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Condemnation Of Those Who Do Not Love Truth

John Collins12/05/2012In 2 Thessalonians 2, Paul warns about those who do not love the Truth and would rather continue in believing what is false.  

He said that it had to be that way for the Lord Jesus Christ to return.  He asked the following not to be quickly shaken any spirit or any words spoken by man, so that they hold fast to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and ignore any other gospel.  

Paul said that the great and terrible day of the Lord will not come unless rebellion against God comes first.  In the midst of that rebellion the son of destruction will be revealed.  Paul says that the lawless one comes by the activity of Satan with false signs and wonders, and we should be ready.

There will be many that will worship this man or this spirit that will influence men.  Paul says that the lawless one will exalt himself against every so-called god or object of worship, replacing God in the temple and proclaiming himself to be God.

In Paul's time, he says that the lawless one was being restrained, and would be revealed in his time.  But the mystery of lawlessness was already at work among them.  The one restraining the lawlessness spirit would continue to do so until the time it would be revealed.

Paul said to watch closely for the false signs and wonders, they were wicked deception for those who were already perishing.  He said this was because they refused to love the Truth and be saved by the Truth.  He said that God sends a strong delusion, so they may believe what is false.  This is God's way of condemning those who did not believe the Truth.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Has the spirit of lawlessness already been revealed?  Do we see the false signs and wonders?  Do we see the deception, and the blinded people?  Do we have people worshiping prophets with false signs and wonders and even praying in their name?  Do we have people praying in the names of the sons of the false prophets?  Do we see their eyes blinded to the Truth insomuch that they would rather continue believing what is false?  Are we named among the wicked who refused Truth, those that God sent us a strong delusion to condemn?  Or are we named among the righteous who seek the Truth?