Our Dear Protégé,
Concerning our mission to bring about the most widespread apostasy possible, we cannot stress enough the need for subtlety. While our aim is indeed great, it must be achieved by small and incremental steps. If we wish to destroy, we must first distract.
One well-suited seed that needs to be planted to bring about this desired distraction is the idea that the Christian religion can, in some sense or another (it matters not), be identified with civil religion. In short, if we can convince our prey that the Son of God has an eternal stake in human politics and, by extension, that their cultural endeavors will somehow usher in the kingdom, then, once that seed is sufficiently sown, we can merely sit back and savor the spoils of our victory.
Now, in this cause we have much reason for cheer, for to an astonishing degree our work is being carried on for us by the very shepherds of those sheep whom we wish to steal. You are undoubtedly aware of the so-called “liberal“ churches that have been adopting our agenda for the last century, but to our surprise, those pastors that call themselves “conservative“ have increasingly bought into our program as well. And here’s the ironic part: the fact that the “conservatives“ argue the opposite cultural position than the “liberals“ makes them think that they’re on different teams, when, in fact, they’re both working for us! After all (as you surely know), as long as America’s pastors continue to take up precious time talking about cultural wars during their sermons each Sunday, the gospel will be slowly pushed to the periphery and finally replaced.
The reason, dear protégé, that the confusing of the civil and spiritual kingdoms is so crucial to our agenda is that, regardless of which side of the political aisle wins or loses, the victory remains ours. To borrow the language of those despicable theologians who are truly a threat to our designs, the sooner civil morality becomes the task of Christ’s spiritual kingdom, the sooner will “law“ become “gospel“ in the minds of its citizens. And once that exchange has been made, the American church will be ours.