Judges 14–16

Screwtape:

The following proven strategy and directives from his highness, the Prince of Darkness, will enable you to defeat a God-called, Holy Spirit-anointed young man, transforming him from a dangerous, mighty warrior into an easily-manipulated, enslaved wimp:

  1. Convince him to reject the wise counsel of his parents (Jdg 14:1–31), to be independent, to be his own person, marching to the beat of his own drum. Appeal to his pride, which will lead him to destruction (Pr 16:18; 1 Tim 3:6).

  2. Isolate him from his family and from strong Christians. (The “divide and conquer” strategy has worked for millennia.) Surround him with non-Christians and weak Christian peers his own age—especially lawless and rebellious peers.

  3. Entice him and get him infatuated with a young Philistine woman (i.e., an unbeliever who is outside of God’s covenant people, 2 Cor 6:14–16ff). If that is not successful, then entice him with a sexy, carnal Christian girl—particularly an immoral girl who has lots of emotional problems and perhaps even one or two kids. This can frequently be achieved by first appealing to his sense of Christian love to reach out and evangelize or help the unfortunate.

  4. Entice him into fornication and adultery (Jdg 16:1, 4ff2). Get him believing he’s macho, while enslaving him to his sex drive; then you can always manipulate and control him with a seductive woman (Ro 6:16). This strategy is doubly effective because these sins will provoke our Arch-Enemy, God Himself, to curse and destroy him (Nu 25:1–9, 18; 31:16; 1 Cor 10:8, 11f; Rv 2:14–16, 20–23).

  5. Get him to break covenant with God, so God will remove His Spirit’s anointing for ministry (Jdg 16:20; Ps 51:11).

If you follow these directives, Screwtape, you will do well.

Farewell,

Apollyon, the Destroyer

Results of fornication and adultery

Exchanges true intimacy for its parody (Pr 5:19f);

Forfeits one’s honor (Pr 5:9; 6:33);

Squanders one’s sexual power that should be used to build one’s own family (Pr 5:15–19; 31:3);

Throws away one’s best years (Pr 5:9, 11);

Squanders money, possessions, and inheritance (Pr 5:10; 6:26; 29:3);

Breaks covenant with God and spouse (Pr 2:17; cf. 23:28);

Brings inevitable consequences and scars (Pr 6:27–29);

Bitterness and instability (Pr 5:4, 6);

Physical punishment, including wounds (Pr 6:33–35) and imprisonment (Pr 23:27; 5:9; 7:22);

Consuming disease (Pr 5:11);

Destroys kings (Pr 31:3);

Leads to death (Pr 2:18f; 5:4f, 23; 7:23, 26f; 9:18; cf. 6:26, 32);

Destroys one’s own soul (Pr 6:32).

 

1 See “my son,” “father,” and “mother” in Proverbs.

2 See Pr 2:16–19; 5:3–23; 6:24–35; 7:5–27; 9:13–18; 22:14; 23:27f; 29:3; 30:20; 31:3; cf. 27:8.

 

© Robert E. Fugate, 2007

Published On: September 22nd, 2022 / Categories: Uncategorized /

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