W R Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Capturing the mind is being accomplished through electronic means that have been commandeered by ungodly influences; with a road to immorality being openly proclaimed.
There is the programming of children towards such influences that is overpowering previous periods of godly persuasion. Vladimar Lenin, Founder of the Soviet Union, proclaimed: Give me four years to teach children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted; is such not being implemented in many lands today?
Capturing the mind is to seek power and control by promulgation of desired agenda and ownership of key positions in government. Many who have witnessed first hand the clutches of Marxism, Socialism, and Communism see it embracing many lands today.
It was noted that to bring socialism to the world; the same tactic Hitler used in Germany would be used: Create chaos, then step in with the solution to the problem, endearing the people towards acceptance of the ultimate goal of control.
Other methods of power and control include: Discredit the family as an institution; control the schools to promote socialism; eliminate all laws governing obscenity by called them violation of free speech and free press; break down standards of morality by promoting immorality in books, magazines, movies, and television; promote homosexuality as normal; infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with social religion; and discredit the Bible.
Quotes concerning capturing the mind: If you keep your mind sufficiently open people will throw a lot into it (William A. Orton). The mind is a strange machine which can combine the materials offered to it in the most astonishing ways (Bertrand Russell). A vacant mind is open to all suggestions (Chinese proverb). The mind grows by what it feeds on (Josiah Holland).
Cancel culture; an attempt to undermine the past, is prospering due to an avalanche of misinformation being offered, consumed by those who have no filtering device such as the Word of God to reed out impurities; instead receiving what is being offered as the gospel truth, with consumption destroying the godly makeup of a nation, thus losing out on the former blessings of God.
Scripture reveals the words of the Lord, spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved, How long shall your vain (wicked) thoughts lodge within you (Jeremiah 4:14)?
It was noted that such thinking, capturing the mind, can arise from many sources: Absorbing immoral movies and television; carelessly surfing the Internet; listening to malicious talk; ignoring the Word of God; giving into a materialistic worldview. Where there is no fear of God, no reverence for God, every evil can and will abound. The idea that we humans will be good without God is a deceptive fallacy.
When people are devoid of knowledge and wisdom that comes from believing God and having reverence for Him, they become morally corrupt, exceeding evil, violent and destructive. How long shall your vain (wicked) thoughts lodge within you is a pertain question; will one allow the sanctifying Scriptures, and the purifying blood of Christ, to cleanse one's heart and mind or will one persist in sin-filled thinking and experience God's judgment?
Scripture reveals: If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7). It was noted that God is light; to walk in His light is live free from the bondage of sin.
Jesus' death on the cross of Calvary, which is what blood signifies, is the initial antidote for and ultimate defense against sin's presence and power. Sinfulness of man has grown in abundance with capturing the mind towards its influence being enhanced in today's environment. Sinfulness of man is as identified in the Pre-flood days of Noah, Sodom and Gomorrah, and Babylon the hold of every foul spirit.
It was noted that God having power and authority to create also has power and authority to destroy that which He creates; this was shown by the Flood. When humans become so evil, that every thought and imagination of the human mind (capturing the mind) and heart was only evil continually, God decided to destroy from the earth the humans He had created.
Scripture reveals: Whereby the earth that then was (Pre-flood days of Noah), being overflowed with water perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved to fire, against (until) the day of judgment and perdition (destruction) of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:6-7).
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Capturing the mind, through the ungodliness of man, has placed man in a precarious time, which could unleash God's destructive power.
It was noted that we are living in a very permissive day when the religious world is so tolerant towards most any and all kinds of standards and lifestyles. This permissiveness and tolerance is the result of a self-willed and carnal minded society.
As a result of such tolerance and permissiveness (capturing the mind), there are many churches, and even denominations, which have altered their teachings, their standards, and even their interpretation of the Scriptures to please, comply with, and accommodate this permissive and tolerant society.
Very few people this day hold to their heart's convictions. They change to blend in with their environment. Words of the past can be highlighted today; because of being more prevalent than when first proclaimed. There is an influx of worldliness that is penetrating the very heart of many churches; ignoring the Word of God which warns against such activity.
Scripture reveals: To the pure all things are pure: but to them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind (capturing the mind) and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in words and actions they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and to every good work reprobate (disqualified) (Titus 1:15-16).
It was noted that they were pure in their own eyes; yet not cleansed from their filthiness being defiled by their own evil thoughts, words, and deeds. They boast of their knowledge of God, but their lives and conduct show that they had no true knowledge of Him, and no fear of Him.
Scripture reveals: My people are gone into captivity because they have no knowledge; and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. Therefore hell has enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure; and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoices shall descend into it (Isaiah 5:13-14).
It was noted they are gone into captivity because they have no knowledge; they knew not the Lord, nor did they acknowledge Him, hence destruction came upon them. Hell has enlarged herself is noted as a bottomless pit, no limit to its capacity, mentioned several times in the Scriptures.
Jonathan Edwards sermon, Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God, contained these words: Consider the fearful danger that you are in: You hang by a slender thread, with the flames of divine wrath flashing about it, and ready every moment to singe it, and burn it asunder. You have no interest in any mediator, and nothing to hold on to save yourself, nothing to keep the flames of wrath away, nothing of your own, nothing you can do, to induce God to spare you one moment.
Those words ring loud and clear today to endangered souls who are about to descend into eternity without the benefit of a Savior (the Lord Jesus Christ), unless repentance comes into focus prior to judgment day. Let capturing the mind be towards a heavenly gain; rather than a devil's hell!
Scripture reveals: I (Apostle Paul), delight in the law of God after (according to) the inward (spiritual) man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind (capturing the mind), and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members (Romans 7:22-23). Paul was referring to a power struggle between the forces of evil and good to possess the soul of man which continues to this day.
It was noted that the unsaved individual does not like the law of God, which condemns his corrupt (sinful) nature; while the saved individual (having accepted Jesus into his heart and life), delights in the law of God which is written upon his heart by the Spirit of God; serving such (the law of God) after the inward (spiritual) man.
The Apostle Paul cried out: O wretched man I am! Who shall deliver me from the (this) body of death (Romans 7:24)? It was noted that this was a law demanding obedience to it; opposite to the law of God; the one good, the other evil. It is as a company of two armies, flesh and spirit, sin and grace, combating against each other.
The Apostle Paul concluded with: I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin (Romans 7:25). Paul noted an inner struggle towards capturing the mind; evil versus good, and who he looked to for victory (the Lord Jesus Christ)!
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