“And with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12, NKJV)
Satan is a very strong and effective adversary that every child of God must face much more often than any of us would care to. Yet, his deceptive and evil solicitations will continue until the Lord returns to “judge the world in righteousness.”
The NLT offers the following, “He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them.” (2 Thessalonians 2:10, NLT)
The divine warning from God by the inspired writing of the apostle Paul cannot be missed … the great tool of Satan along with all of his minions is deception!
In Ezekiel 18:23, God says something incredibly important:
“Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?”
The God of the Bible does not desire that even a single soul be lost. (2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 1:3-6) One who hears at the Judgment, “… I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:23) … will have no one to point a finger to for blame!
What the Jews living in Ezekiel’s time were doing was debating, and arguing with God’s prophet, they were accusing God of not being fair! What they refused to accept as right is exactly what mankind in the 21st Century is doing. No one can be the exception when it comes to arguing with God! You cannot fool God … ever.
The problem with those living in Ezekiel’s day is the very same problem with so many both out of the church and even in the church: It is not God’s ways that are false or unfair … it is ours! My friends, not one of us is capable, intelligent enough, or wise enough to think we can in any way improve on God’s will for mankind.
Jesus would say on one occasion, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32) The difference between right and wrong … good and evil … does not change as new cultures come on the scene. This same Jesus says, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)
May I simply close the article for this week with these words, ‘It is not mine or yours to prove God wrong … but for us to be honest, submissive, and be willing to admit our own sins and humbly ask our God for forgiveness!’
“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.” (1 John 5:3)
Bill Fairchild, Jr