Juliann has often said that ex-Mormons should just walk away and shut up. But in this case, Will's telling us that even walking away quietly is a calculated evangelical tactic. If nothing else, I now feel like I have a better understanding of where Will is coming from.
Let me know when you've started "walking away quietly." I'll be sure and listen until the footsteps fade into the distance.
You see, you've introduced an interesting--and very effective--variation on The Dehlin Gambit
: the whole time you're working it, you assure everyone you're really doing nothing of the sort. Then again, now that I think about it, what does the next
verse say? Oh, yeah! Here are both of them together:
And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.
And behold, others he flattereth away, and telleth them there is no hell; and he saith unto them: I am no devil, for there is none—and thus he whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them with his awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance.
You've just expanded
on the gambit a little! You clever man, you.
Well, at any rate, you're playing a very important role here in the last days. If part of my "calling" is to tag the wolves in sheep's clothing so unsuspecting believers can spot them, your calling is to tag the tares so the angels can spot them
We both have essential parts in the greater plan, proving once again that God can make use of pretty much anybody in order to bring about His purposes.