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The Day the Devil Came to Church
by Rev. Charles E. Posey
07/19/05
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This play is meant to be accompanied by music. It can, however, simply be a play by ignoring all ďInsert music here.Ē.

The Day the Devil Came to Church

CURTAINS

LIGHTS

SCENE: Interior of a small church. Pulpit in the center with choir loft directly behind. Stage left, the Deaconís table. Stage right, large Bible.

INSERT MUSIC: Choir music is heard (Low)

PREACHER: [Enters, sweeping the floor of the church humming to the music]

SOUND: Door slams shut, music stops

DEVIL: [Enters]

PREACHER: [Stops sweeping and strains to look]
Hello. May I help you?

DEVIL: [Confident, self-assured walks slowly looking about]
No.

PREACHER: [Puzzled]
Is there something, I can help you with?

DEVIL: [Unconcerned]
No. Just passing through.

PREACHER: [Laying aside the broom]
Is there something I can do for you?

DEVIL:
No.

PREACHER: [Friendly offers an outreached hand]
Well, Iím Reverend Thomas Williams, pastor of this church. Is there something I can do for you or help you with? Weíve just ended services for today, but if there is anything, I would be glad to help you?

DEVIL: [Walking past the hand]
No reverend, as I said Iím just passing through and decided to come by and check things out.
PREACHER: [Concerned]
Are you, were you a member of this church?

DEVIL: [Arrogantly]
You can say that and you can say that I am a member in good standing.

PREACHER: [Perplexed]
I havenít been here long, but I donít remember ever seeing you, or ever recall meeting you. But I am glad to meet you now.

DEVIL: [Stopping immediately staring]
I donít know how glad you are, but weíll find out.

PREACHER: [Aggravated]
I have welcomed you into my church. Iíve offered you the right hand of fellowship and you seemed to ignore my every act of kindness and fellowship toward you. So I ask you what do you want.

DEVIL:
Donít get so uptight preacher. Loosen up.

PREACHER:
If you canít tell me what you want, I am going to have to ask you to leave.

DEVIL:
Preacher, preacher, now thatís not Christian of you. Its not as if I am here to steal or take something that isnít already mine. Now come on, loosen up!

PREACHER:
Take something? What do you mean? Did you leave something when you were here? Have you forgotten something? What?

DEVIL:
No, no, no, its nothing like that. You can say that I am here on a fitness inspection. I come by every now and then just to see how the membership is doing. And I must say that it is doing just fine.

PREACHER:
Yes, sir, the church is doing just fine. Weíre small, but we are growing, getting bigger and better everyday.

DEVIL:
I can see that; new pews, air conditioning, new carpet. Yes, Iíd say everything is looking up.

PREACHER:
Praise God!

DEVIL: [Shutters as if cold]
Yes, I see. You have even added a new piano. Yes, Iíd say you are doing quit well.

PREACHER:
Praise God!

DEVIL: [Shutters]
Things are better. I approve.

PREACHER:
You know my name now, but you havenít given me yours?

DEVIL:
Whatís in a name? Iíve had so many in the past. Who can hardly count or keep up with them all. And if I told you all of them, what difference would it make?

PREACHER:
Well, try me?

DEVIL:
Well, if you must know. I am the fire in your flesh, the darkness that comforts you in your lonely hours, the peace that comes with despair. I am the DEVIL!

PREACHER:
What??

DEVIL:
I am the brother of sin. The father of Cain, Iím your biggest fan, yes you know me, I am. the DEVIL!

PREACHER: [Walking and pointing to the door]
All right sir, if thatís your name, okay, but Iím going to have to ask you to leave.

DEVIL:
Why?? You donít believe me?

PREACHER: [Taking him by the arm]
Oh no, I have a lot of people who call themselves the devil and I assure you they raise plenty enough hell in the church, so I donít need another. You are just going to have to leave.

DEVIL: [Pulling away]
Donít play with what you donít understand. The last person that did that is now roasting in a twenty-four hour bar-be-que pit.
PREACHER:[Trying to grab him again]
Yeah, right!

DEVIL: [Pulling back]
Heed the words. Anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see, and understand.

PREACHER:
All right! Thatís it. Now you are calling on the Bible and your little game is over. I donít have counseling skills enough to cover every illness.

A LARGE FLASH ON STAGE

DEVIL:
Amazed?

PREACHER:
No.

DEVIL:
I hear fear in that voice.

PREACHER: [Intimidated]
No, not at all.

DEVIL:
A little apprehensive there preacher? I am no thug off the streets, although I am known for hiring them every now and then, but that is beside the point. I am who I say I am. Come on peanut, trust me.

PREACHER:
Thatís what my grandmother used to call me. Peanut.

DEVIL:
Now, how would I know that? Need anymore proof? Doubting Thomas? You must know that I know your history. I was there when it was being written. Your motherís, your fatherís. I know it all. I know more about you, than you do yourself.

PREACHER: [Bewildered]
Ah huh, you canít, I mean I canít.

DEVIL:
Believe? Donít tell me you need more proof. Well maybe just one little thing. The answer to your question is Hell.

PREACHER:
What question?
DEVIL:
The question you asked yourself. What every happened to Jonah? The answer is hell. Iíve got him.

PREACHER: [Stunned]
How did you know that?

DEVIL:
What do you think, I donít know your inter-thoughts? What does it say in Job, Iím always walking to and fro in the earth seeking those who belong to me; like this church.

PREACHER:
The phase is, seeking those whom you devour. If you are the devil, why are you here? And what do I have to do with you??

DEVIL:
I am here to claim that which is mine. I am here to claim my church. Why else?

PREACHER: [Moving toward the pulpit]
Your church? This is the house of .

DEVIL: [Placing his finger over his mouth]
OOPS! Sssh! Letís not start calling names.

PREACHER:
This is the house of God, and I deny your claim to it!

DEVIL:
This house is under trial and I claim it as mine!

INSERT MUSIC: Devil

SOUND: Door slamming shut

TRUTH AND FAITH #1: [Enters]

DEVIL:
Ah, here they are right on queue.

PREACHER: [Awed]
Who are you? Who are they? [To Truth] You look almost like an angel?

REV. POWELL: [Enters]
But sheís not.

DEVIL: [Surprised]
Where in ?

REV. POWELL: [Interrupting]
Now, now mustnít cuss. Remember where you are..

DEVIL:
Why are you here!

REV. POWELL: [Taking a seat behind the pulpit]
To watch the proceeding, you know, see what it like from the other side. But go on proceed. Act as if Iím not even here.

DEVIL:
As I was about to say [Pointing to Truth] this is Truth and this little shrimp is Faith. and this [Pointing to Rev. Powell] is the former, past, director of this establishment the very own Rev. Powell.

PREACHER: [Talking to Rev. Powell]
Tell me is this all true, or am I having a dream that has somehow turned into a nightmare?

REV. POWELL:
Afraid so son, this is real.

PREACHER:
Then why are you all here?

DEVIL:
They are here to witness the transfer of this church to its rightful owner, me.

PREACHER:
The rightful owner?

TRUTH:
Out of the mouth of God I came to witness only the truth.

PREACHER:
Then tell me what truth is?

TRUTH:
That has not been determined.

PREACHER:
Is this really a trial of some sort? A court to determine ownership of this church?

TRUTH:
True.

PREACHER: [To Rev. Powell]
Then are you here to help me or what?

REV. POWELL:
Son, as I said, I am here just as an observer. I canít offer nor extend you any help.

PREACHER: [Facing Truth]
You maybe?

TRUTH:
No. Everyman must stand the test alone before the truth.

PREACHER: [Facing Faith #1]
Then surely you are here to help me?

DEVIL:
Itís no need in talking to him. He doesnít talk. But Iím the one you should be concerned with.

PREACHER:
Then this is a trial? And you are the devil?

TRUTH:
True.

REV. POWELL:
Well, lets get the show on the road.

DEVIL:
Yes, yes, lets get on with this, Iíve got other places to claim much more important than this small insignificant building.

PREACHER: [Determined]
I canít allow you in this house, let alone.

DEVIL:[Angered, interrupting]
Allow!? You donít allow me anything! I take it!. What is mine is mine and all the kingdoms of this world are mine so too is this house. So sit down and shut up while I state my claim.

PREACHER: [Reluctantly sit downs next to Rev. Powell]

FAITH: [Shutters]

DEVIL:
Formalities, formalities, ah where shall I begin. Well, it all starts like this. I was here as you know when the sisters of faith first organized this church more than eighty years ago and I have been here ever since. I was here when Rev. Markham was called to serve. .I was here when Reverends Richards, Pauldings, [Pointing to Powell] Powell, and Maryweather were called and served here.

PREACHER:
Is he talking about you?

REV. POWELL:[Nods affirmatively]

PREACHER:
Then youíre dead?!

REV. POWELL: [Again, nods affirmatively]
Yes.

DEVIL:[Moving in front of the choir loft]
These people have always served me knowingly or unknowingly. I am here to prove it. This choir that you love so much, pastor, they all sing my song. [Waving his arms lights come up on the choir] Sing to me my children!

Lights comes up on the choir, twelve members standing as to sing.

SOUND: Bad piano music is heard with the sound of the choir tuning up.

CHOIR MEMBER #1
Why does she always get to sing the lead? There are others here that can do just as well. Take me for instance, I can sing too, how about you?

CHOIR MEMBER #2
The same old sorry mess all the time. When are they going to try something new, something snappy, something with some soul in it; yeah.

CHOIR MEMBER #3 [Male] [Steps forward with non-speaking male]
If you step on my foot one more time, there is going to be one less tenor in this section.

CHOIR MEMBER #4
Iím sorry, but I ainít singing this mess anymore. Iím just going to stand here until this is all over.

CHOIR MEMBER #5 [Stepping forward with choir member #6]
Well, I heard it ainít just his singing that is off key. Itís also his [whispering]

CHOIR MEMBER #6
Girl, tell the truth, that why she been [Whispering] and running around with [Whispering]

CHOIR MEMBER #7 [Steps forward with choir member #3]
You better keep your hands to yourself. That can get you into trouble.

CHOIR MEMBER #3 [Male]
I was kinda hoping so?

CHOIR MEMBER #8 [Remains in choir, but front row, right next to sleeping non-speaking male]
Wake up, boy!

CHOIR MEMBER #4
Iím sick of this. Iím going to quit right after the church conference.

INSERT MUSIC: Choir

DEVIL: [Waves his hand again, music stops and the lights drops]
Beautiful, beautiful!. Score one for the choir.

PREACHER: [Jumping up]
Any church choir has itís own problems. Itís own personality and itís own difficulties, but that doesnít make them your!

DEVIL:
Havenít you heard, preacher, these people [Pointing to the choir] draw near to me with their mouth, and with their lips to do me honor, but have removed their hearts far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precepts of men. Then consider this pastor, consider that these people sing songs with no heart in them other than to receive the rewards of men. Then you will understand that those people are mine.

PREACHER:
I canít consider a lie nor will I accept it. These are good people!

DEVIL:
Then let me introduce to you four of the hardest working choir members you have. Preacher let me introduce to you Envy, Jealousy, Pride, and Indifference.

ENVY, JEALOUSY, PRIDE, AND INDIFFERENCE: [Bound onto the stage one at a time]

PREACHER:
These are not my choir members!

DEVIL:
Remember preacher, it is the flesh that calls, and not they that call the flesh.
ENVY:
Remember me pastor. Iím Envy. Iím the one that ruined choir day. I was so hot that day no one got to sing. Ssssss hot!

ENVY, JEALOUSY, PRIDE, AND INDIFFERENCE: [Break into laughter]

JEALOUSY:
Me next me next! Remember me pastor. Iím Jealousy, the one that keeps your phone ringing all night. Why does she have to get her way? Why do we have to sing that song? Why canít we pick our own colors? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?

ENVY, JEALOUSY, PRIDE, AND INDIFFERENCE: [Break into laughter]

INDIFFERENCE:
Well, I just donít care about anything. Iím indifference. I donít care about the song, the music, I donít care about the practice, I donít care about going or staying. Matter of fact, I donít care much about you!

ENVY, JEALOUSY, PRIDE, AND INDIFFERENCE: [Break into laughter]

PRIDE: [Arrogantly]
But I am the ring leader of the bunch. Iím pride. Glad to finally get to meet you. It is your pleasure, you know.

ENVY, JEALOUSY, PRIDE, AND INDIFFERENCE: [Break into laughter and head toward the pews taking their seats.]

DEVIL:
Have a seat children, have a seat . Now I can move on to more pressing matters. But before I turn my attention to the meat, letís talk about your right hand men; your Deacons, your righteous men of the church. The servants you count on, your outstanding men in their field.

PRIDE:
Yeah, right! Up standing outside taking a smoke!

ENVY, JEALOUSY, PRIDE, AND INDIFFERENCE: [Break into laughter]

DEVIL:
Yes, these men of the church. I call on them to tell my story. Theyíre just another part of my church anyway. [Waving his hands] Come on,. . . talk with me Deacons!

Lights come up on the Deacons table, stage left. Deacons are standing around counting a pile of money.

DEACON #1 [To Deacon #3]
Man, you canít count a lick. You need to put it down before you mess us all up!

DEACON #3
Mess us up!? And why is it that you only show up at church to count the money or keep up an argument at church conference?

DEACON #2 [To Deacon #4]
Donít touch me, Iíll knock you out! You donít know me!

DEACON #4
SHUT UP! Donít you know youíre in church!

DEACON #2 [To Deacon #4]
Look whoís talking the biggest whoremonger in the church.

DEACON #1 [To Deacon #3]
I said, put the money down!

DEACON #3
Man, youíre crazy.

DEACON #2 [To Deacon #4, pointing his finger at him]
I told you didnít I. Donít ever touch me!

DEACON #4 [Slapping at Deaconís #2 finger]
Man, get your finger out of my face!

DEACON #2 [Strikes Deacon #4 pushing him into Deacon #1]

DEACON #1 [Strikes Deacon #4 pushing him into Deacon #3]

DEACONS #1, #2, #3 & #4 [Pushing and shoving breaks out and they fall to the floor fighting]

INSERT MUSIC: Deacons

DEVIL: [Waves his hands and they stop fighting, lights drop down]
Strike two preacher! Are my people on their job or what! Your Deacons, your members, I donít think so! They belong to me and me alone. And if you think thatís something, just wait until you get a hold of the Missionary Society. Boy, they are a handful!

PREACHER: [Ashamed]
Thatís not a true representation of those who serve this church.

DEVIL:
Itís not? Have you forgotten that it was you that discovered monies missing from the till. Wasnít it you that had to talk with one of them about running around with women in the church? Wasnít it you that thought it necessary to change some of the Deacons because of their pattern of behavior? Come on preacher, face it these are my people, my children, serving in my church.

PREACHER:
You are trying to alter the facts. These are good men at heart, hard working men, stop deceiving.

DEVIL:
Deceiving? Who am I deceiving? I am only telling the truth. [Facing his crew] Standing at the tree with Eve, did I not tell the truth? I said she wasnít going to die. Did she die?

ENVY, JEALOUSY, PRIDE, AND INDIFFERENCE:
No

PREACHER:
No, but.

DEVIL: [Interrupting]
No, but nothing. What you saw was the truth. And you know it to be the truth these are not the servants you make them out to be. But they are members in my church, which means they are my deacons!

PREACHER: [talk with Truth]
I know these people. I know their wives, their children. Iíve prayed with them, talked with them. It has only been a few months, but I have gotten to know them. These are Godís children.

REV. POWELL:
What you have seen is true, but it is real?

DEVIL:
I thought you were only sightseeing, reverend?

REV. POWELL:
Yes, I did didnít I.

PREACHER: [Facing Truth]
Tell me, Truth isnít that what you see a lie or the truth?

TRUTH:
What is, is.

DEVIL:
But I donít want to take all the credit for it. I have others to thank. Pride, stand up. You did one outstanding of job here. Jealousy, take a bow, thanks goes to you too. But it is Greed, Deceit, Mischief, Anger, and Malice that I have to thank most. All of you come on out here.

GREED: [Enters folding money up in his fist]
Thank you. Thank you, and surely boss, I thank you. Pastor, IĎm greed.

DECEIT: [Enters waving his hands]
Boyz! Deceit is in the house!

ANGER AND MALICE: [Enters saying nothing, but stopping in front of the pews watching the preacher before taking their seats]

DEVILíS CREW [Jealousy, Greed, Pride, Envy, Indifference, Deceit, Anger, Malice, etc.] Break up in laughter.

MISCHIEF: [Enters]
Itís just me preacher, mischief.

INSERT MUSIC: Devilís Crew

DEVIL:
All of you sit down and behave now. Preacher, I think that is strike two. The bases are loaded and there are two outs.

PREACHER:
These! These dogs of yours are no more than liars, deceivers, counterfeiters of the truth, fakes, and scum all alike!

DEVILíS CREW [Break up in laughter]

PREACHER:
You can all go back to HELL!

DEVIL:
Been there! Done that! What did you expect? They lie, true! They cheat, true! They deceive, true! And they are the low life of hell, but what did you expect?! They do what they are called to do; lie, cheat, steal, and deceive, so donít blame them, blame them! [Pointing where the Deacons were] And most of all preacher blame yourself.

PREACHER: [Stunned]
Blame me? Why?

FAITH #1: [Stagers hard almost falling]

DEVIL: [Confronting the preacher]
Why?? Do you think that you are blameless in all of this? Do you think you are without sin pastor? Do you think that you are above me? Think again. Do you think that I would leave my church in the hands of a minister not of my own choosing?

PREACHER: [Unsure, now afraid]
What are you talking about?

DEVIL:
Ask yourself, preacher, why did you leave Rev. Mayfield? Was it because you were CALLED to this church or was it because you werenít getting paid enough?

GREED:
Can I get an Amen!

DEVIL:
Why did you become a preacher in the first place? Wasnít it out of pride and prestige? Something no one in your family had ever done. Something which you could be PROUD OF!

PRIDE:
Preach brother, PREACH!

DEVIL:
Answer the questions preacher? Why? Why is the memory of Bobby Owens so painful? Could it be that you and your arrogant beliefs, self-righteous and self-serving attitude drove him from the church only to commit suicide! Why did you drive that teenage mother from the church, just when she needed you the most!? Why preacher why?

DEVILíS CREW [Shouts and cries of Amen come from the group].

PREACHER: [Weaken]
I have an answer for all of this!

DEVIL:
HYPOCRITE! Just like you have an answer for all of these others too. But the truth is that you as well as all these others serve me! I am your lord and master and you will serve me.

PREACHER: [Fearful]
I canít.. I mean I wonít.

DEVIL:
Then I say, physician heal thyself! Prove that I am wrong about all of this, show me where this is not my church!

PREACHER: [In desperation]
FAITH! Where are you when I need you most? Why canít you talk with me even now? When I need you!

FAITH #1 [Stagers kneeling].

DEVIL: [To Faith]
Faith, you look mighty sick. You better sit down before you fall down.

FAITH #1: [Sits down]

PREACHER: [Pleading]
Reverend tell me what to do? What to say? Which way to turn? Reverend talk with me!

DEVIL:
Search your own heart, you know the truth! Too long have you run here, run there to get an answer, you already know. Accept me and be free!.

PREACHER: [Shutting his eyes and shielding his face]
I can not believe. I wonít believe you! Deceiver! Liar!Ē

DEVIL:
Who is the deceiver! Who is the liar! Oh, hypocrite! What about that young primary school teacher you keep calling late at night with thoughts of parting the waters.

DEVILíS CREW [They go wild with hoops and yells]

DEVIL:
Answer me preacher!? What was done in the dark has now come to light. Answer me, wasnít that lust?

PREACHER: [Stands shocked, ashamed and undone]

FAITH #1 [Acts as if having a heart attack and falls below the pew]

DEVIL:
Let me introduce you to someone you know very well. Lust come on out!

LUST: [Enters the scene with a tight dress and feather boa]

LUST:
How you doing doctor. The magic is over and here I am.

DEVILíS CREW [They uh and ah over Lust].

PREACHER: [Knocking her hand away]
Get your hand off of me!

LUST:
Oh now preacher, why you want to be like that when we have been friends for so long.

PREACHER:
I donít know you! I donít believe in you!.

LUST:
Well, let me refresh your memory. Remember that Diane in the 9th grade, remember her. I was the one who gave you her telephone number. Remember April, both the girl and the month. Oh, what a month! And I know you remember Ms. Barbara Perkins seeing how you call her every time you turn around. Each time you do Iím there. Lustís my name, putting people in bed is my game, how do you do?.

PREACHER: [Remembering drops his head in shame]

DEVIL: [Tender]
Come now preacher, Iím not here to tear you down, you donít have to be ashamed. Iím not here for you, Iím here for my church. You know, Iím one of your biggest fans. Just acknowledge me your lord and master and I can leave you alone.

PREACHER: [Bows his head sobbing]

REV. POWELL: [Claps his hands loudly]
Bravo! Bravo! You are surely amazing.

DEVIL: [Angered]
Reverend! Stay out of this!

REV. POWELL: [Getting up to go]
Donít worry, Iím just about to go. Iíve seen enough. But I have to admit you do one amazing job.

DEVIL:
If you are leaving, leave!

REV. POWELL:
Truth, it was a pleasure to see you once again. I know I will be seeing you soon. Faith, what can I say. I have never seen you so bad off. No, no donít get up on my account, you need your rest. And Preacher, just a few parting words.

DEVIL:
I thought you were leaving?

REV. POWELL:
I am. [Leaning on the Preacher] You have a question before you, how are you going to answer?

PREACHER: [Shaking his head]
I donít know?

REV. POWELL:
Just remember this, what is flesh is flesh, what is spirit is spirit. Now which do you serve?

DEVIL:
REVEREND!

REV. POWELL:
Youíre right, youíre right. Time for me to leave. [Exits]

PREACHER:[Rolls his head back and moans]

DEVILíS CREW [Puzzled, begin whispering among themselves with a question]
What did he say? What did he say?

PREACHER:
Truth?!

TRUTH:
Yes?

PREACHER:
That question burning in my heart, pulling at my soul. What is the answer?

DEVIL:
The answer has always been me. Look at me preacher!

PREACHER:
TRUTH!

TRUTH:
Yes?

PREACHER:
Is it true?

TRUTH:
YES!

DEVIL: [Uncomfortable]
Is what true? Truth? Is what true?

INSERT MUSIC: Choir

PREACHER:
Drops his head into his clasped hands and kneels to the floor in pray.
FATHER!

DEVIL:
NO!

PREACHER:
I stretch my hands to thee no other help I know.

DEVIL:
Acknowledge me!. . .me!

FAITH: [Makes his way back to sitting up]

PREACHER:
If you thou should depart from me oh where, oh where can I go. My God, my God, have mercy on me a sinner!

DEVIL: [Shouting and yelling]
You have lost. You have lost, all you need to do is acknowledge me. Iím your god, Iím your master, Iím your lord!

PREACHER:
My sins are undone. My iniquity is ever present before me. Lord! have mercy on me once again! Forgive me!

FAITH #1: [Stands up]

DEVIL:
Iíve won! Iíve won! Do you hear me! Iíve won this house is mine now!

PREACHER:
Take me by the hand. and lead me by the waters that are filled with Jesusí Blood and wash me, wash me white as snow.

FAITH #1: [Stagers and falls below the pew]

DEVIL:
Iíve won! Iíve won! Do you hear me! Iíve won! This house is mine now! You have lost. Iíve won, but you must acknowledge me. I am your god, I am your master, I am your lord!

PREACHER:
I ask for your forgiveness, your mercy, your love, and your grace. Redeem my soul and strengthen my faith.

FAITH #2: [Sits up; taking the place of Faith #1]

PREACHER:
Look beyond this flesh, look beyond this bone. Cast your eyes upon this heart in which you dwell. Examine my integrity and make me fit to be called your own. Forgive. Renew, and Strengthen my faith.

FAITH #2: [Stands up and walks toward the preacher]

DEVIL: [Trying to block his way]
NO. . .YOU CANíT!

FAITH #2: [Pushes by the Devil]

PREACHER:
In Jesusí name; in Jesusí precious name, I pray and ask it all, amen.

FAITH: [Offers a hand which is accepted and helps the preacher up]

DEVIL:
This changes nothing! Nothing! I tell you. This is still my church. These are still my servants, still my people!

PREACHER: [Confident]
No it changes nothing. What you have shown is true. We are flesh, we have sinned in the flesh, but to the glory of God we are not ruled by the flesh. Oh, but the blood, that precious blood of Jesus Christ overcomes the flesh as we worship Him!

DEVIL: [Removing a large glass goblet from under the pulpit]
I have your blood, your precious blood of sin, and I will fill this room to overflowing with it!

PREACHER:
FAITH!

FAITH: [Grabs the arm of the Devil and removes the glass of dark liquid]

PREACHER: [Receiving the glass]
Now I understand why Faith canít speak. Words are just words both of the mind and mouth, but faith are words in action straight from the heart. .It wasnít Daniel that entered the lions den, but Faith. It was Faith that went with the three Hebrew boys into the firry furnace, and it was Faith that picked up five smooth stones turning one into an MX missile. And it was Faith that build an ark and it will be Faith this day that will overcome your kingdom of flesh. [Holding up the glass over his head he gives a silent prayer.]
Now, where there was once sin there is now sin no more.

DEVIL:[Grabbing for the cup, but missing]
Well, the cup wonít do you any good.

PREACHER:
Are you sure? You sound a little apprehensive? Are you afraid, if I use it Devil?. . .
Lets see now. You say you have a claim on this church, well let us see. [Turning to the Deacons table, he calls them to appear, then splashes the contents of the glass on them.]

LIGHTS COME UP ON THE DEACONíS TABLE, THEY TURN TO ONE ANOTHER IN FELLOWSHIP

PRIDE: [In pain]
Stop it! Stop it!

PREACHER:
There just might be some good in this glass.

GREED: [Pulling at the Devil]
Boss! Boss!, I donít have control of them anymore!

JEALOUSY: [Running up]
Me neither!

PREACHER:
Ah, then your hold on them, I mean the hold you have on the flesh doesnít go beyond just that. . .the flesh. I feel like a song of praise coming on,. . .choir?

LIGHTS COME UP ON THE CHOIR WHO APPEAR IN BLACK ROBES

PREACHER: [Splashing the contents of the glass on them]

CHOIR: [Quickly changes to white robes and begin to sing]

INSERT MUSIC: Choir

DEVIL:[Grieved]
You canít stop me forever! Look., look at my band of

PREACHER: [Interrupting]
Oh, them, What about them? You want some of this?

THE DEVILíS CREW RUN FRANTICLY OFF STAGE

DEVIL:
I will make countless visits to this house, and it will be mine! There are unimaginable lessons to teach you! And you will learn!

PREACHER:
I know. I know; you will be back. I know the trouble that you will bring, but I know that so long as I have Jesus, you donít hold any power over me. So, you see, you have no power here.

DEVIL:
But I have an army that I will but at work and everyday you will see something new.

PREACHER:
But as long as I have Jesus, I have an army at my Disposal! [Pointing to the Bible pages.]
Moses come lead the way! [Steps out of the pages]
Enoch come take a walk with me!
Noah come tell me a story!
Joshua, I have an army for you to lead!
David, I have a giant for you to kill!
Ester, I have a crown for you to wear!
Peter, I have a net for you to cast!
Paul, I got a road for you to travel!

DEVIL: [With discuss, leaves the church, exit rear]

INSERT MUSIC: Choir

ALL ACTORS LEAVE THE STAGE SLOWLY LEAVING THE PREACHER

PREACHER: [Humming to the music picks up his broom continuing to sweep the church. Stopping and wondering]
Did something jus happen or was that all a dream? Either way, so long as I have King Jesus, I have nothing to fear. So long as I have King Jesus the devil will never have a hold on me. So long as I have King Jesus, Iím free!

CURTAINS

THE END

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Phyllis Inniss  13 Jan 2006
A good play but I too have problems with Rev. Powell's role. Some errors I note are: instead of 'in pray', 'in prayer'; instead of 'stutters','shudders'; instead of 'firry','fiery' and instead of 'discuss' 'disgust'. There were also one or two typographical errors, but the message you deliver in this piece is very sound.
Nisha Abraham 05 Nov 2005
Very good article. But, even I feel the Rev.'s role was not necessary. God bless u.




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