The conversation sounds exactly like my bipolar clients I work with everyday. Manic episodes are horrible, no doubt. I don't want to hit him I want to send him my bills. He is crashing mentally over a lightbulb while I sit and try to figure out how I will pay this month's bills AND buy groceries?! Amazing.
Hey preacher, buy LED bulbs. They last for decades. I get a certain radar reading from him so I will be very interested to see where this guy goes. I would also remind him of Matthew 25:31-46. THAT should cause him a total panic attack and maybe, just maybe, a critical look at the failure of the accumulation gospel to save any of it's "pastors" from a spectacular fall. Maybe it's just my understanding that Jesus said you cannot be rich and go to heaven. I don't think that's about just money, it's about the prosperity gospel and the belief that it's God's will you accumulate 100 times more than you need while others are hungry and suffering.
Shame on you, in my book you are still listening to the wrong voice.
Thanks Matthew for showing us excerpts --please keep it up as I'd like to hear more of this spine-tingling thriller. I can't see how you could put it down and write your blog. :)