Many folks say that Christianity is brainwashing.
What is the truth? Do Christians really brainwash through indoctrination?
I heard a recorded message by the late Brother Lester Roloff of Roloff Ministries in Corpus Christi, Texas several years ago. Brother Roloff was once posed this question under public scrutiny of his ministry to children and families through the Roloff Homes. He replied something like this, “Amen! And we use King James wash water!”
What Brother Roloff was trying to get across is that men, women, boys, and girls have a real need. That need is specifically to have their sins washed away.
So, they need not just their brains washed, but their hearts as well.
No! Not the thumping muscle in your chest! But your spiritual heart is what makes you, you. The heart of man is that invisible part that makes him uniquely who he is and how he behaves…and incidentally, that heart is inseparably tied to the intellect (the brain).
True, Biblical Christianity is brainwashing actually because the Bible tells us that God’s Word actually cleanses a man’s way (behavior).
Let’s take a closer look
Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”
Ephesians 5:22-27 says, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”
This portion of scripture illustrates that type of sacrificial love that a husband ought to have for his wife, but in the description it is very clear that the church is sanctified and cleansed by the washing of water by the word. Water is symbolic of the Word of God and it indeed does continually cleanse those who give themselves to the study of it.
Christianity is Brainwashing Through Regeneration
Titus 3:3-7 says, “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
This passage very clearly illustrates the previous state of all Christians. It tells how we were all rotten to the core! Sure, maybe everyone hasn’t done all of these things. Maybe you haven’t done any of them.
But the fact is that the Bible teaches us that if we break even one of God’s commandments, we have broken God’s law. This simply means that though we may not have committed all of the vilest types of sin, we have still sinned and therefore are equal to the vilest sinner there ever was.
So, yes. Christianity is brainwashing as this passage further indicates that the hearts, minds, and lives of Christians have been washed by regeneration.
This word regeneration literally means “new birth”. The greek word here, palingenesia, is also used by classical writers to illustrate changes produced by the return of spring (Ever heard of spring cleaning?).
Christianity is Brainwashing: An Illustration of Jesus
Notice the following passage:
Matthew 23:25-28, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.”
Here, Jesus tells of the scribes and Pharisees (the most devoutly ‘religious’ people of his day). He talks compares their rituals of excessive cup and dish washing to their ritualistic lives. He is telling them that they must first cleanse the inside (or heart & mind) of a person before the outside behavior can truly be clean.
The outside may look clean, but if the contents are dirty, the clean exterior is just a hypocritical veneer.
Christianity is brainwashing for sinners!
Christianity is Brainwashing for the Christian
1 John 1:9-10 is written to the church and tells of the continual cleansing that even Christians need. It says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
You see a person (sinner or saint) cannot be cleansed of sin without confessing it and repenting of it. We must admit that we are rotten sinners in God’s sight or we will not get God’s attention. If we will not confess our sins, we are calling God a liar and the Bible teaches us that God cannot lie!
Christianity is Brainwashing that is Commanded
James 4:8-10 gives a command that has a broad application to all people of all times. It says, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
Real Christianity is Brainwashing!
Have you been washed? Have you been cleansed?