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Rise of Altered Mindset

Our nation and the nations of the world have throughout recent history been on a collective course of anti-God thinking. It seems they’ve arrived at the same time at the destination to which such a course couldn’t do other than lead.

The COVID-19 or coronavirus is but the vehicle that has brought us swiftly to the end of this journey into madness. Every national governing body and the people they either rule with authoritarian dictatorship or govern democratically are bound tightly by an entity so infinitesimal as to require a microscope to detect it.

A worldwide, altered mindset has fully blossomed. All nations are bound up in fear. It is fear that seems to have a life of its own. It is paralyzing the freedom of action and movement of the most liberty-loving, liberty-endowed people to have lived upon the planet.

Fear is the symptom most manifest in this pandemic that sprang, apparently, from the center of perhaps the world’s most massive dictatorship. The fear continues to grow, not abate, despite all of the many draconian measures foisted on us by bureaucratic “medical experts” entrenched within government. “Shutdown” seems to be what these demand, no matter that this outbreak doesn’t come anywhere near the virulence of the various strains of flu that assault and kill hundreds of thousands each year.

It is, I think, a legitimate pondering to think on Paul’s warning about those who forget God, or turn against the Creator of all things. The apostle, under Holy Spirit direction, has some rather relevant wisdom for our current situation, in my view.

We’ve considered that wisdom many times within these commentaries. We are forewarned that when a person or people turn their thoughts from the governance of God toward doing what is right in their own eyes, the ramifications are dire. The ultimate results are…well, let’s let the Apostle Paul tell us once more:

Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (Romans 1: 29–32)

We back up to one verse before this list of accusations to see where all the rebelliousness leads.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient. (Romans 1:28)

We think of these chilling, scriptural warnings as applying only to the most egregious sins—in our “looking through a glass darkly” view of things. Homosexual activity is the sin we most associate with God’s condemnation here. But, these represent things much more profound. These are characteristics of the whole of lost, sinful humanity as time progresses deeper into human history. These are, no doubt, things that prompted the Lord to end, then start things again, with the Flood of Noah’s day. These are the characteristics of the generations since that are going to bring about God’s final judgment and wrath during the Tribulation.

Certainly, in one way or the other, this generation exhibits these characteristics so anathema to the God of Heaven. We have witnessed these get worse, just as Paul predicted. “Men and seducers have grown worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.”

I believe just the last five years of the corrupt political process and all attendant to it prove Paul’s prophecy as moving toward fulfillment. The evil manipulations and collusion at the highest levels of America’s supposedly patriotic intelligence agencies make the point vividly and graphically.

The argument could be made that the great fear gripping the nation and the world is the result of pulling away from God at every level. Because of this virus that is nowhere near as virulent as the flu bugs that assault each year, the globe is suffering from a paralysis that has altered normal life as it’s been known to this time.

In effect, the global mindset has been altered. I think this has been done supernaturally. Most now act and interact from what Paul calls in the KJV a “reprobate” mindset. There is, observably, the inability of governments and peoples throughout the world to think straight in this COVID-19 matter. The collective fear that makes everyone act contrary to reason it has brought about is the true contagion that infects the planet. We’re continuing to see the rise of this altered mindset.

God’s prescription for the reprobate mind is as follows:

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. (Isaiah 1:18–20)


  1. Stephen says:

    As with all of your insight, you are spot on with your assessment of the spiritual situation that is at hand. I very much enjoy your commentaries on the events taking place in our world today based on what the Bible has to say about such times as these. Keep up the good work and may the lord’s appearance come quickly.

  2. Edward Wood says:

    At first the CDC said masks weren’t really very effective in either keeping one from getting Covid or from giving it to someone else. Then, that got turned around 180 degrees. Now we all have to wear one. Seems to me this is more of a case of stealing our identities and making us “good lab rats” than anything else.

    Next, as Terry pointed out, let’s run some numbers. This past flu season there were estimated 39 to around 60 million cases in the U.S. Covid 19 infections are just over 1 million.

    Let’s do the math.

    1 million/360 million (population of the U.S) = .0027 or .27%.

    For just that, our government has pretty much put the Constitution on hold. Worse still is the willingness of most of the people to let it happen. It’s really like we’ve been injected with a mind-altering drug to dull our rational thought processes.

    In this case, though, it isn’t a chemical, but, I believe, a dark spiritual influence which is doing it. That’s the real “unseen enemy,” not the Covid.

    Here’s another observation. After 911 there was a huge resurgence of people turning to God, albeit relatively short-lived. I have seen nothing like that this time. We have grown even more stiff-necked in the past two decades than we were before.

    God respects our free will.

    We told him to get out of town and he’s been doing that.

    Looks like we are getting exactly what we asked for.

    • Thank you for a very good comment. I have to say, though, that “WE” did not ask God to get out of town – “they” did, and “they” are getting exactly what “they” asked for. We still have God. They can exclude Him from every single aspect in public, and forbid all observance of even His Name, but He is still very much here, and we still have Him in our hearts and lives.

      • Edward Wood says:

        Thanks for your comments – on my comments! You are right – it was those who arrogantly figured they know more than God who showed him the door. I used the term “we” more in the sense that sadly the majority of the U.S. population did the deed – and has been doing so for decades.

        Not only that, but I’m afraid that too many believers sat back and did nothing to stop them. I even watched it happen to my former church denomination as the liberal revisionists successfully pushed their “multiple-salvation,” pro-homosexual doctrines into acceptance. I finally left several years later when I saw it was a futile exercise getting it to get back to the faith.

        I do believe that very soon God will personally step into history and that all of us who believe in the God of the Bible will no longer be outcasts on a doomed world but welcome citizens in New Jerusalem!

  3. I agree with you and EW and Stephen.

  4. Donna Thomas says:

    Excellent. I always look forward to reading your articles. Thank you.

  5. Rick N VanSoest says:

    What an excellent article. I would subtitle it ‘The Manifestation of the Reprobate Mind”. It is the only explanation for the supernatural fear that envelops us. It’s time for the world to repent and realize that Jesus Christ is our savior. Not science, not governments, not people nor education.

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