What a Strong Delusion Looks Like
We see in 2 Thessalonians 2:11 "And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:"
- What is this strong delusion?
- What lie do people believe is true but is not?
- And why does God cause it to be sent to the people?
The word we see as "strong" in the text is energeiamost often translated "working" or "effectual working".
From the beginning women and men were deceived. Today, there are thousands of denominations filled with Modern Christians who are all sure they are right and not deceived. They think they are saved based on an interpretation of the Bible. They think they believe in Jesus just like the pharisees thought they believed in Moses and God.
- 2 Peter 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error <4106>.
- 2 Peter 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error <4106> of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
It is very clear that there is a real danger that through our own wantonness and desire for benefits to say nothing of our covetous practices that we may be deceived and again entangled in a yoke of bondage and loose our liberty.
God the Father and Jesus desires us to free. We are to be in the "world" and not of it. We are not to pray to the Fathers of the earth or the Benefactors who exercise authority one over the other. We are not to covet anything of our neighborwhich means your "fellow man" or "according to Christ, any other man irrespective of nation or religion with whom we live or whom we chance to meet".
In Jude 1 we see this word delusion again translated error in relation to the error of Balaam which is the same as the deeds of the Nicolaitan and Cain. These deeds and errors are the same covetous practices done by the Pharisees with their Corban which made the word of God to none effect and now done daily by millions of Modern Christians who may seem nice but are under the same iniquitous and strong delusion.
Jesus tells us that "many" will think they are Christians but will actually be Workers of Iniquity and not even know it.
How do we know we are not amongst the deceived?
How do we know that we are not the liar John speaks of in his epistle:
One of the big challenges we face is recognizing the strong delusion and lie people believe to be true.
- Hosea 4:6 "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."
They have created doctrines based on this limited understanding of the Bible within the context of history or a twisted view of the meaning of certain words within the text. Instead of Pure Religion they practice False Religion. Then seek to find others who will agree with their doctrine.
The same could be said of everyone.
The question is what is Christ's true doctrines?
What did he say and are we doing that first?
John 9:39 "And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth."
People who create false doctrines often depend heavily on Paul's writings.
But Paul preached Christ first.
- "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have1 an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
- "3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked." John 2:1
- "And account [that] the longsuffering of our Lord [is] salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. 17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." 2 Peter 3:15
The problem with many Paulinist is they do not preach the real Christ and His doctrines first.
Some think many are not believers because they do not preach things about head covering and wearing long dresses, or calendars and Sabbaths or Hebrew Names. The Pharisees had such traditions and they could not see the real truth of the kingdom at hand nor the weightier matters.
- Jesus never said anything about head covering for women.
- He forgave adulterers,
- He did not unmoor the truth to cling to man made traditions.
- He went out of his way to talk to a Samaritan women and
- He showed little or none of the chauvinist approaches so popular among modern Paulinist.
We have to seek a kingdom where no one has to pray to benefactors who exercise authority one over the other.
Nor the Fathers of the earth.
We have to care for one another and strive to become the welfare of the righteous while teaching the unrighteous The Ways of Christ....FIRST.
1 John 2:7 "Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. 8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. 9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now."
The Pharisees followed the letter of laws as they interpreted the Torah. They were wrong and did not know God. They used their holy book to justify themselves but not attend to the weightier matters.
- Love and charity are important.
- Loving your neighbor enough to make a difference is important
- Caring about others in ways that strengthen them is important
- Setting people free is important.
- The truth about Christ, and the commandments about covetousness is important.
- Forgiveness is important
We see this Greek word "plane" translated delusion only once. Seven times it is translated error. It is also translated to deceive and deceit once each. So the word may mean delusion in relation to an error related to deception.
How do we know we are true Christians or actually just deceived Workers of Iniquity?
Is there a checklist?
We need to ask lots of questions.Fractal Two Systems
- 1753 ~ἐνέργεια~ energeia \@en-erg’-i-ah\@ from energes (1756); n f AV-working 4, effectual working 2, operation 1, strong 1; 8 1) working, efficiency 1a) in the NT used only of superhuman power, whether of God or of the Devil
- 4106 ~πλάνη~ plane \@plan’-ay\@ from 4108 planos (as abstractly); n f AV-error 7, to deceive 1, deceit 1, delusion 1; 10
- 1) a wandering, a straying about
- 1a) one led astray from the right way, roams hither and thither
- 2) metaphor
- 2a) mental straying
- 2a1) error, wrong opinion relative to morals or religion
- 2b) error which shows itself in action, a wrong mode of acting
- 2c) error, that which leads into error, deceit or fraud
- 2a) mental straying
- 1) a wandering, a straying about
- 4108 πλάνος planos plan’-os of uncertain affinity; adj AV-deceiver 4, seducing 1; 5 1) wandering, roving 2) misleading, leading into error 2a) a vagabond, "tramp," imposter 2b) corrupter, deceiver
- Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
- 4139 ~πλησίον~ plesion \@play-see’-on\@ neuter of a derivative of pelas (near); adv AV-neighbour 16, near 1; 17
- 1) a neighbour
- 1a) a friend
- 1b) any other person, and where two are concerned, the other (thy fellow man, thy neighbour), according to the Jews, any member of the Hebrew nation and commonwealth
- 1c) according to Christ, any other man irrespective of nation or religion with whom we live or whom we chance to meet
- 1) a neighbour
- Jude 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
- Revelation 12:9 "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."