Welcome, Reading Friends and New Subscribers! Thanks for joining us for a peek into a little of my research for the new futuristic novella series just released. There is a link between church history and The Steadfast Series. Did you ever think that burning at the stake would be a new trend in America? Drawing from specific events in the second century, The Steadfast Series touches upon the horrors of public execution and the courage of selfless martyrs.
Around AD 162, the Roman Marcus Aurelius Antoninus started fiery persecution against Christians. One of those Christians was named Polycarp, a man the Apostle John taught and discipled. By this year, Polycarp had become a church leader in the city of Smyrna. When he heard he was being hunted by the pagan emperor’s men, he tried to escape capture, but he was cornered and caught.
According to Historian Fox, before Polycarp was executed, he asked for an hour to pray, and this was allowed by his guards. The record states that “he prayed with such fervency, that his guards repented that they’d been instrumental in taking him.” Later, he was tried, condemned, and burned at the stake in the market place.
Without giving anything away from my new book series, especially Book Three, I’ve sought to display simple Christians with this same historic courage. Men and women, with the Spirit of Christ in them, can face death boldly, and astonish onlookers—to the point that observers come to Christ. Do we/I have that kind of faith and loyalty to God?
In America right now, we may not be pressed to reject Christ to the point that our lives depend on it, but often we are pressed to accept the world’s philosophies about the origin of the earth, and about our eternal future. For Christ’s sake, we must not bend to anti-Christ ideas—all of which de-throne God from His rightful place.
Are we prepared to be steadfast? The Steadfast Series, I hope, presents some inspiration to be self-sacrificing and caring for our neighbors, and even our enemies. Perhaps, like Polycarp, we may bring, by our Christ-likeness, potential mockers to repentance.
The Bible states plainly that the world will grow worse in the last days, not better. It may grow better for nonbelievers, but worse for believers who yearn for final deliverance from the presence of sin. Let our optimism in life remain steadfast upon Jesus and the eternal life He alone has secured for believers. This world is not our home!
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News: For readers anxiously awaiting STEADFAST Book THREE, it is NOW OUT! Click the title for the direct retailer link.
Prayer Prompt: As this post spoke of martyrs, we are reminded to pray for those who are suffering for their faith even today—in prisons, as in North Korea and Iran, or are killed because they are believers, as in Egypt.
COMING UP: Join us next time for a treat for those who are enjoying The Steadfast Series Novellas! David has written the first Steadfast Short Story, “Lonely Days,” about another character Eric Radner runs into and helps in America’s Last Days.