Satan's Ratchet or Come Along

I would like to describe how Satan works using the illustration of the "come along". I'm going to go into only as much detail as is necessary to convey the analogy.

The "Come along" or ratchet is used to move things. It's widely available from many stores and is very clever.

The come along has two hooks. One hooks to the object that you want to move. The other hooks to another object. The come along has a lever, a ratchet, and a directional pawl. It also has a cable and reel.

Moving the lever on a come along generates incredible forces on the cable and the two objects that are hooked onto. A manual (man -powered) come along can generate forces exceeding 8,000 pounds of force.

To use the come along, people hook the ratchet up to an object that is their "anchor". Then they move the directional pawl so that the reel can unwind the cable and hook onto the object they want to move. Once the two hooks of the come along have been fastened, they tighten move the directional pawl so that the reel locks in the pull direction. This keeps the reel from unwinding and it conserves, or maintains the cable that they've already advanced onto the reel. Once the slack has been taken up (you know the slack is gone because their is tension on the cable (it is taught) and it requires more force to move the lever.

To move an object, you want to make sure there is nothing in the way in the direction you are moving things. If you are moving something, and it gets hung up on something else, you have to release the tension on the reel, pull the object away from the hangup, and then re-tension the cable to get the object moving again.

How It is Similar to 2x2s

The cable is the communication between a 2x2 and the person they are recruiting. The hooks are set into your false beliefs. The lever is many carefully chosen powerful lies and words used to exert pressure on you. The tension shows up in your life in the form of stress. The pawl, teeth and ratchets on the reel are words that you speak in commitment to them. The directional lever is your choice and the recruiters choice. Your movement towards the recruiters is marked by sin. The cable on the reel are the commitments you've made to them. Pride is the ratchet that keeps the reel from unwinding.

An Example

Herod lived in sin. He had taken another man's wife. To illustrate - Satan latched onto Herod's sin with a come along. Satan wanted John the Baptist dead. Satan hooked onto this with his come along. Since Satan is evil, the directional pawl was set to pull Herod into killing John the Baptist. This was the direction that Satan wanted Herod to go. Satan started moving the lever. He used an evil force. He used the daughter of Herodias to dance. Next, Satan needed a commitment (the teeth on the reel) and pride (the latching ratchet). Herodias' daughter danced and please Herod. Satan was moving the lever. The tension on the cable tightened. Herod was getting drawn closer to killing John the Baptist. Then Herod said that he would give the half of his kingdom if she would ask it. This was the ratched clicking into place and securing the affects of the lever. Next, Satan used another come along. He hooked one end to Herodias daughter (she wanted to please her mother) and the other to Herodias (who wanted John the Baptist killed). Satan moved Herodias' daughter to the place where she asked for the head of John the Baptist on a charger. Because of Herod's price (the latch on the ratchet) he gave in, and was moved to the point where he had John the Baptist beheaded. This is the work of Satan and how he can work in our lives if we believe lies and are lifted up in pride and won't repent of our error.

How 2x2s Work

If you believe in a lie, Satan can hook his come along (so to speak) onto you.

The Cable

The cable can be likened to the communication that transmits the force. Here are some examples:

  • Texting
  • Emailing
  • Talking on phone
  • Sending and receiving pictures

Tension on the Cable

The stress in your life while you are being recruited by a 2x2 can show up as follows:

  • When people make comments about the changes (your movement towards Satan's goal) and you don't like it
  • People point out your commitments that are evil (words you say in commitment to the 2x2s) like: going to meetings, justifying their sin, justifying them instead of God
  • The tension and stress in your relationships with friends
  • The tension and stress between you and your parents
  • The tension and stress between you and your siblings

The Ratchet

2x2s try to get you to publicly say things to commit to them. For example:

  • You will go to meetings
  • You will profess
  • You will marry them
  • You will go to conventions
  • They are Christians
Your pride will keep you from releasing yourself from these commitments. Unless you repent, the forces of these commitments will keep moving you closer to your own destruction.

The Movement

People who get involved in cults end up changing into someone they never were before. All the values and previous plans they had get changed. There are radical transformations from the external stress on their lives because of their communication with the recruiter, their pride, evil forces on their lives, the lies they believe and the person they are connected to (the hook the other end of the come along is connected to)

When Things Break

When a come along is at it's maximum exertion, something can break. The hook may bust out of the object being pulled. The cable may snap (nasty recoil as the cable flies apart and can hit other people and things). The ratchet may break. Rarely, the lever may bend.

Sometimes, when cult members are trying to recruit others, things go wrong. The person they are trying to recruit may find the LORD and quit believing in a lie. This keeps Satan from having something to hook onto. The tension and stress in a person's life from this evil force may cause the person to have a nervous breakdown. This may causes a disruption in the communication between a person being recruited. But Satan wants to destroy others, so he doesn't care if you have a nervous breakdown from the stress. The cable may snap, or somebody may cut the cable. If the communication between a 2x2 and the person being recruited is broken then the force or pressure cannot be exerted on them.

The Solution to Not being Recruited

Read the Bible. Believe God and quit believing lies. Cut the communication lines between you and the person who is trying to recruit you. Get rid of your pride. Humble yourself and admit your mistakes and bad commitments and turn to the LORD.

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