Steve Coerper (3 Mar 2024)
"Slippery Slope"

Dear Doves Community -

Got in a short discussion on whether people will get saved after the rapture.  One of the discussion points was in 2 Thess. 2:11-12 where Paul said, "And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness."

We are now 76 days before the end of the post-eclipse "40-day probation" (assuming the current expectation maps to the events in Jonah).  I'd submit that God will not flip a switch in May or June, and suddenly people will go from "clear thinking" to "strongly deluded."  Rather, it seems reasonable that those folks who don't believe the truth TODAY and have pleasure in unrighteousness TODAY are already on a sort of "slippery slope" and are sliding day-by-day into stronger and stronger delusion; that is, diminishing hunger for truth and increasing appetite for those things that God abhors.

There is a constant stream of unrighteousness on TV, and folks who watch many (perhaps most) TV shows for pleasure are "having pleasure in unrighteousness."  Thus, with every obscene sitcom, every vulgar murder portrayed for entertainment, and even the leftist lies from the mainstream media that shape or at least influence the worldview of the viewers, they slip a little deeper into delusion.  Truth becomes a little less interesting, and unrighteousness becomes a little more acceptable.

Gradually - almost imperceptibly.  That's how slippery slopes work.

The choice between God's values and the world's values - scripture or pop culture entertainment - seems to me to be a binary choice we make every day.  Those who "believe the truth" spend their time in scripture.  Those who "have pleasure in unrighteousness" spent their time watching TV.  Will those among us who eschew the Word of God suddenly change when the trumpet sounds?  Will those who are "friends of the world"
(James 4:4) today will suddenly abandon the world and hunger for God?

If, when "that Day" overtakes them and they cry out to God, will He hear them?  When He answers, will it be according to Proverbs 1:23-28?  This also is a strong evidence for a rapture event BEFORE God's wrath is poured out.

Stand valiently!