Skip to content

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE METHODS OF MIND MANIPULATION

January 7, 2010

By Dr. Gary S. Day

Mind manipulation began with the angels being deceived by Satan.  The Bible says that his domain became the earth and his purpose is to turn away as many as he can from the truth of God.  In ways we do not know, God has put in some checks and balances within the human psyche so that even after over six thousands years of trickery humankind has not been totally swayed.

But what is alarming is the switching of allegiance from God to Satan’s doctrine by those who have attended Christian Churches.  Many are following the New Age philosophies, the Emerging Church and other ways that are not part of traditional Christian beliefs.  One reason for the deception is the development of mind control techniques that slowly turn one away from their central thought and faith position, and regardless what human reasoning factors are given for its usage, Satan is behind it because he is still “the father of lies.” 

Since Satan is not omnipresent, his progress toward a unified deception of humankind has been slow over the centuries.  But in the past century our knowledge has skyrocketed in mass-communications, technology and in medicine; and all of these have been used as avenues of mind manipulation.  Satan is taking advantage of our advancements to deceive the nations even more.    

Today we have sort of become concerned about “water-boarding”, which is a physically induced mind manipulation technique.  But since the beginning of the nineteenth century methods of politically motivated mind manipulation techniques has developed across the board, and has affected the Christian decision making process, without their even understanding what has happened.  For instance: a Christian’s highest priority for himself and his family is to walk righteous before God, yet, instead of choosing a school for their children to go to that holds to high moral standards, I dare say most Christian choose what the world considers as a school with higher academic standards, over one that has an excellent spiritual atmosphere.  But what the parents don’t take into consideration is that their child will start practicing the degenerate practices and moral lies that they have been taught, as soon as they fly the home coop, and it will be a very uphill battle to bring them back to correct thinking.  This of course is assuming that the Christian home was actually Christ centered in the first place, but that is another story.

Mind-related words are used hundreds of times in the Bible because the mind is the number one factor in our spiritual life.  One need only to refer to a few Biblical passages to note this truth, such as2 Cor 11:3 and Eph 4:17-19 NASB.  Once minds are influenced or controlled, people involve themselves in more and more impurity mixed with a greedy hunger for more.

Guarding our hearts is at the center of concern when it comes to stemming the tide of degeneration.  For if, at the center of our seeking the best job, housing, church fellowship and the like, our measurement is based on how good these things are rated by earthly standards rather than on their contribution to our having a healthy and spiritual mind, then we have succeeded in not guarding our hearts (1 Pet 3:15; Proverbs 4:23).  Obedience to God and our spiritual balance originates in our hearts and minds, that is why cults aim directly at the control of the human mind (2 Cor 4:4; 2 Thess 2:2).  Christians are “not to be shaken in mind, or troubled,” but are to have the Word of God enlighten their minds to produce a holy life (Psalm 119; Proverbs 23:7). 

From a Biblical perspective all of our infinite thoughts, words and deeds, ranging from the stupid to the sublime can be divided into at least five or six different categories.  The Reprobate Actions may be included into the All Other Possible Actions (which may or may not be perverse, but are carnally minded nevertheless), however, there is a time when God turns people over to a reprobate mind therefore I add another category where other wouldn’t.  

These categories are best understood if seen in a diagram form, with the central action concerning the believers’ words, thoughts and deeds being the foundation of the Christian Faith.  This central action is called Essential Actions, and all other actions are categorized according to how close they are to the Essential Actions, and thereby to the perfect will of God for human lives.  In the diagram below, the smaller the type is and the darker the color, the farther away from the essential actions of Christian behavior a person walks.  No non-Christian can live in the Essential Actions category because accepting Christ as Savior is the gateway into these living actions, and faith in Christ is the basis of these actions.  A person may still be considered within the boundaries of acceptable Christian behavior up unto the Tolerable Actions, but when walking the tolerable path it is like walking on a tight rope, sooner or latter you will fall off into Forbidden Actions if you walk too close to that edge.

Every believer is expected to freely exhibit the Essential Actions in their lifestyle portfolio; loving God with all your heart and mind, being honest, having a commitment to Christ and His teachings, etc., for these essentials will set them apart as being Christians.

The Desirable Actions are those actions that would strengthen a person’s walk in Christ and help to maintain a Christian world viewpoint.  And though not essential or compulsory, these actions help the individual develop Christian fruit (Gal 5:16, 22-25).  Attending an apologetics seminar is one example of this category of actions.

The Tolerable Actions are those actions that are not sinful in themselves.  But they can lead to sinful actions or attitudes if they are not controlled, such as an adolescent’s juvenile behavior.   Some Christians have difficulty allowing this category in adults, for although they may allow the Tolerable Actions category to exist in the Christian life, inevitably all the actions that they put in this category will be considered sin to them, and the person who commits these actions are judged as not living within the Christian framework.  This is error also.  Yet the Christian who consistently walks here must always be aware that “we are to work out our salvation in fear and trembling.”

The Biblical collection concerning the language used, deeds done and thoughts thought that are forbidden for believers to do, fall into the Forbidden Actions category. 

Barriers in the Mind

There are invisible and unfelt barriers in every mind that separate the possible actions from those which are to be avoided.  Repetitive teaching and warning form these barriers in the mind (Gen 18:19; Joshua 1:8; Proverbs 22:7) and help us make right choices by recognizing boundaries, which become clearer with long-term repetition.  And the strengthening of the Biblically instituted barriers will be needed as the return of the Lord Jesus gets nearer and nearer (Heb 10:25). 

Although barriers for the mind originally came from God, who asked Adam and Eve for voluntary abstention of the forbidden fruit, He meant them for good.  Many barriers are instilled for our good and protection.  But certain properties in the barriers of the mind empower dishonest people to penetrate and manipulate them, thus it is necessary to understand these properties.  The properties of the barriers are as follows:

1) Mind barriers are invisible or non-material in nature.

This makes it difficult to check the health of the barriers.  Erosion of the good and Godly barriers is difficult to assess, giving advantage to the one who would want to break them down.

 2) Mind barriers are perishable in nature.

The boundaries can be altered or even destroyed, and there are no automatic safeguards against the shifting of the boundaries.  For instance, prolonged impure thinking might lead the Christian’s boundaries concerning the proper time to have sexual relations to move out of line with God’s Word.

 3) Mind barriers are not formed automatically.

Because these barriers are not formed automatically, nor reinforced unaided, the Christian has to be alert in making sure his instilled Godly and social barriers are in tact. 

The fallen human nature rebels against boundaries, especially Godly boundaries taught in the Bible.

4) Mind barriers are volitional in nature.

Societal norms, family, peer and work pressure have not the ultimate authority to exert absolute power over the human will to obey their barriers.  Ultimately, that decision is in the hand of the individual to obey or not. 

“As a man thinks, so he becomes” is a well known adage that emphasizes the importance of the thought life on human behavior.  This is a Biblically sound observation.  Often Scripture reminds believers to watch their thought life (e.g., Psalm 1:1-2; 119:23, 99; Phil 4:8; Rom 12:3 and many others).  The mind is manipulated through the thoughts, and the thoughts are manipulated through the senses.  The spirit of the world uses many techniques to manipulate the senses in order to shift the thoughts of the Christian’s mind.

This is why the Christian is to keep his heart (Proverbs 4:23).

Mind penetration techniques are used by all who would destroy a Biblically based morality in this indirect war against the mind of the believer in Christianity and the Bible.  The rationalist and humanist, the theological radicals, religionist, cultist, new-agers and heretics of all kinds have successfully shifted the thinking of many in the traditional Christian community through the mantra of “tolerance,” without any awareness in the Christian of the change.  There are several strategies used to move the barriers of the mind, but all of the strategies of manipulation apply one or more of the following principles to accomplish their goal:

1.  Blinding                               2. Imprinting                             3.Desensitization

4. Expansion                           5. Fear Creation                        6.Value Shifting

 1. Blinding

The manipulation of the barriers by blinding comes in many forms.  Constant teaching and reiteration of Biblical principles through parents, Sunday school or Christian Education, Church services and the like keep clear the barriers in the mind.  We become blinded when we look at things with objectivity in an unbiased evaluation.  A person’s blindness can come externally and internally. 

David’s treatment of his son Absalom is a good example of a person who is blinded by his emotions.  Although his son engaged in many rebellious acts which the Law required David to respond to, he didn’t because of his “love” for him.  His blindness almost caused him his throne.  Read about David’s blindness in 2 Samuel 18-19.

People are often blinded by one sided reports and outright lies.  Potipher’s wife lies to her husband and Joseph innocently goes to jail.  A false prophet declares himself to be a prophet having a word from God in 1 Kings 13:18, fooling the true prophet because the true prophet didn’t verify the claims with the Lord.  False teachers often use one-sided reports to deceive their prey.  For instance, Occult based systems of healing often talk about seeing a person’s aura with the help of Kirilian photography, but the fact is that this is a lie.  No one has seen a human aura this way.  But because this falsehood is repeated many times over, some become blinded to the truth.

The overpowering of information or wiping of information is another way of blinding a person from a right stance.  The repeated telling that an embryo is not a human being has led to the acceptance of abortion as being nothing more than the removal of tonsils.

2. Imprinting

Imprinting can be used for the good and for evil.  The imprinting of moral boundaries in our minds through the teaching of God’s Word is an example of the good.  Imprinting on the mind comes in various methods; repetition of statements or ideas; shock; fantasy-creation and the like.

Emotionally induced imprinting is a powerful force.  This is why our emotions must be kept under the control of our reason and mind.  If not done so, even a mature Christian can be led away into lusts and sexual impurity, anger and wrath, malice and all kinds of spiritually moral evil, whether by emotional self delusion or outside emotional manipulation.  Fantasizing is the most powerful of emotions.

To give an example how powerful is the emotional force of fantasy, we think at about two-hundred and fifty words per minute, and fantasize at eighteen hundred words per minute.  Fantasy eventually motivates a person to act, like Ammon and Tamar in 2 Samuel 13.  Ammon fantasized about Tamar to the point of rape, though if he but waited he could have had her legitimately as his wife, but he would not wait.  Sex is not the only thing people fantasize about, money, power, honor and position and a host of other things are also items of fantasy. 

Emotional manipulation bypasses reason and is another method of imprinting an idea on the human mind.  When the emotions are manipulated by clever people the reason is suppressed or bypassed altogether.

3. Desensitization is another tool of mental manipulation.

Sensitivity to things right and wrong provide moral boundaries for the Christian that can be subtly changed through a process of desensitization.  This sensitivity is important to the Christian’s moral compass, for it is possible to reduce one’s sensitivity by continuous exposure in small doses of sin and evil (1 Cor 15:33).

The process of becoming desensitized goes something like this:

The first exposure to evil/sin → Moral recoil and revulsion = Shock!

Repeated exposure in small doses → Removal of moral shock → Desensitization towards

the sin.  This leads to the overlooking of the evil → the tolerance of the evil → condoning the evil → liking the evil → desiring to do the evil → justifying the goodness of the evil → indulging in the evil → and finally the justifying of the evil for others.

The actions of Lot’s daughters reflect the process of desensitization towards the things of God, by the continuous exposure to the moral degeneracy of Sodom and Gomorrah, since their early childhood.  A principle called Mike’s Law expresses the results of the desensitizing process: Continuous indulgence in forbidden activities increases one’s desire and boldness while it diminishes the thrill.  This in turn motivates the person to greater thrill and to increased carelessness.

4. Expansion

Human desires have no limit in the fall to degradation if left to themselves, without any boundaries set upon them; follow this process in Romans chapter one.  The following of the moral boundaries taught in the Scriptures, like the Ten Commandments and other moral commands, restrain the actions of a Christian brought up in the faith over a period of years.  For the most part they will follow them, but they still are subject to a fall.  Marketing projects advertises the need for goods and services that are unnecessary or beyond our means, and pull on the boundaries of our fiscal responsibility.  Similarly, the kindling of the desire for things that expand our moral boundaries are induced by clever people.  As a result, in time we become mentally ready to indulge in the things that we actually should avoid.   Again fantasies are the tools used to expand these boundaries.  This is why Christians are advised to avoid fantasy provoking novels, videos, stories, TV programs, and conversations. 

Desire-creation and lust-creation are other methods used to induce the Christian to reverse the order of desire found in Mt 6:33, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  These methods encourage the advantages of thing gathering over God seeking. 

5. Fear Creation

Living a righteous life, in the decisions and actions of life, takes much mental effort along with an attitude of combat and self defense against evil.  Yet this bulwark of Christian piety can be crippled by the creation of fear.  For once fear enters the heart, people fail to take timely and correct actions.  Since in most social situations it is impossible to flee, the course most often taken when intimidation affronts them is conformity to the intimidators’ expectations.  This is commonly known as peer pressure.

Peter succumbed to the Jewish believers at Jerusalem (Galatians 2:11-14).

Fear causes people to cross boundaries.  Social pressure causes intimidating guidelines for clothing styles, manner of speech and all sorts of other things, including spiritual activity choices.  Technology and mass-media are major perpetrators of social pressure.  And these mediums are held by a few (and usually radical thinkers), who hold sway over millions.  Knowledgeable and insightful Christians can escape the consequences of fear creation through peer and social pressure.

6. Value Shifting

A shift of your mental and moral barriers changes the values you hold, and a shift in the values changes the boundaries of your actions, thoughts and speech.  It is a vicious cycle

This value shifting is often started with the company we keep, as the Apostle Paul says, “Bad company corrupts good morals” (1 Corinthians 15:33). 

A tool used in shifting held values is doubt creation.  Satan used this on Eve, “Did God say?” (Genesis 3:10).  Once doubt is rooted in the heart (directly or indirectly), values are shifted.  Jesus was once thought to be the most esteemed human in all of history, but artist and writers, and movie makers alike started to portray him as an imperfect lustful man, which in turn shifted the esteem value held towards Jesus, even by some Christians.

Subversion is another method used to shift values.  People experienced in human mind exploitation set their sights on changing independent, hidden, and seemingly innocent values in understated ways so that most people would pay little attention; however the end result is the destruction of many very important values.  For instance, “A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal; but even the compassion of the wicked is cruel” (Proverbs 12:10).  Yet, some would make sport at tormenting cats or dogs.  This juvenile action is ultimately connected to major values such as mercy, pity and caring; and reveals the breakdown of the moral values of those involved.  It is also a red flag for the psychologist.  

Ragging on a person over a period of time will negatively change their values also.

Although more could be said on this subject of mind manipulation, it is unnecessary; for if you learn and understand the tactics of the six methods mentioned above, then you will be able to recognize them in any situation.

Advertisements
No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: