Our Enemy has given the sacraments to the church as something His followers like to call “the means of grace.” Your goal is to do everything in your power and then some to prevent the Christians from understanding the sacraments and observing them in such a manner as to strengthen their faith in our Enemy.
We have had great success in achieving our goals of confusing the Christians about the number, nature, and observance of these sacraments. Your responsibility, therefore, is to continue this legacy of success. We have accomplished our goals by pushing His followers toward one of two extremes. On the one hand, we have convinced many to so closely identify the signs with that which they signify that they have fallen into all manner of delightful superstition. On the other hand, we have convinced many others to so separate the signs from that which they signify that they begin to treat the sacraments as relatively unimportant and then begin to ignore the commands of our Enemy. Continue to use these broad tactical maneuvers for optimal results.
We accomplish our goals by pushing His followers toward one of two extremes.
In addition, there are specific strategies for each of the two sacraments our Enemy has given that you can employ depending on the circumstances and the sacrament. With baptism, make every effort to do one of two things. Either convince the church that the mere application of water cleanses their souls, or convince them that because water cannot cleanse souls, it is unimportant. Convince them of the first and they will often neglect the training up of their children, believing that since the child was baptized, he or she will automatically go to be with our Enemy at death. Convince them of the second and they can often be convinced to put off baptism until they feel adequately cleansed.
With the Lord’s Supper, in addition to the tried-and-true strategies we have used in the past (transubstantiation, the sacrifice of the Mass, etc.), focus on other initiatives as well. Look for opportunities to deceive. For example, convince His followers that unless they are perfectly sinless, they are not qualified to participate. There’s nothing better than convincing the starving that they are not qualified to eat. Go on to convince them to neglect thinking about the supper until the last second so that their hearts are focused on anything but the Enemy. If we do these things consistently, we can continue to sow division and discord within the Enemy’s camp.
Understand that a high level of subtle deviousness is required in the task of subverting our Enemy’s sacraments. But success in this endeavor has proven costly to His followers and effective in undermining their faith. It is clearly worth the effort.
Dr. Keith A. Mathison is professor of systematic theology at Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Fla. He is author of several books, including The Lord's Supper.