Delusion or Deliverance?
2 Timothy 3:1-2, 4
10-28-20, * -- God’s word plainly teaches that one of the characteristics of the end of this age is that people will develop a capacity for delusion [2 Thessalonians 2:10-12] rather than the truth. The end times describe by the apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 3:1-2, 4 [sure looks like the year 2020-Ed.]. The modern day glittering allurements gloss over evils and wickedness. It is a time to oppose evil lest our society becomes totally corrupt.
Sadly, in modern day America sin is explained away by psychological terminology. God is portrayed as a sentimental creature Who never lets His wrath fall on anyone. Thousands of Americans are deluded by philosophies that are destroying the strength of the nation and threatening our security.
The Apostle Paul said: “For this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie.” [2 Thessalonians 2:10-12] And “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions” (Romans 1:25-26). Three times in the first chapter of Romans the Scripture says, “God gave them up” because of their sins. Such a candid picture of modern man: deceived by the mouthings of wicked demagogues who are indifferent to the voice of God. They are driven by some diabolical, compulsive force, we rush toward the precipice of global destruction.
Everywhere we look today, we see the propensity for delusion [Joe Biden the Democrat choice for president-Ed.]. It’s no wonder someone has said, “We have the best politicians that money can buy.” All men and women must believe something; if not the truth, then the lie of the devil.
Paul says that the unbelievers in Thessalonica had their pleasure in evil. Thus, they became “wise” in doing evil and fell so deep in sin that they began to call evil good.
The Scriptures and experience suggest that there comes a point when God gives men and women up in their sins. He can do this by withdrawing His enlightening influence from their understanding. It is never possible to understand the happenings in our times unless God gives us spiritual illumination. However, the sins of the lost have become so heinous in His sight, He withdraws this spiritual illumination stumbling in blindness into the deeper darkness.
The Scripture teaches that Satan sometimes fashions himself into an angel of light. When the devil approaches to tempt, he does not carry a warning sign saying, “I am the devil.” He comes in a thousand subtle forms, with delusions and lying wonders. [..]
Satan tries to get us to believe that the soul is of much less importance than the body. Jesus brushed this delusion aside when He asked, “What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).
Too many people live as though this earthly life were the only life that matters. They have completely lost sight of eternity. Would to God that we would learn to live each day with eternity’s values in view. “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3) ever been successfully answered, except in the Scriptures. The answer is: There is no escape from God. So sad thousands/millions of people think that they can escape from the realities of time and eternity.
Men and women are trying to escape through imagination, pleasure, false security or self-sufficiency, but the Bible warns there is no such escape. However, there is good news for all of you who are seeking a way out. There is one Way of escape and deliverance. “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone … and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:9, 15). He is the way of escape that God provided. John 14:6
The Bible declares, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3). The Scripture teaches that He is the embodiment of all truth. Come to Him in simple, childlike faith the Lord Jesus Christ is our only WAY to escape hell – we all will be judged: “Prepare to meet your God” (Amos 4:12). We neglect our relationship with God because we are deluded into thinking that the Christian faith is just a cosmic fire insurance policy to save us from hell. It does more than that. It saves us from hell on earth.
You will never find it easier to accept Christ than at this moment. To delay one moment is to find it harder. “Now is the accepted time,” says the Bible. “Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). It is a delusion to think that tomorrow will be better than today. Faith in tomorrow, rather than faith in Christ, is a delusion that will cause you to be finally and eternally lost.
*Excerpted and adapted from Archives of the late great Rev Billy Graham ©1960 BGEA Decision Magazine here
10-29-20, Too many unscrupulous corrupt people are running the USA and apparently God is done with blaspheming, baby murdering, homosexual loving USA. How many recent ridiculous events and acts have occurred?
- sad, John 14:1
- have sinned, Psalm 51:1
- facing danger, Psalm 91:1
- faith needs stimulation, Hebrews 11:1
- alone and sad, Psalm 23:1
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