Strong delusion

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People would have to be in a hypnotic state to believe that God wants them to pray at a modern Church building but if they need anything they should apply to men who exercise authority and offer benefits at the expense of their neighbor. But the modern Christian does that every day to get free schooling for their children, and social security for their parents and a myriad of other public benefits. How is that seeking the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness through what the apostles called Pure Religion? The early Church found itself in a Christian conflict with the welfare system of Rome which was public religion. Christ said the Corban of the Pharisees was "making the word of God to none effect". We were to live by faith, hope, and charity of The Way of Christ which is love and not the force, fear and fealty of the ways of the world.

Delusions and deceivers

We see in 2 Thessalonians 2:11 "And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:"

What is this strong delusion?
What lie do people believe is true but is not?
And why does God cause it to be sent to the people?

The word we see as "strong" in the text is energeia[1]most often translated "working" or "effectual working".

The word "delusion" is from the Greek word plane [2] from the Greek word πλάνος or planos[3] meaning a wondering or misleading impostor or deceiver.

From the beginning women and men were deceived. Today, there are thousands of denominations filled with Modern Christians who are all sure they are right and not deceived. They think they are saved based on an interpretation of the Bible. They think they believe in Jesus just like the pharisees thought they believed in Moses and God.

Titus tells us that people will profess that they know God,[4] but they will actually do so contrary to the will of the Father that they will call evil good while they indulge in covetous practices and become become workers of iniquity.

They are so subject to cognitive dissonance that they cannot see that their minds and conscience has been defiled[5] with their desire for the wages of unrighteousness and the covetous practices of the world. If they had received sound doctrine[6] they would not have consented to the One purse of socialism nor returned to the bondage of Egypt becoming human resources of the world.

Peter warns us that we will become merchandise and curse children. He uses the same word we see as delusion but it is translated error in:

2 Peter 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error <4106>.

And in:

2 Peter 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error <4106> of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

It is very clear that there is a real danger that through our own wantonness and desire for benefits of the world and what the Bible calls the Reward of unrighteousness to say nothing of the covetous practices that Peter warned us about. We sit in darkness again so that many have been deceived again becoming entangled in a yoke of bondage and have lost our liberty under God becoming human resources[7] cursing our children with debt.

God the Father and Jesus desires us to free. We are to be in the "world" and not of it. We are not to pray to the Fathers of the earth or the Benefactors who exercise authority one over the other. We are not to covet anything of our neighborwhich means your "fellow man" or "according to Christ, any other man irrespective of nation or religion with whom we live or whom we chance to meet".[8]


"Where in the bible do we see believing followers of Christ going to the men of governments who exercise authority one over the other to take from your neighbor so they can have benefits for free? Would the followers of Christ be found coveting their neighbor's goods through the benefactors who exercise authority one over the other as do the fathers of the earth? Those who think they are already saved but are still engaged and dependent upon the covetous practices of having one purse must be under a strong delusion.


In Jude 1[9] we see this word delusion again translated error in relation to the error of Balaam which is the same as the deeds of the Nicolaitan and Cain. These deeds and errors are the same covetous practices done by the Pharisees with their Corban which made the word of God to none effect and now done daily by millions of Modern Christians who may seem nice but are under the same iniquitous and strong delusion.

Jesus tells us that "many" will think they are Christians but will actually be Workers of Iniquity and not even know it.

How do you know

The covetous practices of desiring to receive benefits from rulers at the expense of others through the exercising authority of governments or borrowing from future generations to provide those benefits curses your children with debt. This was all forbidden by Christ and warned against by the apostles and prophets. It is not only a violation of God's law against coveting your neighbor's goods it is, according to James and Peter,  evidence you do not really believe in Jesus but are workers of iniquity. If you are not seeking the alternative to welfare benefits provided by force which is "pure religion" through the perfect law of liberty in the network of Charity and Love commanded by Christ you are not really a believer in Christ and appear to be under a strong delusion.


How do we know we are not amongst the deceived?

How do we know that we are not the liar John speaks of in his epistle:

"He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him." 1 John 2:4

James not only tells us what to look for but what to expect for those who say they have faith but are lying to others about their faith and often to themselves as well.

"Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works." James 2:18

He goes on to warns us if we attempt to deceive ourselves with false religion that death awaits us. We know we are not saved by our own works or even the works of the law[10] but stand fast in one spirit. That is not the spirit of sloth but of striving, and not the spirit of wantonness and covetousness but of charity and love.

Just believing there is one God and Jesus is his son is in itself not enough.

"Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble." James 2:19

Just thinking you are saved because you say you believe[11] is not sound doctrine. It is what you do that gives the world evidence of your faith.

"But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?" James 2:20

One of the big challenges we face is recognizing the strong delusion and the lie people believe to be true.

People read the Bible with a very limited view of history, language and therefore have very little understanding of what the early Church and Christians were doing and why they were persecuted.

  • Hosea 4:6 "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."

They have created doctrines based on this limited understanding of the Bible within the context of history or a twisted view of the meaning of certain words within the text. Instead of Pure Religion they practice False religion. Then seek to find others who will agree with their doctrine.

The same could be said of everyone.

The question is what is Christ's true doctrines?

What did he say and are we doing that first?

The Pharisees had the same problem of seeing the true Christ who stood before them and rebuked them for their Corban which was making the word of God to none effect.

John 9:39 "And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth."


People who create false doctrines often depend heavily on Paul's writings.

But Paul preached Christ first.

John writes:

  • "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have1 an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
"3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked." John 2:1

But are Modern Christians doers of His word and the will of the Father or are they more like the Pharisees who studied the Torah but professed a doctrine of their own self-righteousness.

  • "And account [that] the longsuffering of our Lord [is] salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. 17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." 2 Peter 3:15

The problem with many Paulinist is they do not preach the real Christ and His doctrines first.

The modern church goers are not doers of His word but pray to the Fathers of the earth for their benefaction and have been made merchandise and curse children with debt of their own wantonness.

We should know this because they keepeth not His commandments but have indulged in covetous practices at the expense of their neighbor and the forfeiture of their own freedom and soul.

That means we have to repent and learn to love our neighbor and our enemy and gather with the believers of the true Gospel of the Kingdom.

Some think many are not believers because they do not preach things about head covering and wearing long dresses, or calendars and Sabbaths or Hebrew Names. The Pharisees had such traditions and they could not see the real truth of the kingdom at hand nor the weightier matters.


  • Jesus never said anything about head covering for women.
  • He forgave adulterers,
  • He did not unmoor the truth to cling to man made traditions.
  • He went out of his way to talk to a Samaritan women and
  • He showed little or none of the chauvinist approaches so popular among modern Paulinist.

We have to seek a kingdom where no one has to pray to benefactors who exercise authority one over the other.

Nor the Fathers of the earth.

We have to care for one another and strive to become the welfare of the righteous while teaching the unrighteous The Ways of Christ....FIRST.

Paul, John and others were writing people who were already doing that and were already cast out of the Corban system of unrighteousness. We should have no denomination or denominator but Christ.


1 John 2:7 "Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. 8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. 9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now."


The Pharisees followed the letter of laws as they interpreted the Torah. They were wrong and did not know God. They used their holy book to justify themselves but not attend to the weightier matters.

Love and charity are important.
Loving your neighbor enough to make a difference is important
Caring about others in ways that strengthen them is important
Setting people free is important.
The truth about Christ, and the commandments about covetousness is important.
Forgiveness is important

We know that the prophecy is that the "whole world" will be deceived by a lie from Revelation 12:9.[12] How do we know that we are not already deceived?

We see this Greek word "plane" translated delusion only once. Seven times it is translated error. It is also translated to deceive and deceit once each. So the word may mean delusion in relation to an error related to deception.

Are you saved already or deceived already?

"Many" Modern Christians are under a strong delusion because they think it is okay to go to the men who call themselves benefactors and who exercise authority one over the other despite Jesus saying "No! It is not to be that way with you". They pray to the fathers of the earth, biting one another until they have become merchandise through their covetous practices in a daily ministration of Corban that is making the word of God to none effect because it is not based on charity and love but upon force and fear.

How do we know we are true Christians or actually just deceived Workers of Iniquity?

Is there a checklist?

People do many things contrary to Christ and the early Church and actually still think they are followers of Christ or even imagine that they know Him like the Pharisees thought they knew Moses.

We need to ask lots of questions.

Can you answer these questions in the context of their use in history and the Bible?

Some Questions

More Questions

To find the answers, we must seek and strive to do what Jesus said the way He said to do it... Including attending to the Weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith which include caring for the needs of our neighbors and the widows and orphans of our society through Pure Religion in matters of health, education, and welfare. We are NOT to provide for the needy of society through the Covetous Practices and the men who call themselves benefactorsbut who exercise authority one over the other like the socialists do.

The Way of Christ was like neither the way of the world of Rome nor the governments of the gentiles who depend on those fathers of the earth through force, fear and fealty who deliver the people back in bondage again like they were in Egypt. Christ's ministers and true Christians do not depend upon systems of social welfare that force the contributions of the people like the corban of the Pharisees which made the word of God to none effect. Many people have been deceived to go the way of Balaam and the Nicolaitan and out of The Way of Christ and have become workers of iniquity.

The Christian conflict with Rome in the first century Church appointed by Christ was because they would not apply to the fathers of the earth for their free bread but instead relied upon a voluntary network providing a daily ministration to the needy of society through Faith, Hope, and Charity by way of freewill offerings of the people, for the people, and by the people through the perfect law of liberty in Free Assemblies according to the ancient pattern of Tuns or Tens as He commanded.

The modern Christians are in need of repentance.


"Follow me!" —Jesus the Christ.


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  1. 1753 ~ἐνέργεια~ energeia \@en-erg’-i-ah\@ from energes (1756); n f AV-working 4, effectual working 2, operation 1, strong 1; 8 1) working, efficiency 1a) in the NT used only of superhuman power, whether of God or of the Devil
  2. 4106 ~πλάνη~ plane \@plan’-ay\@ from 4108 planos (as abstractly); n f AV-error 7, to deceive 1, deceit 1, delusion 1; 10
    1) a wandering, a straying about
    1a) one led astray from the right way, roams hither and thither
    2) metaphor
    2a) mental straying
    2a1) error, wrong opinion relative to morals or religion
    2b) error which shows itself in action, a wrong mode of acting
    2c) error, that which leads into error, deceit or fraud
  3. 4108 ~πλάνος~ planos \@plan’-os\@ of uncertain affinity; adj AV-deceiver 4, seducing 1; 5
    1) wandering, roving
    2) misleading, leading into error
    2a) a vagabond, "tramp," imposter
    2b) corrupter, deceiver
  4. Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
  5. Titus 1:15 Unto the pure all things [are] pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving [is] nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
  6. Titus 2:1 ¶ But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
  7. Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
    2 Peter 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
  8. 4139 ~πλησίον~ plesion \@play-see’-on\@ neuter of a derivative of pelas (near); adv AV-neighbour 16, near 1; 17
    1) a neighbour
    1a) a friend
    1b) any other person, and where two are concerned, the other (thy fellow man, thy neighbour), according to the Jews, any member of the Hebrew nation and commonwealth
    1c) according to Christ, any other man irrespective of nation or religion with whom we live or whom we chance to meet
  9. Jude 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
  10. Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
  11. Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
    Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
    Matthew 25:11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
    Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
    Luke 13:25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
  12. Revelation 12:9 "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."
  13. Matthew 20:25-26 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
    Mark 10:42-43 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
    Luke 22:25-26 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.


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