A few years ago I was asked on several occasions what I thought about Q-Anon. I knew very little at the time except that it was gaining traction and popularity. It was allegedly intelligence ‘drops’ from a person ‘close to Trump.’ The posts were put on a deep web bulletin board and a number of people would try to decipher the posts. Some would even correlate them with presidential and other governmental tweets. (I thought it odd that people would spend time connecting letters, phrases and numbers such as timestamps thinking there were ‘messages’ to the masses in Trump’s tweets; decoder ring, anyone?)
The followers of Q eventually became millions of people, believing that the posts and ‘drops’ were true. It made people feel like they were on the inside, giving them an ‘exclusivity’ feeling, possibly with Trump. Q was against pedophilia (as all Christians and people everywhere should be). But it had a lot of wild claims and conspiracies for me. As a scholar I don’t dismiss conspiracy theories at first, but have to look at them from every angle (unless it is clearly fear mongering or off-base like aliens, flat earth, lizard people, racist, etc.) Conspiracies exist, and some conspiracy theories may be true but they must be tested. So I recently dug deeper into Q as it exploded on the world scene January 6, 2021. And I had some ‘red flags’ when I first heard about it and then dug deeper into them.
Red Flags are Not False Flags
As a military veteran I couldn’t fathom military intelligence types posting information on disgusting websites where Q posts were initially dropped. If you’ve been there then you know what I mean. If anything they would have their own encrypted website/server or figure out ways to drop intel like Wikileaks did. That was red flag number 1 for me.
Red flag number 2 was the promised dates of mass arrests. The arrest of Hillary Clinton posted by Q in October 2017, never happened. Perhaps you’ve seen people post on social media terms, phrases or warnings about indictments. Or secret military operations rescuing thousands of sex trafficked children, mass arrests of over 200,000 elites, politicians and criminals. But you’ve seen they never happened. And they will not happen (and the military coup in Burma is not part of it).
Q-Anon Influencing the Church
And red flag number 3 for me was that I saw Q and its theories begin to influence the Christian church. Terminology used by Q such as, ‘the storm,’ ‘civil war,’ or even, ‘where we go one we go all,’ were on posts by prophetic ministers. Some started ‘prophesying’ using Q’s drops of predictions! The prophetic waters became muddied as Q terms, posts, rhetoric and information were retranslated in everyday language. They were put on posts, discussions and shared in podcasts and videos by these ministers.
It became difficult to know when the person was prophesying or parroting Q’s predictions. When prophetic and Christian ministers have a following and use terminology mixing Q’s posts and predictions into their videos and posts saying the Spirit of God told them, it has partially led us to the crisis the prophetic is in now. Trump wasn’t re-elected despite what Q and some prophets said. Mass arrests have not and will not take place, and martial law was never declared. I was honestly shocked as Christians wanted ‘martial law.’ As a combat veteran I know this would lead to bloodshed and would hurt the Church.
Disillusionment from False Predictions Rooted in Q-Anon
Many people have become disillusioned with the prophetic community for these wrong predictions that parroted Q. If prophets used Q for their information and turned it around to ‘prophesy’ or share with people, then this is similar to using astrology, horoscopes or the zodiac. It is a false source and is condemned biblically and must be abandoned immediately. It will be humbling to admit and repent from mixing Q into our waters. But millions of people have been led astray by Q. And if Christians taught this false narrative then they must admit their error, apologize, and turn back to the basics of faith and purify the prophetic waters.
And Q-Anon gets more wild the further one looks into it and its teachers. One famous Q teacher that Christians have listened to and watched has been in the conspiracy theory world for years. And he’s claimed to have had sex with an alien that gave birth to his child. Honestly, that should stop anyone from following him. A quick internet search on some of the Q Teachers will shock many followers of Q known as ‘anons.’
When will Christians say enough is enough and return to truth and testing everything?
Changing its Tone
Q has recently changed its tone, changing its dates for mass arrests (again) and is promising the birth of a new Republic under Trump in March. Some believe that the Inauguration of Joe Biden was pre-taped, or that Trump is running a shadow government that may be ‘righteous.’ Or that the US military is really in control of the government now. Just waiting for the right moment to throw Biden out and place Trump back in office.
However, what was promised to millions of Q followers and adherents didn’t happen. And will not happen because it has proven to be along the line of many other false conspiracy theories.
Always Check the Fruit
Last but not least of my red flags; we must always check fruit. The world was shocked when the US Capitol was stormed. The ‘Q Shaman’ was seen in a lot of pictures and videos from that day. But when looking at anything such as Q or ‘wokism’ or other things gaining popularity, we must always look at its fruit.
The ‘Q Shaman’ can be seen chanting something more along the lines of paganism on one level of the Senate chamber. And then after going downstairs and gathering with others in the Senate dais, praying in the name of Jesus. But this was done illegally and was complicit with acts of violence in DC broadcast around the world. I condemn rioters of that day and those who rioted in 2020 on the political left, right and in-between. It is said that the ‘Q Shaman’ claims to fight pedophiles in other dimensions.
The fruit of Q-Anon, along with ‘wokism’ stinks. I will address ‘wokism’ in an upcoming article whose fruit was many riots and violence. In no way am I lumping all Q followers into the actions of a few. But overall the fruit of Q for many people has been paranoia, fear, and distrust. It is further distracting people into other conspiracies which may cause polarization in friendships and family.
Q Will Morph and Change Like Other Conspiracy Theories
Unfortunately conspiracy theories get crazier, rebranding and evolving, duping more people. But it is obvious that Q was not from an intelligence officer. Nor someone close to Trump in the White House.
If you are a Christian who has followed and believed Q-Anon, I want to encourage you to look at it rationally, reasonably and biblically. And follow the money trail as to who is profiting off of Q. Consider the red flags I mentioned but also look at it for yourself and see that it doesn’t add up.
Disassociate from Q and dive into the presence of God through prayer and seek truth in Scripture. Be informed of world news, your nation and politics if you’d like, but ensure you are not duped again. I love you and bless you.
Jared Laskey, M.Div., M.A. in Christian ministry, is the founder of Fireborn Ministries and host of the Adventures in the Spirit podcast. He lives to see Jesus awaken this generation to the power of the Holy Spirit. Jared loves teaching people how to hear God. He has recently published the Spirit-Empowered Journal, available on Amazon. He also has e-courses for you. Entry Level Prophecy, The Last Days, the free ecourse on The Baptism with the Holy Spirit and more on charismacourses.com. His testimony of how God supernaturally healed him of PTSD is in Joan Hunter’s book, Miracles for Veterans.