INT – Market – evening
A very busy fish market, there are many stalls set up with people running them
Each of the stalls have names on the names as follows: Adultery, Fornication, Uncleanness, Debauchery, Idolatry, Witchcraft, Hatred, Discord, Rage, Selfish Ambition, Dissensions, Factions, Envy, Drunkardness and Orgies
They are right on a harbour, with the sea in view and a ship in the far distance approaches
Many walk through the market, looking at all that’s for sale and what is on display
Sick of your wife? Come here and let me set you up with some totty. A one night stand with a stranger in a club or a full-blown affair with that woman from the office.
Come here and receive pleasure. After all, all of your friends are doing it.
A man with a small book in his hand walks down the marketplace, as he does the merchants all call out to him. This is DILIGENT
Selfish Ambition Merchant
Come on, I can make you respected member of society.
Diligent turns about at the different stalls
Choose which god you will serve. Choose one that suits your interests. No accountability, no judgement on sin or on your pleasures, just blessings(!)
Diligent goes past the market and stands at the edge of the harbour, the stall closest to him is Drunkardness Merchant by his stall and he is dead drunk. He points to Diligent and laughs
Come; let me set you up with a drink good sir.
Diligent smiles and shakes his head
Drunkardness Merchant shakes his head
I don’t know, I was given this book by a man who told me that what I am seeking for is found at this harbour.
Drunkardness Merchant burps and laughs
And right he was(!) What shall I set you up with?
The ship approaches is much closer, the name Mercy is on its side
No, I was told to wait for a ship.
Drunkardness Merchant cries out, the people around look at the ship with Drunkardness Merchant with contempt
Diligent turns to see the ship, it approaches the harbour, angels appear and help dock it and disappear afterwards
A small crowd gathers, a man approaches the crowd from the ship, this is PASTOR and he is dressed as a first mate
Come everyman to Mercy, God’s ship always has room for more. For He says I have heard you in a time accepted and in the day of salvation I helped you.
Diligent smiles at Pastor
I tell you, now is the time accepted, behold now is the day of salvation.
The crowd laughs scornfully
You go back to your God and say to Him: ‘Leave us alone(!) Who is the Almighty that we should serve Him? What would we gain by praying to Him?’
The crowds cheers and departs. Drunkardness Merchant communes with a crowd member. Diligent goes up to Pastor
Sir, I am here. Your book about the new country has intrigued me and I wish to go.
Welcome aboard son. We have many ports to travel to. I admit we are running to a tight schedule. But come on, we’ll discuss more on board.
The both enter the ship together. The platform is raised for them
INT – CAPTAIN’S CABIN – NIGHT
A small cabin, various trophies of many kinds, many certificates hang on the wall, in the centre is a chair which sits a rough looking man with an eye patch. The man is SIN
Sin is studying a book
There is a knock at the door, Sin looks up
Sin continues to study, a man dressed as a first mate enters, this is ENTICEMENT
Every book has its place.
Except of course one book, which is to be utterly abhorred.
Sir, we’ve just this moment had word from the Commodore.
So what does old Blindness want?
One of your subjects has been picked up by Mercy.
Sin turns to him angrily
INT – ship – sleeping quarters – night
It’s dark with a small lamp that burns, there is a table which has a mini library above it to be a study, it has a chair next to it with a hammock at the corner
Pastor enters with Diligent who that book in his hand
Welcome to your sleeping quarters.
Diligent smiles and looks around at everything
Thank you good sir. But when will I meet the Captain?
As you came on board you said you were intrigued to travel to the Heavenly country?
Diligent smiles and nods, Pastor smiles as well
Son, you must rest for tomorrow we will take you through the initiation and you will officially join our crew.
Diligent raises the book that is in his hand
But what about this book?
See the table? That’s for you to study. That book is the Captain’s instruction manual and is utterly infallible. That is undebatable. Know this book both in word and action and you will be a very rich man.
Diligent looks at the book
It contains a treasure map?
Pastor laughs and nods
This book teaches how one must find true treasure. For it is written, ‘Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust corrupts and where thieves break in and steal. But rather lay up for yourselves treasure in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust corrupts and thieves do not break in and steal.’
Pastor puts a hand on Diligent
For where your treasure is there will be your heart also.
Diligent looks at Pastor with uncertainty
Get some rest, we'll discuss more in the morning.
Diligent nods, places the book on the table and climbs into the hammock, Pastor leaves
EXT – harbour – morning
Seagulls sound, there is a ship that is tied to the harbour, the ship has a name inscribed – ‘Iniquity’, people are at work on it
Sin walks up to it, he holds something in his hands that he eats, he looks disdainfully at the people on the ship at work
What are you doing you scurvy dogs? Let her loose(!) We’ve got some fish to fry.
The people on ‘Iniquity’ turn to Sin, Enticement appears
You all heard the Captain, now move it.
Sin and Enticement go on board, the people on board scatter and disappear, someone loosens it and it departs from the harbour
INT – Ship – simultaneous
On the hem is a rudder, each wooden stub is worn out and broken, there is a man who stands there and holds it, this is COVERTNESS
Sin walks up to him
We’re after a small vessel, on account of kidnap.
Aye, aye cap’n. Be it Mercy?
Sin frowns with disgust
Aye, tis the cursed Mercy. Has one of me crew and I wish to take him back. I’m not willing that he should leave my power. I’ll fight tooth and nail to get him back. No man leaves my service.
Where to cap’n.
I think I know where they shall be stopping first.
Really? Where be that cap’n?
INT – TOWN – MORNING
There are many people, each person walk but they are all very wary of each other and watch each other suspiciously
“Town of Deceit”
Two men in powdered wigs walk together, they look very similar to each other, these are SECULARISM and HUMANISM
See what a great name I have made for myself.
Humanism smiles and nods
Of course my elder, but you wouldn’t have got where you have without the loot and spoils of the pirate captain Sin whose ship is Iniquity.
Secularism nods and turns to Humanism
It is true Humanism I admit it. I wouldn’t be anything without Sin. He has got me where I am today.
They both walk past a small and beautiful shop with a sign on it which says: “Love – one of the nine holy fruits is sold here.” Secularism looks at it disgusted, Humanism turns to it and frowns
I’m so tired of the bigotry of the Church. These shops they have set up everywhere to make the rest of us feel bad about ourselves. Don’t they know there is no God?
Humanism shrugs his shoulders
There is a god, the person within.
I’ve tried so very hard to remove from society all traces of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, a task quite noble. These people are a thorn in my side.
INT – SHIP – SLEEPING QUATERS – MORNING
Diligent is sitting by his desk; he is reading the book and sobs quietly to himself
There is a knock at the door, Diligent looks up
Pastor looks at him at the desk in surprise
I didn’t expect to see you awake.
Diligent nods and sighs
No. I didn’t, I couldn’t sleep. I’ve had nightmares.
Diligent gets up from his desk and goes over to Pastor
I know that if I died I would surely come to judgement. Try as I might I am still under the dominion of Sin.
He cries out in despair
Oh how to rid my soul of my evil(!) I’ve not had a good night’s sleep in years and it is because of this.
He gets out a binding contract with the letter head ‘SIN’
Not only that but I know that I am bound to this contract until my death and afterward will have my part in hell for being in the service of Sin.
The Captain, go to the Captain. There is one God and mediator between God and man, the Man Christ Jesus Who gave Himself a ransom for all. He is the Captain of this vessel.
Diligent looks at him
He sits forever upon his mercy seat nullifying the contract of Sin to all who come to Him.
Diligent looks at him with confusion
How can a man give me right standing with God?
Pastor smiles and laughs
That Man is the Mighty God. He is the Son, one with the Father and one with the Holy Spirit. These three are One.
Diligent goes to the door, he goes to open it but turns to Pastor meekly
Will He have me?
Go and see for yourself.
Diligent nods and leaves the room