Summary: Christians and everyone are being deceived by many lies originating from their culture, systems, and even churches
You Are Being Fed ‘Strong Delusion’ Kelly Durant 10-26-14
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
2. Most of us know how gullible and easily deceived we can be as people! If Christians get deceived by all kinds of false doctrines and how much more the people of the world will believe anything! A perfect example of deception could be compared to that of an anti-Christ leader such as Adolf Hitler. Years before the war ended he was worshipped as the savior and answer to a desperate world with the worst inflation in history. Remember, Hitler was blessed by the Catholic Church and followed by millions of Christians! It should horrify you to think how many so called Christians out there can so easily be deceived by a leader!
Today we are studying deception from 2 Tess. 2, which is set in the context of the end-time, when the charismatic anti-Christ will appear: 2 Thess 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
How do we as weak human beings accept strong delusion? Our logical yet illogical minds want hope in a supernatural salvation; God performs that in us in that respective position if we let Him. But a person disconnected or shallow with God and His sanity and peace will worship any deranged being, especially when they have a show of messiah-ship or supernatural power. As people we are always in search of answers, and in the absence of them, we invent them in our minds or flow with the winds of the world getting herded as sheep to the slaughter to whatever evil is trending and popular. The masses get swayed by the media. Never has the media lied to the public feeding us lies as it is doing today!
Also, deceptions and beliefs are passed down for generations until finally someone with God’s truth in their lives questions and challenges them. How many misconceptions of life have you lived with until now? How many cultures have started strange beliefs and practices lasting for centuries and even millennium? Adam & Eve taught their children to respect God, and many of their descendants knew God and the truth, but they all did not remain faithful. Those alienated from the truth or the deceived children had opportunity to know the truth later through the chosen Israelites, but history revels most of them rejected it. Today, God’s people who are Christian, who are in word and deed loving God and others and living holy lives, are the authentic ones in truth totally living free from delusions. However, all others live life delusional and diametrically opposite to a life of love as Jesus taught. Strong delusion creates hypocritical people.
3. I pray for everyone around me to live happy and blessed, growing in truth and wisdom, advancing in prosperity and knowledge. But this implies that you and I must war against the lies and liars deluding people. But exposing their evil agendas is not enough. People are only enlightened and protected from lies by the study and obedience to the Word of God! How does His word lead us in truth? Jesus said John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
The word of God transforms you and me by the Holy Spirit to indwell in the truth! Millions of people with testimonies bear witness to how they were once deceived by the lust, greed, and pride in the world but then they became free. John 8:32 ‘And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free’. Religion itself cannot change evil hearts. We see religions today who murder in the name of their god. A Christian however, if authentic, has a relationship with Christ, and he or she becomes God fearing and loving and compassionate with a new nature like the nature of Jesus himself. A new conviction takes place causing he or she to abandon the deceptions of lust, greed, pride, anger, bitterness and ‘deny their selves’ in order to adapt totally the loving beautiful character of Jesus Christ.
Here is the delusion problem, in other religions those deceived follow some charismatic man’s teaching and/or they imitate the founder or leader. By doing this, they are doomed to repeat the same errors of the deluded leader. Most erroneous prophet leaders have led people to war for gain, or into prideful selfish illusions believing they are enlightened. The world’s so called holy sites or self-proclaimed written down revelations from god are supposed to authenticate their false claims to divinity. To outsiders it is obvious they lived under a crazy distorted reality of illusion, but to those who get hooked, the lie is the truth to them.