In the world where we live today, strange things are happening. Things that in the distant past were called abominations are being paraded everywhere as a rule of life. Sometime past, one old man who as a youth won an Olympic gold medal suddenly woke up at almost an age of 60 and concluded that he was no longer a male. In his own mindset, he decided he was a female, and proceeded to do surgery and attempted to change his sex. Popularly known as Transgenderism, this madness is becoming popular in America today. It is not unlikely that you will enter a dressing room that was supposed to be an all female, and you notice a male there, as you confront him, he will tell you that he is a female ‘trapped’ in a male body. Of course, if you persist, he will report you to the authorities that you are hurting his(or her ) sensibility. Believe me, strange things are happening.
The gay matter has almost become a bygone thing. Many western countries have passed a resolution legalizing gay marriage. The latest was the republic of Ireland. What made Ireland case peculiar was because it was the first time that a country legalized gay marriage by popular votes. That is to say, instead of using supreme courts, or passing through legislators, the government put the matter out to the people, elections were conducted on this matter, and the people ‘overwhelmingly’ voted in support of gay marriage!
Strange things are happening. Am I to talk about people who sleep with animals, and under-aged children. Am I to talk about those who sell their future, body, children, etc for money. Not even because of hunger, but just so they can make it big.
As I looked around the happenings in the world today, and I read my Bible, I realize that what is really happening is that men has been given over to a depraved mind and to strong delusion.
Two passages come to my mind, and I will quote briefly from them.
“Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting.” Rom. 1 vs. 24-28.
“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 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 Thess. 2 vs. 9-12.
What we are seeing from these passages are quite evident. Some people think that these things happening are making God angry, and displeasing Him. Well, quite true, but much more; these things are evidences that God is already angry and are setting people up for destruction. The Bible speaks about God (not devil) giving people over to a depraved mind, and sending strong delusion on them. This will result in a lot of sinful and silly tendencies that are evident around us today. My work today is to warn us to be aware. How can we escape this wave of delusion?
THE WAY OF ESCAPE
From our scripture reading, we find out that two things necessitated the strong delusion that we find today:
- The did not retain God in their understanding
- They had no love for the truth .
Let us look briefly at these two matters.
I call the first one HUMANISM . This can be defined as “an ethical system that centers on humans and their values, needs, interests, abilities, dignity and freedom; especially used for a secular one which rejects theistic religion and superstition.”
It is this viewpoint that has pervaded humanity today. Men view life in terms of their needs, appetites, desires, wants, feelings, etc. They have little or no consideration as to the viewpoint of God. If I feel like it, and it feels right, then why can’t I have it? So much viewpoints are being circulated on how to be rich in life, how to influence people, marriage, child training, etc. However, one thing that characterizes all their viewpoints is that God is left out of the picture. All that matters is how one feels. This is what it means for one not to retain God in his understanding. I must warn all of us at this point, be careful the books you read, and the viewpoints you imbibe. Just because it was written by Bill Gates, Napoleon Hill, Robert Greene, Socrates, Plato, etc doesn’t mean it is right.
“To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. “. Isaiah 8:20. Any book I read and I find it contradictory to God’s word, no matter who wrote it, I discard his ideas, and promote the viewpoints of God. There is a battle in life currently, many forces are shouting, trying to drown God’s voice in our hearts. God says we should discipline our children, they say don’t. God says He hates divorce, and they say you can divorce. God says shun immorality, they say two consenting adults can do it. The list keeps growing. If we are going to escape, we must consciously retain God in our understanding. We must refuse every business, relationship, political, child training, health and financial ideas that contradicts the word of God Almighty. We must honor His word above all else.
The second issue centers on individual persons having a love for the truth. There is currently massive hatred in the world for truth. Men prefer doctors who will tell them that there is nothing wrong with their homosexual tendencies, and that it is natural. In fact, one notable golfer who was caught in an illicit relationship, when defending himself said that according to his doctors, he has a ‘sexual disorder’ problem that makes him run after girls, and he is taking psychological classes for it. Quite laughable. Men have refused to tell themselves the truth. Anyone who dares say that homosexuality is wrong, that cheating another person in the name of business is wrong, that divorce is not biblical is seen as a hater, wicked, unrealistic, hypocritical, etc. To stand for the truth is no longer fashionable. However, one thing will help us on this world, we must be lovers of the truth. We must cherish the truth of God’s word above our feelings. What does it mean to love the truth? It is to agree that the Lord is right and holy. It is to agree that His word is supreme to your experiences, desires, feelings and drives. Even if you are having a struggle with some forms of addiction or ungodly feelings, as long as you never agree in your heart that God is wrong and you are right, as long as you keep saying that though I feel this way, I know that by God’s word, this is wrong, sooner or later, help will come for you.
My prayer for everyone of us is that God will help us not to be caught up in this wind of strong delusion. May we continuously retain Him in our understanding, and may we continually love the truth. Amen.