TWELVE - LARRY STARTS HIS OWN
note: In chapters twelve through eighteen, and again in twenty-one, several
brief incidents are mentioned in which students encounter problems due to their
having delved into witchcraft. Each one of those experiences is based on an
actual event which has happened in real life. The only difference is that, in
this book, the problems are quickly solved; whereas, in real life, people may
suffer for years with depression, anxiety attacks, demon possession, and
this time, news of the strange course was being talked about more and more on
campus. Ms. Centaur was now telling the students to memorize formulas from her
spell book. Some did so while others didn’t. A number of the students were
in the girls’ dorm, one girl had an anxiety attack, followed by a second girl
down the hall.
this, a girl fell unconscious in the hallway at Chaffee Hall, but the nurse
managed to revive her. By this time, some of the students were becoming
done with it,” said Peter.
made my decision too,” chimed in Skip.
two boys, just returned from the latest class, were so agitated they hardly
noticed two squirrels munching seeds.
up?” asked Larry, wondering whether, amid the growing pressure, they had
not going to that class anymore either,” said Peter. “They can kick us out,
if necessary. We’re going to stand by the Word of God!”
so thankful to hear that!” exclaimed Larry. The three shook hands and agreed
by a solemn compact that they would carry this through to the end.
afternoon, Larry was in the campus store, purchasing something, when he heard a
scream in the other part of the building, which was the café. Larry ran through
the open doorway connecting the two.
girl was sitting in a chair at a table, with several people around her. She
could not seem to move or even speak. Nothing seemed to arouse her.
sizing up the situation, Larry dropped to his knees by the girl. The others
standing nearby, sensing the seriousness of the situation, also knelt and Larry
began praying aloud. This continued several minutes and then the girl seemed to
visibly relax. Soon, she was able to speak again.
was sitting here, trying to memorize the stuff from that class, when suddenly
panic swept over me. I felt like my body was stiffening up. I can’t explain
it. I just went rigid. I couldn’t move my mouth!” The thought of it still
I could hear you praying,” the girl added. “And everything became all right
when you prayed. The oppressive something seemed to leave. Thank you so much!
Thank you so much!”
evening, Larry began holding meetings in the boys’ dorm. Peter and Skip
attended each one. By the third night, they understood the points well enough
that the two of them together were holding their own meetings.
next morning, a boy started shaking and fell to the floor in the library
building. No one, including the school nurse, could arouse him. Running outside,
a student saw Larry walking by and, remembering how he had helped the girl in
the café, yelled to him to come quickly.
in, Larry told the growing crowd to stand back, so the person could have air.
Then he got down on his knees beside the boy and began earnestly praying for God
to deliver him from the demon.
went on for about half an hour while students and teachers gathered awestruck
about them. The boy aroused, just as a physician arrived.
led him over to a library chair where he sat down. Then, in a voice that was
still weak, he told them he had been memorizing the spells and practicing them
harder than most anyone he knew.
to Larry, the physician said, “I’m glad you were here. I’m not sure I
could have helped him.”
THIRTEEN: MEETINGS BEGIN IN
THE GIRLS’ DORM
news quickly skyrocketed through the school.
the cafeteria that day, Larry, Peter, and Skip found themselves seated with
Barbara, Jenny, and another girl.
is this all about!” demanded Barbara.
the meal, Larry talked almost steadily and explained the whole situation, as he
knew it up to this point. He explained the essential points of what spiritualism
was and how it captures people.
the time he finished, the cafeteria was empty, except for the six at that table.
going to share what you’ve told me all over the girls’ dorm!” announced
Barbara. Larry knew she could do it, for she was great for talking. And whatever
she decided to do, she did.
piped up, “And I’ll help.”
you do?” asked Peter.
keep her encouraged,” said Jenny timidly.
the way, Larry,” said Barbara, “I’ve got something to tell you.”
really thought about what you said about not being afraid of the Bible, and now
I am reading it every morning and evening too. Last week, I decided to be a real
Christian. I’m tired of just being a put-on.”
have a big job ahead of you. What can we do to help you?” asked Larry.
me phone you from the girls’ dorm when I need to refresh myself on some of
tell you what,” said Larry. “This afternoon and evening I’ll type up my
complete notes on this. It’s probably only a couple of pages in length.”
said Barbara. “Will you include all those Bible verses you mentioned?”
want copies too,” said Skip.
added Peter. “I’ve got a great idea. Give me one of those sheets; and I’ll
take it to the library and run off several hundred copies, so we can hand them
out in both dorms as we hold meetings.”
that’s a great idea,” said Larry. “We have to hit this thing hard.”
a growing number who want to know what this is all about,” said Skip.
left the cafeteria, Larry was walking by library building, when a girl stopped
him. “Some of the girls say that, after class was over today, Ms. Centaur
privately promised that, if they would study hard, it would make them more
beautiful. But, she said they must carefully follow her instructions.”
must be getting desperate,” said Larry. “That’s ridiculous. Look at every
picture of a witch; they all eventually look hideous. Sallow faced, wrinkled,
pitted skin; always with a mean look on their faces. There is no happiness in
their lives, and it shows.”
I’m not saying she is a witch,” added Larry. “But she is teaching
witchery; and misery is what comes to anyone dabbling in it.”
was a good typist; and, by that evening, he had the information sheet finished.
It filled two pages, front and back.
up, he saw Skip and Peter replenishing the supply of seeds at the feeder.
Peter,” it’s all yours, said Larry. “You’ll want to make copies and take
half of them over to Barbara. Put hers in a file folder, and ask for her at the
front desk. When she comes, give her the folder without saying much. We have to
be careful what we do here, if we’re going to get through to all the students
before we’re stopped.”
we’re stopped?” asked Peter.
before we’re stopped. You were with me when I spoke with Dr. Vandersleeve. We
can expect him to try to stop what we’ve been doing. Besides, we’re illegal
now: We’re no longer attending those required classes. It won’t be long, and
word of this will reach his office.”
I should say this,” added Larry, “I’m sorry that there has to be secrecy
and speed. We should always try to respect delegated authority; but, when we are
defending God’s Word and trying to save souls, we must look to God and the
Bible as the higher authority.”
this, the three knelt and pleaded that the hand of God would be over them. And
they rededicated themselves to carry this through, regardless of the outcome.
meetings continued, now accompanied by handout sheets at the conclusion.
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