for the Faith
A Strong Delusion
Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 5:00am
Bible makes it clear why God is sending a strong delusion in the end
times: They perish because
they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God
sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so
that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have
delighted in wickedness (2
Thessalonians 2:10-12). Simply put, God sends a strong
delusion to those who chose not to believe the gospel of Christ. Those
who take delight in mocking and rejecting Him, He will condemn.
It is mans choice whether to
accept and believe the truth of Jesus Christ as presented in the
Scriptures. To receive the truth and the love God offers is in
keeping with its teachings, For this is the love of God, that we
keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. (1
John 5:3). Conversely,
to know the truth and not obey
it is to face the wrath of God: For the wrath of God is
revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men
who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, (Romans
1:18). Frankly speaking,
there is no more dangerous
condition for man than to know the truth and refuse to obey it. To do so
is to harden the heart and make Gods condemnation sure.
When one knows the truth and
refuses to obey it, he is subject to any lie, any deception, any untruth
that man can conjure up. For even though they knew God, they
did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their
speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing to be wise, they
became fools, (Romans
1:21-22). Paul goes on in next few verses to describe the
mindset and behaviors of those who disbelieve (see
Romans 1:29-31). As
a result of mans foolishness and his arrogant disdain of the things of
God, ... God gave
them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not
1:28). And correspondingly, and although they know the
ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of
death, they not only do the same, but also
give hearty approval to those
who practice them. (Romans
Isaiah puts it succinctly: ...
As they have chosen their own ways, and their souls
delight in their abominations; so I [God] will choose their punishments
and will bring on them what they dread. Because I called, but no one
answered; I spoke, but they did not listen. And they did evil in My
sight and chose that in which I did not delight. (Isaiah
When men know the truth and refuse to receive it, when they refuse to
obey it and hold it in unrighteousness, they
will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth
Thessalonians 2:12 NLT).
... God is love ... (1
John 4:16). He is not some cruel monster who deliberately
and inwardly delights in preparing people for everlasting condemnation.
But He earnestly and lovingly proclaims
the gospel of Christ,
not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
Throughout the Scriptures, God
urges people to accept the truth. But when people reject Him and spurn
His message, then - and not until then - God hardens them and turns them
over to a deluded mind to wallow in their wickedness to their eternal
damnation. This is what the Lord says about those who choose to
reject the truth: ... Even so they have loved to wander; they have
not kept their feet in check. Therefore the LORD does not accept them;
now He will remember their iniquity and call their sins to account.
but you have
adoption as sons by which we cry out, Abba!
so that He
might redeem those who were under the Law,
that we might receive the
adoption as sons. (Galatians
good to be born again (from above)
and, its good to be adopted.
"Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be
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"Saint Pete", Sr.