I want to talk some more about the way trance-like states are induced, and the subsequent effects on the life of those so affected. I have mentioned the typical church service being very hypnotic and conducive to mind control. You may take offense at this. Many of the things that are taking place in such a setting are not in and of themselves wrong. The problem arises when those in control knowingly use these conditions to further their own agenda and cause people to become captive to their system.
So you are asking, is this done deliberately? Do the people who run the show know what they are doing? That is a good question. I doubt that very many of them have the intellect and cunning to purposefully conduct this type of massive hypnosis. I will, however, say this; it is a natural evolving of certain agendas and behaviors. Men naturally discover that certain things disrupt the flow of the information and behavior modification that they are trying to accomplish. Over time this type of established rhythm becomes the norm. Whenever this norm is varied from people become less manageable. The process simply devises itself, which is the way it usually works in any case. No doubt there are those who make a deep study of it and understand the dynamics of it and exploit it far more deliberately for their own ends. but nevertheless, a good deal of it takes place without much contemplation on the part of the perpetrators. I would venture to suggest that it is such a natural progression of events that care must be taken to prevent it! I will discuss more of how that can be done a little further on.
When you are sitting in church, make an effort to sit near the back of the sanctuary where there will be mothers and fathers with young children. Observe that these children are usually quiet and well-behaved. From a young age the mother or father has subjected the child to a type of behavior modification. (The alteration of human behavior using basic learning techniques such as positive or negative reinforcement ,as in rewards and punishments). If the child behaves well and sits quietly in the pew, all is well and there may even be a dish of sugary cereal. If the child fidgets and makes a commotion, a visit to a secluded area in the back where discipline is applied will quickly follow. Some parents are harsh and some are lenient, but by the time a child is around two years old he/she is sitting for a good portion of the service, looking at a book, drowsing on the parent’s lap or sleeping.
The child is in a safe and secure environment. A beloved and trusted parent is near, the setting is familiar and comforting. Children love to sing, and often will join in with childish enthusiasm. Of course it won’t be long before the mother tenderly hushes the notes that are held out after the others have paused. There are amused smiles, and soon the baby learns to match the behavior of the adults. Decorous, predictable and calm. Is this bad? No, not yet.
Notice the 4 and 5 year olds. Few children in today’s society are capable of sitting for any length of time without demanding toys, entertainment or snacks. These children are patient and docile. This is good. The child is well-behaved. At 7 and 8 the children sit upright throughout the service. They might not appear to be listening to the service. They may be marking in their Sunday School book, laying their head on their parent’s shoulder, and in general appearing to be bored and disengaged, but the process is well underway, the process that started when they were infants. The process is that everything that happens in this setting is carved deep into the psyche of the child. This is when the child internalizes certain words and phrases.
The preacher stands up in front and begins to speak in his carefully modulated tone of voice. His sermon might be rather good, or it might be asinine. I have seen a fair number of both. In any case, this is when the preacher uses certain key words and phrases, all to very good effect. As mentioned before, he will employ the use of words such as “an intellectual understanding,” “fall into deception,” “we as the brethren,” ”we as God’s people,” “those who are no longer among us,” “when we can just humble ourselves and accept the light of the brethren,” “when we’re proud,” “let us pray for those who are of a lost and a dying world,” “the lost and dying world,” “thankful that we can be here so peaceful and undisturbed,” and so on. You get my meaning. The small child does not listen to the sermon, but he is being conditioned. Conditioned to believe that he is part of something that is special, that the rest of the world does not and cannot have, that he is better than the rest of the world, that he will go to hell if he is not a part of it, and that the ministers must be feared as God. He is being taught that the ministers are never wrong, that they are good and kind, even when he sees them doing things that seem a little strange, like expelling his father or mother or grandparent, even though the child can see no reason why this should be so.
The child can become very judgmental. When playing with the children of family members who are not members of the church he will not so kindly point out to them that their parents are going to hell. He will pompously explain to his playmates that the reason for this is because they watch television, the mother wears jeans or because she does not wear a head covering. If the offended playmate tattles to his mother, and the mother of the offending child overhears, she may be horrified. She may lecture her child kindly but sternly and tell him that we don’t talk to our friends like that. Naturally she doesn’t say that anything the child said was wrong, but only that the child should not have said it because it’s not nice. Then she wonders if she ever said such a thing in front of the child. Quite likely she did not. But never mind, the child has been listening. He’s already very well conditioned to see the rest of the world as lost and going to hell, and himself and his family as being superior and righteous. God’s favorite people, as it were.
Imagine for a minute that the parents of school age children decide to leave the church. By the time a child is ten or eleven, or even 7 or 8, this will present a traumatic situation. The child will not readily accept this change. He may cry to his grandparents, who will sadly shake their heads and say that it is so wonderful that the child has such conviction at such an early age, and isn’t this just more proof that we are the one true church…the fact that a small child is already so sure of the truth.
What has actually happened is that the child has already fallen under the spell of the hypnotist. Naturally, if a child has been being taught Bible stories from the time of infancy, and if he truly loves God, which is possible in a child-like way, he may be disturbed if he sees his parents suddenly lapsing into an ungodly lifestyle. But suppose the parents are sincerely seeking a more deep and fulfilling walk with God. The child will still be greatly traumatized in many instances, and even if the child makes the transition rather smoothly, chances are that there will be a serious period of re-adjustment in the teenage years as the reality of the departure from the lifestyle of the group sets in. It is almost inevitable that there will be anger and rebellion, although that seems to be the case with almost all teenagers these days. It is not uncommon for one of these children to return to the church when they get older, and this is pointed to as proof that the parents made a grave mistake by leaving, when in truth the child has simply had a very difficult time coming out from under the mind control. The confusion of leaving may often cause these children to act out as teenagers and then they return in compensation for the feelings of being out of control. Some stay and some don’t. On the other hand others may completely walk away from God and never look back.
The Catholics apparently have a saying; “Give us a child til the age of 6 and that child will be a Catholic for life.” If a child is enrolled in the parochial school of such a religious organization, they are being brainwashed from a very early age. Catholics may lapse, as far as being religious, but they often cling to the inner convictions for life. They may be riddled with guilt and fear and never embrace another religion. Public schools these days are known as government or state schools, where children are indoctrinated to be the citizens of the New World Order. When a child is in the care of the system 5 days a week and approximately 10 months out of the year, there is endless opportunity for indoctrination. A child will turn on his own parents after this indoctrination, if the parents are not vigilant and very careful to be instilling their own values in the child. Hitler, Mao Tse Tung and Stalin all used the school system to their advantage in this manner.
So, you’re asking, what does this have to do with the Holdeman school? I’m saying that after a child comes out of one of these schools at 8th grade, he has been indoctrinated. He has most likely already been baptized and become a church member. This does not mean that he is a sincere and devout young Christian. It means he can be included in the activities of the youth group, he is subject to church discipline, and the entire spectrum of marriage partners is available for his casual perusal. There are many advantages, and the drawbacks can be dealt with.
I find it quite interesting to see that these young people are less spiritual than their parents, quite often, but even more church oriented. They may have a wild streak in them and leave the church for 5 years but they will never find another church. They will defend the church to anyone who dares to speak ill of it. They will often marry in the world but return with the new bride. They are Holdeman to the bone. Their parents will reprove them and beg them to return and they will say to them “you know where you belong,” and the youngster will often echo this sentiment.
Young children who are reared in the Holdeman environment will also turn on a parent who has left for any of a number of reasons. Sometimes a parent falls out of favor with the leadership and is thrown out against their will, and winds up in a no-man’s land of loneliness and pain. Can this parent expect compassion and loyalty from the child? Often not. Sometimes a parent just simply falls off the wagon and sort of wanders off into the wilderness. There may be some legitimate reasons behind the departure, but the follow-up behavior may be embarrassing to the child. Can the parent rely on the child to be kind and loving and understanding? Very likely not. The child believes in the church. If the departing parent is the father, and he shaves his beard, or is ever seen in a necktie, or anything other than a regulation automobile, the child will cower in shame. This indoctrination has been bored deep into the soul of the child. What is emerging here is a new breed of Holdeman Mennonite, one who is so firmly entrenched in the lifestyle and the one true church teaching that he can almost never be set free, but yet who cannot tell you anything about what he believes, cannot quote one scripture with which to defend himself, and in secret, on the sly, breaks many of the rules that he claims to hold so dear.
I find all of this very sad and alarming. I would like to see children who truly love God, who are deep in the scriptures and who are loyal to parents, no matter the cost. You are now asking what the alternative is to this pattern of indoctrination and mind control. You are saying, well, are you telling me we should stop going to church, and that having our own schools is a BAD thing? The answers are not so clear cut and simple, but there are answers. I will present a few of my ideas in my next post.