The Corrupting of Minds
October 19, 2023 Blogs by: Tim Jennings, M.D.

What we are seeing in the world today is an exponential increase in the assault upon our minds, an attack on individuality, the undermining of rational thinking, a purposeful corrupting of minds. So, how are minds corrupted? They are corrupted in a similar way in which a computer’s software gets corrupted: by inputting bad “code”—in other words, by unreliable, false, misleading, destructive, and erroneous ideas, information, and beliefs.

This can occur through direct misinformation—lies, being taught something erroneous and false—or it can occur through harmful, destructive, sinful experiences that instill corrupt ideas into the mind, from trauma, abuse, and exploitation.

The younger a person, the less developed their brain and, therefore, the less capable they are of differentiating fact from fiction. Children necessarily, and in a developmentally healthy way, look to others—parents, grandparents, teachers, pastors—to tell them what is what. Young children don’t know that the sky is the color blue and the grass green until someone tells them. Young children don’t know their right from left or how to read, write, or do math until someone teaches them. And children don’t understand reality, how things work and why, and need a mature, wise adult to oversee their development and choices. For instance, children don’t perceive the danger of playing in the street and need parents to set boundaries to keep them from doing so. Likewise, children don’t understand the importance of proper nutrition and, therefore, need parents to set limits on sweets and to provide healthy food for them.

Children are also not capable of recognizing that when they are mistreated, exploited, or abused, it isn’t because of some defect or fault in them. Child exploitation, neglect, and abuse are often internalized by the child with the child believing they are not good enough, smart enough, loveable enough, or because they are bad in some way. This type of falsehood is corrosive and destructive and leads the growing child to make choices based on this false, internalized belief about themselves, such as not trying in school because they believe (from how they were treated) they are stupid; being promiscuous because they believe (from previous abuse) that they are “dirty” or “soiled” or “defiled” and no one else would have them; or they feel so unlovable they will do anything for momentary expressions of affection—even if those expressions are exploitive.

This is why Jesus warned against harming little children, because harming children introduces falsehoods deep into their hearts (feelings about self and others) and minds (beliefs about self and others) before a child is capable of recognizing and rejecting those falsehoods. Such internal wounds are healable, but it takes focused and purposeful work.



But children are also vulnerable to mind manipulation even without overt abuse, such as through education, indoctrination, propaganda, and corrupt philosophies. And that is what has happened to the Western world since the school systems began teaching godless evolution.

The principles of godly morality—truth, love, and liberty—have been replaced with lies, such as there is no God and humans are not made in the image of God; that humans have no higher purpose than what we can get for self right now; that there is no ultimate truth, so one’s feelings are their truth.

Another way to infect minds with falsehoods is to redefine words to have different meanings than what is commonly understood so that people incorporate into their thinking false ideas without fully appreciating or realizing what is happening.

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness,  who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter (Isaiah 5:20 NIV84).

Woe to those who call biological men women and biological women men; woe to those who call rioting “peaceful protests” and peaceful protesting an “insurrection”; woe to those who call an experimental therapeutic that does not provide immunity or prevent infection a “vaccine” and who call natural immunity “ineffective.”

God is the Creator, the Builder of reality, and He wants His people to understand reality, not to live in fantasy. But Satan and his followers cannot tolerate truth and objective reality, so they constantly seek to replace truth, facts, and objective reality with something “re-imagined” something make-believe, with fantasy.

But think for yourself; there is no such thing as:

  • Dry water
  • Warm ice
  • Cold fire
  • Bright darkness
  • Honest thieves
  • Faithful adulterers
  • Good sin
  • Happiness in evil
  • Healthy sickness
  • Empowering weakness
  • Enlightening deception
  • Transgendered men or transgendered women

God said, “And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us. … So God created human beings, making them to be like himself. He created them male and female” (Genesis 1:26, 27 GNT).

Jesus said, “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them [humans] male and female.’” (Mark 10:6 NIV 84).

In objective reality, by God’s design, there are males and females! But sadly, because of sin damaging God’s design, there are people who are confused about their gender, for a variety of reasons—some because of biological conditions, such as androgen insensitivity syndrome, chimerism, hermaphrodism, etc., and others because of trauma or psychological problems. But the fact that there exists people with real conditions that diverge from God’s design does not mean that a man can become a woman or vice versa.

We will never advance God’s cause or experience health, wellness, improved relationships, peace with God, ourselves, and others by accepting lies into our minds, by promoting falsehood, or by advancing worldly narratives, because that only further corrupts more minds.

The only healthy option is the path of truth, presented in love, while leaving others free. I encourage you to be a lover of truth, to develop hearts and minds that are eager to advance and grow in the truth as the Holy Spirit enlightens your mind to it. For if you want freedom, it is only the truth that will set you free.



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Tim Jennings, M.D. Timothy R. Jennings, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist, master psychopharmacologist, Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Fellow of the Southern Psychiatric Association, and an international speaker. He served as president of the Southern and Tennessee Psychiatric Associations and is president and founder of Come and Reason Ministries. Dr. Jennings has authored many books, including The God-Shaped Brain, The God-Shaped Heart, and The Aging Brain.
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