Paul can hear the leaders of the Death Force arguing but the grandfather clock interferes with his hearing. He beholds the ray of light streaming from the corridor leading to the east wing. Decidedly, he removes his shoes and tiptoes towards it to get closer.
“We need to stop them from enjoying life in Christ!”
“What are you saying Stealing,” Killing retorts, “that we distract them with cares again? We need something big, you idiot!”
Ignoring Killing’s remark, Stealing walks away from him and opens the windows by the gothic armoire. Stealing knows Killing is right. Time is running out. As Stealing returns to his chair, Accusing follows him with his eyes. For the past 40 hours Accusing sits alone scrutinizing the Word.
“I’ll deceive them that adultery is ok, it’ll work,” Lying proposes.
“Stop lying!” Devouring roars. “You know we can’t bank on adultery because they know God loves them!” He pounds his fist on the table causing Paul to shudder. His eyes wince.
“We need something low key,” Devouring insists.
Killing looks at Destroying expecting him to contribute.
“We’ve got to make them feel God is angry with them,” Destroying suggests.
At the narrow corridor, Paul’s clothes soak with perspiration. He tries to wipe the beads of perspiration on his forehead to prevent them from dripping to the floor but an unknown voice causes him to stop.
“I know how,” says Accusing as he rises. He goes towards the fireplace at the end of the room. With the chandelier behind, his shadow falls on the art above the mantel. Killing watches as Accusing fixes his eyes on the painting of the cross.
“The strength of sin is the law,” Accusing states plainly. “Tap on the ministry of death and they’ll sin more.”
Devouring looks up and clenches his fists, “You want to adulterate grace by using their preachers to teach Christian disciplines? Strike the under-shepherd to get to the flock?”
Accusing smiles. “I need legalism and the old yoke in the church or I can’t nag at Christians and accuse them of not doing enough for God. Promote requirements so that this ‘sanctified by grace’ belief does not get rooted in their spirits. Saying this, they won’t fall for the law easily. Mixing the law with grace however is inconspicuous,” he reveals.
Nodding, Destroying agrees, “Christians may think God’s Spirit convicts them of sins because they don’t know that their hearts are sprinkled from an evil conscience. When Stealing steals from them the truth in Romans, they won’t realise that God’s Spirit only convicts them of righteousness. They’ll never appreciate Hebrews and we’ll use the pastors to teach verses like 1 John 1:9 out of context of the new covenant. When they listen to these puppets long enough they’ll believe. They’ll take the middle road thinking it’s holy. If we keep them unclear about the significance of the resurrection, they‘ll swing back and forth, embracing death and life.”
“I’ll steal the truth that Christians are righteous independent of their sins,” Stealing boasts fanning himself with the agenda dated A.D. 1666. “They’ll forget that they’re already dead to sin and alive in Christ. They’ll die before their time believing that the sicknesses and calamities we bring to them are because of God’s judgement. The promises in Christ will be made of no effect when they get legalistic and then not one will reign in life! Just as a little leaven leavens the whole lump, a little law will counteract the glorious effects of grace,” he asserts.
“Also, loving one another will become history,” says Killing to Lying as he walks over and places both hands on her shoulders. Lying fondles the ring on her thumb. She knows that she has to get Christians to forget that God no longer remembers their sins.
“What about loving God with all their heart, soul, strength and mind?” Lying proposes.
“When they think they have to, that’s the old yoke and the Spirit has no part in it. This ensures failure. Lying, make them forget it’s the law to get them in cycles of defeat and make them sin conscious. In fact, make communion about their sins instead of the gift of righteousness and its life-giving significance,” Destroying ripostes.
“Raise persecution against spirit-led churches established in God’s grace. Where there’s grace, there’s life,” cautions Accusing as he closes the Bible.
At the corridor, David listens with tears in his eyes. What will he do now that he knows?
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