There is nothing more terrifying for us than the Enemy’s people gathered together worshiping Him. They’ll hear their King’s proclamations, have their consciences washed clean, and gain new strength. These weekly assemblies are the source of much of our shuddering. Adding insult to injury, they call it the “Lord’s Day” and meet on the first day of their week, celebrating our greatest loss when the sinless One was resurrected from the dead.
Aim to have Christians skip Sunday worship. Let them think worship is optional and not an actual summons to meet with the Sovereign. Keep them up late on Saturday nights. Harass them on Sunday morning with every worldly care, distract them with recreation or politics, or misdirect them by having them think their digital devices can substitute for gathering with real flesh and blood. In fact, replace their pastor with a remote somebody they listen to without knowing him in the flesh.
We have had great success in the last few decades in corrupting some church leaders in their otherwise good motivations to make their assemblies more accessible, exciting, and entertaining.
Cause them to lose their focus when they gather to worship the Enemy. Have them think about how the worship service made them feel rather than about what is pleasing to the Enemy. Let them think worship is boring, and let them lose their sense of reverence. Let them mistake fickle emotions for the Holy Spirit.
We have had great success in the last few decades in corrupting some church leaders in their otherwise good motivations to make their assemblies more accessible, exciting, and entertaining. In this way, the worshipers have been made to think that they are there to be an audience rather than to worship the Enemy. We know that He tolerates no idolatry. One of the Enemy’s most loathsome servants—the theologian troublemaker from Geneva—even observed that the sinful human heart is constantly creating idols. Use this tendency against them. Deceive them into believing their own hearts, and then watch them worship anything.
If these fools cannot be kept away from gathering, they can surely be led to worship half-heartedly. When the preacher preaches, get their thoughts wandering. When they sing, let them think about themselves and not what they are affirming with the others. When they pray, whisper their to-do list. When they take the Lord’s Supper, let them only remember a past event or think some magic is taking place.
Deploy these strategies to weaken your prey, and in so doing you will help blunt the greatest weapons wielded by the Enemy’s people.
Chris Larson (@ChrisLarson) is president and CEO of Ligonier Ministries.