Posted Dec 30, 2020 by Michael L. Brown

If there is any one thing that strikes me looking back at this calamitous and difficult year it is that we are experiencing a deep crisis of trust. Who can we believe? Who is telling the truth? On whom we can rely for accurate information?

It is into this void that a flood of conspiracy theories has rushed. And it is this crisis of trust that opens the door wide for all kinds of deception.

After all, if we completely write off certain sources of information and we immediately prejudge those who differ with us, we make ourselves totally vulnerable. Isn’t that what cult members do?

On the one hand, the mainstream, left-leaning media has earned our scorn, not simply for presenting a biased view of the news but for actually censoring news for partisan political purposes. This is not just bad reporting, this is misreporting.

And what about the anonymous stories with unprovable accusations, which then spread like a plague online? How can we trust what these news sources say?

“Fake news!” we shout dismissively, and for good reason. Much of it is fake.

Yet not everything the left-leaning media says is false, and not everything the right-leaning media says is true. Far from it.

But rather than make an honest attempt to determine what the truth actually is, most of us find it easier to live in our own echo chamber, demonizing those who differ with us and applauding those who stand with us.

Where is the objectivity? Where is the “searching out” of a matter that is so prized in the Book of Proverbs (see, for example, Proverbs 25:2)? Where is the wisdom that is quick to hear, slow to anger, and slow to speak (James 1:19)?

I was interacting with a colleague recently regarding the question of election fraud, telling him that I saw a lot of evidence that pointed to widespread fraud, but I did not have the expertise to analyze it proficiently.

I also suggested he read some articles presenting the evidence against fraud, sending him one link I found very reasonable.

He replied, “I researched the author of the article, and he’s a Never Trumper. Why should I listen to him?”

With all respect to my colleague, that is a dangerous attitude to espouse.

When I can’t even take the time to objectively evaluate the position of someone with whom I differ, I virtually guarantee that I will have serious blind spots in my life. Do we not have the security to get out of our own bubble?

Even when you present factual, video or audio evidence, that too can be dismissed. “False flags!” “Doctored videos!” (Perhaps even, “Shapeshifters!”) Isn’t this terribly dangerous?

But it gets worse.

I recently wrote an article critiquing QAnon, beginning the article by referencing an exchange between President Trump and a reporter that took place on NBC during a town hall event.

The most liked response to my article on Facebook, far and away, said this: “I honestly stopped reading when I got to ‘Interviewed at length by NBC’....If anyone follows any mainstream media and regurgitates anything that they spew, they have lost my respect. Simple as that.”

Seriously? These were words 7-9 in the first line of the article, the whole purpose of which was to reference what the president said about QAnon. Yet because I referenced what he said on NBC (which was the channel in which the interview took place, with the full consent of Trump), the reader stopped reading the article. Worse still, he was applauded for doing so.

How do we even describe an attitude like this? How can we avoid being deceived when we don’t even make an attempt to think rationally? This is closemindedness at its very worst.

It would be one thing if I made a controversial point and said, “I’m stating this on the authority of NBC.” It’s another thing when the mere reference to the letters NBC – again, while quoting President Trump – causes someone to shut the door on important and helpful information.

Others chimed in with comments like this: “Sad to say that Dr. Brown still believes the corporate media. Not aware of the devil’s scheme. Too academic minded.”

I repeat: People who “think” like this leave themselves wide open to deception.

But 2020 has been the perfect storm for producing a crisis in trust, especially because of the pandemic.

Do we trust the medical profession, or are all the doctors sold out to Big Pharma? Is the WHO part of a dangerous one-world order? Is the vaccine the mark of the antichrist? Is Dr. Fauci a sinner or a saint? Who does China have in its pocket?

The fact is, when it comes to COVID-19, we have every reason to wonder who we can trust at this time, even if we believed everyone had the best intentions. Does anyone really know what is best?

As for the president, I have heard Christian leaders say that he is the only one they trust right now. I have seen posts saying that “all pastors” have been bought out by “the elites.” And on and it goes.

Trump, for his part, has made clear that we cannot trust the Supreme Court. Or the DOJ. Or the FBI. Or Congress. Or the media. Or the voting system (he’s been saying that for years, for the record). Or those who used to work in his administration.  “Believe me,” he says repeatedly, and many of us do, hook, line and sinker. He alone can be trusted. This too is very dangerous.

Added to all this is the crisis taking place right now in the charismatic church, where a substantial chorus of prophetic voices, in absolute one accord, has proclaimed that Trump will serve a second consecutive term. They prophesied this for many months before the election, and now, most of them have reaffirmed their prophecies, “Joe Biden will not serve in the White House. President Trump will be inaugurated. The tables will turn.”

Can you imagine the fallout if this does not happen?

Does it simply mean these individuals cannot be trusted? Or is this an indictment on the entire charismatic movement (of which I am a part)? Or is this an indictment on the very idea of God and the Bible?

If we are to be lovers of truth, we must follow that truth wherever it takes us, regardless of cost or consequence. And we must be open to correction, learning to listen, to investigate, to search out all sides of a matter, and to walk in humility towards those with whom we differ.

In this new year, I encourage you to welcome challenges to your own points of view. To become a student of the truth, researching both sides of the debate. And to lean hard on the Lord, asking Him to guide you into all truth. As Ambrose once said, “Before God can deliver us, we must undeceive our­selves.”

To cite Proverbs again, “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones” (Proverbs 3:7-8).

May 2021 be the year when the sword of truth emerges to cut through the lies. And may we have the courage to follow the truth, come what may. It will deliver us from a pandemic even more deadly than COVID – the pandemic of deception.

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B.W. posted a comment · Jan 12, 2021
Swkh310 "Can’t wait to watch the evangelicals and born agains try to convince the rest of us normal Christians that they never supported the amoral orange monster".------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Swkh310 remember history won't "forget" all the reasons Trump ran for President ! stick that in your pipe and sMoKe it ! ______Obama opened the door and unveiled the way to Sodom-n-Gomorrah 2.0 just saying! "Obama"s world apology tour" just saying! so It is unequivocally Obama's Fault Trump ran for office ! You say it was not, could not be a course correction for America inspired by God! Then Obama inspired the "ORANGE" monster as you call him! who or what else could have been the reason!
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RAS posted a comment · Jan 01, 2021
“When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.” -- Deuteronomy 18:22 ---- We shall see who is of the Lord and who is not.
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Truth4u posted a comment · Jan 01, 2021
Final comment to Dr Brown: The evidence is compelling and it is beyond imagination and beyond reproach which is why the Democrats have and are breaking laws to keep the data from transparency. Many states broke Constitutional laws (State and Federal ) by changing election laws without the legislators approval. This set the environment for them to cheat at a massive level, not just a few thousand ballots, but tens and hundred of thousands of ballots. I've been blessed to have had 6 weeks vacation where I watch every state legislative hearings with affidavits of thousands of people and many live witnesses participating before the state legislators as witness to the great American Voting Heist! Some of the States like GA just had another hearing this week, and if you think there was no fraud, you are in massive denial of truth! Some white hat hackers showed that they could quickly hack into the Dominion machines in Georgia last week currently available for the Senate race - damning all the Demoncats yelling no evidence. Sidney Powell has made public hundreds of pages of damning evidence which the courts have refused to see because they know it would favor Trump. This includes evidence of foreign interference by enemies of America. Sir, God is unveiling truth at a rate, I've never seen in my life of the evil that has penetrated our society. The CCP database leak of 2 million spies embedded in non-Chinese Corporations, Academia, Consulates and others places. Last week a report on all CCP influenced media corporations, and more. To deny that this is not a Constitutional crisis for America, simply means that you are ignorant of the truth and evidence. Please, do more investigation than you have because you still are void of much truth.
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Truth4u posted a comment · Jan 01, 2021
Woe to those who defile the prophets and the Lord God's Holy Spirit that speaks Truth through those that He chooses. Woe to those of you without true faith in God, and ridicule His prophets while acting as though you are His righteous - you are vipers, your words are poison! Folks, Jesus is the Word of Truth and the Bible is His Word. Rev 3:7 states he it true: 7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth... On the opposite side of truth from God is Satan himself for he is the Father of lies (John 8:44). Woe to all you hypocrites that say right is wrong and wrong is right (Isaiah 5:10) and you say Biden is good and Trump is evil for you are deceived by your sin and the one whom you serve. If you mock the prophets of God who speak the Truth for Trump, but you do not know as your self-righteousness blinds you from the truth, then I proclaim God's curse upon you in 2021 for your spirit is of Satan, and not the Spirit of God! 2 Kings 2:23-24 23 From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!” 24 He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys. Fear the Lord and despise sin all you that are wicked! Biden and the DNC ideology and policies uphold great sin and war with Father God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in every way! Those aligned against Mr. Trump are with team Satan and they only believe lies! Read Romans 1:18-32 to understand the depth of your depravity and deception! Wakeup and repent today! For those whose hatred against Trump drive them to war and blaspheme the prophets of God, I tell you now that you are blaspheme the Holy Spirit for it is the Holy Spirit that they proclaim in their faith to the body of Christ which you are not! Like Elisha, I pronounce God's curse upon you on this day, that if you do not repent immediately and put your faith in Christ this new month of January, then cursed be you for your wickedness and pride and unwillingness to repent! Amen.
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Truth4u posted a comment · Jan 01, 2021
Thank you for a great article. May I and other prophets of God bring you great hope... There are many prophets like myself that the Holy Spirit has revealed a special future for America - thank God! Many believe America deserves judgment for the evil in our land and 3 SCOTUS laws that war with God. All evidence over the past 6 decades support such thinking. However, our God's ever-lasting Mercy is truly unmeasurable, and America will see it in the coming days or weeks. God will actually save America rather than turn America over to destruction which we deserve. He will bring justice to the wicked in America by unveiling the truth of their dark secrets and grievous sins. Since the fraud that occurred on our election, God has begin a great unveiling of truth!!! Yesterday, I found a prophet of God who wrote something identical to what God revealed to me. It was Katie Barker, Tweed Coast, Australia on 11/25 on website their openheaven.com - titled, "USA – Do You Believe I Am the Way Maker?" There are others too which can be found on YouTube. What I don't find are any prophecies regarding Biden - the unanointed of God! Every prophet I've found on YouTube regarding this election are saying the same thing. That is God will save America for a 3rd time (Washington, Lincoln, Trump), and a 3rd great awaking is to coming following Mr. Trump as our President. Biden is simply lumped into God's prophecy with all the evil doers who will see God's righteous judgment upon their heads! The only opposing thing I’ve heard to the Prophets, is not prophecy, but Christians and Christian leaders conceding in their mindset to Biden as the next President. God told me that this election fraud event has a purpose of exposing not only the evil doers and all aligned against our nation and God, but to expose Christians within the body of Christ that have little, or no faith, not standing firm for righteousness and God's goodness, and no prayer life guided by the Spirit, and worse case are some self-label Christians who voted for Biden need to repent and come back to Him. Back in mid November, God declared as time goes forward, God would uncover more darkness throughout the nation with His light preparing Mr. Trump with the truth about the enemies of God. What became obvious that this moment in time clearly models a quintessential story of good vs. evil. It quickly became obvious that this election loss by fraud was God’s plan and it was His perfect timing since deception had grown so great among our people in America thanks to the fake news of the major media coporations. The Spirit revealed that God would use this situation perfectly to "shake-up" our nation with the truth and something else unknown to me at this time when His time is right. The ungodly in America and some apathetic Christians would come to see the extent of their self-deception in believing lies which would stir an unquenchable desire for real truth which only Jesus Christ – the Word of God can satisfy. It was a Esther 4:14 revelation… for such a time as this! Americans have been starved of truth for so long! God also showed me that Esther was the paradigm for what God would do for His anointed in America and the evil doers at this monumental moment in the history of mankind. I was joyful in realizing this was such special time where mankind would witness a miracle from God. It would be a time in human history that few men or women ever get to witness – the direct hand of God making a path to save a nation, and through this, He would save many nations and people among the world. Only God could use one fraudulent election event to expose all the evil ones within our nation and abroad for Mr. Trump to clearly see, and for the world to witness very soon His hand in saving a nation. As time has continued until now, God did what He said He would do – expose more truth. What I’m sure none of us understood was how extensive America's corruption had spread throughout all areas of our nation - state, federal, judicial and corporations! The evil is certainly a giant much like Goliath, and Mr. Trump and the body of Christ in America is but a little, little David in comparison. If God is not with us, we would have no chance of victory for the enemy is so vast and great! One of the earliest scriptures God gave me to rest upon was 2 Chronicles 20:12 – a vast and powerful army that surrounds us who are very little, but we keep our eyes on God! Later, 2 Chronicle 7:14 for His people to pray fervently and to show faith! We need to believe in the His Word through the prophets even though unseen, and not lose faith by what is seen for God is good and He will save us - for now, be patient in waiting on the Lord (Isaiah 25:9). Initially, it was shocking for me to understand that this election was a much more dire situation for our nation than I could have ever of imagined; God showed me this was a life or death situation for our nation just like it was for Esther, Mordechai and the Jews. Yet, so many Americans and many in the Church were completely unaware, even now. Later, as God started to unveil the truth, it became more obvious to me that this dire situation extended past America to the entire world of nations for the CCP was behind much of this to rise up as a tyrannical world empire working with Davos elites for the one world Government God speaks about in the latter days. Yes, the enemy is massive! Yet, God had previously given me comfort in this sense of the severity for our time knowing it was life and death, so after more truth was revealed about a much greater and sinister reality that Tom Clancy could never have imagined how far the powers of darkness reached, I could rest in peace. Yes, the seen appears impossible, but the unseen is greater than man, or nations! Yes, I was able to still rest in His peace for He would fight this battle for His anointed (Romans 8:31). It will be a "shock and awe" epiphany to the average American when they hear and see the truth of the forces of evil throughout our nation! God revealed that after this world-wide judgment of pestilence that came from the evil CCP as a bio-weapon, God would bring a blessing of victory to America, and that blessing would become a blessing to many other nations for hope including many in China that would become the resistance in the future. A new season would start in 2021 for America would stop growing as a nation of darkness, and reverse to a nation of righteousness. America will change direction and eventually become a nation for the light of Christ once again as a purge of our corruption is complete and the Holy Spirit works through the faithful to bring the ungodly to Christ. God would fight a great spiritual battle over our nation where we allowed dark powers and principalities to establish strongholds in cities and places of influence across our land for nearly 60 years of sin and rebellion to God. While America does not deserve to be saved by God, He will so it for His Namesake, and for His Great Mercy as our nation was established by Him to be a light to other nations as Israel once was, and our founding fathers proclaimed Him for our land. The Lord God is referenced in our Constitution, Declaration of Independence, national anthem, money, Government building and historical sites across the land. He would unveil the truth and expose the deception upon our nation and elsewhere. It is not America’s time for destruction, that would come to our nation after the rapture as many will be taken up. This was a time for a reversal and a new season is to come for righteousness and truth leading many to Jesus Christ in America that would spread among other nations of the world and China. When the DNC stole the election from God’s anointed leader – Mr. Trump, God moved from resting in His ever-lasting Mercy extended to these evil ones in hopes that they might repent, to a new position for righteous justice to come upon them at this time. In addition, China was never meant to become a sole world super power, so God will bring judgment upon the CCP which already began in 2020. They had pestilence of their own devise, Biblical like floods and locust, and now they face a food shortage. God will continue to bring difficulty upon the CCP and their nation until the CCP is ended. In 2021, world sentiment will turn against them as America sounds the Trumpet, and eventually, the people of China will revolt and become free from tyranny sometime this decade sometime. If the CCP is not overthrown soon enough, God will destroy their 3 Gorges dam. The CCP overstepped their authority with great evil schemes, and God is now at work to destroy the CCP and those aligned with their great evil. More and more truth about the CCP is coming out almost daily! It is amazing how much truth has surfaced in less than 2 months since the prophecy was given! In America, there would come a purge of corruption and reformation over Mr. Trumps next 4 years. My thought was Mr. Pence will become our President after Trump if he remains faithful to God and Mr. Trump in the coming days. Robin D. Bullock prophesied 4 more years with Trump and 8 years with Pence - I stand and believe that! Soon, we will begin to see the evil schemes that the evil doers intended against God’s anointed (Mr. Trump and believers in America) starting to come back upon them just as it did Haman and his men. I keep the faith no matter what, even if our legislative branches don’t do what is right on January 6th by decertifying the fraudulent states – all with Dominion voting machines. It isn’t official who America’s President is until 1/20. It was revealed to me there was a great imbalance upon the scales in America between truth and deception, honesty and corruption, good and evil in our land which had become an abomination or detestable to God (Proverbs 11:1, Proverbs 20:23). God would move to restore this imbalance with honesty, integrity and righteousness. Jesus was given a Key to open a door to truth that no man can shut (Rev 3:8) over this deception and evil. They can no longer hide their masks of deceit. Justice will come to them no matter how much they try to bury their sin. Pray for Mr. Trump and righteousness in our leaders throughout America, and that God's Will be established for our nation and the world at this time! One other prophecy and judgment God may bring if America fails to repent quickly enough by rescinding the 3 SCOTUS laws that war against God - a simultaneous 9+ earthquake will hit San Francisco, and Mammoth Mountain to it's West will go pyroclastic flow around 2026. This will be a double judgement against the wicked! Let's pray the wicked in CA repent as God will call them.
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RandySandford posted a comment · Dec 31, 2020
Dr. Brown Thanks for all you are doing regarding all these subjects. They have been of vital interest to all of us. We need leaders who will speak the truth no matter what. I have been especially interested in the abundance of false prophesy. I too am a Spirit-filled believer but God is not the Author of fake. If we allowed fake prophesy would we also allow a fake revival? How helpful would that be? Please continue to stand for the truth as we consider you to be on the front lines of the offensive.
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Swkh310 posted a comment · Dec 31, 2020
Can’t wait to watch the evangelicals and born agains try to convince the rest of us normal Christians that they never supported the amoral orange monster.
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RAS posted a comment · Dec 30, 2020
Leaving aside the mushy middle, which is the greater part of Americans, on the right and left, who have views but don’t drive the discussions, let’s focus on the hardcore “true believers” of the right and the left who are the main drivers of the information war. First, to assume both sides are equal in power, or in being fair and factual, is not valid. The two sides (right and left), cannot be compared in those regards. One side seems almost virtually an active agent of Satan working to bring about Satan’s rule over all things and all people. By far and away they also control most of the worldly power, corporations, media, entertainment, etc... On the opposing side, Satan is certainly there also, but not in a way that is as absolute. On the right, Satan seeks to divide and conquer, there is truth and fallacy, there is clarity vs. confusion. At the moment, the right is a house divided, but many speak truth. We cannot trust the left to tell the truth whatsoever, but it doesn’t mean they never tell the truth. The left will tell the truth, but only if they feel it will help them or not harm their agenda. It is mostly on the right where truth and fallacies become more mixed; this is more where things have to be discerned. Satan is the author of confusion, he is dividing us to destroy us. Satan is not worried so much about the left, he has most of them, the left is by far much more openly and vehemently united against God. Truly, at this point, getting caught up too deeply in these worldly battles between ideologies, politics, and earthly powers, is a snare. Christians will not win in this carnal war for the world. Yes, we should still vote, and speak out, but to get too invested in carnal battles is to be distracted from our calling as a Christians. But rather, we should focus on God; for the time is short. At this point it would be wise to follow the Apostle Paul who said: “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Fight for souls, the present world is a lost cause, which ultimately, God has promised to destroy.