Ideological subversion / psychosis

Couple thoughts on the video and how it intersects our reality as Christians.

1. Absolute truth cannot be subjective in this. They prescribe sorting fact from fiction as a method of not falling into delusion. (2 Thes 2:10,11: God will send them strong delusion because they loved not the truth).

2. Truth acts as a fixed point or anchor and should be the lens through which we see our world. People will gravitate toward that anchor. Subjective truth allows for multiple individualized anchor points that serve to draw people deeper into a subjective reality.

3. We cannot operate as independents. Without fellowship we are vulnerable to deception and psychosis. (Heb 10:24,25 do not forsake the fellowship of yourselves together, especially as you see the day approaching, but encourage one another).

Another point is how he points out how there’s a corresponding decline in morality as the deception takes effect. From a biblical perspective we could argue that the decline is not symptomatic but causative. This lines up with what Yuri Bezmenov wrote about the KGB’s use of ideological subversion to undermine the morality of the west.

The technique of ideological subversion is also a Biblical one. In Numbers 22-24. Balaam hired the prophet Balak to curse Israel. But when God wouldn’t allow Balak to do it we find that Balak found a way. He told Balaam that God had commanded the Israelites not to intermarry with other nations. And that if he could seduce the Israelites into breaking Gods law then God Himself would punish the Israelites.

Thus the principle of Ideological Subversion is: to undermine a nation founded on Godly principles and seduce them into compromising their morals and Gods laws, to the degree that God Himself will judge His people. That judgement will lead to what secularists call psychosis, but what the Apostle Paul said would be a blinding of the mind, or a hardening of the heart. A condition Bezmenov says is irreversible.

From a Biblical perspective Bezmenov is not entirely wrong. In Psalm 95:8 as well as Hebrews 3:8 we’re told “do not harden your hearts as in the day of testing”. The idea being, that when we are tested with the seduction that will compromise our morality and standing before God, do not harden yourself against the conviction lest we become permanently hardened and incapable of repentance.

Now theologically this might seem to present a problem with respect to one losing their standing before God on the basis of their merits and thus nullify the gospel. However Jesus was very clear in the parable of the sower there exists 4 types of soil that the seed of the gospel falls on. One would reject entirely, one would start to grow but under persecution would fall away, one would start to grow but would prefer this life and the indulgences of it more and thus fall away and one would take deep root and grow and produce fruit. This idea is further confirmed in 1 John 2:19 which states that the reason they left was because they were never really there to begin with.

You see the testing doesn’t determine our condition, rather it reveals it. It reveals what it is that is most important in our heart. That in turn becomes the foundation upon which we build our relationship with Christ. We either build it on what He can do for us, or we build it on Him.

But the process of blinding doesn’t appear to be a single incident but rather a process of hardening to the point where our heart becomes calloused and incapable sensing conviction anymore. Paul specifically says this will happen in the latter times.

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared,”

‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭4:1-2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Their consciences are seared, like flesh on a hot iron, incapable of feeling as a result of the deadening of the nerves… BECAUSE, they devoted themselves to the lie.

So the answer becomes clear. Christ is our anchor. The Holy Spirit came to convict of sin. While we retain the ability to repent and heed the Spirit we must do so. Lest we be revealed to have built our foundation on something other than Christ and like Demas, Alexander and others who once followed the apostle Paul, fall away into a condition of blindness, hard heartedness and callousness.

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