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Strong Delusion

In the same vein as “The DaVinci Code,” a new movie is scheduled in theaters this month entitled “Bloodline.” “Bloodline” will seek to prove that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and they had a son. Men just cannot tolerate a pure God, a just God or an honest God. Men want God to be limited to a God of love only and that love to be of their own definition. They want God’s love to be lax and indulgent toward sin and rebellion. They want God’s love to be void of justice and to never be absolute, only relative. Would you like God’s “take” on these things? The Bible that men hate always stays ahead of them:

“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:12-13

Notice that the scripture says, “For this cause…” Have you wondered what “this cause” was?

The preceding verses identify “this cause.”

“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” 2 Thessalonians 2:10-11

Believing lies is the result of refusing to believe the truth. No one stays neutral. As Jesus said:

“He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” Matthew 12:30

Refusing to believe that God is the Creator, men turned to the fable of evolution. Believing in evolution spawns more delusions. We kill innocent unborn and call it “Pro-Choice! We have unscientific people like Al Gore following the delusion of “Global Warming.” Common sense is erased in the minds of these by men who refuse the truth and strong delusions from God takes its place. Common sense would question that if men evolved from apes, then why do we still have apes?

Refusing to believe that Christ is the only way to the Father (John 14:6) has caused men like Tony Campolo to be deluded and say, “…going to heaven is like going to Philadelphia…There are many ways…It doesn’t make any difference how we go there. We all end up in the same place.” (“Carpe Diem: Seize the Day.” 1994, pages 85-88) (Tony Campolo is an ordained Baptist preacher who speaks to many youth groups.) Refusing to believe that God means what He says, caused Adam and Eve to be banished from the garden. Refusing to believe God’s instructions caused Cain to murder Abel.

All the liberals and Rick Warren are going to eliminate poverty on earth, in spite of the fact that Jesus said:

“For ye have the poor always with you...” Matthew 26:11

Mankind keeps believing that they are more concerned, more loving, more gracious, more knowledgeable than God is. Religious mankind knows more about building churches than Christ does. His ways are passé, too rudimentary. Some things taught in scripture like the husband being the head of the household, the submissive wife, parental discipline, separated lives, witnessing to others about Christ, a literal hell for unbelievers and a God inspired Bible are all either denied or rationalized by those following the delusions God sent them because they refused the truth.

Notice that God sent them the truth first. He did not send them “strong delusion” until men refused to believe the truth He had sent them. God has sent His only Son to die for our sins. He rose again for our justification. Men want salvation their way. They want to control their own destiny, to be independent of God Almighty.

“But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, we will not have this man to reign over us.” Luke 19:14

We will either trust Jesus Christ as Lord of all or we won’t trust Him at all. That is the part that men have always hated about Jesus Christ. They know He is Lord and men do not want to bow to His authority. They don’t mind that He died for our sins. They don’t mind that He arose from the dead. What they detest is that He is Lord. Be careful how you treat God’s Son.

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is LORD, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11 (caps mine)

The Canaanite woman recognized this and changed her method of address from “Son of David” to “Lord” (Matthew 15:22-26.) The woman taken in adultery understood His Lordship (John 8:1-11.) Saul, the blasphemer, caught on very quickly (Acts 9:1-6.) None of them addressed Him as Jesus or the Christ, but “Lord..”

Is He our Lord in fact or in name only?

Keep Looking Up!

Leland Maples