Our strategy is to unleash a full-scale, frontal assault on the Word of our Enemy. This has been the essence of our sinister strategy from the very beginning. Over the centuries, nothing has changed. Our modus operandi is the same. The Enemy does His most damaging work to us when His Word is preached, taught, respected, and followed.
There are several specific methods that you can employ as you seek to wreck the Word of our Enemy. Persuade preachers to doubt the flawless purity of the Word. Cause them to believe liberal theologians, not our Enemy. Con pastors into thinking that the Bible is just another book, and deceive them into elevating fallible church tradition and personal opinion over Scripture. Blind them into thinking the majority vote of the congregation is the highest authority.
Do everything you can to get ministers to distrust the sufficiency of Scripture to accomplish our Enemy’s work.
Do everything you can to get ministers to distrust the sufficiency of Scripture to accomplish our Enemy’s work. Feed their ego and entice them into becoming entertainers, not expositors. Make them think their job is to fill the pews, not the pulpit. Seduce them into thinking they should be trendy communicators, not Bible commentators. Lure them into seeing themselves as life coaches. Ensure that they see themselves as proffering advice to curiosity seekers.
Convince preachers to spend more time exegeting the culture, not the Bible, and convince them that there is no need to spend time in study. Entice them to cite the current trends of the day, not the timeless teachings of the ancient Book, and coax them into wanting to be popular, not pointed. Distract them by tempting them to reference as many secular movies, concerts, and books as possible, but not to be too heavy with the Bible.
Use every means at your disposal to convince pastors to shorten or degrade the worship service—lengthen the announcements, let the service start late, and fail to eliminate distractions. Get pastors and worship leaders to talk more about themselves. Prompt them to share more personal opinions and illustrations, and leave as little time as possible for the preaching of our Enemy’s Word.
Beguile preachers into thinking that sound doctrine is unimportant to their preaching, and bewitch them into assuming that theology is irrelevant to the practical realities of their congregation. Sell them on the idea that paying attention to the right interpretation of Scripture only leads to division, and convince them that channeling pithy, motivational slogans is much better.
Finally, be sure that you persuade preachers to count nickels and noses, and not to focus on souls and eternity. Have them depend on the dynamic of their personality, not the power of our Enemy. Coax them never to teach what is controversial and costly but only to teach what is comforting and popular.
Dr. Steven J. Lawson is president and founder of OnePassion Ministries, a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow, and author of numerous books, including Foundations of Grace and The Moment of Truth.