You discount the timing of Ben's dialogue. With respect to Paul, there is a time for the tares to be pulled out by the roots, and that time is the "end of the age". (Mt 13:38-40) Now, no one knows the day or the hour of the end, but the signs seem somewhat evident. Paul has to be yanked out by the roots eventually, it is just a matter of timing. The "harlot", the Roman church, also has to be devoured (Rev 17:16), which seems to be starting in the fact that Italy is now going to tax the church. The other 10 former Roman colonies will probably start to tax the church in short order. As Yeshua said in Rev 18:4, the elect need to flee Babylon in short order, or "receive of her plagues". Paul is one of the pillars of the Roman church, who is a current stand in, and daughter, for Babylon the Great.