By: Cosmas Uzodinma.
According to Psychology Today, the online Journal of Psychoanalysis “Gaslighting is a tactic in which a person or entity, in order to gain more power, makes a victim question their reality. It is very critical. Anyone is susceptible to gaslighting, and it is a common technique of abusers, dictators, narcissists, and cult leaders. It is done slowly, so the victim doesn’t realize how much they’ve been brainwashed.”
The biggest threat to Christianity, I see, is not in the lack of weapons, nor the absence of audacity. Not in our lack of numbers nor in the absence of all those instruments that make for physical force, but in the gaslighting effect of globalist secular culture and political correctness.
You find gaslighters across the two isles of political persuasions. But they are more among the group that promote counter-culture, those who call homosexuality gay, adultery an affair and abortion choice. A culture that glamourizes divorce above marriage, “baby mamas”and defines even the simplest disagreements between spouses as domestic violence. These are all designed to break down the family. They politicise the church, social clubs, business, sports etc. They create enemies for you and define who you should associate with and what products you should buy and those you should not.
Gaslighting leads to spiritual immunity deficiency syndrome, then to sin and then to death. It leads to a collapse of our spiritual muscle and thus makes it impossible for us to rise up to perform our calling as believers. It triumphs when you hear people throw their hands up in surrender, saying “I don’t know again.” You begin to even doubt your sanity.
Among the earliest thinkers to start the gaslighting process were secular intellectual s like Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Frederick Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud. They are all United as either atheists or agnostics. Their goal was to use secular learning to undermine biblical truths. Today most of them have been discredited, yet their disciples are fighting hard.
Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution buckled under when the mathematical and genetic code on which it was based collapsed under modern computers. For Karl Marx, the socialist USSR built on Marxism-Leninism failed produce the fabled Utopia and became the greatest deception that ever there was. Nietzsche’s Super-hero cannot be found and God still lives and reigneth in the affairs of men. There is a growing movement for intelligent design theory of human existence and some scientists are fighting the theory with the last drop of their blood.
A careful study on Freud’s teachings on the three elements that influence Personality, namely Id, Ego and Superego would reveal that this had already been addressed by Paul. Apostle Paul in 1st Corinthians had given the three typologies of man namely: The Natural, Carnal and Spiritual man. In other words, Freud did not say anything new. (1 Cor.2:3-14; & 3:1.4).
Paul speaking about this said, that the Carnal Man is the “Id” driven man. He is driven by envy, strife, division, tribalism. The Carnal man is in his “State of Nature” as theorized by Thomas Hobbes. At the natural state we are raw, uncut and unreasonable. Life is “solitary, nasty brutish and short.” But when the message of Christ came, people began to learn to love, to forgive, to care and to sacrifice: not for earthly rewards but as acts of worship to God and investment in eternity. But the person who has been manipulated judges yesterday’s errors with today’s standards and magnifies a few past mistakes over a multitude of present good. They are implacable, difficult to be entreated and thirsty for vengeance.
The Ego driven man, is the Natural Man. These are men governed by only human reasoning and by science. They recommend unbridled abortion and eugenics in order to check population. They too cannot receive the things of God. They advance unregulated stem cell research through the butchering of babies in the womb for the purpose of harvesting body organs and eugenics. They respond to rational demands of the flesh and are only reasonable to the extent of the demands of the society and physical hunger and satisfaction. They permit no other opinion except their own.
The Superego, here refers to the Spiritual man, which is man, governed by what psychologists described as moral theorizing but which the Bible refers to as the man in sync with his God. Life in Christ. Living to fulfil the desires of the Spirit. The man that is Spiritual or what Freud called Superego is man driven by consideration of the measure of man beyond the physical. The Id and Ego man says revenge is sweet. The Superego man says, forgiveness is sweeter. He believes in overcoming evil with good.
Gaslighting sows doubts, division and discord in the church. Watch the various estates where Christians live. They are splintered across denominational lines: Catholics, ECWA, Anglicans, Pentecostals etc. We wake up each Sunday and hurry to our churches but we do not as much as know the name of the next Christian a few blocks away, neither do we even gather to pray as one body in our estates. We are too scared to profess our faith in our neighbourhoods. Thus little by little, “did-God-really-say moments” begin to appear with the sole purpose to weaken our moral defences.
Paul was aware of the destructive tendencies of incipient gaslighting on our moral fibre when he urged us to come away from them and be separate. Indeed, when it creeps into a believer’s life, it begins to attack the spiritual immunity. It ultimately leads to the absence of love. You begin to do good for cheap publicity. We scuttle about to motherless babies homes and among homeless people at the glare of televisions and newspapers contrary to the clear warning by the Lord Himself that we should not even let our left hand know what our right hand is doing. We replace a sense of communion with the fake sense of community. Bewitchment follows.
We began in the Spirit but today we have slid back into the flesh (Gal 3:3). We have become natural and carnal again.
Today we have been gaslighted to question fundamental Christian truths. We have boarded the secular roller coaster. We are “fellows” in the same “ship” with abusers, demagogues, liberals, dictators, narcissists, and cult leaders. We revel in historical skulduggery and exhume buried offenses.
A battle is raging and the theaters are the media, school system and the marketplace. It is time to build a wall of defence against foreign media, market culture and pervading intellectual brainwash. We must unite the Church and build the body of Christ beyond denominational camps. We should start promoting neighbourhood Communion of Saints. It is time to take back the Church in line with the model shown us in the Acts of Apostles. We must exercise more than a cursory interest in school curriculum, what books our children read – especially literature and media they watch. It is time to take back the church. Only these can save our generation and the future ones and enable God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
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