A delusion is a belief held with strong conviction despite superior evidence to the contrary. Photoshop – transition verb – to alter an image…in a way that distorts reality (as for deliberately deceptive purposes). Pastor is ever-evolving his image. From football and sex to a paragon of husbandly virtue (per Greer). Media savvy and attention hungry, his portfolio consists of football starr to best youth pastor in California to TV/radio Christian superstarr to race car starr to car show huckstarr. Common denominator: he seeks the muted roar of adoration from young twenty/thirty-something groupies, riches and a new platform to propagate his false gospel = DELUSION. Meanwhile, the destroying goes on…another marriage in the process of dissolution. Another minor child being ripped from her parents. Our pastors instructing the child that she must leave her mother. Why? The mother refuses to attend our satellite, preferring a more godly church.
But God says, “Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 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: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-13). “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil…Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us:for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you…And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother” (2 Thessalonians 3:1-3; 6-7; 14-15).