out the Narrow Gate,
and heard how to enter through the Messiah, Yeshua.31
I’m so glad I entered this Way, Faithful. The terrible
load of sin and guilt fell off me. I’m so glad I’ve left
the Broad Way. I’ve such peace in my heart now .... Oh!
Look at that Celestial City! I’m longing to reach that
Faithful, “me too! I’m getting older now, and I may
reach there soon. But you know, New Joe, we need to be
on guard. There are pitfalls; there are enemies. There
are dangers of all types, and we need to learn very much
while travelling on this Way. My Master has been
teaching me so much, but still there is so much to
“I think the
Master wants to teach us much on the Way so that we’ll
be prepared for the Celestial City?”
Faithful. “You know, New Joe, it’s on the Way to the
City that we have a perfect environment to learn the
lessons God wants to teach us.”
“You mean, the Way
to the City has no problems? ... But you just said there
“I don’t mean
there’s no problems. I mean ... we have a wonderful
opportunity under such difficult circumstances, to learn
to apply the spiritual resources that the Master has
made available to us. Yes, there are very many
difficulties on the Way; there are wars to be fought,
and victories to be won; there are sufferings to be
borne, and trials to be endured, but it is as we learn
to overcome in all these things, that we understand more
of God’s Ways, and reach towards spiritual maturity.”
“Then it’s quite a
“It could be if
you do not live in the Master. But you need not be
afraid, New Joe; our Master is with you. He has
promised, ‘I am with you always, even to the end of the
But do be careful, my young brother. Be watchful; be on
your guard! There are dangers and enemies almost every
mile of the Way. There are mountains to conquer where
you will find every inch of your progress contested.
“There are three
main enemies you will face. The first is
Oh, it is a subtle enemy. It will try to deceive you in
every possible way. This enemy parades in all types of
garments, so that it looks very
and you will even think it is a friend ...
“The second enemy
is Fleshly Desire!
34 Oh, Joe! It
is a very tormenting enemy, and will not give you rest.
You must learn to mortify it.
“The third enemy
He is the devil. And not only is Satan himself
out to hinder your journey, but he has a legion of
helpers. They are all experts, having been engaged in
their sabotage work for
thousands of years.
“Be wary of these
enemies, New Joe. They will attack you brazenly and
openly without warning, or they may tempt you so subtly
that you won’t realize they are doing so, until you
fall. You know, Joe, Satan even parades as an
angel of light.36
will lay traps for you, and will try to bind you in
chains of sin again, and make you a slave to Satan. Be
careful my boy! Be watchful! Be prayerful! And always
remember, the Master is with you, and has made every
provision for your victory.
Joe, in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer
through Him who loved us. For neither death, nor life,
nor angels, not principalities, nor things present, nor
things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor
any other created thing, can separate us from the love
of God which is in the Messiah, Yeshua our Master.”
“Thank you, dear
Faithful brother. I’ll try to remember all you have told
me. I won’t be afraid.”
VERY LONG for
Manohar Made-up-his-mind to find some of the girls at
Kings Cross. Four of them were huddled together in
serious conversation. They didn’t notice Manohar at
first. But he kept on passing them until they finally
saw him. It was Penelope Pro who called out to him.
“Hey! I’ve seen
close to the group. “Hi there. I met your group once, on
this same corner ... you’re Caroline Freelover, aren’t
you?” he asked, pointing to a dark-haired girl.
“And who am I?”
“Oh ... you’re the
one who follows ... Satan?”
“Yes ... I’m
Wendee Witchery. And you were interested in Penelope
last time you came by. Well, here is another of our
lovely friends. Her name is Fleshly Desire.”
Fleshly Desire was
a blonde, and she smiled at Manohar.
“Hi,” she said
“And where are you
going ... what was your name again?” Penelope asked.
“Ah yes. And last
time you couldn’t make up your mind about anything. What
have you decided now?”
“Well ... I
thought ... I thought I’d just say hello if you all
happened to be around.”
“Well that’s nice
of you. And we were just talking about putting our claws
into a nice guy like you.”
about backing off.
Manohar ... we need a little help from a man. Could you
do us a favor?”
“Well, if it’s
possible, I don’t mind helping.”
“Good! Manohar ...
look, just come over with us to my apartment,” said
Penelope, “and we’ll tell you all about it.”
Manohar felt he
should escape from these four women, but he had
committed himself, and so now he felt he had to go
apartment they all took strong drinks, and then Wendee
explained the help they needed of Manohar.
“We want you to
locate a man by the name of Brutal Bob. That may not be
his correct name, but we know he is a footballer who
attends the club in Park Street. He’s a big guy - 6 ft
tall. He has a scar on his forehead, and a couple of
gold-filled upper teeth. We want you to locate him. Just
make an acquaintance with him to start.
“Okay, that should
not be hard for me. And then what?”
“We’ll decide what
comes next after you locate him. But try to get
something personal from him – even a lock of his hair.”
“Okay, I’ll do my
best,” he said.
Manohar. And if any, or all of us, can do
anything for you, we’ll
Manohar was a bit
embarrassed as he looked at each of them. Earlier he had
thoughts about Caroline, but now his attention focused
on Fleshy Desire. The blonde kept smiling at him, and
her eyebrows raised into a question mark. He smiled
back. She was very attractive, and Manohar was being
drawn to her. She was quite irresistible, he thought.
But the blonde had a confidence that almost unnerved
Fleshly Desire was
determined to win a man of her choice.
After quite a time
of talking, eating and drinking, Manohar took leave to
go on his errand. He gave each of the young women a hug,
and also a kiss to Desire.
New Joe eagerly pressed on towards the mountains. The
Celestial City was before him. It was thrilling to be on
this Narrow Way, and he was going to make as much
progress towards the goal as he could, without delay.
For several weeks
the young believer travelled the upward way. He met many
pilgrims who were also pressing on towards the Celestial
City. But sometimes he met those who just sat by the
Wayside, wearied by the journey. He spoke to them and
found them very discouraged.
“Oh wait, young
man,” some would say, “until you have been on the Way
for some time. It’s not an easy road! You should not
tire yourself too quickly.”
“But we’re heading
for the Celestial City,” Joe reasoned. “We have much to
learn. We cannot be complacent. We must press on.’’
Once, a believer
who seemed so kind, invited New Joe to stay with him.
His name was Christopher Careless.
“Oh Joe,” he
implored, “stay with me here for some time. This Way is
the right one, no doubt. We’re pressing on towards the
Heavenly City, but we don’t have to kill ourselves
getting there. We should also have a bit of fun on the
Joe replied, “I’m keen to reach the Celestial City. We
can’t afford to delay on the Way. We must press on and
learn what we can.”
“Yes, sure,” the
new acquaintance said. “You’ll reach the city, Joe - but
you won’t reach it in one day. So you can afford to stay
with me for one day. And I have a few friends. I’ll
introduce them to you ... look ... here comes one of my
close friends now.”
New Joe looked at
the young man approaching. He was a fine looking fellow
about his own age.
“Hi there, Worldly
Wesley,” called Christopher cheerfully. “Come, meet a
new friend. This is New Joe.”
“Hello, New Joe,”
greeted Wesley, clasping his hand. “I’m really glad to
New Joe was really
struck by the warmth of Wesley’s handshake, and his
winsome smile. He liked him instantly.39
“What are you
doing tonight, Chris?” Wesley asked.
“Oh, nothing in
“Good! Then you
must come over home. There’s a terrific show on the
television tonight. Bring Joe over with you.”
Joe. “I don’t think I’ll come.”
“Why not?” asked
“Well ... I am
anxious to continue on the Narrow Way that leads to the
“Oh! But just one
show won’t hurt you, or delay you much. It’s really a
terrific show that’s been advertised for tonight.
Please let us have your company.”
“Well ... ”
“Good! Come on!
Let’s go now ... the sun’s starting to go down. We’ll
have a drink while we’re waiting for the show.”
Wesley, I don’t drink,” replied Joe as they walked down
an alley way.
“Why? Why not? A
drink never hurts anyone, does it, Chris?”
“But I have left
the Broad Way,” said Joe. “I’m following the Messiah,
Joe,” Christopher retorted. “We’re good Christians too,
but as I’ve been telling you, there’s no reason to
deny yourself every bit of pleasure. There’s nothing
in the Bible to stop you from drinking. The
Apostle Paul even says to take a little wine for your
replied hesitatingly, “but ...”
“Oh, cut out all
the buts!” scolded Worldly Wesley. “Here’s my home.”
The three men
entered the house, and soon Wesley was pouring the
drinks. New Joe felt uneasy. He didn’t want to turn to
drinking - he had tried it on the Broad Way, and had
felt it getting a grip on him. Since entering the Narrow
Way, he had lost the appetite for it altogether.
“I’d rather not,”
he blurted out.
“Come on; for
company’s sake,” insisted Wesley. “Here’s a weak one.
Mostly soda. No harm!”
accepted. “Yes, it’s mostly soda,” he thought, “so it
won’t really matter. It’s only this once.”
It wasn’t long
before the show started. It was a travel adventure film,
and Joe was feeling rather pleased that he had agreed to
see it. He really saw some wonderful sights. It was like
travelling all around the world, and gaining a lot of
experience. He would never have the opportunity to do
so in person. It was rather disappointing when the
two-hour-long show was over.
JOE WAS FEELING RATHER GLAD HE HAD AGREED
TO ACCEPT WESLEY'S INVITATION
“Now I had better
be getting along,” Joe told his host.
Wesley asked in surprise. “My friend, I’m just beginning
to enjoy your company. Just wait a bit. Let’s see what
the next show is.”
In a few minutes
the second show started. It was a comedy, and soon the
three men were bursting their sides laughing. Joe had
not seen anything so funny in all his life.
“Nothing like a
good laugh to keep your spirits up,” Christopher said as
the show came to a conclusion.
New Joe was in
good spirits as he returned that night to Christopher’s
home - “Careless Lodge.” He decided to stay with
his new acquaintance a couple of days after all. He
didn’t quite feel the same New Joe, though, that he had
been since entering the Narrow Gate. And that night he
was rather tired, and was very glad to get to bed.
Joe had been
making a practice of reading his Bible and praying every
night since he came to the Master. The preacher had
urged him to do this. Tonight he closed his eyes,
thinking, “It won’t matter if I miss for once. I’ll
read an extra chapter in the morning.”
sat together discussing their plan to take revenge on
“We’ll make that
man sorry that he ever lived,” Wendee was saying. “Now
that you have become a devotee of Satan, Penny, you have
tremendous power on your side. We will invoke that
power, and place a curse on the beast who ravaged you.
Just be patient, and believe in Satan. He’s concerned
“Manohar is in our
employ now. He’s a dumb male, but as long as he serves
our purpose, we will use him. See, he’s already hooked
on Desire. She’s just using him, of course ... but
that’s fine, because it will make him a prisoner to our
coven, and to our master. Soon Manohar also will be a
servant of Satan.”
There was a knock
at the door. It was the man they were talking about. He
came in, and looked around the room.
“Desire is not
here?” he asked.
“She’ll be here,
shortly, comrade. How did you go? Did you succeed?”
“Did you get
anything of his?”
“Yes, his hair.”
“Good! How did you
“He invited me to
his flat. During the time we casually mentioned his long
hair, and the need to have it trimmed. I offered to trim
it. He agreed. It was easy then to bring it. Here it is
- is this what you want?”
“Yes, it will do
fine. Well done,” Wendee said, taking the bag.
“What will you do
“We’ll offer it to
our master, and invoke his power to discipline that
“You’re not going
to kill him?”
“No! We just want
to see him regret the day he was born, before he goes to
hell. Manohar, we all appreciate you. You have done a
great service, and we want to give you an invitation to
join our coven tonight.”
“Oh! Thank you.
But I don’t know about that. I’ve fulfilled my promise
to you. I think I should leave it at that.”
“But, we really
appreciate what you have done, Manohar. And, there is
just so much more awaiting you. You can have power,
wealth, influence and absolute fulfilment.”
“Well, I certainly
need all that ... but ...”
“Well, I’m not
sure about the end of all this. I mean ... isn’t Satan
an enemy of souls?”
“Oh, so that’s
what you’re worried about! Manohar, Satan is the enemy
of his enemies.41
He’s definitely an enemy of Christians. But he
loves his own people. He gives them power and fulfils
their heart’s desires. If you’re on his side, you’re on
the winning side. Believe me! Jesus was a weakling -
that’s why they crucified him. Satan is the ultimate
“But what about
the end of this Broad Way. Some people say it leads to
destruction - to hell. Isn’t Satan in charge of hell?”
“Sure, he’s in
charge of hell. He’s the King of Hell, and those of us
who embrace him, will reign with him for ever. We’ll
have power and enjoyment in his presence in hell. Hell
doesn’t terrify me. It’s a place that never freezes
over. It’s the Christians' idea of Heaven that is so
weird. There’s no fire there, and so it means it’s a
very cold place. There’s no real life, no enjoyment in
the boring place they call paradise.”
“Are you sure
Satan will give us eternal happiness?”
“Yes, Manohar, I’m
sure. You just ask him, and he will give you your
heart’s desire. Tonight, if you are ready, why don’t
you ask him for Fleshly Desire? She will be given to
widened. He was speechless.
“You love her,
“Yes ... she’s my
“Then be one with
her, and one with us all. Be one with Satan. Tonight
we’ll unite you and Desire.”
“You mean ...
“Yes Manohar. You
want her as your inseparable companion, don’t you?”
“Yes ... she is
all I want.”
“Right ... Then
tonight is the night for you.”
“But does she want
to marry me?”
“You should ask
her that. But I can tell you, she is more interested in
you, than you are in her!”
overwhelmed him. This was to be his big day. He made up
in mind once and for all. He was willing for whatever it
took - he would fulfil his heart’s desire - tonight!”
THAT NIGHT a
of youngish men and women met on a farm outside the
city. There were 13 members, and also four new recruits
- Manohar; a young man of 17 years named Lucis Bondage;
and two girls of about 13 and 15 years. Wendee Witchery
was the head witch of the coven
All the members
donned their robes and hoods. They stood around a large
circle with a pentagram inside it. Candles were lit, and
the ceremonies began.
The four initiates
were prepared for the induction ceremony. Each one
pledged themselves to be servants of Satan, and with
their own blood they signed their lives over to the King
The Satanists then
performed a marriage ceremony for Manohar and Desire,
and proclaimed them one. Manohar hugged his wife and
kissed her passionately.
rituals of worship to the ‘King of demons,’ the coven
waited some minutes for the stroke of midnight. They
then began the solemn invocation of Satan’s power.
Brutal Bob’s hair was placed in the midst of a hexagram,
a six-pointed star, and a curse was placed on the
ceremonies the members gave themselves to drinking, and
“enjoyment.” But Manohar left early, taking his bride
home with him. His heart’s desire was fulfilled, and he
felt that he had at last experienced the joy of living.
It was like a “new life” for Mr Made-up-his-mind.
Fleshly Desire became his obedient servant. She took
care of all his needs, and urged him on in a life of
pleasure, sensuality, business and prosperity.
COUPLE OF DAYS
Manohar’s initiation, he and Desire received the news
that the curse on Brutal Bob was successful. The man was
involved in a head-on motor collision. While three
people were killed in the accident, Brutal Bob suffered
terrible injuries. Nearly every bone in his body was
broken, many internal organs were damaged, and one arm
was completely severed. The man was jammed in the
vehicle for hours in great agony before he was taken to
hospital. He would never walk again.
Penelope rejoiced when they heard the news, and
congratulated themselves. “It’s what he deserved,” they
Several days later
they both went to the hospital where Brutal Bob lay in a
critical condition. He was still in great agony. The two
women stood at the end of his bed.
Bob’s face was
covered with bandages, but his eyes filled with horror
as the witch snarled at him: “As you have done to
others, so let it be done to you. May Satan multiply
your agony, now and for evermore.”
THE DAYS SLIPPED BY.
New Joe did not intend to stay for more than a couple of
days at Careless Lodge, but now it was more than three
weeks since he had met up with Chris and Worldly Wesley.
He enjoyed their company, and it had now become his
habit to take in the TV shows every day. There were all
types of programs, and some that stirred his passions.
At first he felt
uneasy, but after some time he became rather accustomed
to the movies that were actually depicting the Broad
Way. “They are really true-to-life movies,” he thought.
But Someone kept
pricking his conscience.
“You left the
Broad Way, New Joe. Why should you now return to that
way? Return to Me.”
“Oh, I won’t be
watching these things for very long. I must press on the
Upward Way. Very soon, I’ll leave these companions, and
will catch up on the ground I’ve lost.”
The days kept
whizzing by. Joe had met so many friends at
Christopher’s house, and he enjoyed the company of some
of them very much. There was Ernest Enjoyment, Sporting
Stephen, Felix Fashion, Megabucks Matilda, Barrabas
Littlevice, Freddy Funlover, and many others. They all
had quite an influence on New Joe.
Now the young
pilgrim started to take drinks heavier than “mostly
soda.” He started smoking too, and found that he did not
have the peace or the joy he had before. Sure, he had
some fun, but he found that his real joy was being
exchanged for a fleeting, hollow happiness called
“pleasure.” He also found himself becoming irritable,
and using indecent language again.
Worst of all, Joe
was losing his appetite for the Word of God, and his
prayers had reduced from fellowship with the Master, to
a repetition of certain phrases. He began to feel empty.
Things began to go wrong, and he began to wonder whether
he was really New Joe at all. He began to wonder if he
was actually on the Narrow Way, or whether he had
drifted back to the Broad Way.
Not only did he
lose his joy, but day by day he was becoming more
miserable. Sometimes he was thinking that he should have
stayed on the Broad Way in the first place. Maybe he had
made a mistake in entering the Narrow Way. A sinister
voice kept nagging him; “Turn back. You’ve made the
wrong decision. You can have a much easier time on the
And yet, at the
same time, another voice kept striving with him: “Keep
on! Follow Me! New Joe, I have redeemed you! Press on
the upward way! I am with you.”
He recognised the
voice of the Master, but there was now a battle going on
inside him. He had not counted on this type of warfare.
If it was an enemy he could see, he would not have
minded so much.
It was in this
condition that Joe eventually decided to leave his
companions, Christopher and Worldly Wesley.
“My friends,” he
said, “I’ve got to press on the upward way. I’m getting
more miserable by staying here. I’ve enjoyed your
company, and hate to leave you. But I must go on.”
The two companions
looked rather amazed, and in their usual manner
protested: “Joe! We’re surprised! Aren’t we also on
the Narrow Way? Why do you take things so seriously? You
have plenty of time to progress. We are also going to
move further up the road soon. So wait a bit longer.”
“No my friends; I
must leave now. Farewell.”
And he moved on
towards the mountains. He trudged on for some time, but
he found, due to lack of exercise over the past several
weeks, that he wasn’t in good physical or spiritual
shape. The walk was not easy. He tired easily. No amount
of determination could carry him forward with ease.
“Oh dear, it’s too
much today. I’d better go back, and start again early
So Joe retraced
his steps. “I really want to climb the upward way,” he
told himself, “but it is difficult. I’ll probably feel
As it was, Joe
found himself back at Careless Lodge for another ten
days. Then once again he made a fresh start.
He started out
quite cheerfully. He had really “turned over a new
leaf,” and was resolved to make good progress this time.
He kept on all
day, climbing the low hills until he came to the River
Doubt. It was a wide river, with fast-flowing torrents.
“Oh, how to
get across?” he wondered. “I’ll have to swim, I
hesitation, and wanting to make good progress, he
plunged into the icy waters.
To cross the
fast-flowing river, however, was not as easy as he
imagined. His strength was not nearly as great as he
thought it was. And the river was wider than it looked
from the bank.
“I can’t make it,”
Joe cried within himself. “My strength is gone. I’ve
really made a wrong decision. I should have stayed with
Christopher. Maybe this Narrow Way doesn’t really lead
to the Celestial City. Maybe I should have gone back to
the Broad Way. That was an easy way. Now it is too late!
I’m drowning ... Oh Master,” he cried. “Save me or I
Those were his
last words before sinking into the waters of
was 17 YEARS OLD
when he was initiated into Satanism. His interest in the
occult had been growing since he had been introduced
into the world of magic and witches through a number of
books that had been given to him by his brother, Larry
Liar. They fascinated him.
Lucis had, in
fact, come under the influence of the whole gang at
Kings Cross, and very early, he had started to follow
Larry’s lying ways. He was now greatly influenced by
Helen Heroin who had introduced him to a variety of
drugs. It wasn’t long before he was addicted to heavier
drugs, and then, inevitably, he turned to thievery to
acquire money for his addiction. When he was 15 and 16
he had been caught several times by the police. By 17
years he was becoming more desperate. His brother and
the gang helped him only to go deeper into a wretched
Helen herself was
already in trouble with the law. After a time in jail,
she was placed in a rehabilitation centre, but she fled
from there, and went back into the world of drugs and
vice. She was compelled to sell her body to earn the
price for her drugs.
following in her orbit. He had been a nice looking young
fellow, but now, as he descended into a “hell of a
life,” the smiles totally disappeared from his face, and
his eyes became glazed. He seemed to have a remote,
vague look about him.
None of the group
could help him. In fact, they were least bothered about
him, as they were all into their own thing. But Wendee
did kept her eyes on him. She taught him to dabble in
the occult, and urged him on until he was ready to give
himself to Satan. And so he was initiated at the age of
By this time, most
of the Kings Cross group had been inducted, and Lucis
thought his initiation had given him the recognition he
wanted. He was now tapping into the very source of
power. Satan would take care of all his needs. He had
magical feelings surging through him. And his drugs were
acquired with ease. His spirits soared high.
He found he now
had a constant companion within him - an invisible
friend who spoke to him quite often. The friend called
and introduced himself as one of Satan’s closest
Lucis was thrilled
that such a high spiritual dignitary was taking such
interest in him, and had become his personal guide.
“You are a chosen
vessel, Lucis,” he whispered. “Now that you belong to
Satan, a tremendous future awaits you.”
“It’s my privilege
to be in his service,” Lucis replied.
“My friend, we
will walk together. I’ll guide you all the way. I will
be your source of power. But I need control of your body
and of your mind.”
Apollyon, I am yours.”
“Good! Now what
are your needs?”
“I only need
money, Apollyon, and your power, and love.”
“Done! All are
yours. We’re in business together, Lucis. Now listen, we
must enlist heaps of young people into our movement.”
“Where do I
Penelope are doing a good job - you saw those two young
girls they inducted along with you and Manohar? Well,
it’s easier to induct girls because they are more
emotional, and they become fascinated with religion and
mysticism. But you, I will use to enlist a heap of
There’s a lot of young men out there. They’re our
target! We want heaps of them in our movement.
“Now this is your
commission, Lucis. Whatever you have to do to hook them,
do it! And when you have hooked them, not only will
they pay you well, but you will be able to reel them in,
and we’ll multiply our covens. Once they’re hooked,
they’ll fulfil our plans to bring millions into bondage
“Will I also be
brought into bondage, Apollyon?”
“No Lucis ...
you’re our partner. You’re a chosen one. Though you are
his servant, Satan has set you free - free to enjoy
yourself, free to make friends, and money, and free to
indulge in your heart’s desire. Our blessing is upon you
... Go in my name, and make disciples for our master!”
SOME DISTANCE FROM THE RIVER DOUBT,
a young man named Surrender, was listening intently to
Apostle as they walked along the Way.
“Soon we will come
to the great River Doubt,” Apostle was saying. “I’ve
crossed this river a number of times young man. There’s
a bridge called Faith,
by which we can cross the river. That’s the only way of
crossing safely.” 42
"THE FAITH BRIDGE IS THE ONLY ONE WAY ACROSS THE RIVER
“Then there is no
problem with the river?” Surrender asked.
“Well, there need
not be a problem. But I have sometimes seen people
almost drowned in the river. They have either not seen
the Faith Bridge, or else they thought that it was not a
reliable way of crossing. Actually, at first, the Bridge
does not seem very secure; so some people take a canoe
from a boating company called
Intellect & Reason Sailing Co.,
and they try to paddle across. But there are so many
rocks in the river, and the water is so swift, that they
are bound to end up ship-wrecked. Some people even try
to use their own strength to swim across. Oh, a lot of
people fall victim to the River Doubt.”
“I am glad you
have explained this to me, Apostle. I probably would
have tried to swim the river, also. You really are an
For some time the
Apostle did not reply. He was an older man and had
learned very much on the Way. His deep study of the Word
of God had shown him how to walk in the Way, and how to
meet the dangers on the Way. He had faced many battles,
and at times he thought he was a complete failure. At
times he imagined that he would never reach the
Celestial City. He sometimes had thoughts of returning,
but the Master had always held on to him, and raised him
up whenever he fell into discouragement.
Depending on one’s own strength
is not the Way to Victory
replied very seriously, “it’s so important for us to
learn the lessons on this Way. Our Master is always with
us, but sometimes we forget Him. Sometimes we take so
long to make any progress because we don’t keep our eyes
on Him. Sometimes we are so self-confident that we rush
ahead of the Master. He tells us to follow Him, not to
rush ahead. But neither should we lag behind!
43 He does not
take us beyond what we are able to endure, but He does
give us strength for each step of the Way. And He does
not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able to
WHY THE TRIALS?
Surrender interrupted. “Why does the Master allow us to
have temptations and trials at all? Wouldn’t it be
better if He saved us from all these things ... then we
would never fail at all?”
at first we all would like an easy way to Heaven. That’s
because we think that so long as we reach the Celestial
City, all is well. But we don’t think
we should reach, or what maturity we should have
by the time we arrive. I can look back over my years of
walking with the Master, and I can say He has taught me
so much through the trials
I’ve had. I’m sure I would not have learnt so much of
the Master if it had not been for the trials.45
Surrender, it is in trials and temptations that we can
prove the faithfulness and sufficiency of Yeshua, our
That’s why He allows things in our lives - to teach us
to depend more upon Him. This is what the Scriptures
teach us - all things work together for good to those
who love God and who are called according to His
“I can see that
many things work together for good, Apostle, but what
about the bad things?”
seemingly fatal events, God will work together for our
learning. Many things happen on this Way which we think
could never bring any good. But later we see God’s hand
working - not working for our comfort, mind you! But
working for our maturity, for the conformity of our
lives to the likeness of our Master.48
Always remember, the Master could prevent an evil
circumstance - and many times He does. But the things He
does permit, are allowed for our ultimate benefit. Do
you understand, Surrender?”
“I think so,
Apostle. It means we should accept all things as being
in the will of God for our lives.”
“Yes, that’s about
it. But always remember, God permits all things, and
will use all things - but not all things are His
specific will and purpose. There is what we may call the
directive will of God
and the permissive will
this River Doubt we are coming to - as I said, some
people almost drown in it. Now it is God’s direct will -
His purpose, that these pilgrims should cross over by
way of the Faith Bridge. But He does permit some to go
ahead in their own strength, to try to swim and keep
themselves afloat. Now God permits that, although His
special will is that the travellers should cross over on
the Bridge. And even though they sometimes nearly drown,
yet the Master can teach them much through these
experiences. Really, if a person learns the lesson, he
will never try to swim over this river again.”
“I’m beginning to
see,” the younger man replied. “That explains some of
the experiences I’ve had ... Look Apostle! There’s the
River Doubt now, isn’t it? It’s so wide.”
“Yes, my friend.
But don’t be afraid. We’re not going to row over in a
canoe belonging to Intellect &
Reason Sailing Co.
49 Let’s learn
the lesson that’s ahead, by using the Faith Bridge.
AFTER MANOHAR WAS INDUCTED
into Satanism, and took Fleshly Desire to be his wife,
he had tremendous success in his business, and
satisfaction in his personal life. He was still in his
twenties, but he gained the type of maturity that
belonged to a 45-year-old.
He climbed the
ladder of success, and fame, and collected a lot of
influential friends. He earned good money, and bought a
new home, a car, and everything he wanted. He now had
servants and friends waiting on him. “I’m quite a
success,” he mused. “This is the life. I’m a self-made
man. But I must thank my patron demon, too.”
“No, no!” replied
a voice. “Not yet. You can thank me at the end.”
As the weeks
passed, however, Manohar felt pressures building up in
his life and home. It was incumbent upon him, for one
thing, to attend regular ceremonies at the coven. And he
was under orders always, to use his business as a means
of enlisting new members. Manohar, in fact, helped to
establish more than twenty new covens in two years.
urgently to the home of Penelope Pro. Along with Desire,
he raced over to her flat, knowing only that the
prostitute was in a serious condition. A doctor was
attending to Penny, and he was very solemn. He also was
a Satanist, and was doing his best to arrest
her temperature. It was a fight against the
sexually-transmitted diseases that had caught up with
her. Penny was not responding to the treatment.
Lucis and several others were seated on the floor around
her bed. Manohar and Desire sat with them.
It was late at
night. The group instantly began to supplicate Satan,
calling on his power to heal the young woman. There was
no satisfactory response. Rather, she began to shake
with rigour. Her teeth chattered.
The hands of the
clock approached midnight.
While the group
continued invoking the devil, Wendee stood up in their
midst. An awesome hue covered her, and a deathly odour
filtered through the room. Wendee spoke, but it was not
her voice - it was a deep, husky voice ...
“It is time for
my servant to come to me. Her time is up - no longer
supplicate for her. She invoked me to ruin that Brutal
Bob. I granted her demand, but she has been an unworthy
servant. She no longer does my bidding. She’s been
rebelling against me. There is a price to pay. Now she
must pay the cost. Let her go, my servants. Say
It was midnight.
Penelope began shaking, and then she cried out. “They’re
all around me ... I see them ... they’ve come for me ...
demons … Ahhhh! Help
She sat upright,
and screamed out - a blood-curdling cry ...
“HELPPPP!” And then
her body dropped back onto the bed. She was gone.
dazed, as indeed all the group were. Finally the doctor
said, “the time comes for us all to meet our master. Let
us be faithful to him so that we might join him as his
faithful servants, and share his eternal reign. Let us
beware of unfaithfulness, and negligence in serving the
majestic King of Hell!”
“OH!” SIGHED NEW JOE.
“Where am I?” He felt a hand gently shaking him. “Where
“You’ll be all
right, young man!” a voice replied.
He opened his eyes
slowly, but the light was too bright to keep them open.
“Where am I? Is this the Celestial City, or am I in the
place called Destruction?” he cried.
“No, no, young
man. You are in neither. You are still on earth - on the
Narrow Way. You have had a sad experience, but the
Master will lift you up again. You will climb the Narrow
Way again. Try to sit up.”
Joe looked up into
a kind face. It reminded him of the old pilgrim he had
met some time ago.
Faithful?” he asked, sitting up.
“No, my friend.
I’m Apostle. And here is another pilgrim on the Narrow
Way ... Surrender.”
“Glad to meet you
both. I’m ... Joe. It is good of you to help me.”
“No, no! It is
the Master who has helped you, Joe.”
“I can’t remember
what happened ... Oh yes! I was trying to cross the
river. I thought I was quite strong enough to swim
“My brother, many
people try to do that. But this is the River Doubt. If
you try to swim across, you will be overcome by torrents
of doubt. There is only one way to cross the river -
that’s by the Faith Bridge. Come with us; we’ll go
across the Bridge together.”
“Oh, I can’t,”
signed Joe. “I’ve failed so badly. I didn’t even know
that there was a Faith Bridge. I had better go back to
Careless Lodge and to my old companions Christopher
Careless and Worldly Wesley.”
“No, no, young
man! You can’t go back. I know both those men. They will
never help you progress. They themselves have never made
an inch of progress on this Way in years.”
“Oh! I’m so
confused,” replied Joe. “I don’t know where I am. I
started on the Way joyfully after I left Careless Lodge
- I spent quite some time with Worldly Wesley; and I had
become quite miserable there. But yesterday I turned
over a new leaf, and was determined to get back on track
on the Narrow Way. But now I have failed again. I can’t
“You have made
mistakes, Joe, and so have we all. You have sinned
against the Master by yielding to the temptations of
worldliness and carelessness. But how can you go back to
living in sin? 50
And turning over a new leaf is not the answer. No!
Recognise your failure, Joe, and confess your sins, and
then watch against those temptations.
“You must avoid
going into a place where you will tempted. Flee from
those places. Don’t look at any book or movie, or
program that is likely to draw you away from the
Master. Beware of any friendship that is likely to drag
you down. Now forget the things that are behind, and
press towards the goal. Let’s all keep on travelling the
upward Way. The Celestial City and our glorious Master
are before us.”
“Yes, I’ve sinned;
I know. But the Master won’t want me back again. I’ve
failed Him miserably.”
“You are wrong,
Joe. This reasoning is because you have taken your eyes
off the Saviour.”
joined in. “The Master never ceases to love His people.
He Himself has pledged to keep you right through to the
even turns your failure into good. This is what He
promises in Romans 8:28:
‘All things work
together for good to those who love God and who are
called according to His purpose’.”
“I wish I could
believe that, Surrender. But I still feel miserable. I’m
not good enough to reach the Celestial City.”
brother,” Apostle replied. “You are depending on your
feelings, and letting Satan accuse you. You must simply
confess your sin and failure to God, and then trust Him
to continue leading you onward.”
“But how can I
just simply ask God to forgive me? What if I fail
“What do the
‘If we confess our
sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin, and
to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’
“And besides that,
the Master taught us to forgive our brothers at least
490 times. So if we must always forgive others, do you
think God would do the opposite to what He taught
us? 53 It’s
true what Surrender has just said. God will work even
your failures together for good. He is seeking to teach
you a lesson though this sad experience. But you won’t
learn the lesson by doubting God, and by continuing to
resist His Spirit, who is striving within you.”
“I guess you are
right, Apostle. But if only I could be sure I won’t be
tempted again, I’d have confidence.”
“Listen, Joe, you
are afraid of temptation! You have to face it. The
Master will not remove temptations, but rather He wants
you to learn to be an overcomer. Temptation is common to
all men, Joe.54
Even the people on the Broad Way are tempted. There is
quite a difference though. On the Broad Way, Satan is
like a friend to the perishing ... although he deserts
them at the end! To us who travel the Narrow Way, Satan
is a terrible enemy because we seek to obey God.55
Do you remember reading how our Saviour was also tempted
by the devil, when He was on earth?”
“Yes, I remember,”
Joe replied. “It was in the wilderness.”
right. And the Scriptures say that He was tempted in all
points like we are.” 57
“Does that mean He
was tempted to doubt ... and by worldliness, and
“Yes, Joe. But the
Master never once yielded to temptations. You see,
temptation itself is not sin. It is when we yield, that
temptation produces sin. If you meditate on a
temptation, or give in to it, then it becomes sin.58
When it comes, we should resist it, just like the Master
“But Yeshua the
Master was God ... so He could not sin anyway,” retorted
“Yes, as God,
that’s true. But as a Man, He won the victory in the
same way as we do - by using the Word of God.59
This is one of the secrets of Victory. We must do
two things, young man! First, we must hide God’s Word
in our hearts by meditating on it regularly. The
‘How can a young
man keep His way pure? By keeping it according to Your
Word. Your Word I have treasured in my heart that I may
not sin against You ...’
“Secondly, we must
use the Word in times of battle and temptation, for the
Word of God is the Sword of the Spirit.61
And if you have the Word stored up in your
heart and mind, it will be there as a power supply, at
the right time. This is a lesson we need to learn
“May I ask, Joe,
have you been meditating in the Word, and letting the
Master speak to you through it?”
“Well ... no, I
haven’t. At Careless Lodge I really neglected the Word.
It was television that was demanding my attention. That
was wrong. I realize this now.”
“And that’s why
you have been defeated here at the River Doubt. You
attempted to cross such a great barrier on the Way, but
were not prepared in your heart.”
“You are right,
Apostle. I should go back to the beginning until I learn
how to win the victory,” said Joe thoughtfully.
NEVER GO BACK!
“Well, there is
another thing to remember, Joe. You can’t learn by going
back. You must learn by going ahead.62
You learn by experience, and by facing the enemy in the
strength of the Master. Won’t you go ahead now?”
“Yes ... I will!”
“Then have a talk
with the Master, confess your sins and mistakes, and ask
Him to take your hand again.”
There and then Joe
bowed before the Saviour. It was his first real talk
with the Master for many weeks, and the joy of Yeshua
became his portion once more.63
Now the three men
set off together towards the Faith Bridge, singing
I have decided to follow Yeshua,
No turning back, no turning back!
The cross before me, the world behind me.
With the Word of God, and through faith in the
We will win the fight. No turning back, no turning
ALTHOUGH THE GHASTLY DEATH
of Penelope had such a shattering effect on Lucis, he
continued on in his life as a Satanic agent, a drug
addict, and a prostitute. He really did not see any
alternative. He was locked into all the three bondages
of his 20-year-old life.
It was a life that
brought him turmoil and distress. At times he
contemplated suicide, but he was scared of what the
outcome of that might be. He knew Satan and his guide
Apollyon would not tolerate rebellion, or an attempt to
break away from their grip.
It was true, he
had received certain powers, and he was earning a lot of
money. But his money kept him in bondage to drugs, and
drugs took him out of his senses. Sometimes he even
seemed to be out of his body. His soul seemed to travel
At the Satanic
coven, he had become an important figure. In three years
he had recruited dozens of young men and women, and some
older ones as well, into the movement. He certainly had
credit in Satan’s accounts.
But his life was
wretched. As a demonic agent, he was tops. As a human
being, he was as low as you could get. Not only a liar,
he was also a blasphemer of God and all that is holy.
that shocked Lucis deeply was the death of Helen Heroin.
She literally killed herself with drugs. By the end she
had become a veritable zombie; her mind was totally
blown, and her body reeked of disease.
Lucis did not have
respect for her, but he did see himself reflected in her
descent into disaster. He himself did not expect to live
long - and neither did he want to. His “enjoyment”
always had a tragic downside. Friendships were as
transient as a wispy cloud. One of his cobbers, Damien,
came as close to being a true friend as anyone had ever
done in his whole life. But Damien died a hideous death
through AIDS. That tragedy really shattered Lucis. With
all the power he possessed, Lucis had been totally
powerless to help his friend.
death, his life sank even deeper into the bitter, cruel
nether world of drugs, sex and occultism.
One day, Lucis was
‘reasonable’ state of mind, and was out on his usual
business of recruiting young men. As he walked along a
crowded street, a stranger, a strange type of man,
accosted him. The man stood in front of him, put a hand
on his shoulder, looked him direct in the eyes, and
blurted out a question.
“Young man, when
you die, where will you spend eternity?”
And then he
disappeared. Lucis shook his head. Was this real? Or was
it a hallucination from the new drug he was taking? He
walked on, but the question kept coming back. “Where
will you spend eternity?”
Lucis knew the
answer. With Satan, of course! But he was nagged by
certain doubts - was that eternity going to be to his
liking? Would it be any better than the hell that he was
already living in? Or would it simply be an eternal
extension of his present wretched, hopeless,
mind-blowing, depraved life?
Lucis tried not to
think too loud. Apollyon had a way of knowing his
thoughts. He walked a little further, and then decided
to stop off in a cafe for coffee. He went upstairs to a
quiet section, and took a seat. He ordered coffee.
He looked around -
there was a man drinking coffee at another table.
The man looked up.
Lucis’ heart jumped. It was the same strange man who had
accosted him in the street. He felt an urge to jump up
and flee, but he was glued to his seat.
The man saw him.
He left his table and came straight over to Lucis. He
sat down directly in front of the young man, and looked
into his eyes.
“Tell me young
man, where will you spend eternity?”
“In Hell,” said
Lucis in a matter of fact way.
“And how will that
“I will reign at
the right hand of Satan.”
“And take glee in
presiding over a sea of eternal misery, cursing,
weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth?”
“Yes, of course.”
“Young man ... do
you realize that Satan himself will be in eternal misery
in the Lake of Fire. He will not be the king of Hell as
you evidently believe. He’s doomed!”
mister. Satan is the most powerful force in the whole
“He is a powerful
evil force. But Satan
is a created being. He rebelled against Almighty God and
became the King of Demons.”
“But Satan is
“He is called ‘the
god of this world’ 64
because he has brought millions of people into bondage.
But he is not the Almighty. Do you know what ‘Satan’
“No? Because he
doesn’t tell you that! Satan means ‘the Accuser.’ And he
is also called Apollyon, and ‘the Angel of the Abyss.’
Apollyon means ‘Destroyer’.”
“Of course, he
destroys his enemies, like he has already destroyed
“Far from it.”
“Yeh? Then why did
Jesus get crucified? Because he was a weakling! He
couldn’t save anyone, not even himself.”
“Young man! Jesus
Christ died for the sins of the whole world. That’s why
He died. He died for your sins!”
“Ha! What is sin?”
“Sin is darkness -
everything that cannot stand in the Presence of
holiness. That is why you Satanists meet at midnight -
“Why do you
presume I am a Satanist?”
Spirit of the Living God lives in me. He has revealed it
“Ha! What does
your God do for you?”
“He has saved my
soul. He has delivered me from the Broad Way, and from a
wretched life of hate and greed.66
He sent His Son to redeem me from the clutches of Satan.
And He can do the same for you.”
“I can’t believe
that. There’s no way you can escape the clutches of
“Yes there is! It
is through the blood of Messiah. ‘In Him we have
redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our
trespasses, according to the riches of His grace’.”
Lucis recoiled at
the mention of the blood of the Messiah.
sacrifice, and we offer our own blood to appease our
Master. But I’ve never heard a word about forgiveness of
sins. Our master won’t let you get away with sin.”
“Really? And what
sin are you talking about?”
“To us, sin is
anything that displeases Satan.”
“But sin is
anything of darkness, and Satan himself is darkness. The
Almighty is Light, and He is ready to forgive. When we
believe and call on Him, He cleanses us from all sin,
and makes us a new
people. He makes us born
necessary!” replied Lucis. “We just need to keep in
Satan’s good books, and be his obedient servants.”
“Young man, you’re
heading for eternal misery. The Lake of Fire was
prepared for Satan and his angels.68
It is the realm of no return for all who have not been
redeemed by the blood of Yeshua the Messiah ... Do you
realize there is no friendship in Hell - none
is that?” he spat out. “I’ve never known real friendship
- in all my life - until recently. I had a friend; his
name was Damien ... he was snatched from my arms - by
AIDS - a hideous death. Don’t talk to me about
“Young man, Yeshua
is the Friend of sinners ... He loves you, and will be
your Friend for ever ... if you will receive His grace
“Grace? What is
that? The name of his girl friend?”
“No. Grace is His
mercy, His kindness, and His favour towards you. It
will lift you up from the pit of depravity. It will
cause you to experience His love.”
“Love? Was Yeshua
“No! He was
“Then how could He
be a friend of mine?”
“He will make you
a new creature.69
You need a new life young man. It’s possible - if you
call upon Him and receive His grace.”
wasting your time. I’m a Satanist, a prostitute, and a
drug addict. And I’m in the clutches of Satan. There’s
no way I can escape from all that!”
“It is written,
‘Whoever will call on the Name of the Heavenly Master
will be saved’.” 70
“And you think
Satan will release me just like that!”
“Satan has been
defeated by the victory of the Messiah on the cross.71
And now the Almighty rescues all who call on Him, from
the domain of darkness; and He transfers them to the
kingdom of His Beloved Son.”
“Satan has already
been condemned,” the man continued. “He has limited
freedom at present, while God demonstrates His power by
redeeming souls, and setting them free from Satanic
Lucis was silent.
He was recalling the hideous death of Penelope, and the
tragic end of Helen Heroin.
“By the way, my
name is Faithful. What’s yours?”
“Lucis? Do you
know the meaning of that name?”
“Lucis is a form
of Lucifer, which is another name for Satan. ... And
your other name describes your condition. Your name
describes your bondage to Lucifer.73
It may well be that your parents dedicated you to
Lucifer at your birth.”
“If that is so,
then I’ll always belong to Satan.”
“Maybe, but that
dedication can be broken by the power of the blood of
the Almighty when you renounce your past, and embrace
Lucis did not
answer. Inside he was wishing that all that Faithful was
saying was true.
continued. “Listen ... listen to the end of the story.
It is written in the Word of God:
‘Then I saw an
angel coming down from heaven, having the key of the
bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid
hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the Devil
and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and
hurled him into the bottomless pit, and shut and sealed
it over him, so that he could not deceive the nations
any longer.’ 74
That’s the fate of
Satan, Lucis. And as for his people ... listen:
‘But as for the
cowardly and unbelieving; and as for the
depraved, for murderers, immoral persons and sorcerers
(practisers of magic arts and occultic mind
sciences); and as for idolaters and all liars -
their place will be in the fiery lake of burning
sulphur, which is the second death.’
“That’s your end
too, Lucis, if you are not redeemed by Messiah’s blood.”
“Well, that means
there is no hope for me – I told you I’m a depraved drug
addict; I’m a sorcerer, a prostitute; and I’m a liar,
and I’ve led hundreds of people to Satan.”
“That’s what you
are right now, Lucis, but if you believe in Yeshua the
Messiah who died and shed His blood to cleanse you, you
will become a new creature.76
Believe me ... it happened to me some years ago. And in
my life, I have proved that the amazing grace of God can
save a wretch. And He will also do it for you.”
“I wish I could
believe that ... but I can’t. Your Messiah was
crucified. He could not even save Himself.”
“The truth is,
Lucis ... Yeshua rose from the dead. Listen!
‘The Messiah died
for our sins, according to the Scriptures, and He was
buried, and He was raised on the third day according to
the Scriptures.’ 77
Lucis. And the Almighty wants you to know and experience
‘the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who are
in accordance with the working of His mighty strength
which He exerted in the Messiah, when He raised Him from
the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the
heavenly places, far above all rule and authority
and power and dominion, and every name that is named,
not only in this age, but also in the one to come.’
“And listen to
these words also from the Word of God:
demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were
still sinners, the Messiah died for us. Much more then,
having now been justified by His blood, we shall be
saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if
while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through
the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled,
we shall be saved by His life.’
“These words are
true, Lucis. I’ve experienced them!”
“But they would
kill me if I started following Yeshua the Messiah.”
certainly destroy you if you continue on in your present
life. The only possible deliverance for you is through
the Saviour. Yeshua is the Anointed One of God. He is
God manifest in human form. He is the One whose Name is
exalted above all names.
“Listen to these
Yeshua, who, although existing in the form of God -
being in very nature God, did not regard equality
with God something to be grasped, but emptied Himself,
taking the form of a bond-servant, being made in human
likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He
humbled Himself (still further) by becoming
obedient to the extreme of death, even death on a cross.
Therefore (because He stooped so low), God
exalted Him to the highest place, and gave Him the Name
that is above every name, that at the Name of Yeshua
every knee should bow - in heaven and on earth and under
the earth - and every tongue confess that Yeshua the
Messiah is the Heavenly Master, to the glory of
God the Father.’ 80
Lucis was left
speechless. Inwardly he knew it must be true. He held
his head in his hands. Penelope! Helen! The viciousness
of Wendee! The warning of Apollyon! The voice of Satan!
It was all flooding through his mind. He knew he was on
the verge of suicide ... or madness. Oh, if only he
could believe! If only he could be delivered from his
hopeless life – and from Satan!
“If only I could
start all over again,” he whispered.
“You can Lucis.
Just call on His Name.”
“But I must do
something, somehow, to get out of my present quagmire. I
must do something to earn or warrant God’s grace!”
“No Lucis. You can
never warrant or earn God’s grace. It’s a gift from God.81
Come just as you are, and call upon Him. Believe His
Word. Trust Him. He will receive you and deliver you.
The Word of God says:
‘To one who does
not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly,
his faith is accounted as righteousness.’
‘For by grace you
are saved, through faith - and this is not of
yourselves, it is the gift of God - not as a
result of works, lest anyone should boast.’
“Faith is your
part, Lucis. Simple faith.”
acutely aware of the struggle going on inside the young
man, and his spirit was all the time crying out to the
Almighty for His grace to break through in the heart of
this young man who was bound by sin and Satan.
continued for a long time ... and finally Lucis
mercy on me. I believe. I believe You are the truth, and
that You died for me. I hand my life over to You, and I
trust You to deliver me from my wretched life, and from
the bondage of Satan. I renounce all my vows to Satan,
and my dedication by my parents to Satan. I receive You
as my new Master and my Saviour, and trust You for a new
life, and to protect me, and to keep me by Your power.
Thank You, Master.”
Tears began to run
down his cheeks. Cleansing and release were working deep
within him. Finally, he looked up into the eyes of
Faithful, with a light upon his face.
“He’s done it,
Faithful. My burden has been lifted. I now believe with
all my heart that Yeshua is the Saviour. He is my
Saviour, my Master and my God.”
“Blessed be His
“How can I thank
“Don’t thank me,
my son. Just thank the Messiah. He sent me to you.”
Yeshua. Oh thank you, Master. Thank You for sending
Faithful to me. Fill me with Your love and power, and
purity. Thank You for this new life.”
prayed for Lucis - for his complete deliverance from
drugs, his sinful life, and from Satan.
“My son, you will
no longer be called Lucis Bondage. From now on you will
be called Shamuel Setfree.
Shamuel means ‘heard of God.’ God has heard your prayer,
and has set you free. Now let’s leave this place
SURRENDER AND NEW JOE
continued their journey together. The Apostle had to
leave them as he had much work to do, and was constantly
helping pilgrims to understand the Way.
New Joe was very
careful now, never to neglect meditation on the Word of
God. He and Surrender began to grow stronger in the
Master, and were learning to conquer by faith and the
Sometimes they met
travellers coming back along the Way. “Why are you
returning?” they would enquire. So often the answer was
the same ... “There is a mountain range ahead, and it’s
impossible for us to cross it. There are many mountains
in the Range, and if you conquer one, you are bound to
fall on the next.”
range is this?” they would ask.
“Haven’t you heard
of the Besetting Sin Mountain Range? There are
mountains there that you will try a hundred times to
climb, and you’ll fail every time.”
The two young men
would reason: “But by faith we can conquer every
“Well, you try,”
they would reply. “But we’re giving up. If it were not
for this mountain range,
we could reach the Celestial City without too much
Surrender and New
Joe felt so sorry for the many defeated travellers they
came across. There was such a frustration about them
all. “Surely there must be some secret of victory that
all these pilgrims are missing,” they said to each
Soon they were
within sight of the infamous Besetting Sin Mountain
Range. Yes, it did look like a forbidding task - to
cross this range. And there was no other way to cross
over than by the Narrow Way which led right through
At the foot of
this awesome range there was a signboard, with
instructions for travellers to read before proceeding.
The two young men studied these instructions carefully,
but they noticed some pilgrims who confidently started
their climb with barely a glance at the signs or
indicated that there were many mountains in the way, and
that each one had its own name. The board listed the
Surrender looked at
“It seems that there is a Besetting Sin Mountain to
break even the most prepared heart,” he said.
sure does. Now I remember old Faithful telling me that
there are mountains to climb where every inch of the Way
will be contested.”
SEEMS THERE IS A MOUNTAIN TO BREAK EVEN
THE MOST PREPARED HEART"
“Let us make sure
we know the instructions, New Joe, and keep them in our
They looked at the
board carefully. They read the rules over and over, and
noted them in a pocket book. They both were determined
that they would conquer this mountain range, and not
turn back as so many others had done.
Surrender and New
Joe spent much time in prayer, committing their way to
the Master, and seeking His guidance and enabling for
all that was ahead of them.
They then checked
all the instructions on the board.
IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS for pilgrims crossing
the besetting sin mountain range
1 Don’t attempt
to conquer these mountains with an attitude of defeat
and doubt. If you expect to fail, you will fail. You can
do all things through Christ who strengthens you.
2 Start from
Victory Ground. Your Master has conquered all mountains.
He has conquered even death. Your Master is your
3 Never trust
in your own stamina and strength to cross this range.
You will fail if you do.
Present your body a living sacrifice unto God, and be
filled with the power of His Holy Spirit. Keep your body
in subjection to Christ. Buffet your body, and don’t
give way to it. 88
5 Always be
sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and obey
His leading immediately.
6 Walk in the
Spirit, and you will not obey the desire of the flesh.
Always mortify the enemy, Fleshly Desire.
7 Be wary of
the deadly enemy called Pride. Cast down every thing in
your life that exalts itself against God.
8 Bring your
every thought into captivity so that it obeys Christ.
Don’t let your thoughts run wild with vain imaginations.
Think on the things that are lovely, pure and of good
report. Meditate on your Example and Master, Yeshua.
Keep your eyes on Him at all times.
Surrender and New
Joe looked again at the mountain range ahead. “Let’s
press on,” said Joe.
The way was indeed
contested, but the young men kept the instructions in
their minds, and focused their eyes on the Saviour. They
climbed the Hill of Dishonesty
without suffering any real setback, and they were
feeling happy in their progress.
the pass first and was beaming with confidence. “I’ve
made it! Come on, New Joe,” he called, looking behind
him. “We are doing fine. We’ll show those defeated
travellers that we can climb and pass right over this
Besetting Sin Range.”
Joe glanced up,
and saw Surrender suddenly disappear from view. He
gasped. In a couple of minutes he reached the place. He
could see that Surrender had stepped on some boulders
which had given way. He had fallen down the side of the
mountain, and was lying in a heap some distance below.
New Joe hurried
down to the aid of his companion. He found him bruised
and nursing his pride.
Surrender?” he asked.
“I don’t know,
Joe. I was feeling really victorious, but something gave
beneath me. I guess it must have been pride.”
“Oh, we must watch
against that enemy, Surrender. Remember? It was on the
instruction board - the deadly enemy Pride. I remember
reading also, that Pride goes before a fall.”
PRIDE IS A DEADLY ENEMY THAT
LEADS TO MANY A FALL
“Yes, you are
right. I was thinking that we have succeeded in climbing
Dishonesty Hill. But it was the Master who conquered it
for us. I’ll confess my sin to Him.”
travellers came to Mt
was a great hill indeed. Many pilgrims seemed to be
“hung up” on this hill. They could not make much
progress at all. Joe and Surrender noticed at once, the
quarrelsome nature of those who were forever falling
back down the hill.94
They stopped to
help some of them. They reasoned with them. “Brothers
and sisters, the Scriptures exhort us to pray, lifting
up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.95
We must walk in the Spirit; the fruit of the Spirit is
“What do you know
about love?” some of the defeated cried. “You are just
youngsters. How can we love these people who are always
teaching doctrines that don’t fit in with our ideas?”
“Yes, what do you
know about walking in the Spirit,” shouted some others.
“Have you been baptized in the Spirit in the way we
think you ought to?”
Before New Joe or
Surrender could reply, someone else had joined in the
discussion, which threatened to become more of a battle
with every new contribution.
“Oh, these people
are altogether wrong! They don’t hold the same views
as I do,” went the arguments.
interpretation is altogether wrong!”
“But you teach
that your denomination is the only one holding the
“We do not! We
say that we hold a monopoly of the truth. But you say
believers can be lost!”
“We say we must
save ourselves. But you say you can do anything you
“We do not say
that. We say like this!”
“But you say
something else. And we can’t be wrong in our views!”
“Well, we have
studied a lot and know so much more Greek and Hebrew
than you do.”
“Well, we would
not even call you Christians!”
“But you don’t
even follow the Scriptures!”
“Yes we do! And
we are more holy than you!”
“But you are full
“No we’re not. You
“No! We are simply
contending for the truth.”
It was becoming
quite a din. Joe wanted to put in a word, but just
couldn’t get a chance.
“Come on,” said
Surrender, “Let us press on. We cannot help these people
while they’re in this frame of mind. We can only pray
for them. If we stay here, we’ll only fall down the
mountain with them!”
Dissension and an Unruly Tongue
will rob of Joy and Victory
They kept on
travelling mountain after mountain. On
Lying Hill they met
people who were constantly defeated because of lies.
These ones so often gave excuses for their lies. “It is
mostly just little lies that upset us. It is just the
‘white lies’ - you know, in our work and profession. We
are compelled to tell ‘white lies.’ They don’t mean
anything really. They are not serious.”
And yet, as
Surrender told them, “If these ‘little’ lies are not
serious, how is it then that you make no progress, but
are defeated on this mountain?”
“Yes,” added Joe,
“You must make a stand with our Master. You must make a
stand against this subtle temptation. Our Master is
Truth, and He has said, ‘You shall know the Truth, and
the Truth shall set you free!’”
Some would argue,
“Truth is relative. We can’t be sure of anything, or
whether it is absolute truth. Even some of the modern
preachers have told us that we can’t believe the Bible
“Oh, my friends,”
Joe replied. “You have not understood Truth. Truth is a
Truth is Yeshua. He will set you free if you
yield yourselves to Him.”
Some of the
defeated immediately saw the Truth, and yielded fully to
Him. They then went on to conquer Lying Hill. Their
Master was the Truth.
Soon the two young
travellers came to Temper Peak.
This was very high indeed, and the air was so thin. They
met some pilgrims who simply could not conquer this
Peak. They had tried a hundred times, but failed again
and again. This Peak was very similar - a twin - to the
Unruly Tongue Peak.99
On these two
peaks, everything was set up to make the pilgrims trip
again and again. The jagged sides of these mountains
and the rough path, irritated the climbers constantly.
They tried so hard to conquer Temper and Unruly Tongue.
succeeded, but were thrown down at the last
Some made excuses,
saying, “This is the fault of our temperaments. We can’t
conquer such peaks while we have these temperaments. We
will never succeed. It’s useless to even attempt it,
unless we can somehow change these peaks.”
Surrender and New
Joe looked sadly at these ones defeated by the twin
peaks. “There must be a way for them,” they thought.
“Surely the Master does not want them to be defeated by
“Maybe there is
some way to change these peaks,” Joe was saying.
“Let’s look on our
instruction list,” Surrender suggested. “There must be
some secret to help them conquer these peaks.”
carefully over each point.
“The first point,
I think is most important,” Joe said. “These defeated
ones are blaming their temperaments. They
don’t expect to win. They are defeated before they
start. I see what it means, don’t you, Surrender? We
have to start from victory ground. The Master has
conquered everything, and He is our Victor. Just as He
is the Truth, so He is the Victory.”
replied Surrender. “He is the Victor over
these twin peaks. No wonder so many of these pilgrims
are defeated. They are trying to be the victors
themselves. They are trying to change their temperament,
but what they need is a Victor to control these
temperamental peaks that are so unruly. Only the Master
can conquer them.”
The Master, Yeshua Himself, is the Victory
When some pilgrims
realized the truth, they stopped trying to get victory -
they stopped trying to change themselves, and they
trusted the Master to be their Victory. They entered
into the Truth, and found that the Saviour was
sufficient for all their temperamental problems.
The two young
pilgrims constantly shared the truths and were able to
help others climb the Mountain Range.100
They were soon to discover, however, that their “own
particular mountains” were not so easy to conquer as
some of those behind them.
It was New Joe who
found Depression Hill
so difficult to conquer. Time and time again he tried,
but failed as often as he tried. This was no hillock.
This was a savage, ragged mountain that would throw him
down into despair.
He could not
understand why this hill should so defeat him. He tried
to remember the instructions he had read earlier. He was
not trusting in his own strength. He had presented his
body a living sacrifice to the Master. He was asking the
Master to be his Victor - and yet, he failed again and
Not only did the
pressures of the Way weigh down heavily upon him, but
even the fact that he was despondent, made him more
“It’s no use! I
just can’t conquer this terrible mountain of
depression,” he said at last to Surrender.
“There’s a lesson
the Master is seeking to teach all of us, New Joe. You
know we have met many believers on this Range, and they
have all had some particular trouble - some mountain -
sometimes temper, or unruly tongue, or envy, jealousy,
or lying, or dishonesty. And we have seen that the
Master has made every provision for their victory. So he
has an answer for us also, New Joe.”
“Don’t call me New
Joe any more, Surrender.” The young pilgrim wept. “I
feel so weighed down, it is just like I was back on the
Broad Way, carrying my load of sin. It’s too heavy.
Everything is a fog up here. I must go back.”
“No, no, Joe!”
Surrender cried. “The Master is allowing this for a
reason. Don’t you remember what Apostle told us? God
uses all things for our good.”
possibly use all these distressing circumstances for my
good. I’ve had too many falls on this mountain.”
faith is the victory.”
“But I can’t!” Joe
snapped. “My faith is too weak. Leave me, I’m going
back. I won’t try anymore. The Master doesn’t need me.”
replied sternly. “Remember how you were defeated at the
River Doubt. You wanted to return then, but the Master
saved you, and has led you all the Way till the present
“But I tried to
swim in my own strength then. This is different. On this
mountain I’m failing again and again. I can’t go on! I’m
a failure - a failure! I haven’t any faith left.”
“You must let the
“Leave me alone,”
shouted Joe. “I can’t. I’m going back!” And the
young man started running down the mountain while his
companion gazed after him with sadness.
onto his knees; “Master, Yeshua, meet my brother in his
depression. You are sufficient for his need. Thank You,
Joe kept on
running - trying to run away from his depression, and
from the Master. Then suddenly, his foot tripped, and he
was flat on his face. This was one of his heaviest
falls, and the young man sobbed. “I can’t take any
more. I’m finished - finished.”
continued for quite some time, until exhausted, he
lapsed into semi-consciousness.
“New Joe!” a voice
just above him whispered kindly. “New Joe!” The young
man was startled.
“New Joe! I’m your
Master. I love you.”101
... I’ve failed You so badly.”
“I know, New Joe.
But I have chosen you and will not cast you away.”
The young man
started weeping again.
“Master, the Way
is so difficult. I can’t conquer this depressing
“Of course you
can’t, New Joe!”
The young pilgrim
felt the loving arms of Yeshua draw him closer.
TRUST the master WITH EVERY CARE!
“It’s a heavy load
you have been carrying. Won’t you let me take it for
“But Master, You
have so many loads to bear.”
“And I’m able to
carry yours, also!”
“Master, I have
sinned against You. How can You still care for me? I’m a
failure ... a failure ... Master, forgive me.”
“New Joe! Your
sins are forgiven. I carried them all when I died on the
cross for you.”104
“Yes, thank You,
Master. But how can I be of any use to You? I get so
defeated by depression. It’s terrible!”
“I know, New Joe.
And I know how to deliver you from temptation and from
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me. I will give you
“How, Master? I
don’t try to understand. Just
trust Me! I am the Author and Perfector of your
faith. Will you believe I can deliver you?”
“Yes, Master, I
“Then do not be
anxious for a thing. Don’t be afraid.108
I am with you. Your depressions are springing up from
fears and doubts. You are afraid of circumstances. You
are afraid of yourself. You are afraid of failure. I am
with you, and I will keep you. I will deliver you. I
will take your cloak of heaviness, and give you a
garment of praise to God.109
Will you let Me?”
Please take my heavy cloak. Give me Your garment of
praise. I will trust You. I will not be afraid if You
are always with me.”
“New Joe, there is
not a moment that I am not with you. Arise, walk in the
power of My Spirit. Praise God, and let us press on, on
the Upward Way!”
The young man
gazed up into the Face of his Saviour, with tears of
thankfulness and joy streaming down his face, “Thank
You, Master. Thank You, my Saviour.”
“WHERE ARE WE GOING NOW?”
Shamuel Setfree asked.
It was the very
same day when Lucis Bondage was delivered from the
chains of Satan, and became a new man - Shamuel Setfree.
“We’re on the
Narrow Way that leads to the Celestial City, my friend,”
replied his old companion.
Faithful. I know they won’t leave me so easily. Satan
cannot bear to see one of his devotees defecting.”
“Yes, Shamuel, I
know. That’s why I want to be with you at this crucial
time. Satan will attack, but do not be afraid. You now
belong to a new Master, and your new Master is the
“Yes Faithful, but
Satan is powerful. And he’s very subtle, and brutal.”
“True, my son. But
the important thing is to remember that you are now
in the Messiah.
The Scripture says:
anyone is in Christ, the Messiah, he is a new creation;
the old things have passed away; see, all things have
become new.’ 110
“You are now born
again, Shamuel, and the Scripture says:
‘We know that
every one who has been born of God does not sin; but the
One begotten of God keeps him, and the evil one does not
touch him.’ 111
“You are also
protected by your Master, son. Listen:
‘Praise be to the
God and Father of our Master, Y’shua Messiah, who, by
His great mercy, has caused us, through the resurrection
of Y’shua the Messiah from the dead, to be born again
into a living hope, into an inheritance which can never
perish, or be corrupted, or fade away, that is
kept safe in heaven for you, and for all
who, through faith, are being protected by the power of
Almighty God until the coming of the ultimate
deliverance that is ready to be revealed in the last
tremendous encouragement to me, Faithful.”
“But don’t forget,
Shamuel, your part is FAITH ...
Believing + trusting = faith
“And you have been
provided with a shield to ward off the attacks of the
evil one. It’s the Shield of Faith.113
And you also have been provided with the Sword of the
It is very, very powerful, Shamuel. It is the very Word
of God. It is not merely words. It is the Word of your
Almighty Master. You know ... Yeshua is the Eternal Word
who became a Man to redeem us. One of His titles is The
Word of God.115
By His Word the Universe came into being.116
By His Word all things hold together.117
Yeshua are always targets of Satan, but the Scriptures
believers overcame him because of
the blood of the Lamb,
and because of the word of
their testimony, and
they did not love and
cling to their lives, right up to their very
“The Lamb here is
the Lamb of God - Yeshua. The blood of His sacrifice
brings atonement for all believers. It spells the end of
Satan’s right to enslave sinners. It makes us accepted
by God ...
“Remember how you
cringed at the mention of the blood of Messiah? You
hated it, right?”
“Well now you love
Messiah, and can rejoice in the power in His blood. You
have been redeemed, bought by His blood.
‘For you know that
it was not with perishable things like silver or gold
that you were redeemed from the futile way of life
handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the
precious blood of the Messiah, a Lamb without blemish or
“‘The word of your
testimony’ is your testimony concerning your steadfast
faith in Messiah, and His work at Calvary, and the
reality of what He is in your life.”
“And what does it
mean about ‘not loving their lives unto death’?” the
young new believer asked.
Shamuel, that you no longer fear death, for you know
your Master is the Resurrection and the Life.120
If we are in the Messiah we are secure,
both in life and in death.121
And our primary concern is that we glorify
our Master by our life, and also by our death if we are
called to lay down our life.
“Even if Satan
could orchestrate your death, he would have no power
over your soul. But the fact is that as a believer in
Messiah, your times and your life is in the hand of the
“Nothing can touch
you unless God permits. The Master will allow you to be
tested, and even buffeted - but only when He allows.
Testings are necessary for our buildup and spiritual
growth, but we need not fear the testing times.122
Shamuel, we will see a satanic encounter very soon. He
will attack me as well as you because the Master has
used me to bring you to Himself.”
“Yes, I expect it
soon also - knowing Satan, I know he will be enraged
because I’ve defected. The worst sin in Satanism is to
defect and go over to the enemy’s side.”
“True ... but ...
hey ... what do we have here?”
Shamuel stopped in their tracks.
something peculiar about that figure coming towards us.”
“Oh! ... this is
it!” Shamuel whispered. “It’s a female ... I know her.
She’s a witch - the leader of the coven I’ve left. She
led me into the occult. She’s an extremely dangerous
servant of Satan.”
“It doesn’t take
long for the news to get around. Be strong, Shamuel!
Don’t be afraid. Remember the Blood, the Shield of
Faith, the Word of God, and your Testimony concerning
The woman came
straight up and stood in front of them. It was Wendee
Witchery. Her eyes were aflame, and when she spoke, it
was not her own voice. Shamuel recognized the same voice
of Satan that he had heard on a number of occasions,
such as when the soul of Penelope was claimed by the
The deep husky
voice spoke through Wendee.
“I’ve come to take
you back to safety, Lucis Bondage. You are being led in
a wrong path!”
“You’ve got the
wrong man. I’m no longer Lucis Bondage. I’m a new man in
My name is Shamuel Setfree.”
“You are deluded,
Lucis. I am your friend and Master.”
“No! You are no
longer my master. I now belong to Yeshua the Messiah who
is above all. He is the Living God, and He’s my
“You’re being a
fool, Lucis. You cannot simply switch sides like that.
You are mine, and I will not let you go. Your parents
dedicated you to me when you were born, and you yourself
pledged to serve me all the days of your life. You
cannot break that pledge! I have come to take you back
to where you belong.”
Shamuel emphatically. “I’m now on the right path, and I
belong to the Messiah.”
“You are mine!”
“No! I have been
redeemed by the Messiah.”
“He cannot save
“Yes He can! And
“Ha, ha, ha,” the
voice laughed. “Imaginations! You are mine, and nothing
can pluck you out of my hand!”
redeemed by the blood of the Lamb of God.125
Now I follow Him. I no longer belong to you.”
the devil. “I hate that blood. It’s vile. It causes so
Faithful joined in
here. “Yes, the blood of Yeshua the Messiah has cleansed
us from our sins.126
We are now in the Kingdom of Light.”127
withstand my power - neither of you!”
“But we do,”
shouted Faithful. “We resist you in the Name of Yeshua
the Messiah, the Living God.”128
The body of Wendee
seemed to enlarge on the spot. Her teeth bared like
fangs; with her arms raised up, her finger nails like
giant claws threatened the two men. The demon launched
out to attack Shamuel ... but it couldn’t touch him. It
was as if an invisible shield covered the young
The witch recoiled
as if stung by a powerful ray of light. She snarled:
“The curse of
Satan be on you both.”
“Your master is
defeated by the blood of Messiah,” Shamuel cried out.
“We are protected by the Heavenly Master, and Satan’s
curse can have no effect upon us at all!”
scowled the witch as she stepped back a few paces.
“Wendee! ... You
are deceived,” Shamuel called out. “Yeshua can save you
also from your path to Hell.”
“I’m a winner,
Lucis. You’re the loser. You cannot escape. We’ll be
disappeared with curses and blasphemies.
“She’s gone,” said
Faithful. “Let’s praise our Master for His protection.
And let’s keep close to Him all along the way. The enemy
will strike again and again. But we are secure in
SURRENDER WAS SO SAD
to see New Joe leave him in such haste and
discouragement. He prayed for him, but felt there was
nothing more he could do at that time. For himself, he
had to press on. He did feel somewhat proud of his
progress. He had conquered quite a few mountains without
many falls at all. Yes, Yeshua had been his Victor.
stood before a new mountain. It seemed to be a towering
Himalayan giant. He felt a shiver of trepidation as he
looked at it for a long time. This was Mt. Lustful.
The young pilgrim
started the climb. Yes, he would conquer this mountain
too. “Master, help me,” he sighed. He was determined he
would not be defeated like a number of pilgrims he met
on this same mountain. He remembered clearly that
temptation could come openly or subtly. He avoided
letting his eyes gaze on anything that could trip him
up. He tried to bring every thought into captivity so
that no lustful boulder or crag would influence his
As he progressed,
however, Surrender began to feel a tremendous battle
going on inside him. There were just so many rugged
steps on this mountain - any one of them could cause him
to fall. There were vines that could easily entangle his
feet. There were cliffs where one false step could be
fatal. The battle for this mountain was becoming more
fierce every step of the climb. None of the other
mountains were so rigid, so unassailable as this one.
Then it happened.
Surrender could not face the battle any longer. He
looked down, and as he did, his foot slipped, and he was
falling - not just to the ground – but down the
mountainside. He was part of a landslide, and within a
few minutes he was lying, crushed and brokenhearted. So
much for determination to conquer Mt Lustful.
But Surrender was
not finished yet. He was not going to give up so easily.
After feeling a little better, he started the assault
again, this time with even more vigour and carefulness.
He knew this time there would be a great battle, and he
was prepared for it. And this time he was even more
resolved to conquer. Again the battle started, and it
grew more fierce, the further he climbed. It began to
tear him apart again, but he was not going to give in.
He was watching every step of the way - and then, wham!
bang! He was down again.
“Oh no!” he cried,
holding his head in shame. “Why can’t I conquer this
He was now
experiencing defeat like New Joe had. “All that advice
on victory I gave to Joe,” Surrender thought. “I can’t
even remember what I told him now. But it all seems
theoretical anyway. I know I should trust the Master to
be my Victor. I’ve been starting from victory ground,
and expecting to win. But look what has happened!”
“It was quite some
time before the young climber felt like trying again.
But eventually he did. “The new assault began, and it
also ended in failure. So did the fourth and a fifth
"I CAN'T CONQUER THIS LUSTFUL MOUNTAIN"
“I just can’t
conquer this mountain,” Surrender sighed. “There must be
some secret I haven’t discovered.”
He asked the
advice of several other travellers whom he met on the
mountain, but they couldn’t give him much help. They
were in the same position as himself!
One of the
travellers named Hopeful, did come up with a suggestion
though. “You know,” she said, “I’ve been reading the
Scriptures, and there is the promise of the Master, that
if we have faith, will be able to say to the mountain,
‘Be removed!’ and it will be cast into the sea. So why
don’t we try to remove this Mt Lustful?”
“Yes, that must be
the secret, and especially if two or three of us agree
on the matter,” replied another pilgrim.
So the travellers
gathered for a prayer meeting to beseech the Master to
remove the mountain. After they finished, they looked
up, hoping to see the mountain removed. But oh! It was
turned to her companions. “You know, I think we have not
done it right. We should speak to the mountain itself,
and not just pray about it. We must
“Yes, maybe you
are right,” the others replied. “Let us work up our
faith, and then, on the count of three, let’s all
command the mountain, in the Lord’s Name, to depart.”
They then tried
this method. “One! Two! Three! In the Name of the Lord
we command you, O Mt Lustful ... depart!”
expecting to see the mountain disappear. But still
“Oh, I knew
nothing would happen,” burst out a young woman named
“No! No!” replied
Hopeful. “Let us wait a while. The mountain will go in
the Lord’s time.” She really seemed full of faith. So
they waited a while longer; but still the mountain did
not go. They were all quite discouraged, and confused,
until they saw an older man coming across the range.
cried Surrender. “He should be able to help us.”
“No one will help
us,” returned Pessimism.
As the elderly
pilgrim drew near, he called out, “What’s wrong young
people? Why are you sitting here looking so dejected?”
“Oh Apostle, we’re
so defeated,” answered Surrender on behalf of them all.
“We just can’t conquer this mountain ... do you remember
me, Apostle? You helped me some time ago, and gave me
much advice. But I can’t remember everything.”
“Yes, sure I
remember you, Surrender. I have been praying for you
Apostle. But nothing seems to help me on this mountain.
The other mountains I conquered without many falls. But
this one ...”
joined in Hopeful. “We thought we could remove this
mountain by commanding it in the Name of the Lord to be
removed, but it remains unmoved. Why doesn’t it go
MOUNTAINS are TO be CONQUERed
pilgrims! Come and sit here together. I’ll explain. You
see, you can’t remove this type of mountain by
commanding it. There are other types of mountains you
come across on the Way to the Celestial City which you
can remove. But this Besetting Sin Mountain Range cannot
be moved. It can only be conquered. God has allowed
these mountains to be part of our path so that we will
learn victory in the realm of the flesh.”
Surrender. “What if we fail again?”
“Well, the reason
could be one of several things:
1 There could
be some sin in your life that you have not confessed to
God, that is keeping you defeated.
2 It could be
because of the monster Pride which you feed. Remember,
never feed anything that can help destroy you!
3 It could be
because of wrong companionships that you keep.
4 It may be
because of some lack in your dedication to Messiah - you
may be holding something back from Him.
5 It may be
that you have failed to obey the Master on some point,
and thereby have robbed yourself of His power that
works on your behalf.
6 Or it is
quite likely that you have not understood the battle of
the two natures in your life.”
“Oh Apostle, I
feel at times I am being pulled apart. There seems to be
a terrible battle going on inside me,” Surrender
“Do you find that
you want to do the right thing, but you don’t do it; and
that you want to avoid the wrong but find yourself doing
“Yes, that is just
how I feel, Apostle,” answered Surrender.
“Yes, we also feel
like that,” added the others.
people,” said Apostle, “this is called the Battle of
the Two Natures. The apostle Paul explained about it in
Romans chapter seven.130
You see, when you enter the Narrow Way,
you are born again, and you receive a new nature, a
spiritual nature which is created in you by God. This
is what the Bible calls the New Man.”
Pessimism, “I seem to have my old nature still in me.
Maybe I’m not born again?”
“No, no!” replied
Apostle. “That’s not the thing. You see, we all still
have our old nature in us, even though we are born
again. That is why we have falls on these ranges. That’s
why there is a fight that goes on inside us.”
“Have you had that
battle too?” asked Hopeful.
“Yes, I have had!”
replied Apostle. “And I have to watch even now, after
travelling the Upward Way for many years, that I don’t
give way to the Old Man - that old sinful nature.
You see, the Old Man will never yield meekly to
the Master. We can’t even train him to be obedient to
our will, nor to the Master’s will.”
“Can’t we starve
him?” asked Hopeful.
won’t work. The Old Man has such an appetite, and the
more you starve him, the more angry and vicious he
“Then what do we
do about him?”
“The only solution
for the Old Man is death!”
“Oh no! Do we have
to suicide?” the bewildered young people asked.
“No! That’s not
the answer, for then the New Man could not
live to God. The Scriptures tell us that our Old Man was
crucified with Yeshua when He died on the cross.”
“Then it means our
Old Man is dead already?” asked Hopeful.
“How can that be,
when we feel him alive inside us?” snapped Pessimism.
OUR Old Man was crucified with Christ
WE WERE raised AS A New MAn IN Christ
- Our Position
“It’s like this,”
Apostle explained. “There’s two things you must
recognize - your position
in Messiah, and your
experience in Messiah. As a believer you
know that the Saviour is your Representative. When He
died, He died in your place - as your Substitute - so
you were in Him.
“Even though you
were not actually existing at that time, the Heavenly
Father knew you, and you were counted as being ‘in
Messiah.’ Your Old
sinful Man was placed on the cross in the Person
of your Substitute. That is your
position. That is what
the Word means when it says, ‘our Old Man was crucified
with Christ.’ 134
“So now we must
recognise and confess that the Old Sinful Man has no
right to control our lives. We therefore reckon that we
are dead to sin, and no longer under its control. Do you
understand this? I repeat, the Old Man has no right to
control us, because the Messiah has broken the claims
that the sinful nature had upon us.135
“And remember this
also, young people; not only was your Old Man judged in
Messiah, but you came alive as a New Man in Messiah,
when He rose from the dead.”
THE NEW LIFE IN CHRIST
- our EXPERIENCE
Apostle asked, “isn’t it true that since you believed in
the Messiah, you have experienced a new life?”
replied Surrender. “But when I climb
this mountain, the
battle grows so great that I feel I am
compelled to obey the
“Yes, that is your
Old Man demanding to be obeyed! While we were on the
Broad Way, we were slaves, and were always required to
obey the Old Man. But now we belong to Messiah, Yeshua
and we are no longer compelled to obey the dictates of
the sinful Old Man.
develops in our lives, though, when we forget that our
New Master has freed us from that slave master.
our old sinful nature is dead in
position; it’s true
also that we find it is still alive in our
experience. To bring
our experience into line with our position, we must
render the Old Man inactive through submitting ourselves
“So my friends,
before you go any further, renounce the claim of the Old
Man on you, and reckon yourselves dead to him. Then
present your body - every part of it - to God, so that
every part of you is an instrument of righteousness.138
“Now, I say, young
people, we must present every
part of our body to God. It is not much use
presenting your hands, if you don’t present your feet.
And on this Lustful Mountain, especially, you must
present your eyes, and
also your private parts,
as instruments of righteousness to the Master.
“On the Broad Way,
most people present their bodies as instruments of
unrighteousness and selfish gratification. That’s why
there’s so much fornication, abuse, perversion and
unholiness on that way.
“Now, young man,
your name is Surrender,
and I want you to remember, as well as you remember your
name, that you are to be wholly surrendered to the
Master, and to the will of God. That goes for all of
you. You all should say, ‘My name is Surrender, because
I have given myself entirely to the Master’ ...
“It’s often the
failure to surrender to the Master that causes pilgrims
to be defeated. Do you remember that verse of Scripture
‘I beseech you
therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, to present
your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to
God, which is your reasonable service’?
“And there is
another Scripture which says that we are not our own,
but we have been bought with a price - even the precious
blood of Yeshua.139
So therefore we belong to Him -
every part of
us. He has purchased us, and now we are to yield
ourselves in willing obedience to Him ...
“Remember also, my
young brothers and sisters, our bodies are temples of
the Holy Spirit who lives within us. We cannot defile
our bodies - and
especially our minds.140
It is very important, young folks, to yield
your minds to
the Master, for the mind is where battles are waged, and
crucial decisions are made.”
“I can’t seem to
keep my mind clean ... so many bad temptations keep
coming into my mind,” said one of the group.
Apostle replied. “Remember, temptation itself is not
sin. But if you meditate on the thoughts, they will
When evil thoughts come into your mind, pray to
the Master, ‘My mind belongs to You. O Master, drive out
these thoughts.’ And then turn your mind to the things
that are wholesome, pure and lovely.142
Meditate on your Master Himself. But make sure
there is no sin you are hanging on it, such as
bitterness or unforgiveness. And beware of anything, or
any companion that may lead you into temptation.”
“But what if we
fail again, even after knowing all this?” persisted
“Then you must
confess your failure again to the Master. And do it
immediately, otherwise you will remain weak and out of
“But how many
times will He forgive us?”
“Well, He told us
to forgive our brothers at least 490 times. So don’t you
think He would forgive us even more than that? The
Master is more ready to forgive than you are ready to be
“If He will
forgive us every time,” someone asked, “then it doesn’t
really matter if we sin and fail often, does it?”
remember the Holy Spirit is living within you. He is not
imaginary, but real. And we are told not to grieve the
Holy Spirit, and not to quench His power in us.143
We cannot make ‘terms’ with sin, or treat
it casually. But we should count on the power of the
Holy Spirit in us to overcome.
“If you surrender
yourself wholly to the Master, He will fill you with the
power of His Spirit so that you are enabled to walk ‘in
the Spirit,’ and in victory.
“So friends, to
start again, confess any sin you are aware of, and
surrender yourself to Your Master, and be filled with
His Spirit.” 144
The young pilgrims
were encouraged by the teaching of the old Apostle. They
realized their mistakes and their lack of understanding.
They realized that it was not their determination that
would take them over the mountain, but the Messiah in
them. He would empower them as they continued to yield
their body and all to Him.145
What a vast
difference the truth made in their climb after that.
They experienced in a new way, the Master’s words, “You
shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you
It was on the descent
valley that Surrender met up with New Joe again. They
were happy to share each other’s experiences, and to
press on together in the Way. They had matured very much
through the crossing of the Mountain Range, and
had come to know the Saviour much more deeply. They
could really praise the Master that they had had the
opportunity of being tested in many ways, and for the
victory the Messiah had given them. They could praise
the Master now even for the falls, because these had
brought them into a deeper relationship with Yeshua.
As the two walked
along joyfully, suddenly they were attacked by an unseen
enemy. Bullet-like missiles were falling all around
them. They instantly jumped behind a tree. “What’s
this?” Surrender asked.
“I don’t know,”
replied New Joe with a shaky voice.
They waited for
some time until things seemed clear again. Then slowly
they ventured out from their hiding place, and took a
few cautious steps along the Way. And then ... bang!
zing! The pilgrims dropped to the ground.
“Oh, I’ve been
hit,” moaned Surrender.
“Oh no! Surrender
... let’s crawl back out of range.”
pilgrims inched their way backwards to a place where
they felt safe.
“What was it?”
Surrender queried. “I didn’t see anyone. It was just
like being fired upon by an unseen enemy.”
“It is definitely
an enemy of some type. Are you hurt badly?” New Joe
“I don’t know. My
shoulder pains. I wish I could get help.”
“We’ll ask the
Master to send help, Surrender?”
THE YEARS PASSED BY,
and hardly before he knew it, Manohar discovered his
greying hair. He stood one day in his comfortable
mansion, and looked into the mirror. His eyes were dark
and tired. “I’m getting on,” he thought. “But I’ve been
quite a success over the years.”
involvement in the Satanic coven had reduced somewhat,
but his financial support for the movement kept him in
very good standing. He and his wife, Fleshly Desire,
were still very much in love, but Manohar was always
plagued with doubts about the Broad Way. Many times he
had passed the entrance to the Narrow Way, and had heard
preachers talking about salvation. But because of his
wife, he never had much time or desire to learn more
about the Narrow Way.
This day he
decided to take an evening walk. He groomed himself, and
kissed his wife as he left his house. He went in a
different direction to his usual walks, and he happened
to pass a building with a sign outside that read:
“THE WORLD FEDERATION OF THE
RELIGIONS OF LOVE”
“This is something
new,” he said to himself. “I still get some religious
feelings and doubts. Let me see what they say here.”
He stepped into
the building cautiously, and discovered that a large
group of people were seated in a circle. One of them got
up and welcomed Manohar. “Welcome to this Love Centre,”
MANNOHAR FINDS A RELIGION OF LOVE
Manohar glanced at
the group and immediately discerned that there were
people from many walks of life, and from various
“I thought I’d
call in to ask your ideas as to this Broad Way on which
we travel. My name is Manohar Made-up-my-mind. I am
growing older, and I wonder at times. about the end of
“Come, join our
circle, friend. We are from many places, and have
various ideas and philosophies, but we agree on the
matter of love. We believe it does not matter so much
what you believe, or even what you do, as long as you
love. We believe that Love is God.”
introduced to the group, and he found that they were
truly a world federation. Some of the members were: the
Right Rev Samuel Masih, the Rector of Broadway United
Church; the Left Reverend Raphael Singh of the Grand
Temple of Babylon; Mother Maraiah Maximus; Abdubulah Qan,
Rabbi Eskhol Levi; Father Jose Fernandes, Krishna
Swamiji, Ming Choi Lee, Dr Babu Bai, Elder Morman
Smyth, Prof. Unitari Josh, Sir Russell Witness,
and Comrade Lenin S Marx.
“You are certainly
a distinguished group of people,” says Manohar. “With
all your knowledge and experience, I am sure you can
give me light on this Broad Way.”
one should not be too dogmatic, friend,” replied the
leader. “There are many ways, but all the ways converge
in this wonderful way of tolerance and love.”
sir, what do you know of the end of this Way, for once I
heard that this Broad Way leads to destruction.”
“Oh no, Mr
Made-up-your-mind. There is no such thing as that. The
Almighty is far too kind to allow any wholesale
destruction of the human race. Did He not make us all?
Is He not the God of love? As long as we try to love and
do the best we can, there is a glorious future for us.
For those who don’t love, of course, there may be a less
“But I heard once
that there is a Narrow Way that leads to life eternal!”
asked the leader. “I don’t know about that. Does anyone
in the group know of that way?”
straightened himself. “There is a small group of people
who preach about a Narrow Way, I believe, but no one
takes much notice of them. They are so narrow-minded, so
exclusive ... not worth thinking about.”
“Yes, yes!” agrees
Eskhol Levi. “They really are an extreme sect. They
follow the Galilean. We crucified him as an imposter
2000 years ago, but these sectarians make all types of
claims for him. It is all right if you want to follow
some of his teachings, but he certainly is not the way
to life, as some claim.”
“What’s his name?”
“Oh! We don’t like
speaking his name ... it’s Yeshua. The name is okay, but
the man himself was a terrible deceiver, and led Israel
astray. That’s why Israel was destroyed. Later the
English changed his name to Jesus, and made a cult
“Yes, I’ve heard
about him!” said Manohar, “I believe he is the enemy of
“Yes, many do,”
agreed Eshkol Levi.
“And what about
the way of Satan?”
“Well, we have to
understand this,” said Morman Smyth, “Jesus and Satan
were brothers, and there’s always been competition
between them. Jesus initiated a very narrow-minded way
because he wanted his followers to renounce all the joys
of life. Satan on the other hand introduced a very
broad way that would accommodate the various types of
people, and their customs. He wanted to set them free
from religious dogmatism and puritanical restrictions.
He encouraged them to enjoy the many pleasures of life.
So you see it is a matter of narrowness as against
broadness. Both ways lead to the same ultimate goal of
utopia. You can choose either way, according to your own
right,” said the leader to Manohar, “and we encourage
you not to be narrow in your thinking. Don’t think much
about the after-life. It is the present you have with
you, so make the most of this time. Certainly don’t go
off and follow a deceiver. Take the best of all the
religions, philosophies and thoughts, and live for
today. Look, here is Lenin S Marx. He is a communist,
but he shares the many beautiful thoughts of Mao with
us. We each contribute to the intellectual and spiritual
experience of the group. We believe we are sowing
wonderful seeds for the race, and that the religions of
love will lead us all to the ultimate goal.”
“Excuse me, sir,”
says Manohar, “but I have met many wicked people on this
Broad Way. What about these? Maybe they are going to
“Well, I’m sure
they will be given another chance, somewhere along the
way - either here or in a future life. They may not
reach the goal as soon as we do, but surely they will,
sooner or later.”
“Then I need not
worry about the end of this Way. Things will turn out
all right, after all?”
“Yes, of course.
Just try to improve your soul, and follow love. You’ll
be all right, dear friend.”
“Oh, thank you,
sirs,” replied Manohar. “You have certainly relieved my
fears. I was a little worried. I’ll try to come
regularly to your meetings and learn more of your noble
The greying man
leaves the group, and returns to his home.
“I’m glad I made
up my mind years ago to have a good time. There’s
nothing to worry about. No doubt, Satan is the better
master, as he encourages everyone to be happy and to
enjoy life. I’m sure Penelope has been given another
chance, and has been restored to favour with the
master. And I myself am very much in his good books,
with all the financial support I give to the movement.”
THE SOLDIER WAS FULLY EQUIPPED
SURRENDER AND NEW JOE
looked down the road as a distant figure gradually
approached them. It was an intriguing figure. As it drew
near, they could see it was a soldier. He seemed to be
an old-time warring man, fully equipped with sword,
shield and armour.
As he came up to
the two young men seated on the ground, he stopped to
enquire about them.
“Why are you two
sitting here looking bewildered?”
“Oh sir, we’ve
just had a bad experience up the road a bit. We were
travelling, and then suddenly we were attacked by an
“Ah ha!” he
exclaimed. “That’s not surprising! There are many
enemies along this way.146
Were you not prepared for them?”
sir,” replied New Joe, “and my friend Surrender ... this
is Surrender ... I’m New Joe ...”
“Glad to meet you
Surrender and New Joe. My name is Warrior.”
Joe continued, “Surrender has been hit by the enemy, and
has pain in his shoulder.”
Surrender,” said Warrior, looking at the young man’s
shoulder. “It’s not fatal. The Great Physician will heal
it. Just pray and trust Him ... but tell me, why were
you not prepared for such attacks? This injury could
have been avoided if you had used a shield. We must
always carry a shield.”
The two younger
men looked puzzled.
“We did not expect
an unseen enemy, sir.”
“My boys, most of
our enemies are unseen. You have heard of Satan, haven’t
“Yes, of course,
“Well Satan is the
chief devil, but he is not alone. He leads a mighty host
of evil spirits who fulfil his evil designs. On this
Narrow Way we come up against them many times. They come
in various guises. The Scriptures say our struggle is
not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,
against the powers, against the world forces of this
darkness, against the
spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.147
These are enemies of God, and enemies of
everyone who walks the Narrow Way. They will attack
openly; or tempt subtly. Sometimes their attack will
develop into a full-scale war.”
“Warrior, we faced
a lot of temptations on Besetting Sin Mountain Range.
Could Satan have had anything to do with them?”
“Why, sure he can.
Actually he is the brains behind all those temptations.
He is such an expert at tripping people up. He’ll
discover your weaknesses quite early, and work upon them
to bring you down. And when you learn the secrets of
victory, then he’ll study you even more carefully, to
find out any vulnerable or weak points you have. That’s
why you need the whole Armour of God, like I’m wearing,
to walk this Way.”
“Please tell us
more of the Armour of God, Warrior.”
“First of all,
remember that this armour, and also the weapons we use,
are provided by the Master. They are not carnal, or
natural equipment. They are spiritual and mighty. It is
only these weapons that can be effective against
Some travellers rely upon their own
strength, or on their intelligence, human wisdom,
education, culture, strategy, or money, to fight the
battle. These things will never do! ...
“Look at what the
Scriptures say ...
‘Take up the full
armour of God that you may be able to resist in the evil
day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand
firm, therefore, having girded your loins with Truth,
and having put on the Breastplate of Righteousness, and
having shod your feet with the Preparation of the Gospel
of Peace; in addition to all, taking up the Shield of
Faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the
flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the Helmet
of Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit; which is the
Word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all
times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the
alert with all perseverance and petition for all
the full armour to us,” the two young pilgrims
“Then let’s start
with the Belt of Truth.
You see, truth must completely encircle us. We are
following the Heavenly Master, aren’t we? And He is
Truth - just like He is the Way, the Life, and the
Victory. So His truth must encircle us. We are to be
full of the truth in our walk. Don’t let any deceit, or
lie, or untruth come into your lives, young men! If you
do, you will allow a spiritual enemy to gain a foothold
in your life.150
“The second thing
is the Breastplate of
Righteousness. You know, when we entered the
Narrow Way, God forgave all our sins, and He gave us a
garment of righteousness, which is actually the
worthiness of the Messiah, Yeshua.151
The Breastplate we wear is the righteousness of Yeshua.
And just as He is Truth, and our Victory, so He is our
Righteousness. But what we have to remember, is that we
need to continuously and effectively wear this
“Sometimes a devil
from the legions of darkness will accuse you because of
some failure or sin you have committed. He will whisper
and accuse you on any point, big or small, to make you
feel guilty and discouraged.”
“Oh, we understand
that,” Surrender and New Joe said together. “We
experienced that very much on the Besetting Sin Range.”
Warrior, “you must recognise that Messiah is your
Righteousness, and He’s forgiven your sin, and covers
you with His Righteousness. Never try to impress anyone
with your own righteousness, and don’t depend upon it
for your right standing with God. Resist this subtle
attack of the enemy. He has no right to touch your
heart, and if you wear this Breastplate correctly, he
won’t be able to do so.
“Next is the
Boots of the Gospel of Peace.
You see, soldiers have to have proper footwear, as they
are constantly on the move. Now we are on the Narrow
Way, and we have to press on, not only to reach the
Celestial City ourselves, but also to take the Gospel of
Peace to whoever we meet. If we stop still too long, we
are going to become soft and flabby, and ready for
defeat. We have to be on the move with the Gospel.153
“The fourth is the
Shield of Faith
which is needed to ward off the fiery missiles like
those that hit you, Surrender. These wicked
enemies are good at launching missiles. They will find
their mark if you don’t use the Shield of Faith. When
the enemy attacks, don’t be afraid. Lift up your shield.
Faith, mighty faith takes hold of the protection and
promises of God and deflects those missiles and renders
them powerless. But don’t you dare leave your Shield of
Faith aside even for a moment. This is warfare we’re
in, you know.”
about the Helmet?” asked New Joe.
Helmet of Salvation
protects our head and our mind. Yeshua is our Helmet,
for He is our Salvation. We have been saved by the
Master, and we need to continually live in the good of
His salvation. The knowledge and experience of the
Master is our helmet.
“The enemy will
naturally try to afflict our mind, if he can. He will
cause doubts, unbelief, intellectual ideas, modern
‘scholarship,’ and so many types of deceptions to
disturb our minds, if he can. This is why we are told
to, ‘Let the mind of Christ be in you,’ and again, ‘Set
your mind on the things above.’
“The sixth part of
your armour is the Sword of
the Spirit. This Sword is for offence, and
it is the Word of God. It is a mighty weapon indeed, and
you must wield it in faith.155
You have been learning the Word of God, and
storing it up in your minds and hearts. That’s good!
Now, use it! Use it,
I say! You have been given authority to use the Word.
Look how our Master used it when He was tempted. Satan
just had to give up. That Sword really cut him off short
in his temptings.156
“Now the final
thing to remember is to
pray at all times
in the Spirit. Let your
prayers be Spirit-guided. Don’t think of prayers as
something to be practised twice or thrice a day, but
seek to have continual communication with your Master.
Never be too late in calling to Him. Prayer itself is a
too, that after you have won a victory, you must watch
for a counter-attack.
These spiritual enemies are experts at counter-attacks.
They know that although they may lose a first round,
they can often win the second round, because of our
failure to watch.
“Now let us go
ahead to the battle. Those enemies up the road we will
defeat in the Name of Yeshua the Messiah.”
The three soldiers
marched along the valley, anticipating a renewed attack
from the unseen enemy. It wasn’t long in coming. A
ferocious barrage of fiery missiles came hurtling at
them. It was as if the enemy knew all that Warrior had
told the young soldiers, and of their preparation for
“Hold up the
shield, boys!” Warrior cried. “Keep yourself behind your
shield. Ward off the missiles. Right. Keep it up! They
will not touch us. Keep moving ahead steadily. They will
give way. The Victory is the Messiah’s.”
This time the
young soldiers went right through the enemies’ fire. It
was a thrilling experience.
“I don’t feel
afraid now,” said Surrender. “And my shoulder has
already completely healed.”
Warrior, “now let’s be careful of any renewed
They continued the
journey for some time, until they came to a two-way
“Which way should
we go?” asked New Joe.
Before either of
the others could suggest, a voice near them spoke
softly: “Come this way.”
looked to their left, and were astonished to see a
radiant white figure.
“Who are you?”
“I am an angel of
light,” was the reply.
“Which way should
we go?” asked Surrender.
“Come this way to
the left,” replied the angel.
“And what’s in
that direction?” asked Warrior.
“Oh, this is a
wonderful way. You will have much success here. You will
fulfil your ambitions. I will guide you and help you
along the way. Come!”
The two younger
soldiers started to follow the dazzling figure.
Satan attacks as a subtle angel of light
- Know your enemy!
Warrior. “Are you an angel of Yeshua the Heavenly
“Of course I am. I
am an angel of light.”
“Do you confess,”
demanded Warrior, “that Yeshua is the Son of God, the
Saviour of the World? Do you confess Him as such. In
Yeshua’s Name, answer me!”
“Ah ...!” the
angel cried. “I do not
confess Yeshua as the Son of God.”
“Then be gone, you
demon of darkness!” 159
The young soldiers
watched the disappearing ‘angel,’ and then gazed at
Warrior in amazement.
“Try the spirits,
young men,” Warrior said after some time. “Don’t believe
Evil spirits come in every form - as angels like
this one, or as false prophets, false-christs, or in any
one of a hundred ways. And they often play on your
legitimate desires. Watch at all times!”
It was later in
the day that the warriors came to a narrow gorge in the
Valley. On one side was a sheer wall of the mountain. On
the other side, a deep precipice. It was a dangerous
section of the Way.
started falling from above. A landslide. The warriors
immediately lifted their shields to ward off the falling
rocks. As they looked ahead, they saw a great heap
blocking the way; and standing astride the boulders was
an evil-looking figure.
Surrender and New
Joe shrunk in fear before this awesome figure.
“Don’t be afraid,”
said Warrior. “It is Satan himself. We will resist him
in the Master’s Name. Let us move ahead.”
The three moved
several steps towards the pile of boulders and the
“Ha, ha, ha!”
laughed the devil. “I’ve stopped your progress. Turn
back before it is too late.”
“We will press
on,” replied Warrior in a firm voice.
“You will not
succeed,” sneered the devil. “I’ll block you every step
of the Way. What can those two youngsters do to resist
me? They have failed many times.”
“But Yeshua the
Heavenly Master is our Victor,” Surrender cried out.
“We’ll see. Your
Master will let you down!”
“No, there has not
failed one word of His promises!” countered New Joe,
brandishing His Sword.163
the devil, “but I’m far stronger than all of you put
together. And I will not let you proceed.”
“You have been
conquered at Calvary,” replied Warrior.164
“We’ll not talk
“Oh yes we will!
Yeshua the Messiah died to deliver us from your snares
and kingdom. He shed His blood for the remission of our
“Don’t you talk
about the blood!” shouted Satan in anger.
“Yes we will!”
replied Warrior. “The blood of Yeshua the Messiah, God’s
Son, cleanses us from all sin, and it has atoned for our
Satan PROWLs about as a roaring lion
- Resist him!
remembering the instructions to pray at all times, was
earnestly supplicating the Master as the Warrior
resisted the devil.
“But I will
destroy you all.”
“You will do
nothing of the kind. Yeshua will keep all that we have
committed to Him. And in His Name we resist you, Satan.”
“I warn you - if
you dare step one foot forward, I will finish you off!”
“You cannot! We
are born again and the evil one cannot touch us,”
“We resist you in the Name of Yeshua. Be gone!”
purposefully towards the evil figure.
“I won’t move!”
screamed the devil.
“We resist you
Satan in the Name of the Heavenly Master, Yeshua the
Messiah. Be gone!”
moving towards the road block, with shield in position
and Sword raised. The other two warriors followed him
closely. There was no turning back.
The devil seemed
determined to hold his ground, but as the three
faith-filled warriors with brandished swords, stepped
onto the boulders, the devil let out a curse and fled
into the shadows of the gorge.
praised God for the victory. Yes, they were victorious
because long ago, Yeshua defeated Satan on the cross at
Calvary. And now they were learning the power of the
mighty Name of their Master, Yeshua the Messiah.
They journeyed on,
knowing that there would be renewed conflicts with the
powers of darkness, more mountain ranges to cross, and
more subtle temptations to reject before they finally
reached the glorious Celestial City.
Then Warrior burst
into song - a song which the two younger men soon
learned, and joined in singing enthusiastically:
In the mighty Name of Yeshua,
When I bow before the throne,
Many a deadly foe is vanquished,
Many a victory is won.
When I plead the Name of Yeshua,
Satan and his hosts must flee.
Yeshua! Precious Yeshua!
In Your Name is victory.
Yeshua! Name most precious,
Balm in pain or mighty sword,
In Your Name we live and conquer,
Blessed, glorious, coming Lord.
Mighty Name! In that Name alone we
Mighty Name! Conquering Satan, death
MANOHAR STANDS IN FRONT
of the mirror once more, and congratulates himself on
his success in life.
“Manohar, you have
done well. Now just store up a little more wealth for
your old age. With the security of riches, you will
enjoy quite a few more years of a wonderful life.”
Suddenly he feels
dizzy. He clutches the edge of a chair. “What’s this? Oh
this pain in my chest!” He collapses onto the floor. “Oh
hell!” he cries. “What’s happening?”
He hears a voice
behind him. “Yes, Manohar. I’m here, your patron demon.”
“Help me, I beg
you. This terrible pain. I’m afraid. What is it?”
“This is your last
“Do you mean this
is my end?”
“This is where the
Broad Way terminates for you, Manohar.”
“Do I reach the
ultimate goal now?”
“I’m afraid not,
Manohar! The end of the Broad Way is destruction.”
“What! But those
noble people at the Love Centre told me that we all
reach the ultimate goal, sooner or later.”
“Oh no Manohar!
They are deceived. They are all heading for
destruction. There is only one way to life eternal, but
it is too late for you, Manohar!”
“No! No! I will
return to the Narrow Gate. Please help me.”
Manohar. I can only help you progress down the Broad
Way. This is the payoff! You have had your good times.
You have had abundance of good things.169
You have lived for yourself and fleshly
desires, and I have been glad to help you along this
“You mean, you
want me to go to destruction?”
Manohar. I want to take as many as I can to hell with
“Because I hate
“And you are going
to Hell, too?”
“Of course. All us
demons have been condemned to the Lake of Fire. The
Almighty has made this place for us.170
It’s not fair of Him. So we take our
revenge early, by snatching as many people as possible
from His Way, and by damning them.”
“Oh, you wicked
demon! I thought you were my friend.”
“Manohar, you will
never know any type of friendship again. Look, the Lake
“Oh no!” screams
Manohar. “Please give me just this one chance to return
to the Narrow Gate. I beg of you!”
“No way! Time is
up for you, old man. No more making up your mind - about
cried. “Will I be destroyed quickly?”
“Manohar, this is
eternal destruction. This is the Lake that burns for
ever and ever, and where the smoke of your torment will
ascend for ever and ever. Look! See the sign over the
entrance to Hell ...
‘Abandon hope all yE who enter here!’
"IT CAN'T BE TRUE ! YOU'RE LYING!"
“You mean, I will
be in the Lake of Fire for ever?”
Look! See the souls of men and women there, tossing to
and fro in the ocean of flames. See how they weep and
how they curse God, and the demons, and their friends.
See how they beg for a drop of water to cool their
“It can’t be true.
“Of course I’m a
liar, Manohar. But this is true!”
Manohar feels his
feet slipping. He is sinking. He is being drawn down,
down, down. “No! No!” he screams. “It can’t be true! It
can’t be true! ... Another
chance, please God. Please, God, just one more chance.”
But his wailing
goes unanswered as he slips into the fiery ocean where
his pleas turn to despair and cursing.
unbelievers, the depraved, and murderers, and
adulterers and immoral
persons, and sorcerers, (practicers
of witchcraft, magic
arts and occultic mind sciences); and
idolaters, and all liars
will have their part in the fiery lake of
burning sulphur, which
is the second death.”
LONG WAY OFF,
an old pilgrim climbs the steep ascents to the Heavenly
City. He must pause to rest awhile. After he has caught
his breath, he whispers, “Oh wonderful Master, I long to
see You face to face.”
And then he bursts
out into song ….
Amazing Grace; how sweet the
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now I’m found;
was blind, but now I see.
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come.
’Tis grace that brought me safe thus
And grace will lead me home.
He is joined by
several other pilgrims. They talk of their common Object
- their gracious Saviour; and of the wonderful
expectation of seeing Him before long.
New Joe has come
through many trials. Many times he has faced the roaring
lion, Satan, but the weapons which the Master provided,
were quite sufficient to defend him. He has had some
sorrows, he has had some falls. He has been persecuted;
he has been cast down, but time and time again, he has
proved the promise of his Master …
NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU.”
There are some
young believers sitting with New Joe, and he seeks to
encourage them. “Yes, my young friends, the Saviour has
given us many precious promises. How wonderful He is. Oh
the joy of seeing Him. He endured the cross of Calvary
for us. Would we refuse to share His sufferings? If we
suffer with Him, we shall reign with Him.173
To be with Him - it will be worth all the troubles
and trials we have on this upward Way. Who would ever
think to go back to the Broad Way with all its shallow
glitter and vanishing joys? How unattractive it all is
“I beseech you,
young people, present your bodies a living sacrifice,
holy and acceptable to God which is your reasonable
service. He will transform you, as you learn of Him. He
will conform you to His likeness, more and more, as you
behold His glory, and dwell in his Presence. Look to
Yeshua, the Author and Finisher of your faith.174
Don’t take your eyes off Him. Redeem the time.
Be of good courage.”
The young pilgrims
drink in the words of New Joe. They admire his deep love
for his Saviour, and his steady, faithful climb up the
Narrow Road to eternal life.
Suddenly New Joe
sits erect. “My friends,” he says, “it is time for me to
leave you. I hear my Master calling me. I see Him coming
for me ... Yes, my Master, here I am. I’m ready.”
“Come, my faithful
servant,” replies the Saviour. “It is time for you to
come home. Let me take your hand. There is one more gulf
to cross. Lean on Me. I’ll take you across. Be not be
Joe closes his
eyes. Underneath him are the everlasting arms. “My
friend,” whispers the Saviour. “Now open your eyes. See
Me as I am. I have brought you safely home.”
Joe opens his
eyes, and gazes into the face of his Saviour. “Master,
Yeshua,” he gasps, “Master, Yeshua ... I never dreamed
that the sight of You would be so glorious. Those marks
on Your forehead ...”
“Yes, my son ...
they are from the thorny crown I wore. And see My
“Yes, Master. The
marks ... You were nailed to the cross for me. Thank
You, Master, for paying my penalty. Thank You for
bringing me home.”
servant” the Master says so lovingly that it fills the
heart of Joe with rapture. “Come into My Father’s House,
to the place I have prepared for you.”
The Master carries
Joe into the magnificent palace. He hears the strains of
instruments and singing, the most glorious music he has
ever heard. He recognises the words of the song which
fills the House like exquisite perfume:
“To Him who loved us, and washed us from our sins
by His own blood, to Him be the glory and power,
for ever and ever. Amen!”
And so New Joe arrives home - AND to the beginning
of a life of eternal blessedness in fellowship
with Yeshua, his beloved Master and Saviour.
incomplete. Insufficient space prevents a fuller account
of the experiences and progress of all the individuals
in the story. A brief mention of a few details of some
of them, I feel is needed.
life ended up in great agony. She was tortured in soul
and body for many months, before slipping into the Lake
of Fire to share the doom of her evil master.
lives on after the death of Manohar. She married again,
and is now bringing increasing bondage to her new
became SHAMUEL SETFREE
is now safe in the Presence of His Master in the
Heavenly City. He experienced tremendous deliverance
from his several addictions, and he was used mightily by
the Master to bring many lives out of the drug, illicit
sex, and occult worlds. He endured countless attacks by
satanic forces, but he never ever regretted his
defection from Satan. He was a trophy of grace!
became a powerful instrument in the hands of the
Heavenly Master. As a thorough Bible teacher, he has
helped countless pilgrims on the Narrow Way. He
continues his ministry, but is looking forward with
great joy to his imminent home-call.
PESSIMISM made very
little progress on the Way. The Master called her home
and WORLDLY WESLEY
never did leave their carnal ways. They reached heaven,
but there was no, "Well done, good and faithful
servant," awaiting them.
and WARRIOR all reached
home long ago. They each built up many pilgrims in their
faith - pilgrims who in turn have helped others on the
continues his nefarious work and has become more urgent,
knowing that his time is almost up. He’s still
influencing millions of people towards evil. Of late he
is targeting children and young people with popular
books on magic, as well as TV and Video games, through
which he entices them into drugs and hardcore occultism.
YESHUA THE MESSIAH
is reaching out in mighty grace to the furthest parts of
the earth, and into the darkest of continents with His
saving power. His amazing grace is delivering many
thousands of souls from satanic bondage every day. The
Master is awaiting the completion of the ages when He
will put an end to all demonic rule, authority and
power, and then He will reign worldwide in
righteousness. Finally He will hand over the Kingdom to
the Heavenly Father, and will reign in glory, in Him,
for ever and ever.177
where does this message find you today? Are you on the
Narrow Way that leads to life eternal, or are you still
on the Broad Way, with all its lures and snares?
If you are
standing just outside the Narrow Gate, undecided, listen
carefully to the call of the Messiah - to you:
through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide,
and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many
enter through it. But because the gate is narrow
and the way difficult that leads to life, only a few
“I tell you the
truth, he who hears My Word,
and believes in Him who sent Me, has eternal life and
will not come into judgment, but has passed out of death
You have read this
message today. Yes, it is God who is calling you with
tenderness and in mercy. Hear His call, and enter the
Narrow Way, right now. Why delay? Receive Yeshua the
Messiah as your Saviour and Master, while you may.
The loving Saviour
is tenderly calling you today!
Will you come to
Him, and settle once and for all, the most important
question of your eternal destiny? Will you make the
following stanzas, your sincere prayer?
Decision to enter the Narrow Way
Just as I am, without one
But that Your blood was shed for me,
And that You bid me come to You.
Messiah Yeshua, I come.
Just as I am, though
With many a
conflict, many a doubt;
and fears without,
Messiah Yeshua, I
Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind,
Sight, riches, healing of the mind.
Yes, all I need, in You to find,
Messiah Yeshua, I come.
Just as I am, You
pardon, cleanse, relieve.
promises I believe,
Messiah Yeshua, I
Just as I am, Your love unknown
Has broken every barrier down.
Now to be Yours, yes, Yours alone;
Messiah Yeshua, I come.
Yeshua, Jesus, I
believe You are the Saviour who died for me, and rose
again from the dead. Thank You for dying for me. I ask
You to forgive all my sin, as right now, I receive You
as my Saviour, my Master and my God. By Your grace, I
will follow You all the days of my life, on the Narrow
Way. Thank You, Master. Amen
Reader, if you
have made your decision today to enter the Narrow Way of
Yeshua the Messiah, will you write and let me know, so
that my co-workers and I may pray for you and encourage
you in your walk with the loving Master.
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references to the truths set out in this story,
study and meditation.