Letter X

Dear Slugmulch,

When dealing with your patient it is sometimes best to give him exactly what he wants. You will find that every human has at least one want, if not several dozen, that is opposed to the enemy's wants for them. If your patient wants something and the enemy withholds it from him, it is then your responsibility to fill this very desire. Humans naturally follow whoever gives them what they perceive they need, and if you are his supplier, he will be your servant.

You may think the wants I'm referring to are pleasure or possessions, and in some cases yes, these may do the trick. Let your patient taste of the fruits of this world and let him seek satisfaction in what you give, but realize this is only a short game. Your patient is perceptive enough to realize the gratification from these things is only temporary. While worldly temptations may distract him from the enemy, your simple sins are not enough to keep him forever. 

Therefore, it is your responsibility to tempt him with something he doesn't think is a sin. Let me introduce to you the concept of control. It is a simple, yet incredibly wicked idea that has been an underlying component in nearly every sin ever committed. Although, few humans recognize its potency. The flaw in our enemy's plan is that he demands the complete surrender of his followers. And yes, many men have succeeded in surrendering their wants and desires (which is a true failure on behalf of their tempters, mind you), but very few have been capable of giving up their need for control.

Indeed, your patient falls into this category. He has given the enemy his wants and desires, which is not to say they are inaccessible to you. We can always give them back the things they give away, but the path of least resistance will lead you to give your patient more of what he has not given up. And that is control. Your patient has an incurable need to have a firm grip on every situation he is presented with. He needs to know what is happening around him, he needs a plan, and he needs it now. You can see why someone with these needs would find it very difficult to maintain a relationship with the enemy.

In the heart of someone who must have control, there is no room for trust and peace. Security is gone with his inability to surrender. The more your patient needs control, the more control you have over him. Continue to let him pray with clenched fists, for these prayers only show allegiance to us. Encourage him to ask the enemy for clarity and revelation, as opposed to trust and faith, which the enemy would much rather supply him with. A prayer for control is as good as no prayer at all. Let him wonder why an enemy who claims to love him won't give him a plan. Let him doubt late into the night. Let his knees rub raw with fervent pleading for the fulfillment of a promise our enemy never made.

You see, the enemy asks them to follow, despite being mostly blind to his plan. We must therefore force our patients to try to open their eyes. The enemy would rather them have faith than sight, so lets give them sight. He is not the only one who can make the blind see. Every time your patient asks for a peek at the plan of the enemy, he chisels away the possibility of a faithful relationship. The enemy requires their trust outweigh their need to know their next step. Keep your patient's feet planted firmly. Convince him he doesn't have to walk if he's unsure of where he's going, and he will never learn to trust the enemy. When control is a necessity, uncertainty will be crippling. I have no doubt you have already experienced your patient's inability to respond to uncertainty, and I implore you to press further into this feeling.

Keep a firm grip on your patient's neck and he will not get far. The stronger his need for control, the stronger your actual control. Hold on tight.

Yours in desire and demise,

Wormwood