The Bible warns us to beware of mind-controlling influences in society

What are The Lies We Must Battle?

Colossians 2:8 says: “Beware, lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world and not after Christ.”

The beloved apostle John wrote in his first epistle: “We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.” (1 John 4:6)

This is why it’s imperative for thoughtful followers of Jesus Christ today to seriously take actions in keeping with the Biblical warning to “prove all things” (1 Thes 5:21).  Don’t just go along with the crowd and use the lame excuse that ‘everybody’s doing it.’

Mind controllers in today’s sophisticated technological society are creating a system of lies that everyone must believe so that the society can function without distraction or rebellion. To do this, mind controllers must create a worldview that causes people to think certain thoughts, with standard feelings about those thoughts, and to behave in predetermined ways that match what they have established as normal. To make their system work, they must also eradicate the Creation worldview that comes from the Bible.

The lies John Thomas describes have been implanted over and again in the minds of several generations of Americans. These lies have been repeated so many times and from so many sources that the majority of people don’t question them. These lies cunningly oppose common sense thinking about basic principles of life, and are turning people against God and the Bible. They teach people to worship man instead of God.

If the mind-controlling programmers reach their goals, the vast majority of society will believe hundreds of lies and adopt a worldview that is perfectly suited for total control over every aspect of human life on Earth.  The most dominant characteristic of their antichrist worldview is that it causes people to unconsciously slip into a kind of passive slumber.  They can no longer wake up enough to discern truth from lies. They just go along with the flow wherever it takes them.

What are The Lies We Must Battle?

Let’s list a number of the lies that are being emphasized by mind controllers in today’s society. There are hundreds of them, but these are just some of the lies that are receiving the most attention from mind controllers.

John Thomas has done a fine job in his Health Impact News article to describe the goals of mind controllers that underlie their lies.  He gives examples of the consequences that naturally flow from their goals.

You might actually already believe some of these lies. Don’t feel bad if you do and don’t fall for the carnal temptation to get defensive.  Prove all things. Consider this as an opportunity to revise your thinking.

There are many lies on this list that many of us probably believed

years ago, mostly because we never took the time to investigate whether our beliefs were supported by truth or simply because we blindly accepted the opinions of other people. Sometimes the opinions of friends, family members, school teachers, the news media, and even pastors and other religious leaders fall right in line with an antichrist belief system and worldview that is actively being advanced by the mind control agenda.

You can probably guess what is the number one lie accepted by society today.

Lie: The Earth is a product of evolution, and God did not create life and does not sustain life on the Earth.

Goal: Worship a fictitious ‘mother earth’ and bow your mind to science as it is popularly defined in mainstream society. Ultimately the goal is to control the evolutionary process through genetic engineering and advancements in science that are yet to be discovered.  That’s because they’ve replaced the Creator God with a worship of science and humanity, just like Paul the apostle says we should expect in Romans chapter one of the Bible.

Consequence: Force people to live in high-density, city-oriented developments where people do not own cars and cannot travel outside their communities unless approved by the government. All healthcare and cures need to be approved by the government.  Dr. David Stewart writes:

“Science has lifted us from the ignorance of the Dark Ages into the understandings we hold today. It has increased our standards of living, lengthened our life spans, and enriched our lives in every way. Music, the arts, our governments, our social customs, our religious beliefs, our educational institutions, our recreations, our modes of travel, our means of communicating, our working, our eating, our sleeping—all aspects of our culture have been transformed by the touch of technology. It is little wonder, then, that we have become conditioned to look to science for the solutions of all our problems and for the answers to life’s questions.

But science, powerful as it is, is a false god. Awed by the spectacular material advancements science has brought us, we have come to expect more of science than it is capable of delivering. Many individuals, not recognizing the limitations of science, stand in expectation of results that will never come. Science does not have all the solutions. It does not have all the answers. It never has and it never will.”

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When you make science your ‘god’ you have to have an explanation of origins that is limited to science itself – in other words, “naturalism.”  You “can’t allow a divine foot in the door,” as one of the secular authority figures insisted.  That’s the only reason evolution has gained such popularity in our secular culture.  It’s not because it makes sense or has the evidence to prove it.  How many students are ever taught that there are two fundamentally different types of science?  One is “hard science.”  It is determined by true mathematics and demonstrated laws.  It gives us inventions and engineering that works predictably.  The other is “speculative science.”  It depends on imaginative explanations for the past and creative projections into the future.  And just as bizarre as the futuristic dramas of science fiction tend to get, so the naturalistic stories made up for the origin of everything are equally outrageous when you stop to analyze them.

We could list a lot of lies that are accepted by many people around us. Each one of them deserves our deeper study so we can intelligently interact with friends who are accepting the lies.  Here’s just a few of them:

  • Lie: Tolerance is the only ultimate moral value in society.
  • Lie: We shouldn’t make laws to enforce our moral values.
  • Lie: Government (public) education is essential to good childhood development for living in society.
  • Lie: Global climate change is caused by human industry and must be prevented by regulations of human industrial and personal behavior.
  • Lie: Christians shouldn’t get involved in polarizing controversial topics like politics because Jesus said ‘blessed are the peacemakers’ and, after all, God is in control so we shouldn’t try to influence what the government does.
  • Lie: Different religions are all about the same because all good people go to heaven.
  • Lie: the Kingdom of God is only a future state and not anything we can experience now.
  • Lie: Super rich elitist Globalists who believe in some kind of a so called ‘New World Order’ don’t really have the power to control society and what the public believes.

But let’s consider a few hot lies that we can all relate to quite naturally.

Lie: All food is safe to eat and equally nutritious. Eat all things in moderation.

Goal: Everyone must eat highly processed GMO food (that’s made from genetically modified organisms), and it’s peppered with toxic ingredients and pesticide residue such as glyphosate (which is sold as the weed-killer called ‘Roundup’).

Consequence: Everyone will experience diminished health, chronic illness, and brain dysfunction.  This greatly contributes to programming the general public to think they are dependent on synthetic drugs to overcome their mysteriously caused modern health problems.

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Think!  Just because scientists have reached sophisticated levels of genetically modifying organisms to achieve certain economically beneficial results for food growers, does that mean we should all jump into the polluted pond and assume we will be okay?

Lie: The chlorinated water that comes to our house is safe to drink.

Goal: Everyone must drink water containing some combination of fluoride, chlorine, lead, pesticide residues, and pharmaceutical drug residues.

Consequence: Everyone will be docile, be learning impaired, and be exposed to daily doses of carcinogens and dozens of pharmaceutical drugs that are not removed by water treatment plants.

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Almost the entire world is now realizing the dire health consequences of poisoning the water supply with fluoride that’s manufactured as a waste product in the production of certain fertilizers. Most developed nations, including all of Japan and 97% of Western Europe, do not fluoridate their water.  Israel was added to that list in 2014.  When will the West wake up from their unscientific beliefs and embrace the irrefutable evidence that swallowing fluoride daily is of no benefit and actually destructive to human health?  The truth about fluoride and its toxicity levels are rarely publicized on the mainstream media.  After all, how would the public react if they learned they were being deliberately poisoned by their own governments? However, a local news broadcast in Melbourne, Australia had done just that a few years ago, exposing the realities of what fluoride really does to the human body.  You can see it for yourself on YouTube at “Fluoride Truth hits TV in Australia.”

Lie: It is normal to be sick, to feel depressed, and to be weak.

Goal: Everyone should be afflicted with some form of mental and/or physical chronic illness that will last a lifetime.

Consequence: Everyone will consume multiple prescription drugs every day for the rest of their lives and be controlled by the conventional healthcare system.  Try to find ten people over 50 who are not taking one or more prescribed medications (i.e. drugs) that they honestly think is the only dependable way to deal with their health issues.

Lie: The only form of health care that is safe and effective is conventional allopathic medicine. (i.e. disease treatment/management rather than naturalistic/holistic prevention and curing).

An associated lie for Christians is: Believers need to trust their conventional medical doctors because God can’t help us figure out how to trust God and His wisdom to stay healthy and naturopathic doctors aren’t really qualified to know how to help us heal when we’re sick.

Goal: Everyone must participate in the conventional medical care system and use all the drugs and other treatments that conventional hospital doctors recommend, especially the drugs prescribed by psychiatrists.

Consequence: We are to continue supporting the highly dysfunctional and most expensive medical care system in the world, where symptoms are treated and illnesses are rarely cured, while abandoning all forms of alternative approaches, which actually might cure disease.

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Lie: Vaccines are completely safe and absolutely necessary to protect the world from plagues of illness.

Goal: All children must receive massive sets of vaccinations from birth and the pattern of multiple vaccinations should extend through the teenage years. Adult vaccinations should be given annually throughout adult life until we die.

Consequence: Everyone will have suppressed immune systems, and be exposed to high levels of aluminum, mercury, polysorbate 80, and viral contaminates, all of which are associated with Alzheimer’s, autism, and numerous other chronic diseases.

More Info.  If you haven’t seen the documentary VAXXED and seen some of the lectures by Dr. Suzanne Humphreys, MD, don’t expose your ignorance by trying to defend what the pharmaceutical companies keep marketing to the public openly every day – Have you had your flu shot yet?


Lie: The rights and preferences of children are more important than the rights of their parents.

Goal: State agencies should oversee the raising of every child, force parents to obey the state, and freely remove children from homes whenever they see fit.

Consequence: Parents will not be able to teach their children about God, discipline them when they sin, and help them develop gender appropriate behaviors.

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Lie: Everything that we are told by our government and the media is true.

Goal: Everyone should believe what they are told without questioning the truthfulness of the message.

Consequence: People will lose the ability to examine the facts and draw independent conclusions.

Lie: There are no moral absolutes, no sins, and no hell.

Goal: Government should set standards of behavior according to what the ruling elite think is best for the greater good of society. Truth is relative.

Consequence: Absolute laws based on Biblical standards of God will be abolished.  More Info.

Lie: The greater good is always more important than the well-being of the individual.

Goal: Take away independent decision making and depend on central decisions made by the state.

Consequence: The state may take lives and property, whenever it determines that such actions are for the greater good.  More Info.

Lie: The state is our refuge and will be our savior whenever there is a crisis.

Goal: People should turn to the state instead of turning to God during times of difficulty.

Consequence: The natural relationship between God and His adopted sons and daughters will be replaced by the authority of government.  More Info.

Lie: It is a sign of insanity to believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ and to have faith in the God of the Bible.

Goal: Turn the belief in Jesus, and the desire to live according to the inspired words of God as written in the Bible into a mental illness.

Consequence: Permit involuntary confinement of those who follow Jesus, and permit forced drugging with mind altering psychoactive pharmaceutical drugs.  More Info.

Lie: There is no such thing as mind control programs.

Goal: Make people think that anyone who believes in the existence of mind control programs is mentally deficient, paranoid, or a delusional conspiracy theorist.

Consequence: Those who speak against the mind control agenda will lose jobs, lose their children, and may end up institutionalized or in prison. Execution may be the ultimate response to those who will not surrender their minds and their bodies.

The Mind Control Agenda

Mind controllers are trying to get us to believe these kinds of lies [described in the preceding section] and many more.  Once we believe these kinds of lies and adopt the worldview of the ruling elite, then it will be easy to manipulate us to fulfill their goals. The combined effect of believing their lies and obeying their instructions is to create a docile population who will be glad to participate in centralized government control of every aspect of life.

This is projected to be a New World Order operated under rules established by a tiny minority of extremely wealthy individuals who believe they possess superior qualifications for controlling the welfare of humanity for the greater good.

They envision a world with a small population that is centrally controlled. There will be a single government, a single economy, a single currency, a single language, a single education system, a single healthcare system, and a single religion. The docile citizens of this new world will be trained to worship the Earth and the ruling elite.

Walter Cronkite, the veteran CBS Nightly News man, was able to confirm the plans of the ruling elite, because he was part of their number. In the speech he gave to the World Federalists Association when he received the Norman Cousins Global Governance Award, he told us how it really is. He stated:

“It seems to many of us that if we are to avoid the eventual catastrophic world conflict we must strengthen the United Nations as a first step toward a world government patterned after our own government with a legislature, executive and judiciary, and police to enforce its international laws and keep the peace. To do that, of course, we Americans will have to give up some of our sovereignty….

Time will not wait. Democracy, civilization itself, is at stake. Within the next few years we must change the basic structure of our global community from the present anarchic system of war and ever more destructive weaponry to a new system governed by a democratic U.N. federation…..

Our failure to live up to our obligations to the U.N. is led by a handful of willful senators who choose to pursue their narrow, selfish political objectives at the cost of our nation’s conscience. They pander to and are supported by the Christian Coalition and the rest of the religious right wing. [15]”

Why are Followers of Jesus such a Threat to Mind Controllers?

The Christian Martyrs’ Last Prayer, by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1883). Public Domain.

The followers of Jesus threaten the ruling elite and their plan for a New World Order, because we have the Holy Spirit. We have God given discernment and can see through their schemes.

We also have the written Word of God, the Bible, which clearly condemns everything they are trying to do. In short, we are the greatest danger to the advancement of the New World Order and those who are trying to program everyone to be godless slaves of the ruling elite.

What can we do to Resist the Mind Control Activities of Our Age?

The first step is to realize that we must actively equip ourselves with truth to effectively resist lies by renewing our minds and casting down imaginations and every high sounding thing that stands against the knowledge of God. (2 Cor 10:5).

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

If you listen to leaders who commend Passivity where will that lead you?  Right into the lap of the enemies of God.  You might temporarily enjoy all kinds of worldly pleasures until the power of the ruling elite has been firmly established. When their dominance of society is complete, then massive persecution of the disciples of Jesus inevitably follows. It happened in Russia and China, didn’t it?

“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:12-13)

In the continuing discussion on this subject – included in a post on the website – we will see step-by-step suggestions for those who want to limit the effects of mind control programming on their lives.

If your goal is to be a more productive member of the Kingdom of God, and deepen your faith you will benefit greatly by reviewing this.

  • It will most certainly protect your mind and the minds of the children who are under your care.
  • It will help you live as a Bible-based independent thinker, and help you provide a biblical worldview to young people as they grow up.
  • It will help disciples of Jesus recognize and stand for truth in a world that hates anyone who manages his or her life according to the Bible.

God may permit some of the globalist plans of the ruling elite to happen for a season, but we must not yield our souls to their worldly control. We also should not give in to fear what they might do to our bodies.  Jesus said:

“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28)

They may threaten our lives, but if we are disciples of Jesus, then we should always remember that God is greater than those who persecute us.

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)

Take Action to stand strong in the Culture War

The Pagan Left has dominated the Culture War in America far too long

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

Did you know that Noah Webster, America’s Schoolmaster, said during our founding era, “…that the man who weakens or destroys the divine authority of the Bible may be accessory to all public disorders that society is doomed to suffer.”

The term “Culture War” has become common in describing contemporary American life and politics.

Is it possible for a Biblically faithful culture to survive in this cultural war that has essentially determined the ways of thinking, living, and behaving in a post Christian society?

   Adapted from “The Culture War” by Dr. Phil Stringer (Florida) 

I found some timely points discussed in Dr James Dobson’s book, Children at Risk:

Nothing short of a great Civil War of world views and values rages today throughout North America.  It’s between Biblical traditions and pagan secularism.  The two sides are as polar opposite as light and darkness.  They are totally incompatible.

When the light doesn’t shine on the darkness to expose it, the darkness prevails.  For at least three generations or more, the Christian western culture has retreated from society, allowing influential institutions to be directed by personalities with secular ideals.  Beginning with organized churches, the public and private educational systems have led the advance of allowing Greek-minded enlightenment thinking to marginalize the Biblical Christian wisdom that founded America.

Secularism and paganism permeate every influential part of society: Science, Education, religion, Medicine, Industry, The Marketplace, Entertainment and Journalism.  Unfortunately, most of the soldiers on the traditional Biblical side of the war are AWOL – absent without leave.  Many of them don’t even recognize there’s a war on.  And most of them have no idea what the enemy is doing to effectively anesthetize them and win the prize of this war.  What is the prize?

Children are the prize to the winners of America’s second great Civil War. Those who control what young people are taught and what they experience — what they see, hear, think, and believe – they will determine the future course for this nation.

A Culture War exists when two or more different cultures compete to be the mainstream in a society.

The Bible warns that those who oppose Christianity and Christian culture will deceive people away from their faith and values. Memorize Colossians 2:8.  It says,

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

Take Heed – Flashing Red lights.  Intense Warning.

This passage begins with the strongest possible word of warning: “BEWARE.”  This warning is so serious, it cannot be overstated

The heartbeat of the warning is reflective of the exile that is predicted in Isaiah 5:13 where it says, “My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge.”  There are people who want to take you captive as a slave – a “spoil” of battle – that ultimately ruins your faith, your values, and the doctrines that mold your way of living. These people do not want to just be free to live in personal rebellion against Christian truth. They want to minimize their sense of personal guilt by tempting as many people into their non-Christian lifestyle as possible. This is why they are waging a Culture War against Christian values, against Christian morality, and against America’s historic Christian culture.


It’s hard to persuade adults to change their culture.  That’s why the targets of this war against Christian values are children and teenagers.

The Culture War is fought in many areas in the United States:

  • The American news media reports and evaluates events from a non-Christian (or even anti-Christian) perspective 90% of the time. Believer who listens to it as their source of information are utterly foolish. Hardly anyone among working class people have the time to check out the validity and subtle deceptions that are being promoted.
  • The public school system is full of non-Christian ideas taught as facts to American young people.
  • The entertainment media often provides T.V. programs, movies, and music that promote non-Christian values.
  • In the political arena, many politicians campaign openly against Christian values. Others desperately try to appear to be in some vague, non-committal neutral ground.
  • Many government bureaucrats use local, state, and federal programs to promote non-Christian values or to hinder historic Christian values.

The Culture War shows up in:

  •  national political campaigns,
    • situation comedies,
    • school board meetings,
    • the federal tax code,
    • adoption policies,
    • health care choices and abortion proposals,
    • television and radio talk shows,
    • political primaries,
    • news coverage,
    • foreign policy, and
    • endless other areas of American life.

Despite all the propaganda to the contrary, the Culture War is not something that has been declared by Christians. Most Christians simply want to be left alone with their families and church activities.  Historic Christian values were firmly in place in America until the 60s. Those opposed to Christian values began a stealth war.  Eventually it became an open Culture War.

After three decades of a cultural cold war against Christian values, large numbers of Christians are finally starting to defend their much assaulted way of life. This self-defense has brought a vicious attack upon Christians from those who have been at war with Christian values for decades.

In June, 1994, columnist Cal Thomas wrote that the woman who managed Michael Dukakis’ 1988 presidential campaign [Susan Estrich], accused ‘religious extremists’ of coming out of the closet and beating the system. That used to be called democracy until the pagan left decided that only people who think like they do are entitled to hold office.

Regardless of the misguided accusations, most God-fearing people have awakened to the fact that something has gone dreadfully wrong in America.  The capitalistic west may have won the geo-political Cold War, but western civilization has lost the Culture War.  More people fear guns and drugs in the schools because of that loss.  And yet they get nervous if someone might say a prayer over the public address system.

A warning to the pagan left comes from a CNN-USA Today-Gallup survey, reporting that most Americans prefer a president with strong morals over one who might have compatible political views.

The pagan left smears conservative Christians by equating them with superstitious snake handlers.  They do this because they know they can’t win the argument over the real issues.  They aim the spotlight of some notion of morality to condemn people of faith.  They cannot defend their imposed immorality.  What has that produced?  According to the Census Bureau secular doctrine has produced a culture with: the highest divorce rate in the world, the highest teen pregnancy rate, the most abortions, the highest percentage of children raised in single-parent homes, the highest percentage of violent deaths among the young, and a male homicide rate that is five times greater than any other developed country except Mexico.

Does the pagan left suggest that the imposition of some of the Christian right’s morality would be worse that what they have fostered?  Don’t accept the nonsense that citizens “can’t legislate morality.”  The secularists have been legislating their immorality for decades, and the majority of law-abiding citizens have been letting them get away with murder.


Colossians 2:8 refers to four tactics that are being used to “spoil” every Christian family in the Secular culture War against Christianity rather than following after Christ. The first tactic is philosophy. The term philosophy makes most people think of a formal class in college, but the word actually refers to the “love of wisdom.” That may sound positive but it deserves a closer look.  If you leave God out of learning then it is empty of truth.  Carnal wisdom is not automatically good. Learning the wrong information is damaging.

Many have the idea that we just need more information.  That’s actually the anti-solution to all our problems.  In the early 1960s, Americans were shocked when the teen pregnancy rate hit two percent. They were told that massive sex education programs could solve this “crisis.” Despite some protest, the American people allowed educational bureaucrats to create huge government programs to teach children information about sexual relationships. Tragically, much of the information communicated came from a non-Christian, non-moral perspective. After 30+ years, billions of dollars, and hundreds of programs, the teen pregnancy rate surpassed 22%. The mere “love of learning” did not solve the problem.  It made it worse.

What is the philosophy that underlies almost all the reasoning of modern education and public discourse today?  Is it a foundation that respects the view of our founders that all men bear the image of their Creator?  Is it a confidence in the beginning of wisdom – the fear of the Lord?

No.  It’s consciously or unconsciously predisposed to believe a Darwinian view of evolutionary naturalism… a worship of Mother Nature rather than a reverence for the Creator God.  They bow to what they have been deceived into believing is scientific reality because they have been duped into thinking that speculative millions-of-years Naturalism, with no Adam and Eve and no just judgment of the Flood of Noah’s time, is ‘reality.’

Our society is filled with examples reflecting a complete lack of common sense. Parents, concerned about the modern scourge of drugs, have tolerated hundreds of new so-called “anti-drug” programs in the schools. Many of these programs teach young people, “It is up to you whether or not you use drugs.” This is the moral equivalent of a program citing statistics about teen violence and then telling teens, “It is up to you whether or not you participate in drive-by shootings.” While some programs, like “Just Say ‘NO’” have actually helped, many drug programs have actually made matters worse.

The same is true with some counseling and therapy programs. When someone gets into trouble today they are automatically referred to counselors for therapy without knowing what they are going to be taught in therapy.

It is interesting to watch “modern” politicians, educators, and entertainers who have been teaching young Americans that there are no absolute values. The same politicians, educators, and entertainers are now decrying the epidemic of teen violence. Yet what are those violent teens doing but living as if there were no absolute values?  Our “modern leaders” have communicated their “philosophy” all too well.


The message of Colossians 2:8 gives a warning that Christians with righteous values can be “spoiled” by “vain deceit.”  Vain means empty or void.  Deceit is opposite truth.  Vain deceit is a mindset that is Void of truth. Vain deceit is asserting as true that for which you can offer no evidence. You simply assert a principle that men in rebellion against God desperately want to believe is true. You assume that it must be true, you offer no evidence, and you attack anyone who asks questions or requires evidence. You then act as if your principle has been proven, and you expect everyone else to act accordingly. Tragically, many careless Christians cowardly accept the “vain deceit” around them and adjust their thinking accordingly.  It starts with the vain deceit of evolution – naturalism (whether it’s pagan or pawned off as ‘scientific’ of ‘theistic’).

You’ve probably heard many examples of statements based upon “vain deceit” that are common in the United States today.

  • The United States was founded upon principles of secular neutrality.
  • You cannot legislate morality.
  • All cultures are equal.
  • The news media is unbiased and attempts to report what’s true.
  • A fetus is only a mass of tissue in the mother’s womb.
  • Abortion is a Constitutional right.
  • Man is the highest evolved form of an animal.
  • Fossils are scientific evidence for the theory of evolution.
  • Millions of years of time are proven scientific fact and there was no worldwide flood.
  • The government wouldn’t allow the public sale of things that are harmful for us.
  • Homosexuality is genetic.
  • Spanking is child abuse.
  • Sexual activity by unmarried teenagers is inevitable.
  • Christians are all interested in imposing their values on everyone.
  • Preaching against homosexuality is a hate crime.
  • Christianity is oppressive to women.
  • The continued existence of the planet is threatened by American industry.
  • Western conventional allopathic medicine is proven to be the best form of health care.
  • Our national diversity of lifestyles and cultures is what has made us great.
  • Poverty is the root cause of crime.
  • Consuming alcohol until you are drunk is a disease.
  • It does not make any difference whether there is a father in the home or not.
  • It is bigotry to prefer one religion to another.
  • If a food product is in the store it is safe to eat because the FDA is watching out for us.
  • There are no moral absolutes, no universal sins, and no hell.
  • Conspiracy theories, population and mind control programs are all imaginary.
  • Climate and weather manipulation would never be allowed by our government.

Every year, billions of taxpayer dollars are spent on programs based upon these assumptions.  Do the problems get resolved?  No, they only get worse.


Colossians 2:8 warns believers that they are threatened with being made a captive of war (“spoiled”) directly as the result of listening to and following the “traditions of men.” Traditions of men are concepts of empty deception (“vain deceit”) that have been repeated so often, and for so long, that those concepts have been absorbed into the popular mindset of an entire culture. The religion of the Pharisees had been spoiled just this way.  Jesus said, “But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9).

Christians must be very careful to scrutinize their thinking and to make sure that the principles by which they live are based on the Scriptures and not on tradition. This is the basis for the process of Christian growth.  It’s called “renewing your mind” (Romans 12:1-2, Ephesians 4:23, Colossians 3:10).


In Colossians 2:8, we are warned that evil men will attempt to advance their pursuit of making you a “spoil” of war by following the “rudiments of the world.”  “Rudiments” is a word that refers to basics, essentials, or fundamentals. The very essence of man’s sinful nature is its selfishness. The worldly crowd even refers to those fundamentals of men, based upon the selfishness of man’s sinful nature. When anyone appeals to the inherent selfishness of men as the basis for electing a politician, approving a policy, or promoting wickedness, they are appealing to the rudiments of the world.

So, do modern leaders appeal to the moral self-discipline that the Word of God and the Sprit of God can produce in the hearts of men?  No, most modern leaders appeal to the worst in man. As a result, our culture is typically characterized by rebellion against God, and by all the human tragedy that results from this rebellion.


The last phrase of Colossians 2:8 gives us a divine standard.  It enables us to discern the attempts of worldly men to spoil the lives of Christians. “And not after Christ” is the gold-standard we can hold up to expose the vain philosophies of men, the vain deceit of the human heart, and the empty traditions of men. The standard of Christ-centered thinking is what separates us from the “rudiments of the world.”

Christians today must learn Biblical discernment.  We must be careful, Biblical, and Christ-centered in our thinking. We must learn to ask: “Where did this idea come from?”  We must learn to be on guard against those that would make us the spoil of their war against God.  It’s their faith, morals, and doctrine that are all exposed by the light of Christ if we’ll let it shine.

The Greatest Threat
The single greatest threat to Christian civilization has proved to be secular humanist, state-controlled, education. What is often called education today is more accurately indoctrination. Instead of teaching children how to think – critically – all too many schools today are teaching children what to think. Politically correct brain-washing in state schools is at the root of much of the wickedness prevalent throughout our societies today. People vote as they do because of how they have been educated, entertained and informed (or misinformed) by the news media.

Our Priority
Therefore, our greatest focus needs to be on making disciples of all nations, teaching obedience to all things that the Lord has commanded.  That is the recipe for comprehensively fulfilling the Great Commission, thus influencing education, the entertainment industry and the news media.

Strategic Focus
Home Education is the single most strategic step any family can take. Protecting your family from Hollywood‘s vile poison might mean throwing out the TV.  Keeping our children from being indoctrinated in secular humanist government schools is a tremendous step forward.  Providing Bible-based, Christ-centered textbooks for home educators is most strategic. Supporting and producing alternative God-honoring films, music, books and magazines is powerful. Providing alternative sources of information through Desk Top Publishing, the Internet, social media and community Christian radio stations is life-changing. Every Christian needs to seriously find his part in these many possibilities.  Whatever you do, don’t rely on government schools to train your child to trust God.  We are in a war for the hearts, minds, and souls of the precious children of America.  Not one military leader who is not insane would send his young recruits to be trained (and mentally maimed) in the boot-camp of the enemy.  Why are so many Christian families continuing to do that with their own children?

Recognize the Tactics of the Enemy
The enemy is using the tactics of: Confuse, Divide and Conquer and Corrupt and Conquer. We are at war! The Frankfurt School of Communism advocated:

destroying “all ties to blood, soil, mother, father and religion.” They determined that the best way to destroy Christianity was through state education and by promoting sexual deviancy. The promotion of foul language, pornography and perversion are vital tools to overturn every practice of Christianity – to adulterate marriage, break up families, encourage primitivism and encourage the animalistic urges of human depravity.

The Enlightenment philosophers Jean Jacque Rousseau and Voltaire prepared the way for the French Revolution by attacking Christian civilization and promoting the myth of the noble savage.  Is that what has dominated our government schools?

The communist agenda is to bring division between rich and poor, male and female, young and old, black and white, employer and employee, promoting an anti-white, anti-western, anti-male, culture war of racial politics, breaking down every relationship essential for the maintenance of Christian civilization. The Distortion of Art celebrates ugliness, cruelty and rebellion. What else are the anti-Christian war lords stirring up?

The Islamic invasion is one of the tools being used to undermine the demographic integrity of nations.  It’s already seen in the once Christian nations of Egypt, Byzantine (now Turkey) and Sudan (Cush).

Demographics is Destiny
To breed the Europeans into extinction is a primary goal of the New World Order.  They promote abortion, sterilization, heavy taxation, and force mothers into the workplace in the West.  Importing millions of Muslims and other welfare addicts who will swamp the demographically declined West, is a publicly stated goal of those advocating the extinction of Christianity in Europe and North America.

The Failure of Most Churches
All of this has happened as a result of the failure of the Church to be salt and light.  Failing to carry out the Great Commission results from the failure to teach obedience to all that the Lord has commanded.  He prescribed the way to make disciples of all nations. Does it matter what you believe?  If your belief system is flawed with a defeatist escapism that doesn’t take responsibility for the assignment given to the first leaders of Christ’s church, can we blame our failure on the leftists?  They’ve hijacked whole nations filled with hollow churches of irrelevant and ineffective men and women?

Re-evaluate Everything Biblically
We need to enlarge our vision, build Biblical unity amongst those who hold to the Deity of Christ and the inerrancy of Scripture.  There is a tremendous need for repentance, conviction, contrition, confession and conversion. We need to bring holiness back into the home.

We need to be on our guard to divisiveness among fellow Bible-believing Christians. We need to beware of paralysis by analysis. Faith must lead to action. We have all been indoctrinated and deceived, to a great extent, by the news media, entertainment industry and secular humanist state-controlled schools.

We all need to re-think everything that we’ve assumed, in the light of Scripture and clear facts. Where our views have been influenced by God-hating, blaspheming Hollywood, we need to rediscover reliable sources, eye witnesses and Scripture to ascertain what is real and what is not. Satan is deceiving the nations. Most Christians are distracted and deceived.

Offensive Christian Living
We need to engage with a plan personally.  Encourage fellow believers in your church community to network together.  Include personal plans for one-on-one Evangelism, participate in local activities where you can meet people or start an Evangelism Explosion program.  Look into the Way of the Master.  Thank God for all the good Home Education materials available.  Start praying for the persecuted Church.  Join or start a local prayer meeting and Bible study.  Work for Reformation and pray for Revival worldwide.

A Vision of Victory
Encourage or ignore those who say that there is no hope.  They’ve given in to an un-Biblical pessimism.

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Greater is He Who is in us than he who is in the world. We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus Who loved us.

Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

The day will come when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

We need to seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness.

God Judges Nations
It is possible that we are living in an age of judgment, when God will bring down the wicked nations that are at this time rejecting God’s Law, promoting perversion and murdering babies. We need to take note of what Augustine wrote in The City of God. When the Roman Empire began to fall, many were horrified and saw this as the end of their world. Augustine put things into perspective, pointing out that there are cities that men build and there is a Kingdom which God is building. Men build men’s cities and men destroy men’s cities. But God is building a Kingdom which can never be destroyed.

Scenarios That Could Change the World
Yes, God could allow an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) nuclear device to knock out the technology on which our modern society so heavily depends. Even a sun spot surge could trigger EMP destruction of existing technology. This would be catastrophic to those unprepared to survive without modern technology.  Everyone’s circumstance is different.  That’s why each of us needs to be praying constantly for God’s insight and direction.  Read Psalm 32.  Find out how you can claim the promise of God in verse 8: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”  God wants you close enough so you can hear His voice.

The Swiss Military has a plan for surviving an EMP knocking out all telecommunications in Europe. If some rogue state would do that, the Swiss have a plan of de-centralization, local initiative and preparedness, utilizing pre-digital technology to maintain order and protection of their communities. We must do all that we can and we must trust God to do all that we cannot. God will not do our duties. We cannot do God’s job! Nehemiah provides a Biblical model of involving all the men to be vigilant, organized, armed and trained. It is essential to plan and prepare for family, church, and community protection.

Modern day mind-control is why Believers must BEWARE

The sad reality of how non-discerning people are led astray

Have you ever wondered why there is such a vicious and never-ending war being waged against God-made non-toxic food, wholesome natural supplements, and alternative forms of healthcare and disease prevention? Have you ever wondered why an equally intense war is directed against those who profess faith in Jesus Christ?

The Bible clearly warns us to beware of mind-controlling influences in society.

Colossians 2:8 says:

“Beware, lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world and not after Christ.”

In the last hundred years the craft of deception has gotten more subtle and sophisticated because of the manipulative science of psychology.  John Thomas, of Health Impact News, has done a superb job of researching this battle for our minds and our bodies. Wait till you see what he has found as I unpack some of his insights for you today.

The Battle for Our Minds and Our Bodies Part 1, by John P. Thomas, Health Impact News

Have you ever wondered why believers who attempt to live their lives according to the words of Jesus and His apostles as recorded in the Bible are constantly ridiculed and called intolerant bigots, hate mongers, stupid, gullible, paranoid, arrogant, and extremists – the scourge of society?  Have you ever wondered why those same kinds of derogatory words are applied to people who object to mandatory vaccination and those who insist on knowing what is in the food we eat?

Have you ever wondered why those who promote worldwide mandatory vaccination, unlimited use of GMO agriculture, and claim that the U.S. medical care system is the best in the world are always given center stage in any media conversation, while their opponents are made to look like fools?

Mind Control in America

There is a battle going on for the control of our minds and our bodies. It is being directed against those who insist upon their rights to eat the food of their choice, to use the healthcare of their choice, and to believe in God, the Creator of the Universe.

Let’s briefly review the history of the mind control programs that extend back more than a hundred years.  Let’s examine the set of lies that mind control programmers are systematically imbedding into children and adults to establish a New World Order.  Our freedom to choose what we eat, our freedom to make independent health care choices, and our freedom to be disciples of Jesus Christ are all under constant public attack.

As we examine the lies and identify the goals connected with the lies, consider the consequences for those who believe in Jesus Christ.

This is not only about doing battle with forces of darkness that operate mind control programs.  For now, let’s simply consider what we can do to protect ourselves and our families from the power of real enemy activities. The purpose is protecting your mind, your body, and your faith.

The Origin of 20th Century Mind Control Programs

One of the earliest mind control and propaganda experts was Edward Bernays. He was the nephew of Sigmund Freud who is considered to be the father of modern psychology. He used psychological principles to intentionally manipulate people to buy products.  He said:

“In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons… It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”

During the administration of President Woodrow Wilson he helped promote the idea that U.S. efforts in World War I were intended to bring democracy to Europe. On the surface, his business was public relations, but underneath the surface, Bernays’ business was propaganda and mind control.

The writings of Bernays’ were extensively used in the 1920s by Joseph Goebbels, the minister of propaganda for the German Third Reich, to elevate Hitler to power. [1, 2]

The Nazis in Germany relied on an extensive program of mind control to get the public to accept Hitler’s plan to fund the war effort. The propaganda machine convinced people that it was reasonable and desirable to exterminate disabled children and adults, and to exterminate pastors who objected to what Hitler was doing. Step by step, the mind control program unfolded until the population became willing to exterminate Jews, Gypsies, Poles, and other ethnic groups who had been vilified as the cause of Germany’s economic troubles.

Germany’s Mind Control Program Moved to the United States

After Germany was defeated, the United States government became concerned that the rich storehouse of German scientists might be taken to Russia where they would develop technology that could be used against the United States. To avoid this potential problem, hundreds of German scientists were brought to the United States in a program called Project Paper Clip. [3]

In addition to the hundreds of Nazi scientists with aerospace and weapons expertise, hundreds of mind control specialists were integrated into the scientific and university communities throughout the United States. These mind control specialists helped reshape the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and developed the “MK Ultra” program. [4]  You can research that yourself online… very interesting.

The CIA MK Ultra Program

Experimentation on adults and children was carried out by the MK Ultra program to see how the human mind could be broken into parts and reprogrammed to commit immoral acts and crimes without conscious memory of the events. The MK Ultra program was managed by the CIA and by secret military intelligence programs.

MK Ultra scientists used LSD and other mind-altering drugs, electroshock therapy, sensory deprivation, sleep deprivation, physical torture with intense pain, sexual shaming, sexual mutilation, and rape to destroy the original personality and to create a compartmentalized set of identities in the same person that could perform tasks and then be unaware of what they had done. People who were broken in this way were turned into sex slaves for the ruling elite, into couriers for illegal drugs, and into assassins. [5, 6, 7]

Children were also victimized by MK Ultra operatives and were raised under direct control of the MK Ultra system and Satanists. [8] The handlers of both children and adults maintained watch over them and used them for decades. Victims were expendable — if their programming failed and they started to remember things, then they would be killed to prevent them from sharing what they knew.

The U.S. government would like us to believe that the several decades long period of mind control research ended when the U.S. senate instructed the CIA to disband MK Ultra in 1977. [9] However, the trafficking of children into mind control programs did not end, it just went further underground. Drug companies are now continuing the MK Ultra program by their experimentation on children and adults. They are developing the exact kinds of drugs that CIA officials described in a 1955 wish list, which can be used to control how we think and how we remember. [10]

Experimentation on the brains of adults made another leap forward into public respectability in 2013 when President Obama announced the creation of his 12 year BRAIN Initiative to decode the functioning of the human brain. It will establish technology to control brain functioning at many different levels. [11] The emphasis on controlling the minds of individuals is being paired with an even larger program of mind control, which has the goal of controlling the minds of everyone in America to create a kind of New World Order. [12]

Other Forms of Mind Control Used to Control the Population

MK Ultra mind control is horrible.   Yet there is another form of mind control that is part of every aspect of modern life. It is equally destructive to human life. It enslaves people by causing them to believe lies promoted by government, corporations, and the media. This kind of mind control is made possible by participating in certain activities and consuming certain products, which numb the senses, dull the thinking, and paralyze the will. [13]

Mind control programs that are being directed toward the entire population don’t have publically known names, such as MK Ultra, Monarch, or Artichoke, but they are just as powerful. They destroy free and independent thinking. They are designed to undermine the Christian worldview and to replace it with one that serves a small group of highly influential members of the ruling elite. Their mind control techniques are designed to make people doubt the Bible, forget God, deny the true causes of chronic illness in America, and to distrust all forms of healthcare except the drugs and other treatments provided by conventional allopathic physicians.

Walter Cronkite Reveals that the Mainstream Media is Manipulated by “Persons Far Outside Our Control”

I remember my grandmother telling me about how she interacted with the CBS evening news anchor Walter Cronkite from her living room. For those who do not know of Walter Cronkite, he was one of the most famous TV journalists and perhaps one of the most trusted men in America in the 1960s and 1970s. He read the news on the CBS TV network each evening Monday through Friday from 1962 through 1981.

In the 1960s, Walter Cronkite sat behind a desk and read the news from sheets of paper, while the sound of a teletype machine clattered in the background. A teletype machine was like a typewriter that printed news stories that were being sent to the news desk from the Associated Press and other news outlets.

When Walter Cronkite came to the end of the news show, he would dramatically deliver his signature sign-off statement followed by the date. He would say, “And that’s the way it is, Friday, January first, 1963.” This would be followed by a several second closing ceremony. He would silently close the show by pensively looking down at the sheets of paper that he had just read as he organized them into a neat pile while the teletype machine clattered in the background. The show was over when he finished shuffling his papers.

Every time John Thomas’ grandmother would hear Walter say “And that’s the way it is,” she would talk right back to him and say, “And that’s the way you say it is.” She told John one time that she wasn’t sure why she said it, but she just didn’t like anyone telling her that this is the way it is.

John’s grandmother was right. This is what Walter Cronkite wrote in the introduction to the 1996 book Censored – The News That Didn’t Make the News- And Why, by Carl Jensen. Walter Cronkite wrote:

“A handful of us determine what will be on the evening news broadcasts, or, for that matter, in the New York Times or Washington Post or Wall Street Journal…. Indeed it is a handful of us with this awesome power… a strongly editorial power.

…we must decide which news items out of hundreds available we are going to expose that day. And those [news stories] available to us already have been culled and re-culled by persons far outside our control. [14]”

It’s No Longer just the News Media Telling us, “That’s the Way It is”

Today, it’s not just national news shows that are telling us the way it is, but every information source in our society. It is our education system, mainstream media sources, print journalism, films, music, and our government. There is more misinformation and outright lies being communicated than there is truth.

The lies and disinformation that are being planted into the minds of Americans are enhanced when we consume the standard American diet, fluoridated water, use vaccines, use psycho-active pharmaceutical drugs, use statin drugs, and allow ourselves to be exposed to immune system suppressing substances such as those contained in glyphosate-laden food, genetically modified food, and food containing antibiotics, preservatives, pesticides, and numerous other additives. When we add in excitotoxins and endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in flavor enhancers, artificial fragrances, and chemicals from plastic packaging materials, a long-term pattern of physical imbalance, lethargy, apathy, confusion and disorientation is created.

In the beginning, these effects may be subtle, but over time they have a profound effect on our ability to think clearly. Once the human brain is compromised through the combined effects of all these elements, people become highly susceptible to believing all manner of lies. Current day mind control programs constantly bombard the U.S. population with hundreds of lies about every aspect of life to create a worldview that matches the beliefs of those who are trying to program our minds.

These mind control programs occupy center stage in every aspect of our society. Our minds and our bodies are under constant attack, so that we can become virtual slaves to certain groups of people who I will simply call the ruling elite. As modern slaves, we are to obey the ruling elite by submitting to their plans, which are promoted by corporations and government agencies, which always claim to have our best interests at heart.

The Grand Vision of Mind Controllers

The ruling elite and their mind-controllers are trying to program us to only think in authorized patterns and to not question why things are happening. We are to accept official news reports and to just go along with the flow. We are to become walking zombies, who are only capable of smiling, nodding our heads, and doing what we are told even when our actions are in direct conflict with biblical teaching.

The New World Order that they are trying to create would be a Godless society. Principles of eugenics and genetic engineering would be used to create generations of people who are perfectly suited for the work they are assigned. There will be no family structure to distract us from participating in the grand social plan, because children would be raised and educated in state institutions to serve the needs of the ruling elite and the society that they envision.

The Extent of Mind Control Programming: Everyone is Affected

We can’t avoid being exposed to mind-control activities, but we can learn to recognize the techniques that are used and resist their influence.

Those who recognize mind-control activities and consciously resist them will be vilified as enemies of society. Even today, people who ask challenging questions and who object to the encouragement of immoral activities are portrayed by the media as ignorant fools who are opposing the greater good. They stand in direct opposition to the image of the greater good that mind controllers are trying to paint in the minds of Americans.

Mind control programmers have zero tolerance for people who want to maintain independent thinking on issues like healthcare, food, nutrition and belief in the God of the Bible.

Government as Parents – Child Kidnapping and Trafficking Now the Norm

There are serious dangers for those who are unaware of modern mind control programs. The greatest risks are for our children who are being brainwashed to accept government power as a substitute for parental authority.

In fact, a major thrust of modern mind control programming is being implemented by the child welfare system under state governments. Programs of child protective services (CPS) in every U.S. state are working hard to diminish and destroy the role of parents in families, and to substitute the power of the state for the parents’ God given role in the family. Those who do not fully cooperate with the mind control programmers risk having their children seized by the CPS system and having them put into the lucrative foster care system to eventually be adopted by “approved parents.” Refusing state-approved medical care and daring to disagree with a licensed physician is one of the most common ways parents are losing their children to the State today, and it is probably far more common than most realize.

(See: Medical Kidnapping: A Threat to Every Family in America Today)

Those who resist mind controllers, in this case, CPS, are seen as enemies of the state. Bible believing followers of Jesus are especially seen as enemies, especially when they eat clean and wholesome food, home-school their children, and refuse to submit their bodies and the bodies of their children to vaccination and give them over to the dictates of conventional medical care.

Fortunately, there are definite steps that you can take to preserve your freedoms and protect yourself and your family. These steps are discussed in John Thomas’ final article on the Health Impact News website.  At this point, it will be important to understand the battle and to be aware of what mind control programmers want us to believe and how they want us to act.

The Mind Control Battleground: A Spiritual Battle

This war has been growing in intensity for more than a hundred years and is now reaching an ear shattering shriek. If left unchecked, it will soon be a crime to speak the name Jesus and to tell our children about God. It will be a crime to grow our own food. It will be illegal to refuse to eat food that contains GMOs, glyphosate and other pesticides; and to reject food containing toxic ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, soy oil, and numerous chemical additives. It will soon be a crime to visit a naturopath, homeopath, Chinese medical practitioner or use the remedies they recommend. It could soon be a criminal act to homeschool children or attend a church that is not licensed by the state.

Mind controllers are creating a system of lies that everyone must believe so that the society can function without distraction or rebellion. To do this, mind controllers must create a worldview that will cause people to think certain thoughts, to have a standard set of feelings about those thoughts, and to behave in a predetermined manner that matches the norms they have established. To make their system work, they must also eradicate the Creation worldview that comes from the Bible.

The lies that John describes have been implanted over and over again in the minds of multiple generations of Americans. These lies have been repeated so many times and from so many sources that the majority of people don’t question them. These lies cunningly oppose common sense thinking about basic principles of life, and are turning people against God and the Bible. They teach people to worship man instead of God.

Realize that the goal of the devil is to lead people to unconsciously slip into a kind of passive slumber in which they can no longer wake up enough to discern truth from lies. They just go along with the flow wherever it takes them.

  • Always remember as believers in Jesus who choose to live by the Word of God that we have an advocate who will help us wake up from our slumber. The Holy Spirit, gives us discernment to judge between truth and lies. If you follow Jesus, don’t underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells in you. Don’t be shy about asking God to assist you through His Holy Spirit.

“We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.” (1 John 4:13)

Ask God privately and fervently for your own personal discernment to see through deceptions that have captivated your mind and emotions.

“Yes, if you cry out for discernment, ​​And lift up your voice for understanding, ​​If you seek her (discernment) as silver, ​​And search for her as for hidden treasures; ​​Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, ​​And find the knowledge of God.”  Proverbs 2:3-5

Let Truth Guide Your Legacy Action Plan

How does truth fit into our deliberate action plan to reclaim our legacy?  I believe that we live in a generation that is struggling to rediscover the timeless reality that we all pass on a legacy.  The only real legacy we have to pass on to our children is a legacy of truth: Truth about life; truth about God; truth that we invest into their future to give them hope.

Rather than just living day to day for life’s fleeting pleasures, a legacy-minded man or woman deliberately considers life as a gift not to be wasted.  Don’t you think that the really important things of life are deliberately developed and ‘invested’ in the light of a multi-generational perspective?  This is what seems to be missing so often today.  If you are investing for a future dividend, it has to be invested beyond your own limited vision of what you can do now and in the near future.  It’s going to be invested in light of the next generation.

Looking at the culture of our generation, everywhere I turn I see dysfunction and distortion in all the areas of our legacy.  When we think of the foundational things that constitute our legacy, what is more foundational than truth?  This is basic to our character.  But truth is thought by many to be ambiguous, variable or even irrelevant. So I’ll ask the timeless question: What is truth? (more…)

Imagine a Christmas that’s even better than Santa Claus!

by Dennis Petersen

I wanted to write a personal little Christmas letter to all four of my dear kids and 10 grandkids.

Would you agree that Christmas ought to be far more exciting than the ‘tinsel-town’ fluff that’s typically merchandized so heavily in our desensitized, fast-paced society?

I wanted my own kids to get this clearly so they would help my grandkids to personally know the One for whom the original Santa Claus sacrificed his life… but you all might like to use it yourselves in sharing this Christmas season in a life-changing way. You could even gather your little ones around you to read this short review of how we got some of our Christmas traditions.

Today’s Western world is so monopolized by highly marketed big business and the secularized ‘lame-stream’ media that it’s completely understandable how the true origins of Christmas and many of its colorful traditions have been stolen and hijacked. (more…)

Thanksgiving to our Maker

The Fear of God = Trust in God’s Complete Word

There’s probably no better way to realign our hearts and attitudes in our perverse generation than to enter God’s presence with thanksgiving on our lips.

Why should we all give thanks to God?

Psalm 95:2 tells us: “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving…”  But why?


95 Reforms for Reformation, Then and Now

Does the number 95 mean anything special to you… Especially in the light of the month of October?

When you think about what happened just 500 years ago in Germany – 95 points of discussion were posted on the community bulletin board, a church door – a lowly monk unintentionally set in motion a sequence of events that changed the world more than any other single action by a human being since the resurrection of Christ. 

 My missionary friend in South Africa, Dr. Peter Hammond, has provided for us profound insights that can impact our priorities for generations to come if we’ll take them to heart. 


Western civilization has been blessed with the greatest freedom, productivity and prosperity ever known in history. The liberty, standards of justice and creativity enjoyed in Western civilization is a direct result of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th Century.

First Things First

Our Lord Jesus Christ taught:

“But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.”

Matthew 6:33

The Question of Authority (more…)

Why Halloween Reformation Day was a Transforming Day in History

By Dennis Petersen

Do you know what October 31st is besides Halloween?  Hint: it’s one of the most important days in the history of the Christian church and it affects everything about your life today.  Everything!

It was on the 31st of October 1517 that a Catholic monk named Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany. By God’s grace, Luther’s courageous act of challenging corruption and unbiblical heresies launched the Great Reformation.  But why is this legacy worth recalling and how does it affect us today?

On Reformation Days – October 31st   – most American Christians seem more conscious of Halloween than of the Reformation. It appears that more of the children in our churches are celebrating pagan and dark, grotesque symbols for Halloween than the great spiritual Revival that led to the birth of the Protestant Reformation.


Halloween is celebrated by millions on October 31st each year with costumes and candy. Despite its Christianized name, Halloween stems from an ancient pagan Celtic religion that started nearly two centuries before the birth of Christ.  The tribal Druids of Ireland and Europe offered end-of-harvest sacrifices at this beginning of winter to appease a Celtic demon they called Samhain (SOW-in), the lord of death, and of evil spirits. The early Gaelic Celts apparently believed that Samhain sent evil spirits into the world to attack humans, who could escape only by assuming disguises and looking like evil spirits themselves.  Catholic Christians tried to form an alternative tradition by moving the celebration of “All Hallows’ Day” that celebrated the lives of Christian martyred saints from May to November 1st.  So November 1st is referred to as “All Saints’ Day.” In medieval England that Catholic festival was known as All Hallows.  The evening before (October 31st) was thus named “All Hallows’ eve” which became Hallow-een.

Reformation Day

Reformation Day (October 31) commemorates Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517. This one act triggered the Protestant Reformation because Luther’s challenges to the church’s practices were immediately translated and distributed all across Germany in a matter of weeks. The Protestant Reformation was the rediscovery of the doctrine of justification—that is, salvation by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone, like we read in Ephesians 2:8 and 9: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, that no one should boast.”  It was also the protest against the corruption within the Roman Catholic Church. The century before the Reformation was marked by widespread dissatisfaction with the corruption of the leaders in the Roman Catholic Church and with its false doctrines, biblical illiteracy, and superstition. Monks, priests, bishops, and popes in Rome taught unbiblical doctrines like the selling of indulgences, the treasury of merit, purgatory, and salvation through good works.

All Souls’ Day

All Souls’ Day or the Day of the Dead is normally celebrated, primarily by Roman Catholics, on November 2. This is a day dedicated to prayer and almsgiving in memory of ancestors who have died. People pray for the souls of the dead, in their hopeful belief to hasten their release from purgatory to heaven by being purged and cleansed from their sins.

Treasury of Merit

Spiritually sincere people were taught to redeem themselves by charitable works, pilgrimages, and all kinds of religious rituals. They were persuaded to acquire this “merit,” which was at the disposal of the church, by purchasing “certificates of indulgence.”  This left them wondering if they ever did enough or paid enough to appease God’s righteous anger and escape his judgment. That was the popular mindset that prompted Luther’s desire to refocus the church on salvation by grace through faith on account of Christ by imputation of Christ’s righteousness to us.

Think of it.  Almost 98% of medieval people couldn’t read.  They were spiritually oppressed by indulgences.  They had no assurance of God’s grace.  Doctor Luther proclaimed the grace of God’s acceptance for true saints.

Instead of the treasury of merit that was for sale, Luther protested, “The true treasure of the Church is the Most Holy Gospel of the glory and the grace of God”

Life in Europe and England (not to mention the rest of the world) has changed drastically since 500 years ago.  For both Christians and unbelievers, the time of the early 16th Century when Martin Luther lived was radically different and desperate.  It’s obvious that modern technology’s conveniences were absent, but even common things we take for granted like clean water and comfortable housing were unknown.

Think of Productive Prosperity

Western civilization has been blessed with the greatest freedoms, productivity and prosperity ever known in history.  The liberty, standards of justice and creativity enjoyed in Western civilization are direct results of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th Century.  Don’t miss why these amazing results occurred.

Our Lord Jesus Christ taught:  “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

Think of Peace with God.

 Martin Luther was passionate about finding peace with God.  He studied the Bible so intently that it led him to challenge the unethical fund-raising tactics of the papacy.  That’s what ignited the Protestant Reformation.  Luther’s love for the Word of God and his dedication to truth led him to challenge the entire ecclesiastical and political authority of the Roman Catholic Church and the Holy Roman Empire.

Can we imagine a society without Freedom of Conscience?

Sometimes I think we miss the huge gravity of some things.  Luther’s courage to stand against the political and religious might of Europe was one of the most incredible acts of conscientious defiance in the history of the world.  He argued for freedom of conscience based upon the authority of Scripture.  Until then the fear of man was preeminent.  Luther feared God.   All religions and cultures on earth bowed to a monarchy, aristocracy and authoritarianism.  The formal Roman Catholic institution was corrupt.  Luther and the Reformers were convinced that man without God is hopelessly depraved and no human authority could be trusted as absolute.  He rejected ecclesiastical totalitarianism and championed the principle of Sola Scriptura – the Bible alone is our ultimate authority.

Education for All

Luther translated the Bible from the original Greek and Hebrew into the common tongue.   Everybody could now have access to it; both nobles and peasants.  Luther championed education and literacy for everyone.  He defended the Priesthood of all Believers.  And what Revolutionary concept did that one biblical principle lead to?

Constitutional Authority

Jesus Christ is the King of kings and the Lord of lords.  Everyone is under God’s Law.  The reformer’s principle of Sola Scriptura broke down ecclesiastical and political totalitarianism.  The Protestant emphasis on the Priesthood of all Believers led to the concept of representative government and constitutional authority as the supreme law of the land.

What results from convincing society of the truth of Religious Liberty?

By emphasizing the Biblical doctrine of Faith as a gift of God, Luther undermined the Catholic Inquisition and provided the theological foundations for religious liberty and freedom of conscience.  Religious liberty and freedom of conscience led to freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of association and all the other out-workings of political and social freedom.

The Reformation gave us the Bible – available in our own languages.

Few people today realize that the first Bibles printed in English had to be printed in Germany and smuggled into England in bales of cotton from Holland.  The first Bible translator, William Tyndale, was executed by strangulation and his body burned at the stake for the crime of translating the Bible into English.  Seven mothers and fathers were burned alive at Coventry for teaching their own children The Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Apostles Creed – in English.

Courage and Sacrifice for Believers today?

The sacrifices made by the Reformers and the far-reaching impact of their courageous application of the Word of God to every area of life, needs to be rediscovered.  The Christian Church has made more positive changes on earth than any other force or cause in History.

Blessing the Nations

Most of the languages of the world were developed into a written system by Christian missionaries.  More schools and universities have been started by Christians than any other religion, nation or group.  Christian Reformers and missionaries have succeeded in bringing about the abolition of slavery, cannibalism, child sacrifice and widow burning.  Those countries that enjoy the most civil liberties, are those lands where the Gospel of Christ has penetrated the most.

Transforming Nations

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is life-changing, history making and nation transforming.  If it doesn’t change your life and the lives of those around you, then it’s not the Biblical Gospel.

Checks and Balances

The Reformers understood God’s Sovereignty. They courageously proclaimed that Scripture alone is our final authority.  Christ alone is the Head of the Church.  Justification is by God’s Grace alone, on the basis of the finished work of Christ, received by Faith alone.  The Reformers’ teaching on the depravity of man, the New Covenant in Christ, and church government, have influenced positive political and social developments in liberty throughout the Western world and beyond, establishing checks and balances, the separation of powers and constitutional authority.

Faith and Freedom

All of us are beneficiaries of this tremendous movement for Faith and Freedom.  If you love liberty, you need to re-examine the history and principles of the Reformation.

The Reformation took the Church out of gross ignorance and spiritual darkness.

Before the Reformation the church had no Bible. And a church without a Bible is as useless as a lighthouse without light, or a car without an engine. The priests and people knew scarcely anything about God’s Word or the way of salvation in Christ.

Now think of this:  Our current generation of believers… not to mention the world learning corrupted revisionist history … is in danger of losing the profound legacy of courage that preserved Bible truths that are much forgotten.

The 16th Century was the pivotal generation of martyrs who willingly laid down their lives to preserve the scripture for us.  That was providential!  Why?  Because the truths in the Bible are eternal and essential for communicating the heart of God and regenerating lost souls to gain eternal life.

Deuteronomy 7:9 says: “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments.”

The second commandment contains both a severe threat and a most incredibly gracious promise.

“You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in Heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing love to thousands who love Me and keep My commandments.”

Deuteronomy 5:8-10

A Solemn Responsibility

Parents have an awesome responsibility. We are to bring up our children “in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)  We are to “train a child in the way he should go …” (Proverbs 22:6)  According to 1 Timothy 3:4, we are to manage our own family well and see that our children learn to obey with proper respect.

Psalm 78:4-8 tells us to…

 “tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power and the wonders He has done … so that the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget His deeds, but would keep His commands. They would not be … stubborn and rebellious … (like previous generations) whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to Him.”

The Bible tells us to not just raise God-fearing sons, but sons who will become God-fearing fathers, who in turn will raise God-fearing sons to become fathers who will love, honor, trust and obey God. We are to raise disciples who raise disciples so that God’s generational blessing is passed down and the chain unbroken.


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Martin Luther said:

“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition, every portion of the truth of God’s Word, except precisely that point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, then I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing him. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battlefront besides is mere flight and disgrace – if he flinches at that point.

Compromise and cowardice hurts everyone It’s short-sighted.  The Word of God commands us not to be afraid of any man (Deuteronomy 1:17). We are warned that the fear of man will prove to be a snare (Proverbs 29:25).  It is cowardice for us to remain silent when we should speak up. To be passive and inactive when we should fight for what is right. Isaiah 51:12-13 says:

“Who are you that you should be afraid of a man who will die, and of a son of man, who will be made like grass? You forget the Lord your maker, who stretched out the Heavens and laid the foundations of the earth…” 

The Bible tells us that God seeks “Godly offspring…” Malachi 2:15. It is the first priority of parents and teachers to ensure that children are taught to love God and His Word. Secular humanist education is attempting to kill God by eradicating Him from the classroom and from the minds of the next generation. By eliminating the Bible as the basis for all knowledge, humanists are removing the very foundation of truth. They are prohibiting the only objective standard by which reality can be evaluated.

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world, rather than on Christ.”   Colossians 2:8

Martin Luther wrote:

“I am much afraid that schools will prove to be wide gates to hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them on the hearts of the youth. I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are not constantly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt.”

In this culture war, it is vital that we understand the war between Creation and the theory of Evolution. Science textbooks and Museums are strategic battlegrounds in the world war of worldviews.

We need to know the Word of God and we need to know the God of the Word. We need to know God and to make Him known.  It is vital that we know what we believe, why we believe it, and to practically know how to defend it in argument. It is also vital that we become effective soul winners.

Christians must recognize that we are involved in a world war of worldviews. There is a war against God and against His Word – The Bible. In this battle for the mind, classrooms and cinemas are battlefields. Education is a battleground. The textbooks and the teachers are frequently promoting evolutionism, situation ethics, sex education and values clarification. Reality is being rearranged by selective focus and in what Karl Marx declared “the first battlefield – the rewriting of history.” By twisting perceptions, secular humanists hope to steal our children and hijack our culture and country. Much of the entertainment industry has been so subverted as to glamorize evil, popularize profanity, and celebrate ugliness. It is the duty of Christians to support excellent Christian media.

The philosophy of Evolution that is called a theory is a vile attempt to get rid of God from society’s thinking.  Evolution destroys all meaning, purpose, direction, justice and hope in life. The Scriptures declare: “The fool says in his heart, ‘there is no God’. They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” Psalm 14:1

We are called to be the light of the world. All the darkness cannot put out the smallest light. “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14

Young people have a far greater capacity for spiritual and social maturity than we give them credit for. Young people should be encouraged to go deeper, further and higher for the Lord.  The recent phenomenon of age-segregated Sunday morning worship should be re-evaluated in the light of Scripture. The youth are not the Church of tomorrow, they are part of the Church today. The Church is one body. “For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that body being many are one body; as also is Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12

Parents should be raising up their children in the fear of God, in fellowship with all believers. Church social events should involve families. Youth ministry should be returned to where it belongs – to families and fathers. It is a sad fact that many youth groups are doing more harm than good. “Those who walk with the wise become wiser still, but the companion of fools suffers harm.” Proverbs 13:20

Many mainline denominations have been infiltrated by secular humanists, who have gutted the churches of the Biblical Gospel and produced generations of spineless quasi-believers. (Dr. Hammond calls them evangellyfish). Many churches are filled with pseudo-saved, semi-saved, half-saved, un-saved, pew-warmers who have never been truly converted, nor have they come into any real relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.

What are we going to do about all this?

Is there not a cause?

By Dennis Petersen

“Is There not a cause?” asked the shepherd David in Israel 3,000 years ago, when he witnessed the fear of Goliath among his fellow countrymen.


It’s bad enough when the enemies of your own life overwhelm you with fear.  But when the enemies of your whole culture, indeed of the very kingdom of your God, are openly hostile to the absolute values and objectives of life itself, do you think we might possibly be encouraged by this memorable ancient landmark recorded so specifically for us in our Bible?


I’m reminded of the Apostle Paul’s insight in Romans 15:4, telling us that:


“whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”


Do you think that our generation could use some hope?  Do you sense that Christians and non-Christians alike are feeling overwhelmed by the “Goliaths” that threaten our very existence in today’s world?


Take a little time to personally review the story of David’s encounter on the battlefield with the giant Goliath in first Samuel 17.


There are lots of Scriptural encouragements. We must continually reflect on them when facing fearful conditions.  Those causes may make us faint or recoil from the calling of God on His people and on us individually.  We need strength that comes from His Word.


“The battle is the Lord’s”

1 Sam. 17:47.


And that declaration emboldened David to proclaim to his enemy that God “will give you into our hands.”

… Let’s read the whole passage beginning after Goliath’s cursing of David, at verse 45.


“ Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. 46 This day the LORD will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47 and that all this assembly may know that the LORD does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the LORD’S and He will give you into our hands.”

Read Psalm 2.

Why are the nations in an uproar
And the peoples devising a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”
4 He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
5 Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”
7 “I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
9 ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”
10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
Take warning, O judges of the earth.
11 Worship the LORD with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.
12 Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For His wrath may soon be kindled.
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!
“For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.”

2 Chron. 16:9


Let’s not forget what is the promise of God to those who chose the Lord’s true fast in Isaiah 58:10:

“If you give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness and your gloom will become like midday.”   And look at verse 12: “And those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; you will raise up the age-old foundations; and you will be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets in which to dwell.”

Does that remind you of the work of Nehemiah in ancient Israel?

“When I saw their fear, I rose and spoke to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people; “Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.”

Nehemiah 4:14:


In times of crisis the urgency for followers of Jesus to “Abide” in Him could not be more absolute.  Read John 15:4-11

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. 9 Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”

We all need to be reminded daily of the message of Galatians 6:2-10:

“Bear one another’s burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ.”

And we dare not forget about the warning of 1 Peter 5:8:

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

With all the negative and seemingly hopeless conditions surrounding our generation, do you think God, the Holy Spirit, might be speaking to us to “encourage one another day after day?”  Read Hebrews 3:7-19.

“Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says,
12 Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end, 15 while it is said,
16 For who provoked Him when they had heard? Indeed, did not all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.”

Today’s poorly taught Christians need to rediscover the implications of what is written in several places like Hebrews 10:12-13 about the cause to which we are assigned.

“but he, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time onward until his enemies be made a footstool for his feet.”

Who does the world belong to?

“…who did Abram tell the king of Sodom about God?  Genesis 14:22 says: “But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the LORD, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth…”

Psalm 24:1-6

Is God able?

“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?”

Jeremiah 32:27

When you think about the enemies of God in the world today, do you have your hope in God or in man to deliver the righteous children of God by the grace of our Savior Jesus Christ?

The Devil may be “the god of this world (system)” the idol of people who ignore God Almighty, but that does not mean that Jesus has revoked the authority and jurisdiction that was validated by His resurrection.

“Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.”

Ephesians 4:8

When Jesus decreed from the cross, “it is finished” what remained yet to be done?

Colossians 2:15 says:

“He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.”

When does the end come?

“then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.  For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.  The last enemy that will be abolished is death.”

1 Corinthians 15:24-26

Are there enemies yet to be abolished besides the last enemy of death itself?

Read on to the last verse of chapter 15:

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”


The Legacy of A Stress-free Life

By Brian Shilhavey

David, the second Jewish king lived a thousand years before Christ.  He was a man who faced tremendous stress in his life. Few of us today will face the kind of anxiety David experienced for more than 10 years of his life when he was constantly on the run from his enemies who were trying to kill him.  His psalms reveal keys that unlock powerful solutions even for today’s high stress world.

“Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught at the voice of the enemy, at the stares of the wicked; for they bring down suffering upon me and revile me in their anger. My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death assail me. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me. I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest—I would flee far away and stay in the desert; I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.”

Psalm 55:1-8

One of the realities of life that our current physical science-based medical system has had to admit in recent years is that there are non-physical causes to poor health and disease. One widely accepted non-physical cause is “stress.” It’s quite well known today that the presence of stress in one’s life, and how one deals with that stress, has a direct impact on one’s health. Unfortunately, the solutions the medical system most often prescribes today for mental and emotional health are expensive drugs with serious side effects. So many people are “stressed out” that anti-depressant drugs have become a growing and prosperous business for pharmaceutical companies.

King David wrote in Psalm 55 that it wasn’t just his enemies that caused problems, but also his “friends” and fellow believers:

“If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were raising himself against me, I could hide from him. But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend, with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship as we walked with the throng at the house of God.”

Psalm 55:12-14

Notice the signs of stress he wrote in that Psalm: “My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught… My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death assail me. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me.” If David confessed these feelings to a psychiatrist today, he would have been prescribed anti-depressant drugs immediately to try and stabilize his emotional condition. He had all the signs of “mental disease” including the temptation to try and escape from all of his problems by running away from them: “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest—I would flee far away and stay in the desert; I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.” He was unstable, neurotic, and desperate. He would probably be labeled as “insane” today and be committed to a mental health hospital.

What was David’s solution to his enormous stress?

David did not seek out physicians in his anxiety. He appealed to God for help, trusting that God would hear his prayers and change his condition. If you read the psalms of David you will notice that David consistently took two approaches to dealing with anxiety and stress.  Both approaches involved prayer and a personal relationship with his Creator.

  1. David prayed to God, asking him to intervene in the circumstances of his life that were causing the stress:

“Confuse the wicked, O Lord, confound their speech, for I see violence and strife in the city… Let death take my enemies by surprise; let them go down alive to the grave, for evil finds lodging among them. But I call to God, and the LORD saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice. He ransoms me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me. God, who is enthroned forever, will hear them and afflict them— men who never change their ways and have no fear of God.”

Psalm 55:9-19

As strong and powerful as David was, in many circumstances he was powerless against his enemies and the rulers of his day. But he knew first hand that God was not powerless, and so he appealed to God to intervene.

  1. David cast all of his worries and cares on God. He trusted in Him to take care of them all, and to sustain him with strength to endure everything.

“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.”

Psalm 55:22

These two ways of using prayer to deal with stress are just as relevant to us today.  We are in the age of the New Covenant – Instituted by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The believers in the early church were often arrested and persecuted, suffering tremendous stress. The same two principles were used to deal with their anxiety and stress.

Principle 1 – pray for God to intervene in the stressful situation.

Here is an example of what was prayed after the believers were arrested and released for preaching about Jesus and miraculously healing a man (they didn’t follow the routine protocol for the healthcare of their day!):

“On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David: “‘Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One.’ Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”

Act 4:23-31

Principle 2 – cast all our anxieties and care on God, trusting him to take care of all our problems and to sustain us with his strength:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7 – prescription for mental health

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.”

1Peter 5:7-11

These are the two biblical principles for dealing with anxiety and stress, and they are the guiding principles for mental health. No drugs are needed but there is a requirement. It requires a relationship with God through Jesus.  And this is not just an intellectual knowledge about him. So the first step is the spiritual rebirth.  That’s something we need to seek and find for ourselves.

How do you deal with anxiety and stress? The two principles written about here are time-tested principles that have been used for thousands of years, long before modern-day pharmaceuticals came into the market place with our current medical system. They are backed by a guarantee from the Creator himself, the one who formed and fashioned you while still in your mother’s womb. Best of all, they are free!

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”

1Peter 2:24-25

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 6:23

Do you want a prescription for drug-free mental health?

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7