Tuesday, August 17, 2021

The Fishbowl

Part 2 of Fake Prophets 
Read Part 1: The White Lab Coats


Exhibit 1



“Thou shalt not raise a false report:…
Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil,…”

(Exodus 23:1a, 2a) 
 
By Sarah H. Leslie
 
The Fake Religion
Fifty years ago I encountered a new false religion. I’d already been involved in a hybrid false religion, which was the unique form of eastern mysticism popularized by the Beatles and other pop culture idols during the height of the hippie movement. Before that I had taken serious dives into existentialism and occultism. 
 
This new fake religion promised wholeness and self-actualization. It claimed it was on the verge of discovering how to remedy the human condition, elevate it to higher levels, and unify mankind. There were paths of perfection to pursue—some mystical, some behavioral, some technological—but oddly they were devoid of God. Man could heal himself. A religion “without Christ… having no hope, and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12). A religion that denies “the living God, the pillar and ground of the Truth” (1 Timothy 3:15). 
 
In the ensuing decades this fake religion would become integrated with medicine, marketing, media, business and education. It would blend with the New Age Movement. It would then flood the church, substantially altering doctrine. It would be highly developed by intelligence operations. And it would become an essential component in the rise of computer technology. The human brain needed to become inextricably interconnected with this emerging religion to order to ensure people obey its statutes. Thus was born a virulent form of proselytism; propaganda on steroids. A fake religion to supplant the Gospel. 
 
For me, it all began in the Fishbowl
 


Exhibit 2

 
FISHBOWL #1 
It was midwinter 1972, a cold dreary day in the Midwest. The department of education building on campus was an antique brownstone covered in vines. Scuffed-up oaken steps noisily announced our entrance. When we arrived in the classroom, the one-armed wooden desks had been arranged in a circle. A small group of students were already sitting under the tall dingy windows rationing sparse sunlight. 
 
The professor was well-liked by the students for his enthusiastic teaching style. This particular day at the front of the room stood several well-dressed men and a woman. They were introduced to us as professors from a southern state university. One name was so odd that we tried hard not to laugh.[1] Today, our professor announced, we would be put into a “fishbowl.” We would be going through a set of scripted exercises. These outside professors would be our observers looking in, examining our behavior. 
 
The exercise began with an older student strategically sitting in the chair closest to the window. He asserted very confidently, “Black is white.” The student to his left, a stylish brunette, calmly agreed, “Black is white.” She turned and looked expectantly to the person on her left. That student, a sleepy-eyed young man, nodded and blandly stated, “Black is white.” To his left two more students asserted the same. 
 
The sixth student seemed confused for a brief moment, then glanced around the circle. With wide eyes he gazed at the professor expectantly, shrugged his shoulders, and then blew it off. “Black is white,” he nodded. The student next to him, a sorority girl with blonde good looks, flippantly agreed. After that each student stated that black was white. 
 
I was 18 years old and a fledgling Christian believer. I didn’t want to lie. I frantically wracked my brain with how to respond. Finally, I settled on a solution. With as much skepticism as I could muster in my trembling voice, I queried, “Black is WHITE?” This wasn’t a statement; I asked a question. After me everyone else resumed rehashing the narrative. 
 
What had just happened? I had just experienced the first of many experiments on group psychology. The object of the lesson, we were told, was to demonstrate how easily people conform to peer pressure. As we discussed it with our professor, his associates still observing us in the fishbowl circle, it was divulged that the first five students had been privy beforehand to the ruse. The rest of the students, afraid to go against the group, rehearsed the same false statement. 
 
Our educational psychology professor then proudly stated that the experiment had been a great success. His onlooking colleagues agreed. Everyone else seemed satisfied by the explanation. Except for me. I was discomfited. I knew that I had not violated my conscience, but I was deeply disturbed by my lack of courage to boldly stand up and state emphatically, “No, black is NOT white.” Plus, I didn’t know whether to be relieved or upset that my questioning response was ignored by the professor and his observers. They had just pronounced that we had all unanimously conformed. I hadn’t. Not exactly. 
 
 
Exhibit 3

 
FISHBOWL #2 
A few days later we trudged up snowy steps and back into the same dusty classroom. This time the professor had brought in his colleagues from the university. These professors were having a lively discussion with him at the front. He explained his peers were here to observe him as conducted our class. Once again, we were told we would be in the “fishbowl” as they all looked on. 
 
We each took a number and were divided into approximately five groups of five students. The professor handed out an assignment to us, one per group. “This is going to be a fun exercise,” he announced. We scraped our desks into small groups into the corners of the room and poured over the instructions. 
 
As the students in my group read our assignment our brows knit. Hmmmm. What was THIS all about? The instructions said that there were nine people in a small boat after a shipwreck. The boat was too tiny for everyone, so we needed to pick and choose which people would be cast overboard and which ones could stay in the boat so that it wouldn’t sink. We were provided with a detailed description of each person in the boat, their age, their occupation, and incidental details. I recall a nun, a teenager, a doctor, some type of a blue-collar worker, and an elderly man. 
 
A bit uneasy, we began to make tentative suggestions. But each time someone talked about their selection preference, another group member would express a cautious dismay. Some personalized it – what if it was one of their family members? Finally, one of male students, a well-known athlete on campus, blurted out, “Ah-ha! I figured it out!” He told us he thought we were once again being tricked and that this was actually a small group assignment in creativity and ingenuity. Hadn’t the professor promised us this would be fun? Relieved, we began to feverishly work up a plan to save everyone on that boat. People could take turns in the boat. While some rowed, others could hang off the side. A few of the more feeble could be put to use, too. One student knew about boats and their equipment so he described how we could engineer some creative netting and oaring implements. 
 
Satisfied with our amazing solution, we were all smiles. The professor, seeing our enthusiasm, called upon our group first. As we laid it out, his smile began to wane. He looked nervously back at his colleague witnesses. He gulped. “Uh, I don’t think you understood this exercise,” he said. “You were supposed to follow the instructions.” We thought we had followed the instructions, we protested. We looked around the classroom and tried to get the other students excited about our solution to the problem. “We saved everyone’s life!” we bragged. 
 
At that point, the professor stated blandly, “But not everyone was supposed to live.” 
 
“WHAT?!” We were incredulous. Surely this couldn’t be. 
 
Yes, the professor explained, the exercise was one in which we needed to determine who lived and who died. It was called “The Lifeboat Exercise.” And we had just majorly botched it. 
 
That brought the house down. The class erupted. A few Jewish students were protesting that this assignment reminded them of the “final solution,” and one even stomped out. Later I heard she filed a formal complaint. Others rehearsed out loud the thought processes by which they had decided to kill – or not kill – their people in the boat. The more they said, the worse it got. There was no way to sugar-coat it. There was a dark cloud over us as we were dismissed that day. 
 
 

Exhibit 4

 
WHAT HAD JUST HAPPENED? 
I had just experienced the first generation of experimental educational psychology in the classroom. We were guinea pigs, experimented upon while observers took notes. 
 
The fact that I vividly recall these two examples five decades later is a testament to the power of human conscience. Rather than my conscience becoming seared, i.e., desensitized, these two experiments awakened me. These two scenes would replay in my mind as one rugged life situation after another compelled me to choose truth over a lie, right over wrong, life over death, freedom over bondage. God’s Holy Spirit, a tiny flickering flame during that rocky period of my life, illuminated my sin-corrupted mind. I would fail, time and again, but then I would remember those two exercises. And with shame I would repent. And relentlessly I would research what had happened to me, and why, so I could avoid it happening again. 
 
As I grew in the Lord, I learned that the Bible specifically warns that this manipulation is an end-time tactic of the devil to attack the conscience: 
 
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly,
that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith,... 
having their conscience seared with a hot iron.”

(1 Timothy 4:1a,c) 
 
καυτηριάζω kautēriázō, kow-tay-ree-ad'-zo; from a derivative of G2545; to brand ("cauterize"), i.e. (by implication) to render unsensitive (figuratively):—sear with a hot iron.[2] 
 
In order to follow those Fishbowl instructions, we students needed to ignore our own eyes and ears. Logic, reason and rational thinking in our brains needed to be shut down. And in the second Fishbowl assignment we needed to ignore what the Bible calls “natural affection” (Romans 1:31; 2 Timothy 3:3). If we had been given this assignment in real life, we would have watched people screaming and flailing in the water as they drowned. The imaginary scenarios avoided that horror. But meanwhile we had been desensitized (cauterized, seared). 
 
Without the conscience there can be no conviction. And without conviction we cannot stand. This fake religion provides no foundation upon which to “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13). Instead it coaches us to cave, flip flop and follow the foolishness of man. (See “Conviction vs. Preference.”)
 
These Fishbowl exercises purposefully created cognitive dissonance. It is not an accident that one Fishbowl assignment went before the second. First, we lied in order to conform to peer pressure—conscience corrupted. Second, our leader assigned us to work cooperatively to obey an insane-on-its-face instruction—conscience seared. Was it any wonder that the Jewish students in my educational psychological class experiment got upset? They were the first generation born after the Holocaust and recognized this for what it was – blind obedience, conformity to brutal edicts, ignorance of facts, failure to question, belief in propaganda, and collectively killing. 
 
Exhibit 5: Watch HERE

 
SEARING THE CONSCIENCE 
The overloaded “lifeboat in crisis” represented a dramatic shift in education from academics to psychology. The religious tenets of situation ethics and moral relativism were inculcated as a new value system into the pliable minds of children. The exercise—in which students were compelled to choose which humans were expendable and, therefore, should be cast off into the water—became a mainstay in elementary and secondary classrooms across the country. Creative solutions? Not allowed. Instructions? Strictly adhered to. In truth, there is only one correct answer to the Lifeboat drama: death. 
 
In the late 1980s and 1990s this type of manipulative psychology was being built into newly-designed educational “assessment” tests administered to students in public school classrooms. These were not academic tests, but rather evaluated a student based on attitudes, feelings, beliefs, opinions and values. There was a “correct” answer, but it permitted no room for individual conscience or conviction. Here is a classic example from that period: 
 
Anita Hoge, a concerned mother, exposed these connections in the early nineties. When researching Pennsylvania's EQA (Educational Quality Assessments) and its relationship to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), she noticed an alarming emphasis on group conformity as a mark of good “citizenship”….
 
She noticed that in the following NAEP's test assignment, students were not given the option of saying “no” to vandalism -- only to the three incentives. The context seemed to assume that -- given the right incentives -- all students would participate in the suggested lawlessness: 
 
Guess what the “right” answers were? Hint: The state seeks responses that demonstrate “willingness to honor self-made commitments to individuals or groups.” This response falls into the “citizenship” category which measures “Personal responsibility and integrity.” Knowing that today's global values give new meaning to words like responsibility and integrity, one can begin to understand why the desired answers would be “Yes” to 1 and 2.
The key is control, explained Anita Hoge. To transform nations, trained leaders must manage group behavior [via] periodic assessments of the student's locus of control and rate of…. By using computers programmed according to each child’s needs, weaknesses, interests, felt needs, and resistance (or locus of control), they hope to mold citizens who can be managed through group pressure -- even as the students are assured that they “own” their choices and think independently.
As churches become increasingly dependent on similar technology and continual assessments, they gradually adapt to the government process of surveillance, control and psychosocial manipulation through facilitated groups and dialectic thinking.[3] 
Exhibit 6
 
 
LIVING IN THE FISHBOWL 
This testimony is a simplistic description for what has now evolved into very sophisticated psycho-techno methods of human manipulation. Many of us have warned precisely about these things, with much documentation, for many decades.[4] 
 
These key educational psychology exercises form a basic foundation for all subsequent tenets and practices of what has become a mass fake religion. Today, the major social platforms in cahoots with big media empires can produce astonishing results instantaneously simply by pumping out propaganda that “down is up” and “wrong is right.” Technology helps to alter the truth, tailor the message, collect the data, and surveil the results through its fishbowl lenses. Education has pre-programmed students in classrooms for over five decades now to be 1) dumbed down academically, 2) unable to think logically or rationally, 3) susceptible to technological and media methods of altering brain and body chemistry, and 4) addicted to peer culture. (Read: the deliberate dumbing down of america.)
 
Via this fake religion's pre-programmed AI (artificial intelligence) our opinions are shaped, our beliefs are altered, our values are corrupted, our attitudes are adjusted, and our behaviors are changed. The entire system is based on a downward spiral of endless operant conditioning – rewards for the compliant, penalties for those who don’t conform. Technology empires are now exercising their power to silence any who exhibit strength of conviction and purity of conscience. The rationales for this are indeed evocative of an earlier regime
 
Exhibit 7
 
THE FISHBOWL ARENA 
The Lifeboat Exercise would later be re-cast into reality TV shows like Survivor—a daily drama, a continual shifting of the rules, a selection process, and a survival of the fittest. The purpose for Hollywood-izing the Lifeboat Exercise was to make it seem palatable, even normal to the masses. This psychodrama was an effective way to desensitize people into thinking this survival game was normal. 
 
A few years later the fictional The Hunger Games books (Suzanne Collins) and movies depicted the Lifeboat Exercise in a way that was not sugar-coated. The domed arenas where the death game was played out was a giant fishbowl. Outside observers were calling the shots and manipulating the violent high-tech engineered variables inside the arena. All but one teen had to be killed, the selected participants were told, for the greater good of Society. The heroine found creative, desperate ways to “beat the system.” But the “system” was a death trap. It was rigged. 
 
The Fishbowl aspect of the staged arenas in The Hunger Games also portrayed a more disturbing realism. The teenagers in the arena performed for an audience, the wealthy decadent populace which was addicted to the scary drama and gory violence. The entire event was super-scripted and hyper-staged to induce the maximum dopamine and adrenaline in the onlookers. Fantastical theatrics. But the deaths were real.[5] 
 
Oh, where have we seen this before? It is no accident that the author of the series invented evocative names for the characters reminiscent of the Romans. Ancient gladiatorial contests and executions took place in an arena – an amphitheater. Onlookers got their jollies by watching the blood and gore. In this very environment the early Christians were tortured and brutally killed. 
 

Exhibit 8: The Hunger Games Arena in the Fishbowl

THE REAL FISHBOWL 
The writer of Hebrews wrote about another arena, a different sort of Fishbowl. He invoked the image of an earthly arena where we have heavenly witnesses 
 
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about
with so great a cloud of witnesses
,
let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus
the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider Him that endured
such contradiction of sinners against Himself,
lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Ye have not yet resisted unto blood,
striving against sin.

(Hebrews 12:1-2) 
 
Just before these words, we find the “faith chapter” in the Bible, Hebrews 11. This is a listing of those who have gone on before us, who lived out their faith according to their conscience and conviction. They believed God’s promises quite literally. They obeyed God and not man. They looked for a heavenly reward, not temporary comfort. This heavenly perspective is desperately needed now that we are undergoing continual Fishbowl surveillance by an emerging antithesis-to-Christ system that is increasingly threatening believers with ominous Lifeboat scenarios. 
 
Exhibit 9: Roman Colosseum
 
THE TRUTH: 
Examine yourself. Ask the hard question: Just how much of your life, your decisions are motivated not by Jesus Christ, but by fear of man. Consider your prayer life and your daily step-by-step walk of faith. How much of what you do, how much of how you act, how much of how you live is based not on Scripture or walking by the Spirit, but rather a fear of man.
 
Be encouraged to examine your hearts and stand fast. God has given you a conscience; make sure it is not seared. And do not falter or waver, but rather stand fast on Scriptural conviction. 
 
“If any of you lack wisdom,
ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally,
and upbraideth not;
and it shall be given him.”

(James 1:5)
 
 
The LORD is on my side;
I will not fear:
what can man do unto me?

(Psalm 118:6) 
 
“In God have I put my trust:
I will not be afraid
what man can do unto me.

(Psalm 56:11) 
 
 
Endnotes: 
1. While working on the manuscript of Charlotte Iserbyt’s book in the late 1990s I was stunned one day to come across this person's name in one of her entries; this person went on to become an education reform leader. At that moment I realized that I had been the subject of a psychological experiment. See: http://deliberatedumbingdown.com/ddd/deliberate-dumbing-down/ where this book can be freely downloaded: the deliberate dumbing down of america: A Chronological Paper Trail (1999, 2011) by Charlotte T. Iserbyt. This book chronicles the history of education reform, its system and its methods. These same methods of psycho-social-techno manipulation then came into the church and we have warned about them repeatedly on this blog since 2005. 
2. Blue Letter Bible entry for 1 Timothy 4:2, Strong's Concordance: https://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/1ti/4/2/s_1123002 and https://www.blueletterbible.org/lexicon/G2743/kjv/
3. These paragraphs and the accompanying chart are part of a key article in a series by Berit Kjos, “Who can Resist the Pull of the Crowd,” 2/24/10, http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/04/crowds.htm. See also B.K. Eakman's landmark book Educating for the New World Order (Halcyon, 1991) which details Anita Hoge's story and her early research. Anita Hoge would go on to be a prolific writer on the Internet and some of her articles are archived on New With Views: https://newswithviews.com/author/anita/ 
4. I have spent the past thirty years warning specifically about these things, with exhaustive documentation. Much of the collaborative research we did early one can be found at Berit Kjos’s website www.crossroad.to. See also Dean Gotcher’s site www.authorityresearch.com for a deeper dive.
5. The current Wikipedia entry for “Fictional world of The Hunger Games” explains the name for this Fishbowl society is Panem: The word panem is the accusative singular form of Latin word for 'bread' and was derived from the Latin saying panem et circenses, meaning 'bread and circuses'. The phrase is attributed to the Roman poet Juvenal and refers to the use of entertainment and plentiful food to make citizens give up their freedoms and political power…. Panem is a totalitarian society and a police state modeled somewhat on ancient Rome.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fictional_world_of_The_Hunger_Games#Games [links removed]. 

Exhibits:
1. Exhibit is an advertisement for a fishbowl at https://www.buy9586.top/ProductDetail.aspx?iid=181807325&pr=41.99
5. Franz Wohlfahrt a man of conscience and conviction, sentenced to 5 years of hard labor in Graz concentration camp by the Gestapo, for refusing to give an oath to Hitler or wear Nazi insignias. See the Holocaust Encyclopedia, "Enemies of the State" page, https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/enemies-of-the-state See also: https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/political-prisoners
6. Berit Kjos, Brave New Schools (1995). The original Iowa Research Group, which is now the Discernment Research Group, assisted Berit with much input into the manuscript of this book. It can now be accessed online at www.crossroad.to and http://www.crossroad.to/Books/BraveNewSchools/Contents.html
7. Exhibit is an advertisement for "Two Way Mirrors" by SpeedyOrders at Amazon.com, https://www.amazon.com/SPEEDYORDERS-Acrylic-Through-Plexiglass-Unbreakable/dp/B0864WW67Z. This is older technology that has been widely used in the corporate and psychological world for their Fishbowls. But Technology is now able to surveil us in about everything we do on earth.
8. This Exhibit comes from a trailer for The Hunger Games "THE HUNGER GAMES - TV Spot 'Team'," Feb. 21, 2012, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rNPdyA8zwI&list=LLx7Vo7MqOpX5n9fdWG8JG1w&index=2. This graphic depicts the high tech elites overseeing the activities in the arena, and manipulating all of the variables, like a giant Fishbowl. See also "A Map of the Hunger Games Arena? Oh My!," Hunger Games Lessons, 2/22/12, https://www.hungergameslessons.com/2012/02/map-of-hunger-games-arena-oh-my.html.
9. Exhibit is a screen shot from "Colosseum - the arena of death," World History One, October 18, 2017, YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgRVxJZ8vQU
 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Fake Prophets

Part 1: The White Lab Coats


“...FAKE prophets shall rise,
and shall shew signs and wonders,
to seduce,
if it were possible,
even the elect.

(Mark 13:22)

Exhibit A: Synonyms for fake

 
ψευδοπροφήτης pseudoprophḗtēs, from G5571 and G4396; a spurious prophet, i.e. pretended foreteller or religious impostor:—false prophet.[1]
By Sarah H. Leslie

Christians tend to think of FALSE prophets in terms of purveyors of heretical religious doctrine within the Church only. We also recognize false prophets in cults, the occult and the New Age Movement. But for the past half century we have also witnessed the rise of false prophets coming from seemingly secular paradigms in society such as Progressivism, Humanism, and Postmodernism. But these worldviews come with their own belief systems, codes of ethics, and behavioral norms. In other words, these ungodly systems promote a DIFFERENT spirituality based on FALSE theses which are not biblical Truth. In our lifetimes we have watched as advocates of these worldviews use their platforms of influence to proselytize their dogma.
 
The extent to which these false prophets have entered the Church is a concern we have often warned about. We are warning once again, but this time in a different context.
 
It was the late Dr. Francis Schaeffer who tipped us off about FAKE prophets over fifty years ago. He identified the rise of a FAKE science that would be enhanced by technology and spun by media. He warned that their FAKE facts could be deadly.
 
 

A typical white lab coat
 
 
  “But wait:
Can we really trust the government of a scientist
merely because he wears a white coat?
Can we actually believe that such people will not manipulate
just because they are scientists?”

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer[1]
 
 
Modern Man the Manipulator
FAKE science narratives are what Scripture calls “science falsely so called” (1 Timothy 6:20). Many science myths have now become part and parcel of our modern society. Concurrently there is much scientific fact that is being squelched. Thus many believers are having difficulty sorting out TRUTH from ERROR. This “sorting out process is known as DISCERNMENT.  
 
In 1970 Dr. Francis Schaeffer warned the church about the rise of Progressivism, Humanism and Postmodernism. Specifically he wrote about “modern man the manipulator in chapter 7 of his book The Church at the End of the 20th Century (Inter-Varsity, 1970). With great foresight he predicted:

It is obvious: The future is open to manipulation. Who will do the manipulating? Will it be the new elite on the side of an Establishment totalitarianism or the Left Wing elite? Whichever side wins--or whoever achieves political or cultural power in the future--will have at his disposal manipulations that no totalitarian ruler in the past has ever had. None of these are only future; they all exist today waiting to be used by the coming manipulators.(p. 91)
 
Dr. Schaeffer grimly anticipated a time when there would be an aggressive propagation of fake science that would establish an alternative worldview. It would set itself in opposition not only to Christianity, but also to freedom itself. He identified key “manipulators” of the truth who change the TRUTH of God into a LIE (Romans 1:25). He saw ominous signs of an arising scientific and technocratic elite who would aggressively alter law, history, religion, art, media, and technology in order to put themselves in power. 
 
That day has now come upon us. 





Exhibit C: A classic caricature of Charles Darwin

The Original FAKE Science
Schaeffer classified the original fake science as evolution, i.e., Darwinism. Darwinism was really the first big experiment -- not a true science experiment, but rather a grandiose psycho-social-spiritual experiment in altering man's perception of God's true reality. As a result much science has been flawed for the past several centuries. Darwinian science gave birth to a faulty geology (pun intended) about earth's true age, Noah's actual flood and current (and endtime) seismic events.[2] Evolutionary biology gave rise to tinkering with DNA.
 
The false evolution paradigm obliterated the story about the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). To offer man a pathway to self-fulfillment other than the Gospel of salvation, evolution forged other disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, and psychology. In this way evolution has permeated the entire mindset of Western civilization, supplanting biblical Truth about the nature of man and the creation of the universe. (Read our landmark article “Esoteric Evolution”.) To a staggering extent the compromised postmodern Church world has bought into the Darwinian mindset, eviscerating the Gospel of salvation.[3]
 
Schaeffer described how this evolutionary worldview could become a tool for manipulation of people:
 
Note well: This is a non-objective, sociological science. Conclusions are determined by the way a scientist wants the result to turn out sociologically. It is a science which will manipulate society by the manipulations of scientific 'fact.' I do not believe that man without absolutes... will continue to maintain a high sense of objectivity. On one side, I think science will increasingly become only technology. On the other side, it will become sociological science and be a tool of manipulation in the hands of the manipulators.(p. 92)
 
He presciently warned about a day when the science establishment elites would be tempted to seize power:

Beware, therefore, of the movement to give the scientific community the right to rule. They are not neutral in the old concept of scientific objectivity. Objectivity is a myth that will not hold simply because these men have no basis for it. Keep in mind that to these men morals are only a set of averages. Here, then, is a present form of manipulation which we can expect to get greater as one or the other elite takes more power--and especially if the Establishment elite takes over.(p. 92)[emphasis added]
 
Observing the terrifying potentials of the new science that was emerging fifty years ago, he warned specifically about both “chemical and electrical manipulation.” He cited Arthur Koestler's book The Ghost in the Machine which advocated drugging man to assist in our evolution. He reported on a December 1, 1969 Newsweek article predicting “drugs to blunt curiosity and initiative.” (p. 97) He also noticed  high profile scientists plotting ways to reduce the world's population.

 
A DEADLY Science Narrative
The first global science experiment to reduce the world's population was abortion. The public was fed the LIE by the Establishment Media and certain segments of the medical scientific community that an unborn baby is a merely a piece of tissue. Many believed this fake science narrative.
 
Personal Testimony: In 1984 I was a right to life leader.  A brave young college student volunteered to take a specimen of my pregnant urine into the local Planned Parenthood clinic so she could investigate them. She wanted to know what options they would give her when the urine sample tested positive for pregnancy. She was given a photocopied line drawing of a uterus with squiggly lines depicting the contents. No baby, no embryo, only black and white lines. The abortion industry wasn't going to tell her the truth about fetal development. They made more money by persuading her to undergo the surgical procedure.

A year later I organized a local television showing of Dr. Bernard Nathanson's film The Silent Scream which filmed an actual abortion via ultrasound. Dr. Nathanson was an atheist at the time. He told us he had personally been responsible for over 72,000 abortions. This new technology persuaded him that the very babies he had once killed could be saved. He believed in the potential of man's reason, and he decided to employ ultrasound technology to show the accurate fact that a baby was being dismembered by suction. Once enlightened by this incontrovertible evidence, Dr. Nathanson assumed that rational scientists, medical personnel, politicians, the courts and the public would be appalled at the obvious destruction of a human life and seek to save it.

What happened when emerging neonatal technology revealed indisputable facts about the baby in the womb? Was there a return to rational thinking and reason? Did this change the scientific narrative? Was there widespread repentance amongst evangelicals, who were already complicit in abortions? No! By this time Christians were engaging in the same sexual sins that lead up to abortions. The media continued to parrot the fake science that the tender developing baby was “just a piece of tissue.” Many willfully chose to believe this obvious fraud. But, as Schaeffer noted, “modern man is a mystic” and “irrational” (p. 18). The silent Church was already compromised!

Make no mistake about it, abortion is based on a pseudo-science of DEATH and not LIFE. It has only gotten worse. In 1970 Schaeffer was already forewarning about the manipulation of human genetics along with technological enhancements, and his worst fears are now confirmed daily in the news. For example, he raised the following questions:

(Schaeffer, p. 88. More quoted HERE)


Exhibit C: A Dehomag (IBM) poster, Germany, 1934.
Early computer databanking surveillance
identified Jews for extermination.
See: Edwin Black, IBM & the Holocaust


Techno-Media & FAKE Science
In the context of describing the manipulation of science, Schaeffer noticed potent new methods and tactics of lying and deceiving employed by mass media. He witnessed the rise of television and noticed how visual images could be edited to create alternate realities. He identified some of the early subliminal psychological tactics of sensory and mental/emotional manipulation being employed by marketers. 
 
He also pinpointed the lurking dangers of computer technology. He understood computers well enough to grasp the ultimate deadly ramifications if this technology would one day be wielded by a power elite:

the computer itself is dangerous. The computer has entered into a new age: It can watch you. The great eye can be upon you--recording every single thing you do from your birth to your death....(p. 98) [emphasis added]
The existence of the computer and the control it puts into the hands of those in power steps up the power of each of the forms of modern manipulation in the hands of the manipulators.(p. 99)

Could Schaeffer have foreseen the advent of social media, in which corporate tech marketers would profit from collecting and selling intimate human psycho-social data for the purpose of altering mankind's beliefs, values, ethics, morals, opinions and behaviors? Could he have predicted the rise of deepfakes, where truth is nearly impossible to distinguish from lie? 
 
Schaeffer based his concerns on facts he knew from history, particularly the dreadful human manipulation experiments of the past century. There was the Third Reich's notoriously fake science  that captivated academia and was pumped out unceasingly via a State-run press, and it resulted in the mass extermination of racial groups. There was also the Soviet Gulag, penal camps for the non-compliant. This history informed Schaeffer that an elite class was capable of wielding science and technology for its own purposes. A scientific technological power centered in corporations, political state, mainstream media, along with a supportive religious community, could manipulate facts to fit any narrative they wanted to dream up. So he ventured to suggest a time could come when
 
the Establishment elite or the New Left elite might really [take] over power.... No totalitarian government, including Hitler's and Stalin's, has ever had these forms of manipulation.(p. 97)

Exhibit D: Tunnel Vision



A DEADLY Tunnel Vision
Schaeffer noted that under controlled regimes science is purposefully skewed and manipulated in order to reach conclusions that bolster its own power base. The science “manipulators” that Dr. Schaeffer warned in 1970 then were already abandoning the rational Scientific Method based on knowledge and reason. He stated his belief that “I am convinced that science as we have known it with a commitment to objectivity cannot continue now that this philosophy is gone.” (p. 91) 
 
Why did Schaeffer focus so much attention on the loss of scientific objectivity? Objective science has traditionally recognized and acknowledged that it is not truth, but it seeks to establish facts. It will posit a thesis and then test that thesis with various hypotheses. If it changes its opinion it doesn't lie. It simply acknowledges that more information has come in. Wherever freedom of inquiry flourishes rational science will continually re-examine, re-test and re-evaluate facts that come in that either support or challenge the thesis. 
 
Consider Exhibit D above, which depicts Tunnel Vision. If we look at this graph in terms of science, the middle darkest orange area would represent scientific fact. The near-, mid-, and far-peripheral vision fields would be areas for further investigation, experimentation and analysis. As facts come in, the scientific fact in the middle would be enhanced with additional information, either pro or con, to bolster its case. A good scientist will often look far afield in order to locate additional data.

If scientific inquiry is stifled the peripheral research may be not funded and scholarly papers might not be published. In a healthy free society the scientist can seek to continue his line of inquiry, solicit additional funding, or pursue more research. In an open scholarly climate, the scientific and medical researchers will freely engage in peer review, analysis, discussion and debate. Further research and study will be pursued.


Exhibit E: Tunnel Vision


How does scientific Tunnel Vision affect the populace? Look at Exhibit E above. Consider what might happen to this person if the lighter green Central Field line of sight is all he sees? He is only cognizant of a limited field of facts. Quite literally if his Peripheral Vision is cut off he may injure himself. Obviously this is dangerous. What would happen if the peripheral fields of scientific research were cut off from his view? What if the only line of knowledge was a narrow segment of limited facts? What could happen to the person if key peripheral facts were deleted? The science would be faulty. It would lack key data points. This, too, could be dangerous.
 
Now consider what might happen if the Central Field of focus is shifted up or down. What if the facts became skewed towards one Peripheral side or another? In this way people could be deceived. They may think that they are seeing a Central Field of facts, but what they are really seeing is Peripheral Vision, which is a distortion. So if the public only sees a skewed field of focus, they are not seeing true facts. They might be seeing fake science. They might even be fooled into thinking this fake field is the truth. 
 
And this is precisely what Schaeffer was warning about. He said that the time would come when this sort of manipulation would be done deliberately, and it could be life-threatening. He was suspicious that science “manipulators” could utilize both technology and media to control man's line of vision. Facts could be distorted, deleted or denied. New pseudo-facts could replace them. So anything people assumed to be truth or fact, may not be. It might be faked to gird up an agenda.
 
Personal Testimony: I grew up in a home where my father yelled at the television every night. It was the height of the Vietnam War (the same era Schaeffer wrote his book, circa 1970). Dad didn't believe what the newscasters were telling him. He realized he was being spoonfed certain stories with evocative visual images. He was no dummy. He was a WWII veteran and understood that the stories that came out of war were embellished to spin a narrative that suited the politicians. It was Dad who first told me about media-induced tunnel vision. He chose not to be manipulated. So he argued out loud with the news pundits every night. Many times in my life I have thanked God that He gave me a father who boldly asked questions and wasn't gullible. Dad exercised discernment.
 

Evolutionary/Revolutionary Science 
The fact is that postmodern science itself has become an evolving narrative. As such it is open to continual adjustments and alterations which are not necessarily grounded in fact nor solid research. This is intentionally a “paradigm shift.” It is the spiritualization of science. It is the politicization of science.
 
Previously we wrote about this in a January 25, 2006 Herescope post titled “Shifting the Emergent Paradigm.” We were warning about the manipulation that was bringing mysticism into the church. In this description below one can see that the emerging science was based on both an evolutionary religious and revolutionary political worldview. Note well what is highlighted in bold: 

The philosophy of the paradigm shift is quite significant. The concept originated with Thomas Kuhn in his 1962 book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (University of Chicago Press). Kuhn, a scientist in academia, broke ground by applying Hegelian dialectics and existential thought to the field of science. He proposed that science itself is evolving and has no absolutes. Kuhn described science as a series of rocky shifts throughout history, created by a crisis when the old scientific model encounters new information that doesn't fit. When enough new information is accumulated, a "revolution" would occur and a new scientific paradigm would emerge; e.g. Newtonian science gave way to Einstein's theories.

Kuhn paralleled scientific revolution to political revolution, and noted that in "both political and scientific development the sense of malfunction that can lead to crisis is a prerequisite to revolution" (p. 91). In other words, it is necessary to create a crisis first before the paradigm can be shifted. Kuhn then makes the remarkable statement that the use of force may be necessary to shift to the new paradigm: "...the parties to a revolutionary conflict must finally resort to the techniques of mass persuasion often including force" (p. 92) .

Kuhn speaks about this paradigm shift in terms of a religious conversion. First, he remarks that a "mental transformation" is insufficient. "Rather we must look for indirect and behavioral evidence that the scientist with a new paradigm sees differently from the way he had seen before" (p. 114)... Kuhn advised that before a group can communicate fully, they must "experience the conversion that we have been calling a paradigm" (p. 149). This conversion is seen as a "transfer of allegiance" from one paradigm to another (p. 150).

This 1999 book warns about the methods of manipulation[4]


Beware of FAKE Prophets
The science “manipulators” that Dr. Schaeffer predicted are now openly functioning as fake prophets promulgating fake facts. We have arrived at a new era in a planned attempt to technologically alter man.[5] A vast new array of enhanced tools for deception are arising rapidly. As we have pointed out from historical examples above, fake science can be deadly.[6]

We are witnessing the rise of the reign of fake prophets and they are not friendly, nor open-minded, nor do they tolerate biblical Truth. This calls for radical discernment on the part of Christians who follow Jesus Christ. Why? Because it appears that the next phase of Schaeffer's predicted Establishment Elite's marketing program intends to rely heavily upon psycho-spiritual manipulation. It will use rewards for compliance and rely upon penalties such as fear, pressure, coercion, threats and intimidation, and worse. 
 
As we mentioned in the previous post, fear is a potent method of manipulation. Here is a way to test it out: if you hear someone, including yourself, spout off a rote narrative, word-by-word, line-by-line, memorized and rehearsed, that mimics what you hear in the mainstream media, then you have probably been affected by the current narratives. 
 
Many years ago I helped people get out of cults and the occult whose minds had succumbed to brainwashing. It begins with isolation, fear, intimidation, multiple sensory deprivations and there is continual indoctrination. (Notice how similar this description is to the past year and a half of life on earth.) One of the telling features of a cult member is that they are forbidden to think outside the box. In other words they have an induced Tunnel Vision that prohibits them from knowing anything outside of of the narrative. Hence their truncated view of reality is not only skewed, but their faith may be missing key Gospel truths.
 
This is why Scripture warns repeatedly to not be deceived, to be awake and alert, and to ask for wisdom (James 1:5). Many Christians do not rely upon God's Spirit to give them wisdom about life choices and decision; but rather they rely on worldly media or entities in authority. But Jesus specifically warned:

“Beware of fake prophets,
which come to you in sheep's clothing,
but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

(Matthew 7:15)

  
 
We have previously written a detailed report about manipulative tactics used within the church world by church leaders HERE. Here is a summary of the methods that have been used against people who do not embrace the fake:

How church leaders are trained to deal with the non-compliant[7]
 
 
Based on our extensive earlier research and reports on this blog about how evangelical leaders were trained as change agents,[8] we are issuing a strong warning to Bible believers everywhere: Beware of key church leaders who are being recruited to become cheerleaders for any new fake science narratives. They already have your church and your pastor in their global databank. Chances are they've already identified the resistors in their crosshairs. 

Recently a discerning friend sent out the following alert after reading the article cited above describing the methods of manipulation:

The change agents and their methods have brought us to the point where the brainwashing has reached a critical level, which is a necessary ingredient as we read the prophetical future in Scripture - 

2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 
And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness
in them that perish;
because they received not the love of the Truth,
that they might be saved.
And for this cause 
God shall send them strong delusion,
that they should believe a lie:

It is amazing to me how many evangelical churches and leaders fell prey to this method of manipulation, not realizing it had its origination in the kingdom of Satan, as he prepared for the greatest attempt of deception in world history – convincing people, including the Jews, that the anti-Christ is the real Christ.[9]

 
Discern the FAKE
Here is a stern warning about gradualism. The entire fake science paradigm is built upon the slippery sands of evolutionary thinking. It is founded upon the false dialectics of Truth plus Error equals New Truth. Examine what you have been told is scientific fact to see if it may have been deliberately manipulated. Has your field of vision been purposefully skewed? Have you made decisions or reached judgments based on truncated information? Has your line of vision to discern the truth/facts been sharply skewed? Have key facts been eviscerated? Are there vital data that have been deleted?
 
If we think that it is hard to discern the fake now, Jesus's warning in Mark 13:22 is even more serious. He stated that fake prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders so potent, so believable, so counterfeit that if it were possible it could deceive even the elect. We now live in a time of incredible technological and scientific capabilities to create fakes. There is a vast potential for sophisticated deceptions. 
 
Believers, you must stand on Scripture alone. The time is coming when the only source for Truth will be found in Scripture. If any narrative runs contrary to the full counsel of the Word of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, do not believe it. It is not biblical Truth. If any one adds to or deletes Scripture, it is not Truth (Rev. 22:18). If an esteemed leader comes to you with a new narrative that supplants or embellishes biblical Truth, do not fall prey to it. 2 John 10 warns clearly

“If there come any unto you,
and bring not this doctrine,
receive him not into your house,
neither bid him God speed.

 
One thing is now certain. It is very difficult to ascertain accurate factual information. Another thing is now certain. The voices of those who are attempting to provide truthful information are being shuttered. A third thing is now certain. The kings of technology are operating as a global state overseeing all of the nations and peoples of the world, and they control the flow of information.
 
Finally, if you know the WORD of the GOSPEL of salvation in Jesus Christ is the TRUTH you must speak it out now while it is yet possible to do so: 
 

“in Whom also after that ye believed,
ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise”

(Ephesians 1:13)

“Thus saith the LORD;
STAND in the court of the LORD'S house,
and SPEAK unto all the cities of Judah,
which come to worship in the LORD'S house,
ALL THE WORDS that I command thee
to SPEAK unto them;
diminish not a word.

(Jeremiah 26:2)


Endnotes:
2. To examine an alternate scientific hypothesis about earth's age, geology, seismology and and its earthquakes, we refer the reader to Dutchsinse (Michael Janitch), who is currently under a considerable amount of harassment, cen-sor-ship and attack from the geological establishment and others. At the moment of this publication he can still be accessed on Twitch and YouTube. His most recent as of the publishing of this blog post is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SK0ZANDAEGA 
3. Willis Harman, leading Theosophist at Stanford Research Institute, spoke to a prominent group of evangelical leaders in 1979. This was documented by the Discernment Research Group in a series of articles published on Herescope: “Willis Harman consults with evangelical leaders: circa 1979,” Sept. 20, 2005, http://herescope.blogspot.com/2005/09/willis-harman-consults-with.html; “Willis Harman proposed Gnostic "science" for the evangelical future,” Sept. 20, 2005, http://herescope.blogspot.com/2005/09/willis-harman-proposed-gnostic-science.html, “Why was a Theosophist teaching Christians about the future?” Sept. 21, 2005, http://herescope.blogspot.com/2005/09/why-was-theosophist-teaching.html; “Willis Harman speaks to evangelicals virtually unopposed,” Sept. 23, 2005, http://herescope.blogspot.com/2005/09/willis-harman-speaks-to-evangelicals.html; and “Leonard Sweet & Willis Harmon - Metanoia/Transformation,” Sept. 26, 2005, http://herescope.blogspot.com/2005/09/leonard-sweet-willis-harmon.html.
4. See: http://deliberatedumbingdown.com/ddd/deliberate-dumbing-down/ where this book can be freely downloaded and read. We were the publishers of this book. the deliberate dumbing down of america: A Chronological Paper Trail (1999, 2011) by Charlotte T. Iserbyt. This book chronicles the history of education reform, its system and its methods. These same methods of manipulation then came into the church and we have warned about them repeatedly on this blog since 2005. 
5. See Patrick Wood's website Technocracy News & Trends and subscribe to his daily newsletter. His website is an archive of articles connected with the topic of this blog post: https://www.technocracy.news
6. Fact-based health information that is reliable and based on credible scientific studies can be found at this website: https://articles.mercola.com/sites/Newsletter/NewsLetter-Archive.aspx and its accompanying links.
7. See the original article series written by Berit Kjos, "Re-Inventing the Church," starting here: http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/2002/change_agent-1.htm and especially read part 9: http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/news/9-purpose-resisters.htm. We expanded on this by documenting the extent to which Leadership Network had trained evangelical pastors to be change agents, and the sophisticated psychological/sociological manipulation methods they were employing to transform the church. See: https://herescope.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-visionpath-bus-route.html
8. The excessive evangelical fascination with leadership has given rise to cult-like status for its superstars and created lockstep blind followers. Read:
9. Email from Leon Good, 7/16/21. 
 
Editor's Note: Many of the topics on this blog since 2005 have had to do with methods of manipulation, fake science and false theology. We have warned mostly about the evangelical part of the church, which is now quite worldly, even apostate. Below are links to two series that may help you to discern the times: 
This series was never completed due to the sharp rise in politically-generated racism that polarized this issue: See also: "Jean & Juliet".

“For we cannot but SPEAK”: