Autocratic Gaslighting


verb (used with object), gas·light·ed or gas·lit, gas·light·ing.
to cause (a person) to doubt his or her sanity through the use of psychological manipulation: used in relationships in order to maintain control over another person – used by an organization, governmental entity or the like, to control the masses, to manipulate data and/or ideas, control the narrative through confusion and subterfuge.

Earlier this week, as reported by The Gateway Pundit and many other news outlets, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul went on the offensive with fiery accusations toward National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Dr. Anthony Fauci. The testimony before Congress centered around questions regarding the NIAID’s role in providing funding through the National Institute of Health (NIH) for what is known as “gain-of-function” research at the Wuhan lab.

Paul cited the work of Chinese virologist Dr. Shi Zhengli, director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the virus research laboratory in the same region where the coronavirus pandemic first reached the public.

In particular, he focused on “gain of function” research, which Paul described at a May 11 Senate hearing as “juicing up naturally occurring animal viruses to infect humans.”

“There was gain of function research going on with this Dr. Shi Zhengli at the Wuhan Institute,” Paul said. “In her paper, she actually thanks Dr. Fauci and NIAID which is a part of NIH Dr. Fauci runs. It’s listed at the end of the paper,” Paul added. “The paper was funded by NIAID research and it lists a 10-digit number that identifies the research money that she got from the United States.”

“Dr. Fauci, do you still support funding of the NIH funding of the lab in Wuhan?” he asked. Fauci adjusted his microphone before addressing the question.

“Sen. Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely, entirely, and completely incorrect,” he responded. “The NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain of function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

At this point the intense back and forth was skillfully re-directed by Dr. Fauci, whereby he began to alter the narrative, maybe realizing his previous statement could easily be proven false, to wit he shifted the narrative towards a rather vague and often times contradictory examination of the term “gain of function.”

For anyone that lived through the 90’s Clinton era, this was very reminiscent of the outrageous reply from then President Clinton, while under oath in a deposition regarding Monica Lewinsky, which continued the obfuscation of truth without ever having to answer directly to the obvious “yes” or “no” query.

“The statement from your lawyer to the presiding Judge in the Paula Jones lawsuit, regarding your actions with Ms. Lewinsky, the statement ‘that there is no sex of any kind in any manner, shape or form, with President Clinton,’ was an utterly false statement. Is that correct?”

Clinton’s now infamous reply, “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”

This represents the shape-shifting truth-bending dialogue the public has now come to expect from our government entities, news media, public health officials – even from the ever-expanding “woke” congregations around the globe.

We have written previously on the matter of truth – consider this excerpt from one of our previous articles, IS TRUTH DEAD?  

In today’s society, truth is akin to beauty – it exists within the eye of the beholder. What once was foundational, beyond reproach, this day is measured on a sliding scale of subjective inference. Truth is the proverbial glue that holds nations together, without truth, the concrete foundation of civil discourse is reduced to shifting sand.

This week, once again, front and center we find Dr. Fauci sharing a story rife with vagueness and contradictions, similar to his flip-flops on other COVID-related issues. (Remember his switching mask narrative? You can read excerpts of that in our previous article found here – The Battle Line is Drawn ).

The narrative has continued to shift in ways that appear to fit the current political agenda of those seeking absolute control.  The dialogue is not hidden, as we’ve referenced many times, simply search the term “World Economic Forum” aka the WEF and this sweeping agenda known as “The Great Reset” is there for all to read.  In fact, curiously but not surprisingly, you’ll find the term “Build Back Better” inserted in this narrative.  Sound familiar? It should – that was the foundational pitch phrase used by the current Biden administration during their run for office.  

Whether you realize it or not, this global strategy or narrative, is a well funded and expertly organized movement that is being pushed by any means necessary. Ever shifting narratives, false storylines, altered timelines, unending questions to mask or not mask, one shot, two shots, booster shots – don’t be fooled, this mass confusion is actually a well thought out delivery meant to cause doubt and mistrust – or as we call it, autocratic gaslighting.  It’s a means to an end – and you need to understand – the outcome of their agenda is world-wide control over every aspect of life as we know it – and achieving that outcome means that bending the rules, breaking the law, outright lies and subterfuge are all tools to be used so long as it helps drive the planned narrative in reaching the final objective.

Gaslighting is when your emotions, words, and experiences are twisted and used against you, causing you to question your reality. We see this right now regarding the question of vaccinations.  My personal feeling is this, each one of us has the right to seek any and all information regarding what type of vaccine is available and then to draw our own conclusions as to whether or not we feel safe in allowing it into our body. Many are reluctant due to the fact this is a type of treatment using the messenger ribonucleic acid, or mRNA for short, which plays a vital role in human biology, specifically in a process known as protein synthesis. One of the makers of the current vaccines, Moderna, explains it this way on their website – “mRNA is a single-stranded molecule that carries genetic code from DNA in a cell’s nucleus to ribosomes, the cell’s protein-making machinery.  The vaccine triggers the mRNA to produce the spike protein common to COVID-19 resulting in an immune response.”

Concerns that many share are centered around the fact that this has never before been done in mass vaccination efforts which means we have very little to go on in regards to possible long-term adverse effects.  It seems reasonable that people might want to delay receiving the vaccine until more is known.  

However, that right to make your own informed decision is not what the globalists and progressive left feel is acceptable.  So the media machine, in coordination and often under direction of those progressive entities, have set out to bombard the population with information that is often contradictory but pushed in such a way that results in sensory overload.  Facts are twisted and the narrative is being turned against the unvaccinated in ways intended to marginalize individuals with derogatory labels  and other pressures that cause many to begin to question their own reality. Here’s a few examples – 

“US Surgeon General says pandemic is spiraling out of control due to the unvaccinated” – CBS News

Alabama Gov. Ivey says – “Start blaming the unvaccinated folks” – Mercury News

Biden says “virtually all COVID deaths come from the unvaccinated” – BPR Business and Politics

If you simply consider the facts, such as a recently released British study reported by The Daily Mail and Reuters News, almost half of all new COVID cases in Great Britain and thirty percent of COVID deaths are of fully vaccinated individuals.  Yet the media is telling us that almost one hundred percent of those hospitalized are unvaccinated.  I’m sorry but that just doesn’t add up – so which is it and what is actually trending? 

The reality is that what we are seeing is a virus that is in constant mutation, currently with two newer strains than the often referenced Delta variant, that continues to infect both vaccinated and unvaccinated alike.   It’s not as simple as placing all blame on the unvaccinated, so you have to ask yourself, why are they pushing this narrative? It’s about control and I think this level of control is less about the virus and more about the new world order that will require this level of subservience from the masses in order to thrive. 

Pay attention to the strategies of gaslighting and it becomes evident this is the new normal for our world today.  Truth is secondary to the agenda – if bending the truth or shifting the facts is necessary towards achieving the outcome – then so be it.  Even telling blatant lies is acceptable to aid in establishing a precedent, and the victim – which is you and me – are not sure if what information given is true, purposely keeping everyone off balance.

Add to this a secondary phase that is a very common tool of those that gaslight – the blame game.  As shared in the many headlines of today, this is being used world-wide to break those that have not submitted to those in control.  This frightening tactic is used to turn people against each other.  They will employ those that agree with their rhetoric or have something to gain in the outcome to help victimize those on the other side. In our case, the public and specifically the unvaccinated are left to wonder who they can trust and again they will question their own reality.  Labeling and name-calling ramps up the pressure and many eventually give up and go along rather than face the onslaught of accusations or consequences that will result from their resistance.   

Another tool used is to speak in terms that are endeared by those they wish to influence or change.  As you might suspect, we are seeing this tactic as well.  Since the singling out has included labels such as right-wing “evangelicals” and Trump supporting “patriots” – neither  of which is meant as a compliment by any stretch of the imagination – we have the Vice-President this week quoting scriptures in an attempt to influence these groups that are considered the “deplorables” to the elitists of today.

“I do believe that the act of getting vaccinated is the very essence – the very essence – of what the Bible tells us when it says ‘love thy neighbor’. Right? Kamala Harris to a small group attending a vaccination event.

First of all, for me, anytime politicians of either party start throwing around Bible verses – I usually take a step back.  Politically motivated theology ranks right up there with the prosperity faith message – both tend to be misleading and self-serving abuses of biblical truth.  But here we are, the Vice-President using the Bible to shame people into getting vaccinated.  Obviously somewhere on her biblical journey to discovering how to “love thy neighbor” she must have missed the part about adultery, vengeance and murder (abortion) – or maybe she shares the same Bible that the President uses – as those same sections seem to be missing from his as well.

The level of audacity it takes to flaunt morality yet toss around biblical references is beyond measure.  Pride and self-indulgence are two flawed characteristics that fit with people of this ilk.  Consider the one known as the “father of lies” – our enemy Satan – and his use of scripture against the Son of God.  Audacity doesn’t even come close to describing this absurd level of egotism. 

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.  Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”

Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:

‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’


‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ”

Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”

Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Get thee behind me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”

Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

Matthew 4:1-11 

And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Matthew 24: 12-14

We see it all around us, lawlessness abounds, so how do we guard our hearts and minds? Through our faith in Jesus Christ, the one without sin, God in the flesh, who came to this earth not to condemn the world, but to save it.  He gave his life as a ransom for many. But know this and heed the warning – Jesus will return as promised, but that return will bring with it the full judgement and consequences that will go to those that denied God and refused His free gift of salvation.  This age of subterfuge perpetrated by those seeking to gain world-wide control is just the beginning of what is to come.  Today its the opportunistic use of the pandemic to remove individual rights – tomorrow it may well be the call to bow to one leader, to take his mark – otherwise you will not be able to buy or sell and your very life will be required of you if you resist.  The church will be gone, but for those left behind, Daniel’s prophesied “Time of Jacob’s trouble” will go from bad to worse.  That is why our message is urgent – we do not want anyone to miss the opportunity to come to know Jesus before it is too late.  If you have not made that profession of faith, don’t put it off any longer.  Read our message Pathway to Salvation and then reach out to us with any questions or to request prayer support and we will be there for you.  You can reach us through this link Prayer Requests, Questions, Comments and we will respond. You can even remain anonymous if you choose.
Romans chapter 10, verses 9 and 10 gives us the following guidance to salvation: 

“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”

To the faithful, are you evangelizing according to our shared calling from Jesus? If you truly believe that you have been saved through grace, that Jesus Christ died for all sinners, then step up and share that message!  The world is lost and we are the light, but if we hide that light under a bushel then what good are we? Share the gospel, as Charles Spurgeon exhorted, “anywhere and everywhere!” Make sure that you are doing your part and if needed call out your church to do the same.  Is your congregation actively involved in true outreach in your community? If not, or if you’re not sure, ask the question and push for real outreach.  It’s not a hobby, it is a direct order from our Savior.  We should feel anguish in our hearts to know that “narrow is the gate and few will find it.”  Get involved, don’t wait for someone else to take up the charge, follow our Lord’s instructions and lead the way.

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John Stephen Frey, Director and Senior Editor, Life Beyond Horizons Ministry







6 thoughts on “Autocratic Gaslighting”

  1. Hello John,I really enjoyed this article you wrote and I agree with what you are saying.Thank you for your ministry and may God richly bless you!Elaine Shepard


  2. Hi John!!
    Another GREAT article. I could not agree more. I myself feel as though I am going crazy when I hear and see what is going on today. I often say that I feel as though I am in the Twilight Zone. Blessings to you and your staff!!

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