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Sufficiently Worried

When speaking of Christianity, we are accustomed to hearing phrases like “living our lives for God” or “giving our lives to Christ”. Such language evokes a very big-picture view. This perspective is necessary to our Christian walk because it serves as the North Star by which we set and monitor our course. However, we must be careful not to overlook the daily business of discipleship. It can lead to a situation in which our attention is so set on our map that we fail to notice the holes and cracks in the hull of our boat which eventually cause us to sink before reaching our destination.

In His famous “Sermon on the Mount”, Christ teaches us not to obsess over the future because, “sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:34) We have enough to concern ourselves with each day without adding tomorrow’s trouble on top of it. In addition to tending to our material concerns (work, finances, etc.), we must also work at our spiritual concerns (keeping God as our central focus). Consider also that those entities which oppose our spiritual progress (the devil and his angels) have no need to rest or eat, meaning that they are constantly and tirelessly trying to hinder us. The point of listing all this is to highlight the wisdom and compassion in Christ’s counsel. It is difficult to make it through a single day without straying from our path. With such a hefty task before us, Christ tells us to focus on what is currently before us: the present day and the present moment.

It is important to note that this is not telling us we shouldn’t plan ahead. Rather, it is telling us not to worry ahead and lose sight of the needs of the present. Imagine, for example, that you are faced with a charging rhinoceros. Is it best to worry about whether your hospital bed will be clean or to concern yourself with the matter of getting out of said rhino’s way? Clearly the most useful, healthy, and appropriate thing to worry about is removing yourself from the rhino’s path. We must set priorities for what we worry about. If we adopt an open-door policy for worries, we will most certainly be overrun by them.

The thing about concerns is that they are very good at clumping up and blocking our view of anything else. When this happens we may even turn our gaze from God, turning away from our source of nourishment and our greatest good. Perhaps the best reason for setting priorities about what we worry about is the impact that it can have on our relationship with God. This relationship is the greatest resource we have for navigating life. God desires our good, which is why He is constantly seeking us: the greatest good He can give us is Himself. We must be careful not to let our worries crowd out our connection with the One who is able to help us through them all and put them in perspective.

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Temptation is no Laughing Matter!!

Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!! (ドウンタウンのガキの使いやあらへんで!!) is a popular Japanese variety show the name of which translates as “Downtown’s ‘This is no task for kids!!’”.  It is hosted by the comedic duos known as Downtown and Cocorico along with comedian Hōsei Yamasaki and features a variety of skits, games, and other antics.  Perhaps the most intense of these is the annual “no-laughing” batsu (punishment) game that the cast engages in to ring in the New Year.  During these games, the hosts undergo a 24-hour “training” session for some job (such as spy, reporter, or hotel man) during which they are strictly forbidden to laugh.  If they do laugh, they are immediately punished (usually with a swift whack to the posterior).  However, the “training” that they receive is a series of skits and set-ups designed for the sole purpose of making them laugh.  The winner is the one who receives the least number of punishments.  Needless to say, the final tallies are all always in the triple digits.

While the show primarily provides wild and often unpredictable entertainment, it also gives us a mirror of sorts that shows us how things turn out when we try to stop sinning using our own willpower.  Just as the hosts are told to stop laughing one day, we also are tempted to think that we can just decide to stop sinning.  The problem is that our decision is to stop sinning, not to submit to God, which is at the heart of the matter.  We cannot overcome sin except by God’s grace.  Without resting in this grace we keep ourselves at the mercy of sin just as the hapless hosts are at the mercy of the pranks and skits they encounter.  No matter how hard they try, they will inevitably break down and laugh.  Similarly, we can fight temptation as hard as we want, but it will always win in the end if we don’t have God in the equation.

James sums up this dynamic by writing:  “Therefore submit to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.  Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts you double-minded.  Lament and mourn and weep!  Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift your up.” (James 4:7-10)  Submission to God comes first and foremost.  When we humble ourselves before God, then and only then are we able to rely on His strength to resist the devil and temptation.  When we think about what James means by “Let your laughter be turned to mourning…” we shouldn’t be lead to the conclusion that being humble before God means that we should never laugh or be joyful.  Jesus presents what this humility is about in the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. (Luke 18:9-14)  The tax collector who “went down to his house justified” sounds a lot like James’ description of humbling ourselves.  The key lies not in any particular emotional state, but in recognizing God as our savior, our justifier, rather than ourselves.  “God, be merciful to me a sinner!”

So it is that when we trust in God rather than ourselves, we meet with better results in avoiding sin than the Gaki members do in their ill-fated attempts to avoid laughter (and the subsequent punishments).


Damage Control – Yo-Yo Christians

In order to present as a “good Christian” doing something “Christian-y” is in vogue at the moment.  Most likely because of the feelings it produces.  We have been able to use this to produce a number of what we call yo-yo Christians.  A yo-yo Christian is someone who goes on a trip, reads a book, does some work, etc. and starts feeling spiritually energized and enlightened because of it.  In reality, what they are feeling is only that:  a feeling.  It soon wears off after they have told others about their experience and how it made them holy.  Although a novice tempter like yourself may be worried about the apparent spiritual fervor, be assured that a closer inspection will confirm that it is only a feeling and you can sit back and wait for the air to go out of it naturally.

Like all humans, these yo-yo Christians affect everyone they come in contact with.  We are able to use this fact in our favor.  When the yo-yo is on a perceived spiritual high, it will attempt to do the Enemy’s will without having any actual contact with Him.  There is a story circulated in the Enemy’s propaganda about a similar sort of behavior enacted by the “sons of Sceva” a group of exorcists who attempted to subdue one of our agents without standing in any real spiritual power.  As expected, our agent quickly disposed of them and their pathetic attempts to meddle in our business.  Unfortunately, due to that agent’s rashness, the Enemy has been able to twist the event around into some kind of lesson to the human scum.  However, you students of temptation can also learn something from it.  These yo-yo Christians are very similar to the sons of Sceva in that they are more puff and pomp than real power.  Because of this, we can use them to accomplish our own ends while they are out on their quixotic march.

The first strategy is to focus on the yo-yo itself.  Recall that it believes itself to be positively exuding the power and favor of the Enemy.  What do you suppose would happen if we were to show it that there is actually a rather large distance between it and the Enemy?  Do you think that it would realize the error of its ways and scamper back to the Enemy’s feet?  That may be a real possibility had the sin of pride never been deployed in our struggle.  Given there’s a chance that your earlier lessons haven’t sunk in, we shall explain this in more detail.

Humans despise having to admit that they are wrong because then they would be faced with guilt.  Remember that the flesh creatures would do or believe anything to avoid this unpleasant sensation.  Based on this fact, a plan of attack can be formulated.  Suggest to the yo-yo that it is not the case that it has moved away from the Enemy, but that the Enemy has moved away from it.  This simple thought begets feelings of anger and betrayal which can then be used to drive the yo-yo further away from the Enemy and render it even more ineffective to His cause.

If circumstances permit, there is a second strategy that can be used.  It may be the case that the yo-yo is already a sufficient distance from the Enemy so that it is not necessary to drive it any further away.  The game in this case is to closely monitor what is coming in through the wretch’s spiritual intake.  You must make sure that no real spiritual sustenance comes in but that it only appears to.  The idea is to get it to think that it is being fed when it is not.  Allow the human to get real spiritual food, and you run the risk of the Enemy growing it, allow the human to become aware that it isn’t being fed and it may start seeking real food.  The key here is to pacify the human and keep it from becoming aware of what is really going on.

Keep in mind that you are creating the façade of a spiritual life.  At times you will allow it to take in false food and believe that it is experiencing growth.  Yet at other times you should close off the apparent inflow of spiritual food to simulate the periodic dry spells that all Christians, healthy or not, experience.  You know that the Enemy is the source of the humans’ spiritual growth and that it is impossible for them to grow if they are not close to Him.  The deception you are running is aimed at disguising their distance and lack of contact with the Enemy by hiding any signal that may be indicative of their current predicament.  Great tempters have been able to use this strategy to bring down numerous Christians.

Another approach to the yo-yo Christian is to use it to run interference against the Church.  As stated earlier, the yo-yo affects everyone it comes into contact with.  Normally this is a troublesome attribute when dealing with Christians, however most Christians are not as useful to us as our up-and-down pet on a string.  The use of which we speak is based on an ingrained sense of holier-than-thou-ness and self-righteousness.

It is necessary to carefully prepare this poison before trying to run any operations.  We are sure that you have covered the basics of spiritual chemistry in your lab courses, but it is a sad fact that not all tempters are equally adept and a review of this process is most likely necessary.  The basic mixture that you want consists of sophistry and a healthy helping of pride.  Sophistry is used as a harmless substitute for real understanding and wisdom.  It allows them to think that they actually know something without really knowing anything.  Just because they are good at arguing doesn’t mean that they really know anything.  However, sophistry on its own is not enough accomplish your goals for them because a straight-up sophist can be corrected and see the error of his ways.  It is necessary to add pride in order to lock them in.  A good fool is a proud fool.  The way this works is that there is a spiritual reaction between the pride and sophistry that fuses them together.  Remember how humans hate to admit being wrong because of the guilt involved?  Proud humans especially hate to admit they’re wrong.  Thus, they will refuse to see their errors and be corrected.

Now that you have properly prepared the yo-yo Christian, you can deploy it in the field.  The chief purpose of a yo-yo is to unknowingly put forth our image of the Enemy and our image of the Church.  The yo-yo is on a perceived spiritual high and thus believes itself to be close the Enemy when it is in fact far from Him.  When the yo-yo interacts with others and tries to push the Enemy’s agenda, it quickly becomes apparent that its attempts to be a “good Christian” are spiritually hollow.  This alone is enough to cause others to scoff at the Enemy and scorn His attempts to reach out to them.

In summary, you are to use the illusion of a spiritual high to put the Christian on a string and then manipulate it to serve whatever purpose best suits the circumstances.

(c) Noah Wilson. All Rights Reserved.


Spirituality

Not all Christians are best dealt with using religion.  Sometimes the best course of action is to lead them to the opposite extreme called spirituality.  As a matter of fact, it is one of our primary means of neutralizing would-be Christians these days.  While a religious extreme mimics the rigidity of dogma while substituting human truths in place of the Enemy’s, a spiritual extreme mimics the emotional sensation of spiritual experiences while substituting human perceptions in place of actual spiritual events.

The first step in creating a spiritual Christian is to cultivate in them a disdain for organized religion.  One way to accomplish this is to focus their attention on the various wars and other acts of violence that have been perpetrated “in the name of the Enemy”.  Another approach is to use the existence of various denominations within Christianity as a fulcrum to move the human away from the Church.  The fact that various denominations exist says more about humanity and our work than it does about the Enemy’s precious Church, but, fortunately, it is quite easy for humans to overlook the big picture.  Whatever the means, your goal is to isolate the flesh creature from the rest of the Church.

By segregating the human from the Church, you are able to severely limit or even eliminate the means of communal discernment.  As a result, the flesh creature’s spiritual life begins to rest more and more on their subjective experience rather than on verified, spiritual fact.  One of the functions that the Church and Tradition serve is to provide a baseline against which individual wisdom and discernment can be tested.  This authority is not unlike the latticework in a garden:  it provides guidance to the free growth of individual vines and allows them to climb ever higher.  When we take away this lattice, we can turn the vines into a tangled pile on the ground.

In terms of creating that tangled mess, there are a variety of options available.  One of the most effective ways is to play off of the human aversion to guilt.  Given that humans are imperfect, it is inevitable that they will come across some decree within the Enemy’s propaganda that pricks their conscience.  Rather than accepting the guilt, they would much rather reinterpret and rationalize what they have read.  Since they do not have the Church Tradition or fellow Christians to challenge their rationalizations, it is very easy to sell them a manufactured truth.

When a human rejects something, they typically begin to look down on it (if they didn’t already).  They come to the conclusion that “if I didn’t choose it, then it must be bad because I choose good things and don’t choose bad things.”  It is very easy to follow up this conclusion by smuggling in some arrogance that will aid you later on.  If you can make the flesh creature proud of being more “enlightened” than its fellows, you needn’t use guilt to prod them away from the Enemy.  As a matter of fact, the human may proactively depart from the Enemy’s propaganda so that they may feed their ego with the notion of being groundbreaking and knowing deeper truths than others.

This pride is also useful when exploiting the emotional sensations we pass off as spiritual experiences.  It is a simple formula:  1) the rush they feel is what it means to have a relationship with the Enemy.  2) If anyone questions (1), they are either jealous or a stereotypically dry Christian.  As you can see, it is a self-perpetuating apparatus that accomplishes multiple ends:  It creates the illusion of spiritual growth without actually providing it, it further alienates the flesh creature from the Church, and it makes their beliefs more malleable for us.  Emotions are a powerful force for humans, which is why they are of great strategic importance.  If the flesh creature feels like they have a close relationship with the Enemy, there is very little that can convince them otherwise.

The primary strength of guiding a Christian to a “spiritual” extreme is that you are able to remove the influence of the larger Church.  The pride component is merely a boost to this end.  Without the Church to test their own conclusions, it is much easier to manipulate the human’s beliefs.  It becomes a simple matter of getting them to feel a certain way about a proposition.  We are essentially able to use subjective experience to shape their perceived reality. Combined with pride, this makes a wonderful filtering mechanism by which we shut off any influence but our own.

(c) Noah Wilson. All Rights Reserved.


The Empty Water

One of the areas that we have been successfully undermining in some churches is the institution of “baptism”.  The Enemy instituted this practice as an “act of faith” which manifests as a result of an internal change in the flesh creature.  It is an outward expression that the human has gone over to His side.  Such narcissism is sickening, even to we who promote narcissism as a matter of business.  However, we have been able to use the disgusting baptismal display to further our own ends.  It is well within the scope of our abilities to confuse the humans concerning the nature of the ritual.  What we see and know to be water and a script, they can be led to believe is actually their deliverance.  If you don’t understand what our tact is, consider this analogy:  a man running from a wolf is safe once he is able to climb up a tree, what we aim to do in focusing their attention on the act of baptism is convince the man that he has climbed the tree when, in reality, he is merely standing in its shadow.

The question is how we go about getting them to place their hope in water.  One way is to ask the right questions and then use their discomfort as leverage to warp their beliefs.  If they don’t like what they read in the enemy’s propaganda, but can’t bring themselves to outright reject it, then their beliefs become much like putty and can be easily formed to fit our own designs.  As it turns out, baptism is very well suited for this game.  In His propaganda, the Enemy speaks of what He calls “salvation by faith” but this term is often too vague to suit the human’s comfort level.  You see, they are rather fond of things that they can see, touch, taste, etc.  It is easy for us to use this inclination to focus their attention on the outward action rather than the spiritual reality

Generally speaking, what happens is that the Enemy’s word is not good enough to get them to trust Him and they seek to perform some kind of ritual to make themselves feel better.  Obviously, this is nothing but self-delusion but it accomplishes the task of (to return to the earlier analogy) getting them to think that they have climbed to the safety of the tree.  Many rituals within the church have gone this way and that is just fine with us.  If they are fixated on the physical and emotional aspects of an act, they will not be paying attention to the spiritual aspects.  Thus the act comes to provide comfort rather than spiritual engagement.  In this way the spiritual act they sometimes call a “sacrament” is transformed into nothing more than a hollow show.

The end result is the belief that the act of sprinkling water on a human’s head or immersing it saves it from us; rather a quaint idea indeed.  Such a belief in unfounded in the Enemy’s propaganda but it makes them feel better about a question which the Enemy would say they must answer with “faith”.  If you do well, and keep the focus on the ritual, then you can get a human to be baptized without ever making a commitment to the Enemy.  This is a great victory for us because all we need to do from then on is to keep the fear of being wrong dangling in the back of their mind.  It will serve to make them cling to their belief in the water and ritual all the more.

There is another direction that you can go when attempting to displace the focus of baptism onto the ritual.  This path deals more in tradition than show.  As has been stated before, humans are social animals and are thereby capable of being strongly influenced by other humans.  Since a church is ultimately a group of flesh creatures, it will inevitably build up its own traditions and practices.  Among these is an expected “age of baptism”, i.e. an age at which whelps growing up within the church are expected to be baptized.  Depending on the church, this expected act may be called other names such as “confirmation”.  The names used really make little difference as far as we’re concerned.  The point is to manipulate the humans so that there is no connection for them between the act and their spiritual lives.  Think of it as turning the church into an assembly line:  At age x, person does y, and that is all there is to it.

You may even choose to step up the social element by bringing peer pressure to bear.  If all of a flesh creature’s friends are getting baptized/confirmed around the same time or have already done so, it would be terribly awkward for them not to follow suit.  Thus, they go through the motions for social reasons rather than moving any closer to the Enemy.  If properly handled, the human will be content to believe that the spiritual change has taken place.  We’re sure that even you can appreciate the opportunity here.  We have in our possession a human that calls itself a follower of the Enemy, but is still in our camp.

However, never underestimate the power of ritual and tradition.  We only encourage these things insofar as they serve our ends as there is a very real danger at hand.  As a result of their spirit/flesh hybrid nature, their spiritual lives are influenced by their physical lives and vice-versa.  Trouble arises for us in matters of tradition and ritual when the physical is used to support the spiritual.  The flesh creatures can use the rituals to quiet and focus their minds on the spiritual endeavor at hand.  We have seen our share of diabolical embankments and barricades broken down by the Enemy when the humans use these observances as tools to focus their spiritual energies on Him and, simultaneously, receive His support.  Perhaps now you realize why it is so important to carry out this operation as a basic practice in dealing with the Church.

(c) Noah Wilson. All Rights Reserved.


Romance and Sexuality -3- Relationships

The previous section was the image-based attack.  The relation-based attack focuses on interactions between the two genders.  We already have their heads swimming with images and standards of what an attractive man or woman should be.  Our next move is to muddy the waters concerning what kind of man or woman they should date/mate with.  Their reasons for choosing a mate with particular characteristics vary from “that’s what they deserve” to getting affirmation of their own manhood or womanhood.  Note the common denominator of their reasons for choosing:  the focus of the relationship is on the self.  That is the brimstone standard for infernal relationships.  A tempter can manage with a relationship focused on the other, but it creates a sort of selflessness as a byproduct that can give the Enemy a foothold.  The one thing that we absolutely don’t want is for the relationship to be centered on the Enemy.

Selfishness is a vital component of a relationship because it is the foundation on which you can build any number of dysfunctions.  The other part of the couple becomes an objectified source of gratification.  This dynamic is more visible in some relationships than others, and we will further clarify it by examining two relationship types:

“Say My Name” Relationships – This kind of relationship is something of a tempter classic.  The human goal is to use the other person to bolster one’s status as a man or a woman.  This relationship is one they use to convince themselves that they are successful as a man or woman.  We can thank our propagandists for setting the stage for this kind of relationship by convincing the flesh creatures that a man or woman is only complete if they have the “right” member of the opposite sex by their side.  We are also able to graft into their minds the concept of the trophy wife or husband.  Our infernal standards of what is or isn’t desirable are most effectively deployed in this type of relationship.

Consider the stereotypical dynamic of a cheerleading captain dating the star quarterback of the football team:  whether you look at it from the perspective of the male or the female, the relationship centers squarely upon status.  Can you see how each uses the other as a mark of success as a man or a woman?  Notice how one human is using the other as a means to an end rather than being an end in and of him or herself.  This depersonalization is exactly what we want to see in a relationship.

Now imagine if this kind of relationship were broken, what might the effects on the flesh creature be?  The relationship was their way of knowing that they are a successful man or woman; if that is taken away, so is part of their security.  This newfound insecurity can, and should, be exploited to the fullest extent.  One way to go about this is to bring them so far down that they question whether they really are what a man or woman should be.  Care needs to be taken not to leave the Enemy any room to exercise His influence here to answer their question.  The humans must take our answer or not find one at all.  The other option is to play off of the unpleasantness of their insecurity and get them to rush into another relationship just like the last.

“Identity” Relationships – This variety of relationship is a mutation of the “Say My Name” relationship.  The difference between the two is that the identity relationship is aimed at securing the answer to the fundamental question of “Am I a man/woman?”  The “say my name” relationship was a question of degree (i.e. “how successful of a man or woman am I?”)  The identity relationship centers on the question of being in the category at all.  In this case, again, we can see the human-as-a-means dynamic at work.  The human goal in this relationship is to know that they are a “real” man or a “real” woman.  This sort of pathetic wretch cannot be sure if he or she is what they are supposed to be unless they have a member of the opposite sex in a “romantic” relationship with them.

The great irony of this type of relationship is that what they are seeking cannot be found in the place they are looking.  Our espionage indicates that current opinion in the Enemy’s camp is that only the Enemy can confirm what it means to be a “real” man or woman and if the human meets the criteria.  Such an answer is expected, given that everything there seems to revolve around Him.  That is just another reason why Our Father Below was moved to rebellion.  After all, who could put up with such narcissism besides those sycophant seraphim?  Needless to say, there is no cause to worry that they might actually find what they are looking for as long as they are looking to the opposite gender for the answer.  That is simply not information they have to give.

Breaking a relationship of this kind provides us with some absolutely delightful possibilities.  When a human with this kind of relationship loses it, they are effectively being told that they are not really a man or a woman.  Once again, we are presented with two options of how to deal with their insecurity and confusion.  First, there is the option of using their emotions to push them back into a similar relationship.  The second option is one that promises greater accomplishment.  In the “say my name” type of relationship, we had the option to bring them to this “identity” stage in which they require a member of the opposite sex in order to know if they are a man or woman.  In this case, however, we are starting with the human wondering if he or she is a real man or woman.  We can use the same operation as before and, this time, break them on a fundamental level.  We are not talking about merely confusing their identity. We are talking about a blow to their spirit that will forever be a point of reckoning for them.

It is now standard procedure for us to lay the groundwork for this maneuver during childhood via deprivation of the instruction or confirmation of masculinity or femininity.  Thus, we have already primed them for the kind of blows we can deal by severing particular relationships.  If these are properly dealt at the right times, a competent tempter can stir up bitterness and self-hate that will take years to settle down (if ever) and severely compromise the wretch’s ability to have romantic relationships.  The reason why this status is so prized in fiendish circles is that the inner workings of the flesh creatures are interconnected.  Cripple one and the rest will suffer.  Thus, a shutdown of the human’s ability to have romantic relationships will have a global effect on all of their other relationships.

However, this operation doesn’t come without risk.  You must know by now that the Enemy does in fact call some of the wretches to life as a bachelor or bachelorette.  Always be certain that you are moving them away from the Enemy so that your hubris doesn’t lead you into ignorantly going along with His plans.  Those foolish enough to do so deserve their punishment.

Those are the two best examples of the other-as-object-of-gratification dynamics in relationships.  For the purposes of this text, we will limit the discussion of relationships to these two.  The important thing for you to take away from this section is the idea that in any relationship, not just the romantic variety, you are to lead the human to focus on him or herself. Do not allow the Enemy to become the center of any of the flesh creature’s relationships.  Should you allow that to happen, you will find that all of your best attacks will only yield temporary emotional results.

(c) Noah Wilson. All Rights Reserved.


Depreciation

Depreciation can be targeted at two things, either at the self or the Enemy.  Depreciation of the self is a particularly delectable situation to observe in the flesh creature.  The goal is to get it to despise itself and make itself miserable.  Of course, it is up to you to set up the mechanism and get it started.  A great angle to go about this is to go for the beast’s feelings.  These make particularly good targets for a number of reasons:  first, they are generally uncontrollable.  The humans can learn to regulate the expression of their feelings, but they cannot help having them.  Second, since the humans place so much emphasis on their so-called “rationality,” they will eagerly jump to the impossible task of shedding their emotions.  Finally, humans are just as capable of learning from their feelings as they are of being deceived by them.  If you alienate a human from its feelings, you are able to affix another filter preventing it from getting any information except that which you have approved.

So how does one separate a human from its feelings?  Our social engineers have tilled the proverbial soil and made all the cultural preparations for us.  From an early age, they are bombarded with mixed messages about expressing their feelings and told what they should or shouldn’t be feeling.

We have utilized this in a larger framework when targeting the males.  We’ve led them to believe that real masculinity means being a hardcore stoic.  At the same time, we’ve begun to press them with the concern that they aren’t “sensitive” enough.   Thus, no matter what they do, they lose.  If they remain hidden under the rock of masculine stoicism, their repressed emotions build up and tear them apart on the inside while they fail at being “sensitive”.  If they try to be “progressive” and shed some tears, deep down they think that their tears are a betrayal of their masculinity.  In recent years, we have begun to put out a women’s brand of this strategy by playing off of particular sects of the feminist movement.

Similarly, anger is only to be expressed at certain injustices, but never at close others “because that’s just not right”.  Any emotion or expression of emotion can be taken advantage of.  The bottom line is that you should get the little wretch to be more concerned about regulating its emotions than experiencing them.

The fallout from this conditioning is that the flesh creature essentially smothers itself trying to regulate its feelings and conform to social standards.  With all this stifling and suffocation, the human becomes more stressed and uncomfortable.  It becomes difficult for the wretch to relate to its fellows and it becomes isolated even when standing in a crowd.  Singling the human out like this is can even pave the way for future temptations.  What’s more, the points at which it stifles itself become sore points that are considered best avoided.  Therefore, the little beast will dread engaging your installations, and even go so far as to defend them of its own volition.  All while you monitor the situation from afar.  On a related note, since some of the humans consider spiritual entities and mental constructs to be pure nonsense, they will refuse to acknowledge them.  It is important to nurture this belief as it will make them even more unwilling to address any emotional distress they feel and make your work more secure.

The depreciation of self is a self-perpetuating phenomenon.  All it requires from you is the proper care and tending.  One thing that distinguishes the incompetent tempters from the great ones is how they handle the step following the implementation of self-depreciation.  The incompetent tempters allow their appetites to get the better of them and haphazardly rush into alerting the flesh creature to its mental predicament.  Doing so allows it to see its thought processes for what they really are and a scramble operation must be launched to try and crush any resistance or any attempt to appeal to the Enemy for help.  Of course, these operations often meet with limited success and ultimately land the tempter in one of our fine incompetence rectification facilities.

The great tempters, however, know precisely when and how to show the human what is going on.  The initial panic created by this revelation is augmented by the liberal application of words like “can’t”.  With the proper handling, the human is soon sinking down to a despair from which they will rise only with what the humans call “a miracle”.  The force of the despair pulling down, combined with their frail struggles to rise can be used to warp or even break the flesh-creature’s spirit.  Doing so makes it more aerodynamic for our purposes and will also cause it to atrophy.

We now turn to the subject of depreciation of the Enemy.  The heart and soul of this technique lies in the manipulation of the flesh-creature’s beliefs.  We know that, unjust though He may be, the Enemy is by no means a foe to be underestimated.  However, it is possible for humans, and, unfortunately, even demons, to make this very error.  The difference is that when humans are doing the underestimating, we win, and when tempters underestimate, we experience a setback or worse.  We know that a full frontal assault on the Enemy is a gigantic risk and we only consider such an act as a final recourse in times of the most extreme desperation.  Given this, our plans are most imperiled when the Enemy becomes directly involved with the human’s dealings.  Would it not be wonderful if we could avoid this situation altogether?  We have not yet found a way to prevent the Enemy from interfering entirely, but we have figured out how to keep the flesh creatures from calling to Him for aid.

Since we, as pure spirits, possess empirical knowledge of spiritual things, the concept of “faith” is foreign to us and it is a testament to the ability of the research department that we now possess such vast and intimate knowledge of what it means to have, as the Enemy puts it, “evidence of things not seen”.  Let us begin with a very simple question:  what can you ask for and what can’t you ask for?  Can you ask for something that you possess no knowledge of?  Of course you can’t.  The ability to communicate your desire is altogether lacking.  Can you ask for something that you do not believe you will receive?  Once again the answer is no, and herein lies the important point:  the term “request” implies that you expect to receive that which you requested.  If you do not expect to receive what you have requested, then you have not requested it.  You have merely asked a rhetorical question.

Most humans know of the proposition of the Enemy’s existence and power, but what matters is whether or not they believe this proposition.  If the human can be brought to disbelieve in the Enemy, then we are able to gain the upper hand.  This disbelief can take many forms.  There is the flat-out disbelief in the existence of the Enemy which results in a mundane, but safe soul capture.  In some circumstances, disbelief can be used to produce a cultural Christian.  Simply put, the flesh creature will go through all of the motions of following the Enemy, but never believe a dot or iota of it.  If only we could make this the case for all of the Church!  At present, this is only the dream of a wishful fiend, but we assure you that with hard work and an unshakeable resolve, we can indeed make this a reality.

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