The Withertongue Emails: Part XXVIII


My dear Filthpit,

Your young pastor has escaped from worldly friends. He has become entangled with a Christian woman and worse, he spends many hours every day with that windbag of a retired pastor. He has become impervious to your treatments.

He has also been taken “out of himself” by the Enemy. Your client devotes so much time now to re-learning “proper theology,” as he calls it, that he spends most of his day searching through the Bible for proof of the Enemy’s Savior. He has even, the Dark Lord save us, become fixated on the true meaning of “grace.”

Filthpit, what has happened to you? Have you been infected by the sentiments and values of the people among whom you work? Perhaps you have been infected by your own propaganda? You must re-focus on your mission. If your young pastor should repent and grow with the Enemy’s help to actually love the congregation he serves, then the purpose for which you were sent is null and void. We will recall you from the field and subject you to the worst kinds of torment.

Humility has overshadowed your client. He now feels that learning how to be a Gospel preacher, and how to function as an evangelical minister to Christians, is the Enemy’s primary charge to him. 

You also have to explain to me, Filthpit, how, after so much effort to the contrary, your client only wants to talk about “Jesus’ work” and not about his own faithfulness and works. Did you not build up your young pastor so that he believed such a narrow view of Christianity was detrimental to a living faith and good morals?

Redouble your efforts, Filthpit. Experience and the Enemy’s own work have drawn your young pastor into “the shadow of the cross.” This is the most dangerous place in all the world for him to be. He is becoming a true believer, Filthpit. Whatever you do from now on, keep your client as safe from the cross as you possibly can.

Your proud teacher,


Donavon Riley is a Lutheran pastor, conference speaker, author, Online Content Director for Higher Things, a contributing writer at 1517 Legacy Project, Christ Hold Fast, and LOGIA. Pastor Riley co-hosts the podcast: 'The Higher Things Simul Cast'. He is pastor of Saint John Lutheran Church in Webster, MN. A graduate of Concordia Universities in St. Paul, Minnesota and Portland, Oregon, Pastor Riley received his seminary and post-graduate education at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He colloquized into the LC-MS from the ELCA in 2008. He is married to Annie, and is the father of four children: Owen, Alma, Hoshea, and Hallel.
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