1 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:
2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,
4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
a tale, that is, fiction (“myth”): - fable.
9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,
10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false,
12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
30 An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land:
31 the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?
Often quoted, seldom taught or understood in context. Paul (Jeremiah as well) is speaking of those who profess to be believers. Week in, and week out within professing Christianity, the clockwork like ritual of the “faithful” filling pews, and being fed a “mythological meal”, rolls on. “You will not surely die”, (i.e. I’m ok, you’re ok, we’re all OK), being the main course. (Genesis 3:1-7)
People are deceived for the very reason that they want to be deceived.
God sends them a strong delusion as judgment; the judgment being, they are handed over to the lie. They would rather believe a lie since the cold, hard truth is not a pleasant thing, nor are those who proclaim it, a pleasant people, (at least in their estimation of what is “pleasant”).
energeia=strong efficiency (“energy”): - operation, strong, (effectual) working.
plane=delusion objectively fraudulence; subjectively a straying from orthodoxy or piety: - deceit, to deceive, delusion, error.
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,
12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love……
25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. (2 Timothy 2:15-26)
How much more clarity is needed here? The redeemed are those who love the Truth, and
subsequently speak the Truth, in love (not tolerance), to one another. They do not speak “in
love” without speaking the Truth. The two are forever bound together in Christ. (John 14:6;
This is the true prophetic calling of the church, not the peddling of fortunes, (one of the myths
men get lost in).
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant
5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
To “spare one another’s feelings” by lying to each other, and so deceiving ourselves, is not love;
it is wrongdoing.