And in any case, why would these men want to become fishers of people? That’s a turn off. Just ask those who read Mark’s gospel if they’d prefer staying in a happy family-owned fish-fishing business or go around trying to fish out people who can only ever live in this world anyway.
Tell them - no one can live other than here and now. Don’t ever let people think otherwise.
Screwtape’s nephew duly obeys. The next time that Mark records what Jesus actually said back there in Galilee in AD 27 also poses a problem for Screwtape’s nephew. Mark recorded this. His people are going to read it.
Jesus and those with him went to Capernaum. When the Sabbath day came, he went into the synagogue. There he began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching. He taught them like one who had authority. He did not talk like the teachers of the law. Just then a man in their synagogue cried out. He was controlled by an evil spirit. He said, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are. You are the Holy One of God!” “Be quiet!” said Jesus firmly. “Come out of him!” The evil spirit shook the man wildly. Then it came out of him with a scream.
This time Screwtape, writing to his nephew, was even more cunning.
The first thing you need to know about this, dearest nephew, is that you and I have nothing to fear from Jesus. When he orders us to come out of people there are always many places for us to go. Believe me, for us it will always be like that.
When your people are reading this, ask them quietly whether they actually want to be changed inside. You can be sure, dear nephew, that none of them will want to miss out on their particular desires, the things they enjoy in secret. Whisper that, if cleansed, they won’t be at all happy any more.
Screwtape summed up his message in a memorable way.