Many people know me—at least, in some ways. Because, even though few have seen me, most would be familiar with my whisperings, as I speak in people’s ears. Despite that, people often don’t recognise me, for they do not know what I do. They do not see that I encourage people to do evil—and I mean evil in the Biblical sense. Because I like nothing better than to turn people away from other people and from God.
For example, a few months ago I appealed to a man’s sense of pride. He was a particularly downtrodden man, and he didn’t deserve to be treated the way he was. So, I whispered in his ear. He then lashed out against an oppressor. And he is now, of course, in deep trouble. And as far I am concerned it is mission accomplished.
A couple of weeks ago I appealed to a woman’s need for self-importance. So I whispered in her ear for her to stand up and do a particular thing—to show herself to be important. And the result is that she is now in deep trouble too, because people took offence at what she did and said.
For me, the result of my whisperings can be very satisfying, for I like nothing better than creating misery and chaos. Having said that, not everything works on the basis of one little whisper. Indeed, for greater—and much more satisfying results—I often resort to a whole chain of events in order to achieve the desired result. And there has been no more satisfying result that the current state of the church.
Because, I was determined to totally wreck the church—to take it from being a church of faith to be a place of … Well anything but faith. But I knew that if I tried to do it in one go, I would fail. So, I decided to move people bit by bit to achieve my goals.
I got a Roman emperor to adopt the faith—for whatever reason. And at the time the church was delighted. But then, slowly and surely, I got the church to become so entwined with society and government that it became a part of the state—even performing duties as they were expected and required. I then got the church hooked on depending upon others for finance—with all the traps and conditions that that imposed. And in adopting these practices, they lost their purpose and voice.
So now, many people in the church think that what they are doing is normal, even biblical, and many outside the church do not recognise the church or any of its institutions for what they are supposed to stand for at all.
I achieved my goal, but I did it in stages. And the end result is very satisfying. Indeed, there are now people who are so enamoured with their church buildings, that they have lost the focus of the gospel. And there’s a whole group of people outside the church who think that the church is nothing other than a not-for-profit welfare agency.
Of course, despite that, there have been many people who have worked out my little scheme. And that was to be expected. But I had a contingency plan. Indeed, my idea was that if I could manipulate those people to think that they had reformed the church from within, then I would still achieve my goal.
So, I whispered in the ear of the reformers. I encouraged them to reform the church, to remodel it on the New Testament—or, rather, what they perceived to be a more New Testament model. I even got some to be very vocal. I then manipulated the situation, so that they didn’t recognise the unhelpful unbiblical practices that they retained—just like Martin Luther hanging on to some of his heart-felt traditions.
I’ve encouraged a poor understanding of the Old Testament—to treat it as old hat, even irrelevant. Which is why many people only identify with part of God’s creation and purpose. It is also why the basic premise—the Old Testament laws—on which Jesus’s crucifixion depends, is not being treated as being important by many at all.
The end result is that people are now seeking to show compassion and even approve of things that God condemned as being contrary to a healthy relationship with him and detrimental to the health of the community. But then, that’s what happens when I get people to consecrate more on themselves—what they want and what they deserve—than on the truth of the gospel. Indeed, I have got people so that they no longer know what sin is and what sin isn’t. And the idea of sin is so removed from their understanding, that even they don’t know when they are doing wrong.
Now, for me, what I have achieved so far is very satisfying. But I haven’t finished yet. What comes next is more pressure on the church—even getting governments to legislate, so that the church’s beliefs and practices conform more and more to society’s attitudes. Yes, at this stage, I will need to encourage the pretence of freedom of religion. But that’s all it will be—a pretence.
So, all in all, I think you will agree that things are going rather well—at least for me. I am on target to totally destroy God’s church and his world. And that’s just the start, because I’ve got so much more in mind.
Posted: 10th November 2018
© 2018, Brian A Curtis