Friday, January 07, 2022

Fake Fear

Part 6 of Fake Prophets
 
Read Part 1: The White Lab Coats
Read Part 2: The Fishbowl
Read Part 3: Fake Normal
Read Part 4: Fake Choice
Read Part 5: Fake Enforcers

 
By Sarah H. Leslie
 
 “Courage is the same pathway
as fear in the brain.”
 
 
In the early months of 2020 as a world crisis unfolded I heard these words above.[1] I was so stunned that I quickly jotted them down on a post-it note. I tacked it onto the bottom of my computer screen. Day after day I’d read this sentence and ponder its significance. 
 
Could this be true? Did God so wonderfully create man that He built into us a mechanism by which we could eschew fear and stand with courage? The statement above indicates that it is a natural phenomenon, built into our very physical flesh. After all, history is filled with examples of courageous men and women who endured terrible fear to do bold acts of bravery. 
 
Just how fearfully and wonderfully made is our brain, that God made a passageway from fear to courage? I did more research. And I searched the Scriptures to see if this statement could be true. What I found was astonishing, convicting and comforting. 
 
 
A fear-laden threat, or is it a curse? (Source)
 
 
All of my life, I thought love and hate were the two most powerful human emotions.
But owing to recent events, I have changed my mind.
I now understand that for most people, fear is the strongest emotion.
[2]

Fear “Triggered” 
During the years that I was a professional counselor, and for many decades after, I frequently ministered to people who struggled with fear. Many of them were victims of abuse – physical, emotional, and spiritual. I noticed a very interesting common denominator in all of them. When they were in the throes of fear – whether real or imagined, past memories or a current threat – a rational part of their brain seemed to shut down. Some adopted an amorphous anxiety as a way of coping. One woman explained that as long as she felt anxious she knew she was on guard, prepared for the next abusive event. Thus fear and anxiety became a never-ending cycle from which she couldn’t escape without believing she was “in danger.” Of course, such a stance took its toll on her physical health. Like many other professing Christian believers, she was caught in “the spirit of bondage again to fear” (Rom. 8:15; Heb. 2:15).[3]
 
At the onset of the global crisis I began to receive reports that these people were feeling “triggered.” This word “triggered,” although adapted by politically correct “woke” culture, had its origins in describing post-traumatic stress syndrome, a very real condition.[4] But what was it about the crisis that was “triggering” them? What was causing their anxiety cyclone to start spinning? To get to the answer to this question, I dug deeper. I discovered that there was an entire orchestration of a FAKE FEAR going on, and it had been happening for several decades. 
 

False Alarm 
I decided to buy a book authored by the man who had said that “courage is the same pathway as fear in the brain.” He is a doctor, and he mentioned that he had written a book on this topic fifteen years earlier. I hadn’t always agreed with what he said in his interviews, but he was conscientiously avoiding hype. This set him apart from the dominant doctors who filled the airwaves the past two years. 
 
The doctor’s book was released in 2005 in the aftermath of 9/11. I read it immediately after I had just finished Pastor Jim Jenkins’ book From Rubble to Redemption: A Ground Zero Chaplain Remembers. The connection between the two books was quite fascinating. Pastor Jim reported he was on the scene in the devastating immediate aftermath of a terrible national crisis. The doctor, who had a practice in New York, reported on what transpired during the next few years. The doctor’s book almost reads like a sequel. 
 
The doctor said he began observing in his practice the real-life consequences in people’s lives to the incessant barrage of “apocalyptic warnings” (p. 1) coming from the establishment media. His opening chapter is aptly titled “The Fear Epidemic” which occurred on the heels of this national crisis. Rather than closure, and a calm settling back to normal national life, the doctor witnessed the relentless crisis cycles of fear-mongering: the white powder in envelopes, the introduction of new infectious germs and flus, incessant talk of radicalized zealots, and continual high alert orange levels.[5] He critically observed the relentless hyping of one crisis after another: 
 
“We are bombarded with information. We live by TV sound bite and by Internet hyperbite. Medical information has become agenda-driven, exaggerated by the media and disseminated on the Internet….

“Our brains are not being infiltrated or provoked to panic by accident. Since 9/11 especially, the government has exploited its role as our official protector, from Homeland Security to the CDC….

“Government officials and politicians employ the media megaphone to promote the idea that they are keeping the populace safe…..

“The mass media tend to magnify the latest health concern and broadcast it to millions of people at once. This has the effect of elevating an issue to a grand scale and provoking panic way out of proportion to the risks.” (pp. 16-17) 
Climate change "Fear porn in the 70s" (Source)

 
The Physiology of Fear 
The reason I bought his book is because I wanted to read how the doctor addressed the biology of fear. The human response of fear is normal, he said, but it can quickly go awry. Our body has an immediate reaction: 
 
Fear is more than a state of mind; it’s chemical. It is present in the circuitry of our brains, in the neurochemical exchanges between nerves. Fear is a physical reaction to a perceived threat. As long as the danger is direct and real, fear is normal and helps to protect us.” (p. 14) 
 
The organ known as the amygdala responds to a fearful threat. 
 
“When the amygdala detects a threatening situation, out pour the stress hormones. The hippocampus alerts the amygdala’s circuitry to a danger associated with a scary memory. At the same time, the hippocampus is also the center for caution. Under stress, the amygdala signals release while the hippocampus cautions slow down.” (p. 25)
 
And here is the key point: 
 
“When the amygdala fires, it transmits fear signals too rapidly and powerfully for any of the brain’s regular brakes to stop it.” (p. 25) 
 
It seems that this is a protective mercy of God that our immediate physical reaction mechanism kicks in first. The trouble is that it so quick, so spontaneous, that it takes more time for our brains to process it and respond. 
 
Atomic disaster preparedness fear porn
used on elementary students in the 1950s and 60s.
Hiding under desks was a fake promise of protection.
(I remember it well.) (Source)
 
“Pseudothreats” 
Humans therefore need to step back and consider the fear source logically in our rational mind. The doctor explains that “an appropriate fear response depends on access to accurate information.” (p. 28) However, he noticed that people do not naturally do this. Therefore we are prone to reacting to “pseudothreats” – fake threats (p. 33). Here are a few ways things can go wrong: 
 
“This human fear is not reasonable but is driven by fragmented information, hype, miscommunication, and uncertainty. If we are unable to convert our uncertainty into a reasoned assessment of risk, we grow more and more afraid, caught up in a cycle of worry.” (p. 35)

“If the stress persists, the thinking brain falters, routine memories and behaviors shut down, and fear predominates. Previous trauma biases the brain toward fear pathways, which continue to fire again and again during flashbacks.”
“As soon as we hear about a danger, however, remote, we tend to see it as a personal threat, especially if the danger is exaggerated to begin with.” (p. 2)

“The symptoms of fear, the maladaptive kind, include an exaggerated sense of vulnerability, fear of a danger that doesn’t exist, or fear out of proportion to the risk…. Fear victims are revved up in fight-or-flight mode.” (p. 4) 
 
The doctor describes the process of how the public is manipulated by fear: 
 
“The media focus on particular aspects of a problem, inflating and distorting it until the audience has internalized the experience and considers the reported danger an accepted fact.” (p. 56) 
 
Ponder the ramifications of the above quote: FAKE FEAR is based on FAKE FACTS. Below is a more current quote:
 
(Source)
 
 
Panic Attack 
Fear possesses a strange behavioral characteristic of being contagious; i.e., people can catch it from each other. “The sense of inadequate protection against an over-hyped threat contribute[s] to the spread of panic.” (p. 111) 
 
While describing the onslaught of unusual health threats that populated the airwaves during the first five years after 9/11, the doctor labeled hysteria as “the true contagion.” He cynically recalls inoculating people against hysteria (p. 120) – he said he was attempting to placate their overblown fears by giving them whatever protective cure was being touted by the experts. He describes an onslaught of fear. Fear was generated by the media, fueled by the politicians, and fortified by corporate interests that stood to profit from the touted panaceas. 
 
Significantly, during 2000-2005 there were early experiments in the globalized conditioning of the populace. The doctor noticed: “The global health alert and travel advisories that were meant to inhibit the dissemination of the [disease] also spread virulent fear by word of mouth. Public health agencies raised the stakes….” And for the first time the WHO enacted a “global surveillance network.” (p. 142-3) “By focusing only on the worst-case scenarios regarding the spread of [it], the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control were in effect controlling the populace through fear.” (p. 145). For what reason? The doctor suggests that “government officials… whip up public support for their… programs. Make people afraid, make people feel they need you to protect them, and they allow you free reign with your agenda.” (p. 146) No wonder the politicians love fear. 
 
The doctor warns about the combustible nature of fear: 
 
“In studying fear, I have come to believe that it has a tendency to reignite itself. Once a fear fire is extinguished, another one takes its place. There are fear seekers in our society, and these groups are always expanding in number and infecting new members.” (p. 3) 
 
(For those who are curious, the despotic Dr. F is cited on pages 174-175 for pontificating in the media circa 2004 with his “usual gravitas,” which “unfortunately gave the impression that an outbreak was looming.” Here we see evidence that during the earlier mass fear-experiments the cult of fear expertise was born and flourished. If certain officials pronounced it, it must be true.)

Making sure that children know which expert to trust.
Seen on a shelf at a local Target store.



Prophecy Mongering 
We simultaneously observed this cult leadership phenomenon in the evangelical world. On May 23, 2013 we published a post on Herescope titled “Prophecy Mongering.” We documented how certain evangelical prophecy leaders were aggressively marketing vibrant scary imagery, monstrous creatures, and fearsome scenarios to incite endtime hysteria. Many people were sucked into their prophecy fear vortex forgetting the Scriptures that foretell of Jesus’s soon return. We wrote:
 
Crisis-mongering is not a new thing. Chicken Little in the children’s folk tale went around crying, “The sky is falling!” This message has now become “a common idiom indicating a hysterical or mistaken belief that disaster is imminent.”[1] Despite the moral of the Chicken Little story, dire predictions are becoming a way of life for many evangelicals. The more exotic, the more titillating, the more dramatic – the more people will get all worked up. It isn’t just fear. Many of these catastrophic endtime scenarios are also extremely evocative, even licentious. It is tough to remain sober-minded when constantly assaulted by horrifying and/or Hollywoodized images[2] of the future. But being sober is exactly what a believer is supposed to do in these last days – “the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer” (1 Peter 4:7).
 
Sadly the doctor noticed that traditional religion seems to be no match for the “culture of worry” that “is a growing weed that feeds on manufactured dangers and threatens to become its own cult.” He observed that “religion has become overloaded with today’s obsessive worry and no longer serves as a reliable cure for fear.” (p. 193) He did not foresee the calamitous cave-in which we now see on full display today – key church leaders cheerleading for the official state narratives.[6]
 
Furthermore, it appears that fear is an addiction for many people. While godly Christians would eschew an addiction to actual pornography, many are now fear junkies. While we were working on multiple series of articles on the topic of the endtime fear-mongering our research associate, the late Pastor Larry DeBruyn, noticed that fear itself was a potent biochemical addiction.[7] Those who watch horror movies for entertainment, or who play frightening video games, or who watch round-the-clock fear-ridden news broadcasts, would be classic examples. In 2011 we co-wrote an article warning about various forms of mind-altering inebriation. In recent years this addiction to fear has actually come to have its own defining terminology: 
fear porn
Media content that deliberately and enticingly plays on people's fears about disaster, disease and death....[8]

Fear’s Megaphone 
The doctor’s prescription against miasmatic fear begins with: “one simple cure is to turn off the TV.” (po. 195) That was in 2004. Already back then the major news networks were broadcasting 24/7 fear porn. The mass media-driven necrosis of fear has now malignantly metastasized on Social Media. Worse, now other influential voices have technology-based platforms to perpetuate the cancer. 
 
Let’s review: fear is a spontaneous reaction to a real, presumed or perceived danger. Our first response to it is immediate in the flesh, biological and physiological. Our second response to it is to use our brain. We examine facts, check out the situation and ascertain whether the threat is real… or not. God built into us the ability to react immediately, and the capacity to rationally respond by using our mind. We who are biblical Christians recognize there is also a spiritual response. More on this point later. 
 
At the current moment there are widespread reports from people who feel threatened by imminent bodily harm. This perceived peril provokes a fear reaction. Well-functioning individuals exhibit a rational secondary response, which is to analyze the facts and ascertain the real danger. It is precisely at this point where we now see active intervention on the part of additional fear-mongering entities to accelerate and amplify the panic. 
 
An Australian mother's Instagram post.
The sign reads:
"Mummy,  what's an immune system?"
"Oh, that's just conspiracy; we don't use those anymore."


 
The first prong of the attack is the shut down the free flow of information. The powerful hand of Big Brother has turned off diverse faucet feeds of fact. If a basic human need when confronted by immediate fear is to process it with data, it is precisely here where access is being denied. How? By the corruption, skewing and hiding of factual information. A key evidence of ongoing fraud is the uniform, uni-party, in-unison programmed narrative. This sort of obvious gaslighting makes people suspicious. They don’t trust it. And for good reason. 
 
This panic pandering has been a concerted global effort across the entire spectrum of civil society, including academia, corporate, technology, media and government. It is due to sheer tenacity and a desire to survive that people continue to search out additional factual information. Is the latest crisis real or is it fake? Is it manufactured or is it real? We need to know. But people’s efforts to get at the truth are being stymied. Diversity of data is being systematically repressed, suppressed, cancelled, shut down, demonetized, deplatformed, banned, censored and de-algorithmed. Second opinion sources are excoriated, censured, lambasted, doxxed, fired, professionally de-credentialed, and some lives have been threatened. The intended message is punitive: “Don’t seek truth, don’t speak out, don’t delve into alternate facts, don’t question the establishment narrative…. Or else….” This is persecution, which in itself breeds more fear. 
 
 
Chicken Little, an international folktale
that makes "light of paranoia and mass hysteria."
(Source and Source)


Fake Blame 
Panic-ridden people can be volatile and quite vulnerable to manipulation. They will do whatever it takes to relieve themselves of simmering anxiety. Abuse victims have reported to me that they hoped to avoid fearsome repercussions by intricately following the rules, obeying the steps, and being willing to live under extremely confining conditions. The saddest examples were those who reported they tried their hardest to avoid pain and punishment by remaining hyper-vigilant day and night. They were willing to “do whatever it takes” to try to pacify their abusers – even if it was illegal, immoral or unethical. 
 
In contrast, those who survived abuse taught me important lessons about how they critically assessed a threat. They said they learned how to throw a monkey wrench into the spinning vortex of fear to put a stop to it. They stopped to question. Question everything. Question everybody. What is true and what is false? What is real and what is fake? This objectivity was the life skill that helped them to flee abusers, get out of the occult, leave cults, and run away from heavy shepherding. Some of these people testified that God equipped them with a spiritual gift to discern when someone was trying to deceive them. This skill, or gift, helped some to literally survive. 
 
So two years ago when these same people reported a return of that old feeling of oppression it raised some interesting questions. What was happening that put them on full alert? Was someone or something trying to deceive them? The answer that unfolded was shocking. We were staring in the face of systemic abuse; i.e., a full-throttled top-down effort. 
 
Page 206, False Alarm
 
In 2022 we now recognize that systemic fear is being propagated with standardized lies. To avoid the deliberate disinformation discerning Christians have long since turned off television, particularly the news networks, which notoriously pump out crisis after crisis, fear upon fear, and hype added to hype. These pundits are false prophets who engage in obvious fabrications and flagrant deceptions. They have constructed extravagant narratives – so complex that they occasionally get caught in their own spinning webs of deceit.
 
When major segments of the global population refuse to succumb to their forged fakeries, the panic propagandists have cooked up a deathly stew of retribution. By employing nasty caricatures and noxious stereotypes they are now ascribing false blame to entire classes of people. At very high levels there are radical calls to de-legitimize and dehumanize entire people groups, penalizing them by denying them access to basic life sustenance; even eradicate the people who are being blamed for the problem. Fake blame. Many have noticed the parallels to earlier historical persecutions. This aggressive stigmatization is intentionally designed to stoke even more fear. 
 
In a vacuum of free intellectual discourse false rumors run amok and conspiracy theories will flourish. Fake facts will gain traction and persecutions will ensue. People whipped up into a frenzy of fear will revert to full-scale panic mode. In this condition people lose their objectivity and reason. Each new piece of “confirmation” data, whether real or fake, actual or contrived, gets tossed into the swirling vortex of fear. 
 
How do people find their way out of this vicious cycle? They acquire objectivity. They regain their right mind. They find courage. 
 
(Source)
 
REAL FAITH vs. FAKE FEAR 
Scripture has much to say about fear. But does it also talk about FAKE FEAR? Yes! The Lord repeatedly warns “fear not” over and over and over again. Yet in our era of mystical-existential Christianity, a great number of believers do not take these verses literally. They say they believe we aren’t supposed to fear, but do they really obey this command? There is a prevalence of anxiety-laden people in the church today. 
 
If courage does indeed run in the same pathway as fear in the brain, then it is apparent that God’s Word serves as a key fact to address the fear at hand. Innumerable stories in the Bible recount how the Lord intervened in a fearful situation with a strong promise of delivery. For example, Deuteronomy 31: 6: “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” This is repeated in verse 8 of the same chapter. 
 
The Boy Who Cried Wolf (Source)

 
Jesus warns that in the endtimes there will be terrible crises on earth including fearful sights.” One can imagine what hype the Global Media Fear Machine will be pumping out when “great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.” (Luke 21:11). Therefore, if we do not learn to turn to the Lord now, in the midst of early signs of these coming events, then we will be on even more precarious footing in the days to come. This may be why the fearful, and unbelieving” are listed along with murderers and whoremongers, sorcerers and idolators, who “shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone” in the judgment described in Revelation 21:8. 
 
Jesus equated fearfulness with lack of faith: “And He said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?” (Mark 4:40) This statement was made at a time when the disciples were in imminent peril, a great storm on the sea. Rationally assessing the situation with their mind they feared that they would perish. Yet here we see the Lord interject faith – not a nebulous faith, but a very tangible rebuke of the wind and calming of the sea. This is not superficial faith. This is not FAKE faith. This is REAL faith
 
This is why Hebrew 11:1 states that FAITH is the actual substance of things hoped for, the very EVIDENCE of things not seen. It is one thing to imagine something, but quite another to KNOW that it is REAL. This is a ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer. It surpasses human reason: 
 
“Faith is here a Divine fruit of the Spirit, given and wrought by it in His elect, and is justifying the purchasing the soul to glory. (John 12:38; Rom. 5:1; 2Cor. 12:9; Eph. 1:19,20; 2:8).
Is the substance of things hoped for
: ὑπόστασις, in 2 Cor. 9:4, notes confidence of boasting; Heb. 1:3, personal subsistence; and 3:14, confidence of faith. Here it is a real, present, confident assent of the soul of a believer to the promise of God (which is the basis or foundation of it) by which the spiritual good things to come, and which fall not under sense, yet with a most vehement and intense desire urged for, are made to have a mental, intellectual existence and subsistence in the soul which excerciseth it, Rom. 8:18, 26; John 3:36.
The evidence of things not seen
: ἔλεγχος is a demonstrative discovery of that which falleth not under sense, such as is scientifical, and puts matters out of question to a man; and therefore is styled by logicians a demonstration: here it notes faith to be that spiritual space which by God’s revelation demonstrates or makes evident all things not seen by sense, or natural reason, without it, as matters of spiritual truth, good and evil in their several kinds, both past, present, and to come, John 17:6, 8; Eph. 1:17,18.”
[9]
 
Scripture warns repeatedly against the fear of man. Proverbs 29:25 warns “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.” The most poignant example can be seen in the life of Saul, who after after flagrantly disobeying the Lord, admitted to Samuel “I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.” (1 Samuel 15:24). David professes, “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” This is repeated in Hebrews 13:6: “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Here we find faith is a bulwark against our fears, particularly our fears of man’s persecution: 
 
“And therefore faith expelleth fearfulness of, and introduceth fearlessness of, any created evils incident to a believer; and of which man may be an instrument inflicting, Psalm 46:2,3. Implying in it an unshaken settledness of mind, judgment, and thoughts on God’s help, a fixed frame of heart, without tumultuous passions or perturbations, with an unmovable resolution to keep close to God and His Word both in word and deed, amidst all oppositions and persecutions of men for it.”[10]
Quote on page 194, False Alarm

 
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;
but of power,
and of love,
and of a sound mind.”

(2 Tim. 1:7)
 
“The Spirit of Fear ”
This key verse reveals that there is such a thing as “the spirit of fear.” This corrupt fear does not come from God. 
 
Fear in this place signifieth fearfulness, or cowardice, or poorness of spirit, in opposition to that holy fortitude which becomes ministers; this, he saith, is none of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and proceedeth not from God.” 
 
But of power: by power he means Christian courage and fortitude, not declining duty because of danger threatening us in the performance, but enabling us to encounter the greatest dangers and difficulties
 
And of love; love to God, and to the souls of His people; love so strong as to constrain us to be willing to lay down our lives for Christ, and for His church and people.
And of a sound mind; σωφρονισμός we translate it a sound mind; others, sobriety; others, a calm and quiet mind. A sound mind, in the ordinary notion of it, for a judgment sound in the faith, is requisite to a minister of the Gospel. Sobriety is the gift of the Spirit: sobriety is a very general term, and signifies the moderation and government of our passions; that which seems to be here meant is such a government, and composure of spirit, that nothing shall deter us from the discharge of our duty; and the term sound mind, opposed to a weak and sickly mind, staggering at every danger, may well enough express the apostle’s sense.” [11]
 
Thus in this verse above we have a firm foundation upon which our faith can stand, without wavering (Hebrews 10:23; James 1:6). It is by this that we can avoid becoming a victim of the abuses of fear. If we can rehearse this verse now, burying it deeply into our conscience and conviction via its daily conscious exercise, we may well avoid future worse corruptions by bondage to fear. By this stance we may be immune to the ubiquitous fear trumpted round the clock by powerful aristocracies. 
 
“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear;
but ye have received the Spirit of adoption,
whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”

(Romans 8:15) 
 
A memorable scene of courage
from the Lord of the Rings trilogy (Source)
 
Contagious Courage 
Is courage contagious just like fear is contagious? There are many Bible believers and church historians who believe this is the case. 
 
“They helped every one his neighbour;
and every one said to his brother,
Be of good courage.”

(Isaiah 41:6) 
 
It seems apparent that one of the reasons for koinonia fellowship in the church age is because by standing together we take courage. When Paul was a prisoner on his way to Rome, Luke describes this comforting scene: “And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage.” (Acts 28:15) 
 
The books of Deuteronomy and Joshua are filled with edifying verses about taking courage. Before the upcoming battle scenes, first the Lord repeatedly admonishes the Hebrews to take courage: 
 
Be strong and of a good courage:....
Only be thou strong and very courageous,....
Have not I commanded thee?
Be strong and of a good courage;
be not afraid,
neither be thou dismayed:
for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

(Joshua 1:6-9)
 
 “When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the LORD thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people, And shall say unto them, ‘Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them; For the LORD your God is He that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’”
(Deuteronomy 20:1-4) 
 
 
 
We published this in 2013 HERE.

 
Endnotes:
1. Dr. Mark Siegel, interviewed on FOXNews early in the pandemic. I did not write down the date, nor the show which hosted the interview with him. He would appear month after month as an expert, and he only went so far in questioning the narratives. He carved out niches where he could comfortably disagree. His book is False Alarm: The Truth About the Pandemic of Fear (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005). Quotes in this post taken from this book may have bold added.
3. A few years ago I was doing research on people who get caught in a cycle of anxiety. I discovered that brain researchers were documenting that the brain itself was firing in a circle during these times. Thus cognitive-behavioral psychologists began attempting to help people find a mechanism to get out of this endless cycle.
4. I am grateful to Pastor Jim Jenkins for forthrightly detailing his own experiences with Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome in his latest book From Rubble to Redemption: A Ground Zero Chaplain Remembers (Called Writers, 2021). 
5. Glenn Greenwald described what happened quite vividly here when discussing hyped events of the past year (2021): “Copying the Bush/Cheney model of keeping fear levels high by constantly issuing vague warnings of looming violence and doom, the Department of Homeland Security issued at least six separate "heightened threat” warnings…” In the same article he identifies the Media fear complex as “the axis of the The New York Times, NBC News, CNN, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and the undifferentiated and rapidly disappearing mass of Brooklyn-based digital outlets (HuffPostGizmodoBuzzFeedDailyBeastIntercept MotherJonesViceVultureVox, who churn out the same content with just a few more curse words and radical poses)…” “The Histrionics and Melodrama Around 1/6 Are Laughable, but They Serve Several Key Purposes,” January 6, 2022, https://greenwald.substack.com/p/the-histrionics-and-melodrama-around 
6. A prominent leader's pronouncement comes precariously close to claiming that there is a new sin: HERE and see also HERE
7. See our joint article “Altered States: A Different Gate,” April 28, 2011, Herescope, https://herescope.blogspot.com/2011/04/altered-states-different-gate.html 
9. Matthew Poole, A Commentary on the Holy Bible, Volume III: Matthew-Revelation (Hendrickson), p. 860. Anything in bold is emphasis added.
10. Poole, Ibid., p. 876. 
11. Poole, Ibid., p. 791. 
 

Sunday, December 19, 2021

FAKE ENFORCERS

Part 5 of Fake Prophets
 
Read Part 1: The White Lab Coats
Read Part 2: The Fishbowl
Read Part 3: Fake Normal
Read Part 4: Fake Choice

"In the twilight,
in the evening,
in the black and dark night:..."

(Proverbs 7:9)

Exhibit 1

By Sarah Huling Leslie

Personal Testimony
Late in his life my father, a WWII veteran, finally began talking about the War. It took his grandsons (my sons) to loosen the tight grip of silence that so characterized his generation. When my sons began watching old episodes of McHale's Navy and Hogan's Heroes, Dad watched and laughed along with them. But one day he requested they watch The Great Escape. I observed that he struggled with it and I wondered why.

Two months before he died of pancreatic cancer Dad came to visit. He sat at the table intently watching me work on a sewing project. Out of the blue a war story poured out. I stopped the machine and pretended to hand sew, riveted to every word. So far as I know this was the only time he ever told this memory. I am recording it here because it is a story that needs to be told. But first....


Exhibit 2: An Australian camp enforcer

A Post We Hoped We'd Never Need to Run Twice
On March 29, 2006, shortly after Dad told me his story, and a few weeks before he died, I was moved to put up a Herescope post titled "The Transitional Worldview." This post attempted to describe the spiritual and mental processes by which people became compromised, even corrupted. At that time our Discernment Research Group was researching a great falling away of pastors and leaders as they bought into (quite literally $$$) new systems, new methods, new buildings, new ideologies and new doctrines. We were being inundated with letters from sheep in churches where their shepherds were going astray. WHY and HOW could this happen? 
 
The answers to these questions were painfully, personally, and spiritually described by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn many decades ago in The Gulag Archipelago, a history of the Soviet concentration camp system. In his chapter "The Bluecaps" he wrote about the hated secret police. At the time we posted we discussed the possibility that the day might come when we felt it necessary to re-post this, but in its original context. Would things wax worse to the point where our own justice enforcers began acting like the dreaded Bluecaps? The brutal SS? The ruthless Stasi? That time has now come upon us quite suddenly. 
 
Exhibit 3: Solzhenitsyn searched
 
"The Bluecaps"
When Solzhenitsyn searched his heart he found it was deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9) when he pondered whether he could have become a Bluecap:

 
“If my life had turned out differently,
might I myself not have become
just such an executioner?”


To answer this “dreadful question” honestly, Solzhenitsyn reflected back on his life. He proposed that it was first “inner intuition” that “prompted our refusal to enter the NKVD [Soviet secret police, 1934-1946, ed.] schools
,” which “dangled before us special rations and double or triple pay.” He said that 
 
“inside your breast there is a sense of revulsion,
repudiation. I don’t want to.
It makes me feel sick. . . I want no part of it.”

But as he thought back on his stint as a military officer he realized that “my power soon convinced me that I was a superior human being.” He wrote: 
 
“Pride grows in the human heart like lard on a pig.” 
 
Leadership went to his head, even after the initial humiliating experiences of becoming a prisoner. After a brutal self-examination he reached the conclusion that “I had been thoroughly prepared to be an executioner.” Solzhenitsyn philosophized,

“If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

“During the life of any heart this line keeps changing place; sometimes it is squeezed one way by exuberant evil and sometimes it shifts to allow enough space for good to flourish. . . .

“Confronted by the pit into which we are about to toss those who have done us harm, we halt, stricken dumb: it is after all only because of the way things worked out that they were the executioners and we weren’t. . . .”
Exhibit 4: "Your papers, please"
 
Solzhenitsyn pondered the downhill slide into evil of several acquaintances. There were memorable situations in which evil people did acts of good. And there were unforgettable episodes where good people turned evil. After reciting one particularly black episode in the Russian camps, he raised the questions:
 
“Just how are we to understand that?
As the act of an 
evildoer?
What sort of behavior is it?
Do such people really exist?”


“We would prefer to say that such people cannot exist, that there aren’t any. It is permissible to portray evildoers in a story for children, so as to keep the picture simple. But when the great world literature of the past – Shakespeare, Schiller, Dickens – inflates and inflates images of evildoers of the blackest shades, it seems somewhat farcical and clumsy to our contemporary perception. The trouble lies in the way these classic evildoers are pictured. They recognize themselves as evildoers, and they know their souls are black. And they reason: ‘I cannot live unless I do evil. So I’ll set my father against my brother! I’ll drink the victim’s sufferings until I’m drunk with them!' Iago very precisely identifies his purposes and his motives as being black and born of hate.

“But no; that’s not the way it is! To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he’s doing is good, or else that it’s a well-considered act in conformity with natural law. Fortunately, it is in the nature of the human being to seek a justification for his actions.

“Macbeth’s self-justifications were feeble – and his conscience devoured him. Yes, even Iago was a little lamb too. The imagination and the spiritual strength of Shakespeare’s evildoers stopped short at a dozen corpses. Because they had no ideology.
Exhibit 5: The ideology at work
(See more details HERE)

 

Ideology – that is what gives evildoing its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. That is the social theory which helps to make his acts seem good instead of bad in his own and others’ eyes, so that he won’t hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and honors. That was how the agents of the Inquisition fortified their wills: by invoking Christianity; the conquerors of foreign lands, by extolling the grandeur of their Motherland; the colonizers, by civilization; the Nazis, by race; and the Jacobins (early and late), by equality, brotherhood, and the happiness of future generations.

“Thanks to ideology, the twentieth century was fated to experience evildoing on a scale calculated in the millions. This cannot be denied, nor passed over, nor suppressed. How, then, do we dare insist that evildoers do not exist? And who was it that destroyed these millions? Without evildoers there would have been no Archipelago.”
 
Exhibit 6

Solzhenitsyn then disclosed a horrible episode in which camp prisoners were fed to zoo animals. He asked, “Wasn’t it expedient?” and then concluded that this was “the precise line the Shakespearean evildoer could not cross. But the evildoer with ideology does cross it, and his eyes remain dry and clear.”

Borrowing from his background in physics, Solzhenitsyn explained scientific phenomena which can occur only at “threshold magnitudes, which do not exist at all until a certain “threshold encoded by and known to nature has been crossed.” Likewise, he observed,

“Evidently evildoing also has a threshold magnitude. Yes, a human being hesitates and bobs back and forth between good and evil all his life. He slips, falls back, clambers up, repents, things begin to darken again. But just so long as the threshold of evildoing is not crossed, the possibility of returning remains, and he himself is still within reach of our hope. But when, through the density of evil actions, the result either of their own extreme degree or of the absoluteness of his power, he suddenly crosses that threshold, he has left humanity behind, and without, perhaps, the possibility of return.
Exhibit 7: The enforcer pinned a number onto the victim's skin

Dad's War Story
When the War was over and the boys were finally sent home, they piled onto trains on the East Coast and traveled night and day across country to be delivered back home. That first night Dad sat in a coach with a young man who was suicidal. This returning soldier was inconsolable. He was weeping and angry and emotionally devastated. Dad stayed awake the entire night listening and doing his best to try to persuade the traumatized veteran to stay alive.
 
The soldier was curled up with his arms wrapped around his knees shaking uncontrollably while he told Dad his story. He was one of the first to enter when they opened a concentration camp. One of the first to see the grisly scenes, smell death's stench, witness the living carcasses of skeletal men. It was horrific.
 
Over and over again the soldier asked: How could man do this to himself? How could one man treat another man with such torture, starvation, deprivation, cruelty and abject hate? How could normal people become so evil? How could anyone justify this cruelty? Who DOES this? How could they have been so deceived?
 
Dad had moist eyes as he told me he never knew what happened to that young man. He lowered his head and quietly added, in almost a whisper, "He was a Jew." 
 
Exhibit 8

Exhibit 9



The War Plane Bird
Six years after Dad passed away, my youngest brother died. My mother assigned my boys and I the chore of cleaning out the workshop in Dad's barn. On the last day I bumped into a curious object totally covered in sticky spider webs, every crevice crammed with tiny dark eggs. It was a grisly piece of tangled metal hanging behind the door. Perplexed, I asked my boys, "What IS this?" They recognized it as Grandpa's War Plane Bird. He created it during those last few years of his life, probably about the time he told me his story. They said Grandma wouldn't allow it in the house so he hung it behind the barn door to his workshop where she couldn't find it. She had wanted to destroy it.
 
You see, for many years Dad had created beautiful delicate copper metal sculptures of hummingbirds and butterflies. They were finely wrought works of art. But this one was different: sharp, harsh, mechanical, ugly. A crude machine-like bird -- or is it a plane? How had a bird become a bomber?

 


AGAIN is NOW upon us
Solzhenitsyn lived in and wrote about his horrific experiences in a concentration camp in the 20th Century. He, like so many other survivors, hoped that by living to tell about it he could warn others NEVER AGAIN. But here we are now into the third decade of the 21st Century and there are generations that "knew not Joseph" (Ex. 1:8; Acts 7:18). They do not know World War II history. They were never told the truth about deadly totalitarian regimes.

Now we see a Regime on the rise again, rapidly becoming totally unfettered and unhinged. All of the Big Powers cozy together in a global crises management conglomerate of Tech, Pharma, State, Media, Agri... and their cooperative partner Big Church (who is paid well for her services). These Elite Masters are working furiously to suppress truth and control narratives. And the little people are now experiencing for the first time their heavy hand of enforcement. 

Exhibit 10: An earlier example of Big Church enforcement

In 2012 we wrote this satire. Read the entire post HERE

 
Enforcing the New Edicts
This post isn't about a medical issue. We are examining the current crisis that has become an excuse to launch a scary new era of humanitarian injustice. Each new mandate, edict and pronouncement lays an ominous path backwards into terrifying historical precedents. If it wasn't a virus it would be some other crisis, engineered and strategically positioned to stanch freedom and enact tyranny.
 
How easy it is to become an enforcer! It could be me, it could be you! As Solzhenitzyn warned, the enforcers must come to believe that they are doing good. To enthusiastically work for these institutions and agree to enforce their initiatives people must be invested in the narratives. How easy it is to fit in, to acclimate, to quell inner anxiety, to stifle troubling thoughts. How quickly the alternate story line starts to make sense, with a beguiling story of a new "good" and and a "new evil". How quickly it seems necessary for this "new evil" to be personified, identified, dispelled, squelched, masked, ostracized, shut down, shut out, arrested, fined, handcuffed... and removed...
 
Removed. Think about it. Removed. How easy it seems to just remove the evil and believe everything will be fine. Don't ask where. Don't ask why. How easy it is to shut down inquiry and never ask hard questions. To never pry, to never ask, to never search out, to never want to know, listen, hear, or speak of the real truth or uncover the real evil....
Exhibit 11

Exhibit 12

 
"From Rubble to Redemption"
As I was writing this section, I was blessed to read Pastor Jim Jenkins' latest book From Rubble to Redemption: A Ground Zero Chaplain Remembers that recounts his experiences as a Chaplain First Responder at Ground Zero right after 9/11. His book portrays the devastation and grief in the immediate aftermath of the collapse of the two towers in New York City. Jim wrote that he daily walked through the rubble, coating his boots with a toxic dust that included human remains. Despite his difficult duties, his book is filled with hope and miracles. In fact, reading his book changed how I was going to write this post. The gentle spirit that comes through reminded me of all the good enforcers -- the genuine enforcers -- who were the real heroes on that devastating day and its aftermath. He wrote:

Before I left the Morgue for the last time, I went back to that plywood wall. I decided to add my own note to the symphony of quotes, sayings, encouragements, and laments. It comes from the prophet Jeremiah who endured the siege of Jerusalem. He had seen his relatives from the priestly class murdered. He watched while the temple was destroyed. Perhaps worst of all, he had witnessed a severe famine, and the cannibalism that resulted from it.
 
Remembering mine affliction and my misery,
the wormwood and the gall.
My soul hath them still in remembrance,
and is humbled in me.
This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed,
because His compassions fail not.

~Lamentations 3:19-22 KJV

As I write this, our country is reeling from a pandemic, violence, fraud, and propaganda. Divisions run deep. Cities are engulfed in flames. Vitriolic accusations are hurled from citizen to fellow citizen, neighbor to neighbor. Anger, hatred, rage, and violence seem to reign in many people's hearts. In a time of siege--like the one we find ourselves in now--we would do well to allow the Holy Spirit to get between us and everything we are watching. We need to listen as He gently encourages us.

"Look for the helpers."

 
Not Twisted by Hate
Dad's War Plane Bird depicts an evil twisting of two things that should have been beautiful -- a sleek shiny airplane and a softly feathered bird. Man gone awry, mankind at war, hearts twisted by hate. 
 
But all of Dad's other sculptures? Scrap metal transformed into beauty, hard parts twisted into gentle sweetness. Isn't that what the grace of Jesus Christ can do to our hardened hearts if we will only stop, listen, and hear His Word? See the beauty where Dad transformed copper and bronze sheeting, metal nails and screws, and chicken wire:
 
 


"But I say unto you, Love your enemies,
bless them that curse you,
do good to them that hate you,
and pray for them which despitefullly use you,
and persecute you."

(Matthew 5:44)


Endnotes:
1. Quotations are from Alexandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation I-II, translated from the Russian by Thomas P. Whitney (Harper & Row, 1973), pp. 160-175.
2. Jim Jenkins, From Rubble to Redemption: A Ground Zero Chaplain Remembers (Called Writers, 2021), pp. 84-85. I highly recommend this book as a last-minute gift this season. It is very edifying and I was greatly encouraged by reading it. I am especially grateful to Pastor Jim for his counsel, encouragement and prayers to write this post. Bold added.
 
Exhibits:
Exhibit 1. Holocaust Encyclopedia, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/introduction-to-the-holocaust. Note the enforcers. Boycotts: https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/boycott-of-jewish-businesses
Exhibit 2. Jim Hoft, "Shocking Hidden Camera Footage from Inside Forced Internment Camps in Austraiia (VIDEO), Gateway Pundit, 12/4/21: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/12/shocking-hidden-camera-footage-inside-forced-internment-camps-australia-video/. Be sure to watch the embedded video. These enforcers need our prayers as one can readily see them struggle with the narrative when challenged. The woman who experienced this and took the video was interviewed by a number of credible journalists who verified this event.
Exhibit 3. Alexandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation V-VII, translated from the Russian by Harry Willette (Harper & Row, 1978), pp. 160-175, in the photo section of the book under the title "3. Body search." This the author himself, wearing his assigned camp number #232. He wrote, "I smuggled patches with this number on them out of Ekibastuz." 
Exhibit 4. Brendan O'Neill, "The death of Europe: Mandatory vaccination spells the violent end of European liberalism," https://www.spiked-online.com/2021/12/06/the-death-of-europe/
Exhibit 5. Kay Smythe, "New York Legislature Provides for Indefinite Detention of Unvaccinated at Governor's Whim," The National Pulse, Dec. 18, 2021, https://thenationalpulse.com/news/new-york-legislation-provides-for-indefinite-detention-of-unvaccinated-at-governors-whim/. Note that one of the people fighting this piece of legislation is the Jewish intellectual, Dr. Naomi Wolf, whose interviews and statements about this issue can be found on Rumble. See especially the videos and quotes in this article by Joe Hoft, "'It's Lies Built on Top of Lies... All These These Tyrannical Measures are Nonsensical..., Gateway Pundit, 12/11/21, https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/12/tyranical-measures-nonsensical-not-pandemic-emergency-anymore-dr-naomi-wolf-steve-bannons-war-room/   
Exhibit 6. Matt Vespa, "Australia Has Begun Building C*VID Concentration Camps," TOWNHALL, 8/26/21, https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2021/08/26/australia-has-begun-building-covid-concentration-camps-n2594763. The graphic is a screen shot of a Twitter post embedded in the article.  
Exhibit 7. The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression (Harvard, 1999), photographs section depicting the Tuol Sleng prison in Cambodia. The caption reads: "The photographer said: 'As a rule, I took the photographs as soon as the prisoners arrived, after a number had been pinned on them with a safety pin. If they arrived barechested, the number was pinned to their skin.'" A previous picture states that every man, woman and child "was photographed before being cruelly executed." This photo is credited to Photo Archive Group/Tuol Sleng, Musee du genocide. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuol_Sleng_Genocide_Museum, and note the photograph "Mugshots of prisoners on display": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuol_Sleng_Genocide_Museum#/media/File:Tuolsleng2c.jpg which type of display, as if these victims were trophies, can also be seen in the background in the photo directly above this young boy in The Black Book of Communism
Exhibit 8: Jack Philllips, "Germany Announces National Lockdown for Unvaccinated, The Epoch Times, 12/3/21,HERE.
Exhibit 9. Brendan O'Neill, Ibid.
Exhibit 11: Quote by Kelleigh Nelson, "'Your Papers Please' Is Only the Beginning, News With Views, 8/24/21, https://newswithviews.com/your-papers-please-is-only-the-beginning/
Exhibit  12: Dinesh D'Souza, "A Foretaste of Fascism," The Epoch Times, 7/27/21, HERE. Please make every attempt to read this insightful brief article in its entirety. He may have this article posted also on one of his social media sites. 
 
 
 
"Stand therefore,
having your loins about with truth,
and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

...And [pray] for me,
that utterance may be given unto me,
that I may open my mouth boldly,
to make known the mystery of the Gospel."

(Ephesians 6:14, 18)


Editor's Note: My father's brother, my uncle Don, published a book of Dad's stories after he died, Lunch at the Igloo and Other Stories: A Tribute to the Great Depression by Paul Huling and Don Huling (Hither Page Press, Princeton, IL). You can read an excerpt here: https://herescope.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-depression-christmas.html. Later my Uncle Don published some of their lighthearted war stories: A Trip on the Drunken Duchess: Stories of World War II and Beyond (Hither Page Press, 2009).