Dear Wormwood . . .

Abandoned Church by Edward Peterson
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By Sean DeMars - Posted at 9Marks.org:

Dear Wormwood,

I am overjoyed to hear of the way our efforts are bearing fruit in America. I hear that cities like Baltimore are desolate, and entire regions, like New England, are almost entirely devoid of the enemy’s presence. I’m also delighted to share with you that the work we’ve been doing in the so-called “Bible Belt” has been more successful than we could have ever imagined! We’ve given the people just enough of the enemy to inoculate them to him, and the Belt is sheering more with each passing day.

Might I add, my dear Wormwood, how excited I am to know that an increasingly large number of churches across the American landscape are responding to our efforts exactly as we intended. As you know, our plan to attack them from the outside with persecution was bearing very little fruit—how I wish the central office would give up on the strategy entirely!—and even our best attempts of shutting them down politically only seemed to last for a time. But this new, yet old strategy, where we teach them to bite and devour one another, it seems to be going splendidly. Churches all over America are closing their doors. Not always literally, of course. Many churches are simply vomiting up their “converts”—whether they’re truly converted or not—and abandoning their buildings and resources to us. The buildings themselves are often still used by those who belong to our gloriously dark kingdom. The central office is enthralled to see the literal inversion of Proverbs 13:22 taking place before our very eyes.

Nevertheless, my dear soldier, I’m writing to you today because we’re concerned to see a steadily growing trend in America. It’s called “revitalization.” This dreadful new movement seeks to send men and their wretched families and friends into dying churches with the purpose of bringing them back to life. Much to our frustration, it seems to be working well! There are several strong church and para-church organizations backing this movement with their resources, encouraging it with their platforms, training for it in their seminaries and internships, and writing books about it to spread awareness and enhance education.

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