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Statutory Directives from Uncle Screwtape

I wrote this letter on behalf of Screwtape to Wormwood for an online class ‘The Literatures of C.S. Lewis.’ and later published it in my blog.

My dear Wormwood,

I was very disappointed after I went through some lines of your last letter. You seemed to be wasting precious time in vain. Now is the time to strike the Patient’s mind when he is focused on the Enemy. Having said that, I also strictly caution you not to make any hasty move either. Watch out for his every thought and action and discern his motives. Be careful in your excitement. As I have mentioned early that the gradual degradation of human animals’ spirituality is good for us and it best works in our favor.

Your Patient certainly knows how to use modern technologies in the market. The Enemy’s two-legged animals have proved how much gifted they are from the Enemy by setting their feet on the moon. Their intelligence is not always good for them too. Some of these have already demonstrated that they also could be our helpful agents to wage war against their race. At present, some are posing a threat to the world due to weapons of mass destruction. But then people are developing new concepts and tools to promote an invisible web on the air called the “World Wide Web” or generally the internet.

We want more confusion so that doubt will rule over the ninny Patient. But there is also a great risk too that might open his eyes to see his inward spiritual state and outward response to his action.

The latter tool is accessible to even children worldwide. No other tool will be more effective than that. Your Patient is very familiar with it. However, he has learned to handle it properly recently. Thus, the Enemy has sidelined us from the Patient’s interest.

You, however, ought to change the strategy of your manipulation of your Patient. Otherwise, he could be a grave threat to our plan. Then, you know the consequence that you’ll have to bear. First, make him stop reading Enemy’s book called the “BIBLE.” Rather, help him to do more research online for his spirituality than reading the Word and obeying the Enemy. By doing this, he’ll find more complicated and unreliable resources that some of our agents have championed. We want more confusion so that doubt will rule over the ninny Patient. But there is also a great risk too that might open his eyes to see his inward spiritual state and outward response to his action. So, you must divert his attention from that kind of resource, and lure him to fix his eyes on the conspicuous advertising banners. Do not get freaked out when you see gorgeous young women on the internet, lest; he will know your purpose and cease to be a wishy-washy man.

Second, influence him and take him into your confidence before you make another move. Make him believe that browsing the internet to watch beautiful women is not a sin, since he meets dashing and charming women every day. Keep in mind that these revolting creatures of the Enemy can be easily attracted by the skin-deep beauty of their opposite sex. Now, use every coherent argument, if needed, as a weapon to persuade him to watch semi-nude pictures of women. Remind him of his past heydays and how much he enjoyed going to the beach and basking his back in the sun glaring at those beautiful women in bikinis. Find out if he finds any difference between those women in bikinis on the beach and other women in bikinis on the internet. If he feels comfortable with it, you are half done.

Finally, know the weakness of these stubborn animals. Now, hit the spot! Persuade him to visit the forbidden sites that contain exclusive pictures and videos. You must not retreat until you make sure that his mind is absorbed in whatever he is watching on the sites. You have to treat your Patient very well and be very cooperative at this point until he moves toward the slippery slope of any form of addiction whether it be porn or whatever. The open gate of our Father Below in the Hell will be wide for him if you can guide him to now other levels – a dark pit of adultery or fornication from where he can never come out.

Your affectionate uncle


 Characters' Guide

Screwtape – Senior devil

Wormwood – Screwtape’s cousin, a protege

Enemy – God of the Bible

Patient – a new believer

Two-legged animals – humankind

Father Below – Satan; ruler of the hell


Michael Licona: “Is Jesus the Only Way?”

Dr. Mike Licona gives talk on the whole issues of heaven and hell; who goes there and how they go there alongside many ways versus One Way. He addresses some of Rob Bell’s comments, raised in his book Love Wins.

In this audio, Licona covers 3 Major Positions :

(1) Universalism – everyone will be saved; no one will be lost, and eventually go to heaven apart from their faith in Jesus Christ.

(2) Exclusivism – Jesus is the Only Way to heaven and apart from faith in Jesus, there is no hope and other way for any human being to go to heaven.

(3) Inclusivism – Jesus is the only God, but he can save people from all faith. He keeps all possibilities open to save them when they sincerely following a god and morally living good lives. Therefore, Jesus is not particular whom you believe and follow. So people of all faith end up going to heaven as long as they live sincere and moral lives.

4 Tough Questions:

(1) What about those who never heard the Gospel?

(2) What about babies who died before they came to the Saving Knowledge of Christ or mentally handicapped?

(3) What about sincere and good person who lived moral life?

(4) What about being tolerant to other people and live life in harmony?

For Audio mp3, click here (42:52 min.)

Interview: Dr. Daniel Block on “Love Wins”

Stuart McAllister

Last month, web servers were too busy after Rob Bell‘s book “Love Wins” hit the shelves causing quite a stir in the evangelical world. Comments which most of them were negative filled the blogs and all sorts of social media. Some people even before reading the book started labelling Bell a heretic. Every show Bell appeared asked the first question if he was universalist. Richard Mouw, President of Fuller Seminary blogged sympathizing Bell’s view on heaven, hell, and jugdment. He could not defend Bell but had to blog again; this time, for clearing his view on the book and how he understands Bell’s orthodoxy.

Bell in his book “Love Wins” asks many question on hell, sin, and God’s ultimate judgment. This week Stuart McAllister, the Vice-President for Training and Special Projects for RZIM, sat down with Dr. Daniel Block, Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College to discuss on this book to sort through some of Bell’s claims.

Click here to listen MP3 audio

Conference: Hell Yes, Hell No

Bobby Conway, lead pastor of the Life Fellowship church in North Carolina and One Minute Apologist takes time to share his view on Rob Bell’s book Love Wins in this seminar video Hell Yes, Hell No: A Response to Rob Bell and Love Wins. In order to find out what he had to say about Bell being labelled as a universalist or heretic, please watch this video. Running time of this video is 1.53 hrs. Conway takes one hour to share his view on Bell and Love wins. And next one hour is spared for Q/A panel discussion to answers some of the questions from audiences.

Interview: Jeremy A. Evans on The Problem of Hell

What is hell? Is it real place for eternal damnation? What does it entail? Did Jesus mean it literally or metaphorically? What is the doctrine of hell, and why should anyone believe in hell? What about universalism or annihilationism? What is the fate of those who have not received Jesus as the Savior? If God is a loving God that we preach, then how could a loving God send people to hell? Does this act not contradict to his loving nature? These questions are not easy ones to answer for anyone. This is a must-listen interview by Mike Licona to Dr. Jeremy Evans of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In this interview, Evans discusses various differing and divided views concerning the nature of hell held by Christians. For further study, check out Four Views on Hell.

“Hell is a place of separation from God”

Find it at 4Truth.net, an excellent resource.

Full Interview Audio mp3 here. (1 hr)