It is clear that you have not quite got the hang of this temptation thing. Take the matter of what the enemy calls “mission.“ We understand what this is — to bring the dreadful news of His Son with all the spiritual weapons that we find so appalling. However, you are making a major error when you try to take all thoughts of mission out of the mind of your client. That is too obvious a tactic and one that often just does not work. Perhaps you will allow we more senior experts to give you some instruction.
Encourage your client to think about mission. Allow just enough guilt and awareness that it is what he is supposed to be doing and then let him assuage his conscience by giving some money, attending a few “missionary“ meetings, and in general feeling “positive“ about mission “over there.“ These last two words are the key. Let your client always have in his mind the impression that mission is something that occurs in a faraway land, that it is always done by superheroes, and that it is usually tied up with circumstances that are well outside his own personal experience — pictures of emaciated children in a third-world country are always good both for a guilt trip and for taking his mind off the real mission. Let him think that giving a few dollars more is real “mission.“
Let us give you one true example of how this “over-there“ mentality works beautifully in our favor. There is a large city church that regularly gave to missions in China. When the new minister arrived, he noticed that despite there being tens of thousands of Chinese in the city, there were none in the church. He “borrowed“ some Chinese from a local evangelical seminary to welcome people. As a result of this twisted tactic, Chinese people started coming to the church. But there were complaints from those who are supposed to be the enemy’s servants. They were happy to send money and people to “convert“ the Chinese “over there,“ but they were not prepared to have the Chinese in “their“ church. Wonderful!
Our dear Diabolos, this is what you must aim for: Let your client always see mission as something “over there,“ and he will never consider how he is supposed to do mission wherever he is. As long as we can convince the enemy’s servants that where they are is not the needy place, we need not fear.
Your Master, Legion
Rev. David A. Robertson is minister of St. Peter’s Free Church in Dundee, Scotland. He is author of The Dawkins Letters: Answering Atheist Myths.