“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie” (II Thessalonians 2:11).
In an earlier post [Mystery of Iniquity, 1/13/21] we stated: It is a dangerous thing, indeed, to reject the Gospel, or to turn from the love for the Truth. Paul says to those who reject the Truth, you are in grave danger of becoming subject to “strong delusion, that you should believe a lie” (II Thessalonians 2:11). Believing the lie condemns us to damnation, even those who take “pleasure in unrighteousness” or iniquity (cf. II Thessalonians 2:12).
Delusion (Gr. plane (plan’-ay)) means from the Greek word planos, deceiver, seducing (spirit); fraudulence, straying from orthodoxy or piety; error.
The Apostle John wrote in his Epistle “We are of God; he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God hears not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth and the spirit of error (plan’-ay) (1 John 4:6).
To some degree then, everything becomes spiritual. The question is of what spirit are we? (cp. Luke 9:55). There are those who speak truth from sincere hearts; and those who are deceivers, frauds, seducers, impostors, and who intentionally mislead.
The Apostle Paul exhorted the Church at Ephesus: “That we henceforth be no more children tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. But speaking the truth in love may grow up into Him in all things, which is the Head, even Christ” (Ephesians 4:14-15).
So then, there comes a line of demarcation, a dividing line between light and darkness, between truth and error, between good and evil, between righteousness and iniquity. If we willfully choose darkness, error and iniquity, we are in danger of then sincerely believing these things to be the right path; and we are in further danger of God Himself turning us over as the Apostle states “to a reprobate mind” (cp. Romans 1:28).
Saints of God, for the love of God, beware of delusion. Today we are challenged with propaganda, an agenda driven media, false prophets, psy-ops of intelligence agencies (foreign and domestic), and deception of the highest order from all quarters (political, religious, commercial, financial and social).
Jesus warned us: “Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves” (Matthew 7:15). “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. . .For there shall arise false Christ’s and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” (Matthew 24:11,24).
Be lovers of God, lovers of the Truth, lovers of the Word of God, lovers of the saints of God and we shall be kept from the spirit of error, from all manner of deception, lies and the evil influence of seducing spirits.
As Paul says to the Thessalonians: “But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, Brethren, beloved of the LORD, because God has from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. Whereunto He called you by our Gospel to the obtaining of the glory of our LORD Jesus Christ” (II Thessalonians 2:13-14).
Yes, saints of God keep yourselves in the Truth, walk by faith, and the very God of peace will guard you, preserve and protect you, and keep you in the love of God in Christ until His appearing at the end of this evil age. Maranatha! Even so, come LORD Jesus!