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STRATEGY OF THE DEMONS - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: temptation, spiritual warfare, Bible, prayer
SCRIPTURE: Job 1:6-12; Eph.6:12
Style: allegory/conversation: demons hurl balls
. of paper at people which represent different
. temptations in their lives.
. They choose to pick it up or not.
Cast: DEMON 1 & 2, CHRISTIAN 1 & 2
Set & Props: Bible, balls of paper
(DEMON 1 enters. DEMON 2 comes in from other side.
Seeing DEMON 1, he approaches.)
D 1 Hey! A fellow-demon! So,
. one of Satan’s commanders sent you?
D 2 Yeah, heard you have a tough case.
D 1 I’m working on it. This church got
. a new pastor who’s leading
. a lot of people to Jesus.
D 2 No problem. I’ve worked
. a lot of big cases before.
D 1 Really? Ever been stationed near Israel?
D 2 A few times. Never been a commander though.
. And never worked directly under Satan.
D 1 (nods with understanding)
. So what would you recommend?
D 2 (points off to the side)
. Is that him over there?
D 1 As you see, he’s got a few guardian angels
. surrounding him at the moment.
D 2 And I recognize one of them.
. I really don't want to mess with him right now.
. Hmmm... (thinking) Okay, from my experience,
. this pastor probably loves his flock and -
. well - probably loves everybody.
. One of those people-lovers.
D 1 I hate that.
D 2 Me too. But there’s a bit of pride
. that can creep in and open the door
. for us to really go to work.
. If we can just get one of his new converts
. to fall into a sinful pattern, chances are
. this pastor will rush in and try to pick up
. all the pieces. We could really wear him out
. that way. Meanwhile, if we could find
. one of those long-timers, a pious Christian
. with really high standards, it’s pretty easy
. getting THEM to be extra critical –
. that would throw a huge wrench into the works.
D 1 You don’t want to just concentrate
. on the weaker people in the church?
D 2 No-no. Sometimes Christians have a harder time
. forgiving MATURE Christians for making mistakes.
. They become so disappointed in each other,
. they have a hard time trusting God ever again.
. I’ve seen churches split because of that.
D 1 Okay, I see where you’re going. Very clever.
(CHRISTIAN 1 enters with hands stuck in pockets.
DEMON 2 nods in their direction.)
D 2 How about him/her?
D 1 He’s been a Christian a few years
. but doesn't take it very seriously.
. His fleshly desires are so weak
. on their own, it’s not worth the effort.
(CHRISTIAN 1 trips as they walk off.)
D 1 See, didn’t even have to do a thing.
D 2 Nice!
D 1 That, and he has friends that help
. lead him astray.
D 2 Okay. Next. What about that one?
(CHRISTIAN 2 enters reading a Bible. HE/SHE stops
to read more in depth.)
D 1 I’ve been observing this one. Fairly
. new Christian who actually has been leading
. a few people to Jesus, but doesn’t know
. the Bible that well yet. And you
. know those types - they see pretty much
. everything in black and white, and put
. very high demands on themselves, so
. they CAN get over zealous and preachy.
D 2 Perfect. You’re catching on.
. So let's throw pride – in relying on his
. own understanding - at him.
(DEMON 1 tosses a wad of paper at CHRISTIAN 2’s feet.
CHRISTIAN 2 doesn’t even notice.)
D 1 Or, we could start with the typical basics –
(DEMON 1 tosses another wad at HIS/HER feet.)
D 2 How about lust?
(DEMON 1 tosses out another wad. CHRISTIAN 2 still
D 1 I just remembered, he first met the pastor
. for counseling. For... anxiety issues.
D 2 Worry! Excellent. And let's add
. discouragement and doubt to the mix.
(DEMON 2 tosses out a wad. CHRISTIAN 2 finally
looks down. Seeing the wads of paper, HE kicks them
out of the way and goes back to reading.)
D 1 Can’t believe it. Hey! How about –
D 2 No! I think I know what you’re thinking,
. and I like it. But we don’t have permission
. to carry that out on this person.
D 1 Can’t believe it. Well... what about
D 2 Good thinking, but not that outright-
. back-stabbing-lying-kind of gossip.
. It needs to be that – “I’m only sharing this
. with you because I’m concerned” kind of gossip.
(DEMON 1 tosses out yet another wad. CHRISTIAN 2
stops to look hard at the wad, then picks it up
to study it closer. CHRISTIAN 2 closes his eyes
and bows his head in prayer. Shocked, HIS eyes
jolt open. CHRISTIAN 2 shakes his head and
tosses the wad aside. HE goes back to studying
the Bible while exiting.)
D 2 Tough case. I really hate it when they pray
. about everything. Not much we can do then.
D 1 Oh-oh! Here come some extra guardian angels.
D 2 Better move on for now. Come on.
(DEMON 2 leads DEMON 1 off.)