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. — II Thessalonians 2:9-12
People have a tendency to confuse God with Santa Claus, or some rich old wise man who would never hurt a fly.
I wonder if they have ever opened a Bible.
(Well, they might have… and then, when they saw something they didn’t like, they quickly turned the page until they saw something that “God really meant for today”… with the reader deciding what “God really meant.”
This attitude will not help us, five minutes after we die.
We don’t get to define reality. God does.)
For an example of strong delusions, I present Is Europe committing suicide? Controversial book claims elites in UK and the Continent are encouraging mass immigration because they’ve lost faith in historic Christian values.
A few excerpts from the article:
Indeed, the opening lines of his new book, The Strange Death Of Europe, could hardly be more incendiary.
‘Europe is committing suicide,’ Murray writes. ‘Or at least its leaders have decided to commit suicide… As a result, by the end of the lifespans of most people currently alive, Europe will not be Europe and the peoples of Europe will have lost the only place in the world we had to call home.’
Once upon a time, Europeans were making new homes for themselves, around the world, enjoying the best lands and defeating all opposition.
Those days are long gone.
Even without military superiority, Europeans would still have had a bright future… or at least as long and interesting a future as the Chinese or the Africans or the Arabs… if they still respected marriage and children, valuing the hard labor to build the future over the life-wasting pleasures of lawlessness today.
Those days are long gone, too.
Now, by their own hand, their own governments, and their own policies, they have decisively chosen death over life.
They won’t have a home, because they don’t want a home.
And the reason why they don’t want a home on this world… the reason that (since there are no off-world settlements) they desire death… is because they have insistently decided to hate God and His Commandments.
But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway:
The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low.
He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail.
Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee:
And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever. — Deuteronomy 28: 15, 33, 43-46
The insipid Christian theologians of Europe don’t believe a word of this… but it’s happening right now, regardless of what they think.
God determines reality. Not His enemies.
The causes, he thinks, are twofold. First, our political leaders have knowingly colluded in the ‘mass movement of peoples into Europe’, filling ‘cold and rainy northern towns’ with ‘people dressed for the foothills of Pakistan or the sandstorms of Arabia’.
Second, he believes Europe’s intellectual and cultural elites, including those in Britain, have ‘lost faith in its beliefs, traditions and legitimacy’. Crippled with guilt, obsessed with atoning for the sins of empire, they have lost sight of the historic Christian values that their people expect them to defend.
These paragraphs are simply false.
After all, you can find a vast number of Secular liberals willing to wail and cry out against the wicked acts of their Christian ancestors… as they stand 20 meters from the nearest abortion clinic.
I don’t think these liberals feel the slightest amount of guilt at all. Instead, they use the politics of guilt and pity as a tool to gain power, and they use this tool well.
(But if you think they will feel an ounce of guilt and pity for you after they have broken your power and authority, Christian, think again.
Being tools of Christ to punish His disobedient children, liberals will follow Christ’s direction to grind his rebellious disciples into the dust as per Matthew 5:13… until Christians finally repent of their sins before God.)
It helps that both Secular Europeans and Muslim immigrants are united against the evil dead European Christian past.
As for that nonsense about “historic Christian values that their people expect them to defend”, just who do you think has been electing/supporting Secularists for the last two centuries or more? Could a single modern atrocity — from Communism to Fascism, to Sodomy to Abortion, to the Welfare State to the Politically Correct Culture– have come to pass without either the activity support or the silent passivity of most Christians, including their pastors and priests?
God’s People despite God’s Law, and so implicitly (…and not so implicitly…) despise God.
And so they stand there, surprised, when God smashes their teeth to the back of their throats.
But I suspect his trenchant dismissal of all those naive liberal pieties will strike a chord with people in every corner of our political landscape. He pours scorn, for example, on the argument that immigration has magically made us a more tolerant society.
A survey of attitudes to homosexuality in 2015 found that just 16 per cent of people outside London thought it was morally wrong. The figure in London was 29 per cent, reflecting the much higher concentration of conservative Muslims.
Some people understand God’s will partially, and in a distorted fashion… and try to obey it. Others clearly understand God’s will… and openly mock and despise it.
Shall we stand, astonished, when God blesses those who in their ignorance partially obey Him, while He damns those who — fully cognizant of the Divine Command — are careful to spit on it at every opportunity?
The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. Luke 12:46-48
As for the Church’s mission?
I recommend that missionaries, well-trained in Islamic, Arab, and African cultures, be sent to Europe, to dwell among the Europeans of the future… and not the Europeans of the past.
A committed believer, able to open the door to a faith with a future, worthy of the pain (and risk of death) that possible Arab converts will face, can succeed in bring salvation to the Arab immigrant as well as the African immigrant.
A victorious Christian faith that not only redeems souls, but transforms lives and civilizations, that brings the light of Divine Law and Justice to ALL of society and ALL of our lives… there is a future for such a religion.
As for dead European religions… let them rot in the graves God has assigned for them.