“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:” 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11.
Religion creates a strong delusion. It creates a delusion of grace while the reality is law. Granted it is a new law and not the Old Covenant law…but it is law. Any works outside of faith and grace is law. Satan’s counterfeit grace is readily available to those who don’t seek the Truth of the Word of God and accepts any scheme of man. The grace of God saves us, then we begin a journey to become Christ like. Immediately man steps in to help the sanctification process. There seems to be a program for every step of your new Christian walk. Many motivational books telling one how to live for God are readily available. If you do run into a problem, a sin you can’t seem to overcome, there is always a deliverance ministry to bind that demon behind that sin, to break those soul ties from years ago and take authority over all of the family curses dating back to Noah. Ahhh…your new Christian walk is full of counterfeit grace and you have been ensnared by satan himself. Life goes on and one of two things come to pass.
One thing that may happen is you grow comfortable in this counterfeit grace. Everyone is nice. Community outreaches become spectacular social events aimed at bringing in new converts. Things like this become normal. These are the good works that you had heard about. You profess, proclaim and decree promising scriptures over your life and stand on them. Church itself becomes a spectacular event! The feelings of love over flow for your brothers and sisters. All along salvation has never made it’s way to your heart because man made scheme’s for sanctification cut it off. The wolves in the sheep’s clothing took over the sanctification process which should have been done by the Holy Spirit. In our eagerness, we chose flesh because flesh would never crucify itself. We left the very place of our salvation, the Cross of Jesus Christ, and followed man for sanctification. The Holy Spirit is the only one who can “equip” us to live a holy life; man can only attempt to tell us. When our faith remains in the finished work of Jesus Christ for sanctification, our salvation ascends from our mind to our heart. We become a new creation and not a rehabilitated creation. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman. He will convict us in our heart and always guide us back to the Cross of Jesus…IF we will listen and respond to Him. If we are seeking the Truth, God will always lead us to the Truth through His Holy Spirit. If we are seeking a counterfeit gospel with a counterfeit grace…the Lord will allow such. God wants us to willingly follow Him.
Another scenario in the counterfeit grace scheme is losing faith all together. As our dominion over sin is lost due to seeking schemes of man instead of the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus, we give up. We are not strong enough to overcome our sin nature on our own. After breaking every family curse and soul tie and binding every evil spirit you can think of, you just quit. Give up! This Christianity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Done, finished, quit…out! Back to the bar with your buddies. You’re as bad off as you were when you started.
The mental ascension of our salvation to the heart is only done when we allow the Holy Spirit latitude to work in us. This latitude is manifested when our faith remains in the finished work of Jesus. Any processes that does not embrace faith and grace is NOT the New Covenant but works. Jesus Christ and Him Crucified broke every soul tie and family curse and any “deliverance” after salvation is “work” added to Jesus finished work with our faith placed on the “deliverance” and not Jesus’ finished work.
In our attempts to please God, we have been so busy saying no to the devil that we forgot to say yes to God. We only believe in God for our will and not His. God is raising up a remnant that will seek the Truth of His Word, those who test the spirits, confirm and divide correctly the doctrine. This remnant will not be chasing shemitah’s and harbingers; nor will they be looking for blood moons but instead for the face of Jesus. The remnant God will raise up will be those seeking the Truth of His Word. They will not be under strong delusion. Discern the doctrine you are sitting under. If YOU are not seeking the Truth but instead are comfortable in your religion, you are in fact under strong delusion.
The finished work of Jesus is not only strong enough for salvation but for our sanctification as well. Yes, demons are real but it is the Gospel of Jesus that breaks bondages and delivers the captives. We are told to “preach deliverance to the captives” in Luke 4:18. Deliverance is preaching them the Truth and the Truth will set you free (John 8:32). My husband and I pray every night for those bound up in counterfeit grace, we pray they hear the Truth and do not reject It. We pray for them to remember their first Love. We pray they don’t allow their religion to keep their salvation in their minds only but that they allow the Holy Spirit to point them back to where their victory lies…at the Cross of Jesus and Him Crucified. – Donna Warren