Prophetic Discernment in an Age of Disinformation (Part Three)

Prophetic Discernment in an Age of Disinformation Part Three

© Phil Mason January 2021

“We live in a political world
Where peace is not welcome at all
It’s turned away from the door to wander some more
Or put up against the wall.”
– Bob Dylan: Political World, [Oh Mercy 1989]



In this series we have been tracing the current upsurge of political disinformation and its impact upon the church. In Part Two I sought to explore the nature of the invisible spirit beings who drive and energize political agendas and the way these powers negatively impact believers when they immerse themselves in partisan politics. In this article I want to dig a little deeper to uncover even further the unique spirits that operate behind the political veil. When it comes to power politics, we would be foolish to ignore the biblical revelation that ideologies are empowered by invisible spirit beings. Many of us may be aware of a recent proliferation of conspiracy theories. We’re not imagining it! Whilst there have always been bizarre conspiracy theories that circulate on the fringes of our culture, there has been a massive upsurge in these theories in the past few years with a number of them going mainstream. When it comes to the subject of political disinformation there is nothing more noteworthy than the power of a conspiracy theory to ignite people’s fears of hidden government agendas to control the populace. Conspiracy theories, more than anything, lead the way in trafficking in disinformation.

QAnon

One of the most influential theories has come to light is the current QAnon movement. Whilst it is not my purpose to explain this theory in any detail, I do want to highlight it because it has been adopted by millions of people who are susceptible to fanciful far right ideologies. The theory emerged in 2017, one year into Trump’s presidency. In a nutshell, it revolves around the alleged existence of a cabal of ‘deep state’ Satanists who control the left-wing political agenda and who are heavily involved in child sex trafficking. Amongst those who embrace the theory, Trump is seen as a heroic figure who is intentionally working to ‘drain the swamp’ of these dark and sinister forces. But there is widespread pushback from the deep state to resist his attempts to rescue the children who are being trafficked. The theory is perpetrated by a mysterious figure who identifies himself as ‘Q.’ This alleged White House insider releases somewhat cryptic clues to his followers, revealing what is really going on inside the Trump administration. If you want to find out more about this conspiracy theory, there have been numerous insightful online articles written to expose the dark conspiratorial mindset of its many followers.

Beyond the content of this particular theory, I am more concerned with what drives conspiracy theories? As I have considered this question, I have reached the conclusion that it is driven by a very unique and ancient spirit of deception. Paul warned us about deceiving spirits that propagate unique deceptions that have the power to co-opt unwary Christians. “Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from what we believe; they will follow lying spirits and teachings that come from demons. These teachers are hypocrites and liars.” (1 Timothy 4:1,2 NLT) As I have been exploring the seductive power of these current conspiracy theories, I have seen a convergence of two unique spirits that have been targeting the hearts of God’s people. First, there has been a deliberate attack upon the church by a ‘political spirit’ and secondly, by a ‘gnostic spirit’ and these two spirits have combined forces to cook up a potent mix of deception. These are actual spirit beings that would fall under Paul’s definition of invisible ‘powers’ (Ephesians 6:12) with whom the church is wrestling in this unique season. Without a doubt I believe it is a gnostic spirit that drives and energizes the propagation of conspiracy theories. My purpose is to first explain the operation of the political spirit, followed by an explanation of the operation of the gnostic spirit. Then I want to follow up by explaining what happens when these two spirits team up together.

The Political Spirit

The political spirit is a spirit of strife and division.

When Christians comes under the power of a political spirit they are dragged down into an earthly political battle where they end up fighting flesh and blood instead of fighting principalities and powers. Paul said, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12) Sometimes partisan politics descends into an all-out war where those on the opposite side of the political divide become mortal ‘enemies.’ The political spirit stirs up intense enmity and it ignites unholy passions to defeat the enemy at all costs. It is this heated passion and rage that entices people to resort to the use disinformation.

It is the nature of politics to deliberately portray political enemies in the worst possible light.

Someone energized by this spirit deliberately searches out weaknesses and flaws in the arguments or the character of their political opponents, where they are enticed to step into an alignment with the spirit of accusation. Satan is revealed in the Bible as the ‘accuser.’ Uncovering ‘dirt’ on your enemy is the way of the political spirit. If there is nothing to uncover people will invent something. Politics traffics in mudslinging, hoping the mud will stick and the enemy will be defeated in the public forum. When this spirit infiltrates the church it always leads to divisive language and behaviors. You can see what happens to a follower of Jesus when they come under the political spirit; they turn aside from the high calling of love by participating in the political pastime of shredding those on the opposite side of the political divide. Cordiality and decency is thrown out the window because the enemy is at the gate and he or she must be exposed and defeated!

As we have previously observed, the political spirit consistently traffics in ‘political spin’ which manipulates facts to promote political propaganda. Politics thrives upon the use of propaganda. In the pursuit of advancing political propaganda, people under the political spirit resort to the dissemination of disinformation. This is not the accidental dissemination of misinformation but the deliberate distribution of false information in the service of an aggressive political agenda. When Christians come under the political spirit they inadvertently partner with a spirit of deception. Biblical truth and values are forsaken in the name of their political agenda. Christians who get drawn into the swirl of the political spirit deliberately turn a blind eye to the use of disinformation because the disinformation advances the prospects of winning the election and winning at all costs becomes the name of the game. This spirit works on both sides of the political divide.

The political spirit is always undergirded by a deep sense of national patriotism. Samuel Johnson famously said in 1775, “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” Misguided patriotism and loyalty to empire can reduce an honorable person to a political scoundrel! Countless evils have been committed in the name of patriotism to someone’s country. Whilst it is good to love one’s country, Christian nationalism crosses the line into idolatry because it elevates a nation to a status that confuses loyalty to God with loyalty to a particular country.

Christians who come under the political spirit have already compromised their loyalty to King Jesus through their loyalty to their country and they end up fighting for a political agenda in the belief that they are fighting for God. Patriotism drives the political spirit. But God is above partisan politics. Remember when the Lord appeared to Joshua with a raised sword? Joshua said, “Whose side are you on—ours or our enemies?” What was the Lord’s response? “Neither. I’m commander of God’s army.” (Joshua 5:13,14 MSG) As soon as we think God is on the side of a particular country or political party we are on extremely shaky ground. It was this misguided patriotism that inspired Dylan to write ‘With God on Our Side’ in 1963. He cited a series of atrocities that had been committed in the misguided belief that God was on their side. He said, “You never ask questions when God’s on your side!” And “You don’t count the dead when God’s on your side!”

Jesus exposed the danger of the political spirit when He said, “Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” (Mark 8:15)

Leaven is a subtle influence that permeates the heart just as yeast permeates a lump of dough. The leaven of the Pharisees is the subtle influence of the religious spirit whilst the leaven of Herod is the subtle influence of the political spirit. Both forms of ‘leaven’ have a way of getting inside the church and defiling it. King Herod Antipas [a Roman tetrarch and son of Herod the Great] was responsible for the beheading of John the Baptist. He had zero tolerance for his political enemies.

Some Jewish religious leaders came to Jesus to inform Him that Herod was out to kill Him and urged Him to flee from that place. Jesus told them, “Go and tell that deceiver [or, sly fox] that I will continue to cast out demons and heal the sick today and tomorrow, but on the third day I will bring my work to perfection.” (Luke 13:31,32 TPT)

The political spirit is at enmity with the Spirit of prophecy because it is driven by earthly political agendas.

Politics motivated King Herod to kill Jesus because Herod had been appointed King over Judea, but Jesus was emerging as God’s appointed King of Israel. Herod ridiculed the notion that Jesus was a king. “Herod and his soldiers began mocking and ridiculing Jesus. Finally, they put a royal robe on Him and sent Him back to Pilate.” (Luke 23:11 NLT) Jesus warned of the leaven of Herod because Herod was politically motivated in his opposition to Jesus as King. Herod was a shrewd politician who engaged in political propaganda and disinformation to preserve his own power. That is why Jesus called him a ‘sly’ or ‘cunning fox.’ The Strong’s Concordance points out that the Greek name ‘Herodes’ is a derivative of the word ‘hero.’ Herod, like so many of his kind, wanted to be seen as a heroic figure; the man for the moment. Perhaps Jesus was highlighting that the subtle leaven of ‘Herod’ is unveiled in every expression of political heroics, which is energized by human bravado and political power instead of the power of the Spirit. All political battles are fought in “the arm of the flesh.” (2 Chronicles 32:8)

The Gnostic Spirit

The gnostic spirit, on the other hand, entices believers into secret or esoteric knowledge.

Gnosticism is the exaltation of knowledge. ‘Gnosis’ is the common Greek word for ‘knowledge,’ therefore a gnostic spirit is a spirit of false or superior knowledge. People under the operation of this spirit are convinced they have been given insight into what is really going on behind the scenes. The gnostic spirit seduces people into a higher level of revelation that feeds upon human pride. It is the gnostic spirit that empowers conspiracy theories. Conspiracy theories proliferate amongst people with an unhealed orphan heart. Spiritual pride seeps into the hearts of people who have a deep deficit in their sense of personal significance. They are always searching for a superior knowledge that will inflate their ego and provide them with a sense of significance that has not yet been met by the Father’s love.

Only the Father’s love can minister a sense of deep significance that is rooted in the spirit of adoption and sonship. In the absence of this impartation of the significance that comes from the revelation and experience of our sonship, people reach out for whatever will fill that void and make them feel significant. Their sense of significance and worth may be found in material wealth; it may be found in elevated social status or it may be found in the false sense of power that knowledge gives.

When the gnostic spirit infiltrates the heart, love immediately goes out the window. The Spirit of love moves us toward our brothers and sisters to build connection and unity whereas the gnostic spirit causes people to exalt themselves over their brothers and sisters and to break connection.

As a theologian, I have specialized over the past four decades in exposing the gnostic spirit wherever it infiltrates the church.

I have felt a life-long mandate to war against this spirit. It enters the Christian community through syncretism with New Age spirituality (which is modern Gnosticism in one of its purest forms), through false teachings and through false prophetic revelations. I have written a book titled The New Gnostics, which traces the way the gnostic spirit functions when it infiltrates the spiritual operating system of the Christian mind.

If our eyes are open to the operation of the gnostic spirit it isn’t hard to see the way in which conspiracy theories are driven by a gnostic spirit. Adherents to bizarre conspiracy theories end up believing they alone have the real inside story. It’s a closed-circuit system as well because its adherents are always warned against listening to other sources of information because ‘they’ (the perceived enemy) have infiltrated mainstream media whose reporters are under the sway of the conspirators. Through fear of being deceived, gnostic conspiracy theorists only get their information from ‘reliable’ online sources that are awake to the alleged conspiracy. This traps people in a closed circuit where anybody who tries to help them find a way out of this cultish way of thinking becomes the enemy who isn’t awake to the conspiracy. Fear and paranoia are the fruit of participating in conspiracy theories.

All of us were shocked by the political riots and the insurrection on Capitol Hill that we all recently witnessed on January 6, 2021. These expressions of far-right political extremism were fueled by the convergence of the political spirit and the gnostic spirit. The political spirit had already enraged people against their political enemies but the gnostic spirit, in the form of the QAnon conspiracy theory, radicalized people into a militant response to attempt to overthrow their political enemies and to subvert the democratic process. How disturbing was it to see ‘Jesus Saves’ and ‘Jesus 2020’ banners being waved in the midst of the insurrection? How equally disturbing was it to see the guy with the large ‘Q’ on his shirt and the self-proclaimed ‘QAnon Shaman’ dressed in horns and face paint. The insurrection was the result of a toxic mix of the political spirit and the gnostic spirit.

The QAnon conspiracy theory elevated the recent US election to the status of an apocalyptic battle. The election was “apocalyticized” (a new word) into some kind of final battle against the forces of Antichrist. The proposition that a cabal of blood drinking Satanists who had allegedly infiltrated and taken over the Democrat political party to rig the election and steal it from the Republicans turned the 2020 election into a final Armageddon showdown where the only solution was to go to war and launch an assault on Capitol Hill.

It was this same powerful combination of the gnostic spirit and the political spirit that inspired many well-known prophets to prophesy that Trump would win a second term. This ‘revelation’ turned out to be a false prophecy. At the end of the day, it was a ‘gnostic’ revelation empowered by a virulent political spirit and a tidal surge of Christian nationalism. People asked, how could so many good prophets get it so wrong?

Entanglement in nationalism, a political spirit and a gnostic spirit of revelation caused many otherwise respectable prophets to be publicly humiliated. Some have rightly apologized, but some prophets came so heavily under this combination of the gnostic and political spirit that they have doubled down on their false prophecy claiming that Trump would still be miraculously elevated to the presidency in spite of losing the election. There are still some ‘prophets’ clinging to their false prophecies in the belief that Trump will somehow be magically restored to the presidency through an eventual revelation that the 2020 election was rigged. This is what the Bible called a “lying spirit in the mouth of the prophets.” (1 Kings 22:22)

Paul warned believers against coming under “another spirit!” (2 Corinthians 11:4) He spoke this warning in a unique season in which the gnostic spirit was infiltrating and derailing the church in Corinth. The only way to explain the proliferation of false prophecies and the wildly inflated claims of Trump’s presidency and his alleged prophetic destiny to overthrow a great end-time Satanic conspiracy is to recognize that a spirit of false prophecy came over a significant company of prophetic voices. This is the fruit of the political spirit infiltrating the church coupled with a powerful gnostic spirit, with both riding on the back of a massive surge of Christian nationalism. What a toxic mix and what a great deception. The American church’s obsession with the end times also played a role in elevating the 2020 election to the status of a great apocalyptic battle.

How much was the QAnon conspiracy theory to blame for poisoning the minds of the prophets who prophesied Trump’s re-election? This is an open question and hopefully the answers will come out in time. But there is compelling evidence to suggest that at least some of the prophets were favorable to the QAnon conspiracy theory. This was revealed in their language of the ‘deep state’ and the existence of an evil ‘cabal.’ The blanket silence amongst prophetic voices in failing to openly condemn and renounce the QAnon theory speaks volumes. It is time for the prophets to recognize the potency of political disinformation and to call it out.

As the dust begins to settle there are many lessons to take away from this crazy season.

My main point has been to focus our attention upon the need for a whole new level of prophetic discernment that will become the essential equipping to avoid falling again into a trap that the enemy had set for the church in order to destroy its credibility and its witness to this generation. The world knows that recognized Christian prophets were in bed with Donald J. Trump, prophesying his success. The church’s believability is in tatters and it will take a long time to fully recover from the mess that Christian nationalism has made in the house of God. The political spirit and the gnostic spirit teamed up together to slam the modern charismatic movement and the enemy won a decisive victory in lowering the public credibility of the church. Secular watchdogs with an insight into the potency of political disinformation have demonstrated greater discernment than many in the prophetic movement. Somewhere along the line the prophets lost sight of the biblical mandate of speaking truth to power and ended up becoming nationalist prophets of right-wing politics. The silence in exposing the widespread use of political disinformation and conspiracy theories has been deafening!

Somehow the prophets ended up with an entirely different message to the clear message of Scripture.

The focus shifted from the advancement of the kingdom of God through the proclamation of the simple gospel to the success of a political brand that offered power to the church to change the heart of a nation through the arm of the flesh. We need to get back to the “more sure word of prophecy” that calls the church out of Babylonian captivity. John said, “I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, My people, that you may not participate in her sins and that you may not receive of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.” (Revelation 18:4,5 NASB) We all need to hear this voice and to step up to an entirely new level of discernment that speaks truth to power. This is the heritage of the prophetic tradition.

It is time for prophetic discernment in an age of disinformation and chaos! Let’s seek the Lord for a radical discernment in this hour!

Prophetic Discernment in an Age of Disinformation (Part One)

Prophetic Discernment in an Age of Disinformation [Part One]
© Phil Mason January 2021

In the book of 1 Chronicles, the author highlighted a prophetic company called “the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.” (1 Chronicles 12:32). This was a God-given prophetic insight that enabled this prophetic company to discern the uniqueness of the times and the seasons that the people of God found themselves in and how to respond in correspondence to the uniqueness of the season.

We are told by Solomon that “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV). Different seasons call for different strategies and different responses. Daniel prophesied that God is the author of the times and the seasons; “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are His. He changes times and seasons; He sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; He knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with Him.” (Daniel 2:20,21 NIV)

The events of 2020 and 2021 have unquestionably ushered in an entirely new season. The question is, what are the unique characteristics of this new season? I believe we are in a season of a significant ‘reset’ in the church, as God brings His people into a greater alignment with His voice.

The battle always revolves around the stewardship of the truth.

The current season of global upheaval, both politically, socially and economically, demands an entirely new level of spiritual discernment that reaches beyond the discernment of the previous season. Only the church as God’s prophetic community on earth has the potential to step into the rarefied company of the sons of Issachar in knowing, from heaven’s perspective, exactly what is going on in the earth in any given season. Prophets function as the ‘ears’ of the church and they are responsible to announce the new season and the new strategies in response to the new season.

Amos prophesied; “Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7 NIV) God speaks from heaven and it is the task of the prophets to corporately discern exactly what the Lord is saying to His church.

But a number of unique factors have emerged in the current season that have raised the stakes to a whole new level in the current battle for truth.

Information Wars

One of the things I have become certain of in this unique season is that with the advent of the digital information age we have been plunged into a global information war. We have never been here before and we are all in an entirely new and unfamiliar environment that is highly disorienting. Worldwide access to social media platforms guarantees a much quicker flow of information but it also paves the way for an explosion of misinformation and disinformation. The battle to discern truth from error has subsequently gone to a whole new level in this new season.


The Apostle John distinguished the sons of God from the sons of this world on the basis of their relationship to the Spirit of truth. “Those people belong to this world, so they speak from the world’s viewpoint, and the world listens to them. But we belong to God, and those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the spirit of deception.” (1 John 4:5,6 NLT)

The apostles and prophets of the New Testament were uniquely anointed to train the people of God in discerning truth from error.

The battle in these days is to discern the voice of the Lord in the midst of a cacophony of voices, even within the church. God has set in place certain safeguards for the surefire discernment of His voice. One of these safeguards is our placement into the safety of a Spirit-filled prophetic community. Paul insisted that it is only “together with all the saints” that we can come to a comprehensive and certain knowledge of truth. (Ephesians 3:18 NIV) John said, “those who know God listen to us.” That is a big statement!

The ‘us’ to whom he was referring was the company of apostles and prophets upon which God has built His New Testament church. “We are His house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus Himself.” (Ephesians 2:20 NLT) The only way to keep our heads above the season of this new global information war is to immerse ourselves into prophetic community where the voice of the Lord is discerned together.

The ascendency of postmodern relativism has given rise to widespread misinformation and disinformation and it is these subjective claims to ‘truth’ that have ushered in an information war where everyone on the planet has to ‘run the gauntlet’ of a plethora of lies. There has never been a time in history where so many people simply don’t know what to believe anymore.

One of the features of the information age is the weaponization of information.

In 2019 Richard Stengel published “Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do about It.” His book traces the use of Russian disinformation in the 2016 US Presidential election campaign and the counter-disinformation campaign designed to obfuscate the revelation of Russian interference. That was a classic ‘information war!’ Subsequently, a number of books have been published on the theme of disinformation and counter-disinformation. This is the season we are in. Many people simply don’t know what to believe anymore because the information age has turned the world into a global battleground of competing political agendas and we are all caught in the crossfire. We are literally drowning in a sea of political propaganda that fills the airwaves with both left and right wing media outlets disseminating conflicting political narratives that compete for our allegiance.

Disinformation

Politics is all about power. Politicians are always manoeuvring and scheming to gain greater earthly power over their political adversaries. Politicians consistently engage in the cunning use of political ‘spin.’ They put a deliberate spin on information in order to persuade and control the way people think about a particular hot-button topic. Political parties all participate in political propaganda in order to gain power and this propaganda always plays upon people’s fears. To be equipped in discerning the times and seasons we have to recognise the power of political propaganda and the use of both misinformation and disinformation.

Disinformation is different to misinformation. Misinformation, by definition, is “false information that is spread, regardless of intent to mislead.” Someone who inadvertently spreads misinformation may themselves be simply misinformed. They have got their facts wrong and they are accidentally spreading false information.

On the other hand, disinformation means “false information, disseminated by a government or intelligence agency in a hostile act of tactical political subversion.” It is also used more generally to mean “deliberately misleading or biased information; manipulated narrative or facts; propaganda.” Disinformation is a tool of power politics to deliberately sway people to adopt their political position through the dissemination of propaganda and lies. Disinformation is as old as Satan’s temptation in the Garden of Eden.

That was the first example of disinformation for the purpose of misleading and deceiving. Eleven times in Genesis we read the words, “God said…” before the serpent uttered the challenge; “Has God indeed said….?” (Genesis 3:1) Satan is the “father of lies,” and disinformation is his key weapon. The use of disinformation becomes fertile soil for the spirit of witchcraft, or the deliberate control of the hearts and minds of the masses. Disinformation is a deliberate attempt at thought control. Paul said, “O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you?” (Galatians 3:1) Another translation says, “Oh, foolish Galatians! What magician has cast an evil spell on you?” (NLT) Lies can be a potent force for political advancement.

Fake News

Disinformation trades in deception and is fuelled by the deliberate intent to deceive. Part of the widespread phenomenon of disinformation is the explosion of so called ‘fake news.’ Fake news is untrue information presented as genuine news. The rise of social media has facilitated the deliberate dissemination of fake news stories. Fake news reduces the impact of real news by intentionally competing with it. We are inundated daily with fake news stories designed to confuse and disorient people. Some politicians resort to using the term ‘fake news’ to describe any genuine news story that disseminates negative press coverage about them. They seek to cover up unfavourable media coverage by writing off the news story as a piece of ‘fake news.’ Politicians frequently engage in ‘smear campaigns’ against their political opponents. They always seek to cast their political enemies in the worst possible light. Accusing one other of fake news is a deliberate obfuscation of the truth and it happens all the time in mainstream politics.

Both left-wing media and right-wing media frequently accuse one another of disseminating fake news. The politicization of the language of ‘fake news’ sews widespread confusion into society. The deliberate creation of fake news is driven by a spirit of deception. This is all part of the flood of deception that is sweeping the earth and behind this agenda to lie and deceive is Satan, the father of lies. “The serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood.” (Revelation 12:15) This is the season we find ourselves in. Satan targets the church with his own disinformation campaign! Living in the midst of such a toxic and vitriolic information war, the church is often tossed to and fro by manipulative political propaganda and deliberate disinformation.

Staying free of all this ought to be our goal.

The question remains: can a Christian engage in the political process and remain undefiled by the spirits of deception that flourish in such a heated and hostile environment, where dragging political opponents down through deliberate disinformation becomes the primary goal of the political process? If love is meant to be the defining characteristics of the true followers of Jesus can we afford to get swept up in a deliberate agenda to depict other human beings as the ‘enemy?’ Love is the first thing to be thrown overboard when Christians get dragged down into earthly political battles. Time and time again I have seen good people getting drawn into open hostility toward perceived political enemies. We are called to win others to Jesus and to the truth through love, not politics.

If a Christian chooses to get swept up in earthly political battles my suggestion is to hold on tight to love as the highest virtue of all and to keep your eyes open to the spiritual powers that flourish in the political sphere. Being established in mature love ought to be a primary prerequisite for engaging in the political world. There are many lessons to take away from the season we are in. The sons of Issachar not only understood the times and seasons, they also knew what the people of God ought to do. In other words, they knew how believers ought to walk in the context of the uniqueness of the season.

In the second part of this series, I want to explore further how we are called to walk in the midst of the information wars and the age of disinformation. If my thesis is correct, that an accurate understanding of the times and the seasons necessitates an awakening to the role that disinformation plays in the shaping of popular culture, we need an entirely new operating system to navigate the times so we don’t get swept along by the currents of popular culture.

If you’ve enjoyed this article, keep an eye out for Part Two in ‘Prophetic Discernment in an Age of Disinformation.’