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    Strong Delusion

    Published: Friday, January 31, 2003

    When people demonstrate a perpetual pattern of gullibility and even willful compliance with evil, one must wonder what is really the root cause of it all. Is it ignorance? Is it indifference? Maybe it is personal ambition or the love of comfort. There is another possibility: it could be divine delusion.

    According to the Scriptures, people who reject truth are destined to receive "strong delusion." They will "believe a lie."

    I am reminded of what my good friend and noted evangelist of many years, John Hull, recently told me. He said, "Americans today love being lied to." Indeed they do.

    Thousands of politicians have made fortunes by lying to people. Thousands of preachers and merchants are guilty of the same thing. Americans are deluged with deception on a daily basis. Deception has become more than an aberration in the United States; it is an art form.

    However, it seems that the majority of the American people today are quite content at being deceived. More than that, they seem to gladly choose to be deceived. This is easily seen by the way most people react to truth. It is rejected out of hand.

    Beyond that, messengers of truth are viciously and vehemently repudiated and castigated. Truly, most professing Christians and most Americans today have "heaped to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they have turned away their ears from the truth, and have turned unto fables."

    This willingness to accept falsehood could be explained in part by cowardice or convenience. However, such massive and universal compliance suggests something much greater at work.

    Could it be that God Himself has sent a "strong delusion" to America and especially to America's pulpits? Could it be that Christians' willingness to accept, even practically worship, a presidential administration as diabolically deceptive as the current one signals "the time of [America's] trouble"? It just could be.

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