How can so many people be so easily deceived?

By Dennis Petersen

Have you been amazed at how so many people can be so easily deceived?  Even people who seem to be fairly even-tempered and practice common sense are surprising some of us when they reveal that they have bought into various common lies in today’s culture. It seems sometimes that many people have completely lost their minds. They’ve lost their ability to think… to reason… to discern what’s really true. So consequently, confusion prevails. And where confusion prevails you inevitably have a pandemic of fear. And when people are prone to fear they tend to make hasty and bad choices. And that only leads to more confusion plus a flood of hopelessness. They are set up to bow to a false authority, promising them deliverance and unable to deliver it, or they are prepared to hear good news that can change their lives for eternity.

Jesus predicted in two of the gospel accounts that “false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24, and Mark 13:22). When we see how effective the main stream media has been at persuading half the population of the entire world into the most spectacular deception in history, perhaps we can be more discerning.

The early impact of the Ekklesia of Jesus Christ

This isn’t the first time that human societies have faced an historic turning point. Every satanic dictator from Nimrod and Caesar to Mao and Stalin has effectively charmed whole societies with their blinding lies to be their savior. It’s the reality that the beloved apostle, John, referred to when he wrote to his spiritual children in Asia minor, “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the (enemy of Messiah) Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour” (1 John 2:18). And that was 2,000 years ago so the existence of powerful deceivers over society were evidential proofs of the apostle’s Kairos moment in history. The first century Ekklesia of Jesus the Messiah, filled with the Holy Spirit and boldness to witness the good news of the kingdom of God, completely changed the pagan world of the Roman Empire within four generations of the Ascension of Jesus to the right hand of the Father. Their profound influence of redemptive sacrificial love began with 120 disciples – filled with the promised in-dwelling Holy Spirit. They could never have imagined after those ten days of waiting, that the Spirit’s anointing on apostle Peter’s message to those gathered in Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost from all over the Mediterranean region would result in such an awesome response. 3,000 radically transformed lives openly declared their faith in God through the resurrection of Jesus and were publicly baptized in water in one day.  They had no doubt been pondering the events of the recent Passover crucifixion. Only days later, Peter preached again and another 2,000 repented openly to follow the Lord. The Ekklesia sprang into full blossom in the public forum. Religious tradition and ethnic cultures bowed to the lordship of Jesus the Messiah in ways that can only be counted as miraculous. Within four decades the transforming power of Christ’s indwelling Holy Spirit filled the entire generation with the presence of God that the old covenant prophets had anticipated for centuries.

What’s going on now? The world in one year has suffered such a widespread upheaval – all because of a mass manipulation of social order. To those with a little basic knowledge of science, history and Scripture, the delusion is impossible to miss.  Why is this happening? Can it be turned around? What can we do about it? What is God going to do about it? Is it possible for us to have the divine insight and discernment to direct others in how to make better choices? 

The rising influence of entertainment driven “pop culture” and media-driven “p.c. – political correctness” of the last several generations is undeniable. It has largely come from America’s industrial and commercial influence. But it has been mirrored in the majority of regionally traditional cultures around the world. Those people groups used to be distinguished more by the customs of their unique “ethnos – ethnicity” than even their unique language or dialect. Now, with the rise of global computer Internet

technology the whole world has begun to mimic the “group-think” that has been manipulated by the collusion of big tech, big money, big government, and big media. It’s almost as if the whole world is, once again, speaking the same language and thinking that humans can reach into the heavens and achieve god-hood.

A curious intersection of God’s awakening with historic periods of darkness

On the 22nd of March, 1758 – Jonathan Edwards, the greatest Theologian in American history and a man most closely associated with the Great Evangelical Awakening in North America, died from smallpox vaccination, after serving just one month as President of Princeton University.  You probably don’t have to think to hard to see the connection to what’s going on today.

Hebrews 5:12 reprimands readers who lack basic Bible knowledge, essentially saying: “You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food.”

The lament of the prophet Isaiah over a morbidly backslidden Israel (Isaiah 59:14-15) makes the charge that “truth has stumbled in the street, uprightness is disallowed from public discussion, truth itself is gone, and anyone who renounces evil is attacked.”

But thankfully, our Redeeming Savior is merciful.  “The LORD looked and was displeased to find there was no justice. He was amazed to see that no one intervened to help the oppressed. So, he himself stepped in to save them with his strong arm, and his justice sustained him.”

“For the nation and kingdom that will not serve you shall perish; those nations shall be utterly laid waste.”

Isaiah 60:12

Do you suppose that is why Jesus, who triumphed in his resurrection to have ALL authority given to Him in heaven and on earth, told us to disciple all the nations? All the ethnos – ethnicities – people groups of the planet?

But some will not listen. They refuse to receive correction or honestly have the discernment to “test all things” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). That’s why Jesus taught his disciples to “shake off the dust from your feet” if they “will not receive you nor hear your words” (Matthew 10:14).  And remember what He said in his comprehensive sermon on the mount in Matthew 7:6. “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.”

Wisdom would temper us who have knowledge to “spare” our words, as men of understanding and keep “a calm spirit” (Proverbs 17:27).

A Demonic conspiracy for 6,000 years now openly unfolding

What makes this particularly challenging for us is the fact that law-abiding citizens in the nations of the entire world are literally in a war right now, and many of them do not realize it, or at least the intensity of the war.  That’s because it is a concealed or deliberately secret war, being waged by powerful global influences to exterminate the vast majority of the human population. The devil has been pursuing this conspiracy for 6,000 years. Only now, his satanic followers in high places of power are openly admitting their hatred of God, of good, and of life itself.  This is why the prophet Hosea wrote:

“My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6

And “people without understanding are ruined” Hosea 4:14.

This principle of truth is a cornerstone of Isaiah’s prophecy. He addressed a self-indulgent generation, in some ways like our own. They were consumed with their own egotistical and warped life-style. He wrote:

“but they do not pay attention to the deeds of the LORD, nor do they consider the work of His hands. Therefore, my people go into exile for their lack of … knowledge.”

Isaiah 5:12-13.

Isaiah adds:

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness… and woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.”

Isaiah 5:20-21

Hosea adds:

“Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being my priest. Since you have forgotten the law (torah – teachings) of your God, I also will forget your children.” (Hosea 4:6).  Did you hear that? This is such a profound statement… we cannot afford to take it lightly.

But wisdom gives us hope for those who are receptive.

“through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.” (Proverbs 11:9).

See what else it says in the following verses.

“When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices, and when the wicked perish, there is glad shouting. By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down.”

Proverbs 11:10-11

When you see cities, being destroyed by anarchists, do you think it is the result of words from the mouths of wicked rulers? Unrighteous policies perhaps? Forgetting God’s simple wisdom of the ten commandments from their public forums? The unwillingness of the salt and light of society from speaking out in the public forum?

The Remedy for the oppressions of truth

What we have is a society-wide demonic oppression, and it’s characterized in a big way by the suppression of truth. When people behave like unthinking robotic zombies, you know they are demonically oppressed. Their natural, God-given freedom to even think on their own is undermined by years of public education and entertainment programming. Critical thinking and the willingness to put all our beliefs and theories under the ‘microscope’ of open investigation is understandably prevented by our own human pride and social pressure to go along with the people who we want to accept us. Yes, it’s irrational, but our weak human nature gives in, unless we have humbled ourselves before God rather than man-made systems. And that includes formal religious systems that have all accumulated ‘traditions’ that can lead us astray. That’s why we have to come to Jesus and let Him confront us with the deceptions that His word will expose.

Most people today have heard the words of Jesus, that the truth will set us free. But will it?  Knowing that the bondage from which we need to be set free is the sin that separates us from our Creator, how many atheists, humanists, pagans and others have free access to truth… even intellectual knowledge of truth?  Are they free? What did Jesus really say in John 8:31?  If you willingly determine to make your home in His word – abiding in it – thus proving you really are disciples of His… then you will know the truth and then you will be made free by the truth. The sinful nature keeps us trapped in arrogance, bitterness, unforgiveness, hatred of fellow human beings and a multitude of unrighteous attitudes and actions.  But continuing fellowship with our Redeemer through his life-giving word is what changes all that. How? A basic first step is just following the example of the man after God’s own heart – the imperfect, but forgiven king David – in Psalm 139:23-24.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.”

Former slaves being trained as God’s soldiers in the war of all time

Now, as spirit-born, new creations of God, in the process of being conformed to His divine image, we realize that we’ve been led out of the bondage of Egypt (a symbolic picture of the darkness of sin). But we are supernaturally brought out of that hopeless condition as slaves to sin, so that we can be trained as God’s warriors to conquer the enemy giants of the promised land that He wants us to invade and enjoy.  And that involves constant work on our part that is empowered by His Spirit working in us so that we can bring honor and glory to Him.

We can’t even dream of doing our God-given assignments in our own strength. But this war we’re called to fight is not dependent on our natural strength.

“the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses” (2 Corinthians 10:4).

I’m more aware now than ever, that God is calling us to pray Biblical prayers in support of all those whom He is positioning to be on the front lines of spiritual warfare. We common folks have only faint ideas of the extreme wickedness and powers of demonic forces that are working unspeakable atrocities in our world today. To the extent that God gives us the capacity to expose those evil deeds of darkness, we must do whatever he leads us to do in our spheres of influence (Ephesians 5:11).

“We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ”

2 Corinthians 10:5

Biblical praying for the enemies of God

But more than that, we are called to pray Godly Biblical prayers in support of God’s vessels of mercy (Romans 9:23). These are the warriors that He positions to fight on the front lines for our nation’s preservation, for our freedom to worship God, and for the privilege to disciple our children. Then there’s the side we don’t hear much about in the prayer warfare.  But there’s plenty of it in the prayers of the Bible – prayers for the enemies of God – the vessels of His wrath (Romans 9:22). You don’t need to think too hard about who those despicably wicked reprobates are in today’s world. They’ve openly confessed their hatred of God, and goodness, and all that is righteous and pure. They are in high places of authority in society. Some are high profile. Far more are embedded deeply in the state of human institutions. They are controlling what you hear about the world around you. They are formulating patterns of thinking in the minds of young people through entertainment and education. They are dictating what goes into your food, your water, and even the air we breathe. And now they are conditioning the masses to accept the demonically inspired tyranny of modern medicine, much of which has been fashioned to undermine the natural health that our Creator has designed for our awesomely intricate immune systems.  Here is just a sampling of Bible prayers for the enemies of God and His kingdom.

Psalm 34:16 “The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.”

Psalm 94:23 “He has brought on them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; The LORD our God shall cut them off.”

Psalm 35:26 “Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at my hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonor that magnify themselves against me.”

Psalm 140:4 “Guard me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men, who have planned to trip up my feet… Psa 140:8 “Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; do not further their evil plot, or they will be exalted! Selah  … Psa 140:10 “Let burning coals fall upon them! Let them be cast into fire, into miry pits, no more to rise! … Psa 140:11 “Let not the slanderer be established in the land; let evil hunt down the violent man speedily!”

Psalm 83:2 “For behold, Your enemies make an uproar, And those who hate You have exalted themselves…. Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever, and let them be humiliated and perish, That they may know that You alone, whose name is the LORD, Are the Most High over all the earth. Psa 83:17-18

Overcoming anti-God influence requires training

Yes, we must diligently overcome the hypnotic influence of anti-God propaganda at every level. We must learn how to stand up for the rights of our families in a perverted world where even the trusted enforcers of the laws of our land are corrupted by illegal edicts. If you are not yet taking the time to learn your rights as a citizen in our constitutional republic, you will be intimidated by fear to bow to the tactics of demonically controlled servants of the state that demands submission to them rather than to God. You need to spend time getting some basic education about the gross misinformation campaigns circulating the world regarding the global health crisis at .  All the videos in the resource section is a good place to begin at


A New Declaration of Independence

Over two hundred and forty-four years ago, our forefathers declared their independence from a tyrant king and his officers, announcing that:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We now find ourselves, through a tragic course of events simultaneously unfolding in every state and commonwealth in this great nation and birthed by an obvious collusion, in a situation much akin to the one that gave rise to that declaration, but even more sinister thanks to the corrupt and treasonous agendas of BigTech, BigMedia, and BigPharma.  We are assailed in every place and time by citizens, ordinary and official, demanding that we relinquish our fundamental and sacred human rights.  These rights are guaranteed to us not only by the Constitution of the United States, but also by our Creator.  We therefore do hereby forcefully and without apology assert the following truths, which no law of man can invalidate:

  • We have the right to breathe freely and without encumbrance or grant of permission;
  • We have the right to speak freely and share information without censorship in all places both public and within our private properties, including electronic public spaces such as social media platforms;
  • We have the right to gather anywhere in public or within our private properties, without any limitation on the size of our gatherings;
  • We have the right to worship in the places and times of our choosing, and without limitation on the size of our religious gatherings;
  • We have the right to bear arms to defend our lives and those of our families, to provide sustenance for ourselves and our families, to defend our property, and for any other lawful purpose;
  • We have the right to live in an environment free of toxic substances, whether biological, chemical, or radiological;
  • We have the right to access plentiful supplies of clean water and clean, organic food;
  • We have the right to educate our children in any time, place, or manner as we see fit, and without any prerequisite related to any child’s medical status or condition, and without any requirement that any child wear a covering upon his/her face;
  • We have the right to make medical decisions for ourselves and our families, without interference from any branch of government or any governmental agency or official;
  • We have the right to conduct any lawful business and enter into any lawful contracts without interference from government officials who hold no stock or ownership interests in our businesses, and are not parties to said contracts;
  • We have the right to travel anywhere within or between the several states without any prerequisite regarding our health or personal medical decisions, and regardless of permission or approval from any governmental agency or official, and without a requirement to provide information to the same;
  • We have the right to work without any requirement to provide medical information to our employers, and without being forced to undergo any medical procedures, including but not limited to medical tests.
  • Wherefore, we now once again proudly reaffirm and declare our INDEPENDENCE from all governmental bodies and officials who attempt to usurp any of these rights, or who attempt to impose upon us any law or order that contravenes the Constitution of the United States of America, as all such laws and orders are de facto illegal and violative of the oaths taken by our elected officials and judges.

Signed, We the Patriots of the United States of America, as indicated by the individual signatures attached hereto.

When Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7th, 1941, every citizen of America was stunned into the reality of war that engaged complete and massive participation of the entire population to do their part in the effort to win the war. After a year of gradual awakening to the powers of evil that have been arising for generations in our society, are we now willing to roll up our sleeves and engage in the war? We’ll have to do things we may not be comfortable doing, like getting equipped with the tools to do our parts. That’s why I’ve been giving our listeners links every week on Reclaiming Your Legacy. Go back to those recordings on our website and review them again. The written scripts are there at … and while you’re there… if you are led by our Lord to help me keep providing this service to our community in the Sacramento area, please take a moment to contribute there online. It’s the way God is enabling us to continue giving all our listeners these valuable tools to fight the war that we all called to fight. And remember that “battle is the Lord’s” (1 Samuel 17:47).

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  1. Dear Dennis…………many thanks for this reality check and call to action during Holy Week. More Christian patriots must wake up, speak up, and engage in this battle to restore our Nation as one Nation under God before it is too late. I am grateful for your message of hope during these dark times.
    Blessings to you, your family, and ministry.