2 Thessalonians 2:10 holds an amazing truth. It says that there is, “…unrighteous deception…because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” The Amplified says, “…did not welcome the truth but refused to love it…” Verse 12 says, “…did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
Satan, the deceiver, influences unrighteous behavior so that it will block truth. Deception puts up a barricade against it. 2 Corinthians 4:4 says that the god of this age has blinded those who do not believe. Romans 1:18 says, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” The Amplified says, “…who repress and hinder the truth and make it inoperative.”
John 1:11 says, “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.” They had misplaced receptivity. They readily received the lies, but refused to receive Jesus who is Truth. Those who had receptivity? Verse 12 says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”
Now let’s bring all these above verses together. We receive through believing the truth, embracing it, and bringing it into our daily lives. Ephesians 1:13 says, “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.”
Hear, receive, believe, and embrace. This carries over into every aspect of our walk with the Lord. It is when we suppress the truth that we are easily lead into deception. Beware of false doctrine. Years ago, our youth pastor, got ahold of a wind of doctrine that was false. He heard it. It met his hidden fleshly desires. He received, believed, and embraced it.
Ephesians 4:14 says, “That we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting.” This young man embraced a false doctrine: since we are under grace we can do anything we want. He taught his youth group the same. Some questioned it, others received it because it gave them an excuse to sin.
Hosea 10:12 says, “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness on you.” Verse 13 is the result of eating and embracing deceptive fruit. It says, “You have plowed wickedness; you have reaped iniquity. You have eaten the fruit of lies, because you trusted in your own way.” Let these two verses stir your heart to be alert to what you are hearing and believing.