Brainwashing & How to Resist It

Mind-changing tactics

How to resist

Scriptures

 Produce mental and moral confusion through contemporary books and stories (Cognitive dissonance)

 God’s Word

Know the Truth
1 Samuel 17:37 & Ephesians 6:10-18
Insist on open-mindedness toward unbiblical views and suggestions

Discernment

Recognize and resist deception
Colossians 2:8
 Use feel-good affirmations to create a “safe place” for sharing personal thoughts and values

 Faith

Trust and obey God
Galatians 2:20
Require open-mindedness, respect, “tolerance” and approval of new beliefs and values  Prayer
Stand firm in Christ
Romans 12:2 & Philippians 4:6-7
Through each group dialogue, guide each member toward a new consensus

Perseverance

Be willing to face group disapproval

Romans 5:3-4, 8:25-26

 Undermine traditional authorities (parents, church, Bible, God…) as old-fashioned, obsolete, divisive or intolerant.

Gratefulness

Build a habit of thanking God for everything
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
 Prompt everyone to freely share feelings, thoughts, complaints, resentments (especially toward traditional parents), etc.

Confess all to God

Pour out your heart to God, not to the dialectic group.
 Psalm 62:8
 Stir subtle hostility (ridicule, rejection) toward dissenters  (see Zero Tolerance for Non-Compliance)

 Forgiveness & love

Demonstrate His overcoming love
1 Corinthians 13
Humiliate resistors or non-conformists
Genuine humility
Trust God’s promises

James 4:7-10; Luke 6:22-23; Matthew 5:3, 9

Commit yourself to the group and its changing consensus Surrender to God
Abide in Him – our only true and lasting source of safety.
John 15:4-

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