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False Doctrine In “Left Behind”: The Remnant Teaches Against the Doctrine of the God-Sent Strong Delusion

Posted by soldierservant on June 21, 2007 

The Remnant Teaches Against the Doctrine of the God-Sent Strong Delusion

There are many apostate teachings and examples in the Left Behind series. I have summarized these in the last chapter of my book, God’s Wrath on Left Behind. I have noticed that one of the predominant send-you-to-hell teachings is the omission of the God-sent strong delusion teaching in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2. This doctrine has not only been omitted in the series, but is also repeatedly taught against in various ways in The Remnant. 

Everyone who has already been exposed to the gospel of Jesus Christ is at risk of receiving the strong delusion sent by God. Those who have heard the gospel but refuse to love the truth and forsake their unrighteous lives will receive this delusion if the Antichrist rises to power while they are still in rebellion to God’s authority over their lives. Noah warned of the judgment of a worldwide flood, and the scriptures warn of a flood of delusion sent by God himself to all who refuse to love the truth as revealed in the Holy Bible and continue to have pleasure in unrighteousness. 

What is the God-Sent Strong Delusion?

2 Thessalonians 2: 1-13
1   Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2   That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3   Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4   Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
5   Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6   And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7   For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8   And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9   Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10   And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11   And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12   That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
13   But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

The God-sent delusion, which the authors completely omitted in the Left Behind series and actively taught against through the storyline of Desecration and especially The Remnant, means that God will cause every person who had the opportunity to follow Jesus Christ before that “that Wicked” rises to power, but would not, will believe the lie. 

When “that Wicked” is revealed he will come “after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.” He will come with all “deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish.” Who will perish? Those who “received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” (See 2 Thess. 9,10)

This is the reason why “God shall send them strong delusion, “that they should believe a lie.” Which lie will the people who received not the love of the truth before that Wicked is revealed believe? They will believe what that Wicked “shows” himself to be: God. (See 2 Thess. 2:11)

What happens to those who believe that Wicked’s lie? “That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thess. 2:12)

People who refuse to believe the truth and stop having pleasure in unrighteousness will be caused to believe that Antichrist is really the true God. God himself will cause them to believe this lie and they will be damned! They will not be able to fight against this delusion. They will believe it because God will cause them to believe it. God’s judgment is this: “If you want to serve sin now (and therefore the Master of it), you will serve him during the tribulation as well. The doors of the ‘ark of salvation’ will be shut when that Wicked is revealed during the tribulation.

Many Christians “believe” the truth on their terms, which means they continue to have pleasure in unrighteousness.  They must understand that if they believe in Jesus but still enjoy unrighteousness, their definition of believing is not the same as God’s, and they will receive his judgment to believe the lie if they do not repent and begin serving God now with single-hearted devotion.  God chooses us to salvation through not only our belief of the truth, but also through sanctification of the Spirit: “because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.” 2 Thess. 2:13b

Lionel Whalum Definitely Would Have Received the God-Sent Delusion

The authors made a point of reinforcing the “no God-sent delusion” theme in all the books of the Left Behind series. This time it was even more blatant if that is possible. They made certain the reader knew that Lionel Whalum was witnessed to by a born-again Christian, but that he refused to be saved. Two days later after the “disappearances” occurred, he was suddenly saved in ten minutes. The morals of the story? The God-sent delusion does not exist, and the disappearances will be the catalyst for the salvation of many souls. (The Bible teaches the opposite of both of these morals.)

The Left Behind series teaches that the “disappearances” will be the best thing going for evangelism, and if that does not work, then those not saved as soon as they hear of disappearances might turn into the “undecided.” It is anti-biblical and spiritually dangerous to teach that during Satan’s time of world-wide control, with untold numbers of demons having free reign, that people will not only not be deluded by God to believe the lie, but they also might spend years wavering between God and Satan, wondering just whom they will choose! This is out-and-out “send you to hell” teaching.  

Today is the day of salvation, not years down the road in the tribulation, where the God-sent delusion is the rule and salvation is only for those who did not have opportunity to hear the gospel. It will NOT be you if you have already heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Left Behind series lies about this and it is not evangelism, it is anti-evangelism and antichrist to teach the doctrine of the second chance in place of the God-sent delusion. 

In the following excerpt, we see that Lionel Whalum’s children pleaded with him to be saved, but he rejected the Lord Jesus Christ:

“Now our kids, on the other hand–two girls with a boy in between–they went the other direction. They got off to college and wound up, every one of them, in the kind of church I grew up in. Wrote us. Pleaded with us to get saved. Asked why we hadn’t exposed them to this when they were kids. Flabbergasted me, I have to tell you.

“But did it reach me, change my mind? not on your life.” (The Remnant p. 311)

Lionel Whalum was depicted as being witnessed to again, but he hardened his heart against the wooing of the Holy Spirit.  Predictably, right after the disappearances, his hard heart suddenly softened and he believed in the Jesus he had rejected just two days before:

“One time the guy who invited us the first time asked if he could talk to us afterward. When it was just the four of us–his wife didn’t say anything– he kind of put it to us. He told me that wasn’t what he meant. He laid out how to become a born-again Christian. I had heard it. I knew. It was just a little overboard for me, that’s all.” (The Remnant p. 312)

“Two days later, millions of people all over the world disappeared. Including–are you ready? –every last person in that Bible study except us. And all three of our kids were gone.” (The Remnant p. 112)

“Saved?” We got saved in, like, ten minutes.” (The Remnant p. 112)

This example (there are more like it in the Left Behind series) teaches the reader that he can indeed refuse to believe the truth and continue to have pleasure in unrighteousness and repent at his own leisure. Whalum repented sooner (but still too late to escape the strong delusion), but the “undecided’ spent years in a state of spiritual limbo while Satan ruled the the earth.

The “Undecideds” are Already Serving the god of This World

The Bible says that whoever is not serving Jesus Christ is already serving the god of this world by default whether he realizes it or not, but the authors have concocted the category of the “undecided.” These people are never deluded into serving Satan; they just can’t make up their minds whom they want to serve. (See The Remnant, p. 119) They are in a spiritual neutral zone. This lying, false hope given to the reader is that he can wait a long time to decide whom he wants to serve. In fact, he can even wait until the tribulation is nearly over and Jesus’ Second Coming is near. Anyone who believes this example depicted in The Remnant will end up believing that antichrist is God and will be damned.

All “undecideds” already serve the god of this world because they have not believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and been translated from the kingdom of spiritual darkness into the spiritual kingdom of God’s dear Son. The authors outrageously teach through The Remnant that there will be three categories of people during the tribulation: The “believers”, the “followers of antichrist,” and the “undecided.” This is a cruel lie. The “undecideds” will worship antichrist if they reject Jesus Christ. They will not live in a spiritual neutral zone. 

They will be swept into the demonic whirlwind and worship the beast like the rest of the world if they do not believe when God gives them the opportunity to believe. If you live in the United States, that time is BEFORE the tribulation begins. No matter where you live, if you are reading this article, and have access to my site, you are accountable to God. You know how to avoid the strong delusion, and God has lovingly directed you to this article because he does not want to judge you by sending you strong delusion. He wants you to repent today and live.

There will be the “don’t knows” but they will change into either real remnant Christians (not The Remnant kind) or reject the gospel preaching and immediately come under the delusion to believe the lie. God will use his sealed witnesses to fearlessly preach the gospel during this time. Sealed means protected, not tattooed with visible crosses. Also, the real remnant witnesses will not use anagrams like satanists do to hide their identity and they will not wear disguises, which is a carnal and useless weapon. They will walk in the Spirit and go where the Holy Spirit leads and speak what he is leading them to say.

The “Undecided”: A Group in the Tribulation That Does Not Exist in Scripture

The authors have used the phrase, “the undecided” to denote people who still could not make up their minds whom they wanted to serve even five years into the tribulation. The authors want you to think that people can live during the tribulation for years trying to decide whether they want Jesus Christ or Antichrist and not be affected by demons pulling them into the worldwide worship of antichrist. 

The God-sent delusion is real and we must purpose to avoid this damning judgment and  help others to escape it as well. It is a judgment that God will send upon all who refuse to surrender to him (both Christian and the unbeliever) before “that Wicked” is revealed. 

What about those who have not heard the gospel and then enter into the tribulation? God has made provision for these people. He will send forth 144,000 Jewish evangelists to preach the gospel. The God-sent delusion is for those who scorned the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ over their lives even though they knew of him and of his gift of salvation.

Those who already heard the gospel and rejected the Lord Jesus Christ, or accepted him on their own terms which means they continued to have pleasure in unrighteousness and were not being sanctified in the Spirit, will receive the strong delusion when “that Wicked” is revealed. They will not have a “second chance” to be saved as the Left Behind series falsely and diabolically teaches. 

The “Undecided” Might Decide if They See Signs and Wonders?

What is even more unsettling, is that the authors even narrated what the undecided might need to see to decide:

Tsion was troubled in his spirit by a deep sense of foreboding. He knew he would not be able to shepherd all the way to the Glorious Appearing every person who had arrived in Petra. And yet he believed that when they had seen the mighty and miraculous hand of God, many of the undecided would be persuaded. (The Remnant p. 338)

This passage is suggesting that the gospel of Jesus Christ as written in the Holy Bible is not enough, and that is why they remain “undecided.”. These “undecided” might need to see some miracles to be persuaded that Jesus is really who the Bible says he is.

Jesus warned that “There shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect”. Matthew 24:24

The real remnant will not be trying to persuade the lost to believe in the true God of the Holy Bible because of miracles they see, but will seek to lead the lost to God through his written Word, the Holy Bible. Signs must not be the determining factor of what is of God because the antichrist will work many signs and lying wonders by Satan’s power.

If you are “undecided” today because you have not seen the signs you are looking for, please beware. Satan is quite capable of obliging you with lying signs and wonders in hopes of deceiving you into accepting him instead of Jesus Christ.

What you see with your eyes is not necessarily what you are truly getting. Satan will dangle in front of your eyes anything that will put you on the path to his desired end for your life. Only the Bible is the perfectly lit lamp where what you see written plainly in context, is always what you will get.

The “Undecideds” Might Wait Too Long

“This may seem an unparalleled opportunity to plead once again for the souls of men and women, because millions will lose loved ones. But the Scriptures also indicate that this may come so late in the hearts of the undecided that they will have already been hardened. (The Remnant p. 386)

Here we see a little bit of realism. Now the reader is being led to believe that there could be a point of no return if you remain “undecided” too long. This does not rectify the false teaching of the “undecided”the person who knows the gospel but refuses to commit to Jesus Christ and stays in some kind of spiritual neutral zone during years of the tribulation. 

Muslims Refusing the Mark of the Beast?

The authors’ teaching against the God-sent delusion was especially obvious in the passages about Muslims refusing the Mark, but also rejecting the Lord Jesus Christ. Whoever does not have the Holy Spirit will not know antichrist is not God. The Muslims will think he is Allah, the Buddhists will think he is Buddha, The “continuing to have pleasure in unrighteousness Christians” will think he is Jesus Christ, etc. The authors are teaching that the God-sent delusion does not exist by this example, and it is seriously soul-subverting. (See The Remnant, pp. 291-294)

Loyal to Antichrist, But You Won’t Take the Mark of the Beast?

“We know Wongs. Late middle-aged couple. He very loyal to potentate but never took mark.” (The Remnant p. 265)

If you will recall from The Mark, Mr. Wong worshipped Antichrist. We later learn he believed on the Lord Jesus Christ (the authors almost never ever use this title in the series but I love it and use it often) AFTER he had already believed on antichrist! This will never ever happen in real life. Whoever believes the lie will be damned. (See 2 Thess. 2:11-12) 

Why do the authors want you to think this is possible…that someone could believe antichrist is God and worship him, but not yet take his mark, and then come out from under this strong delusion and be saved? Believing the lie is a judgment from God, and he will not reverse it. 

It is evil to teach people they can be saved when salvation is no longer possible. Just as it is a lie of Satan to tell people they can still get saved after death, it is just as heinous to teach them by example that they can believe antichrist is God and still get saved later.

If You Have the Mark of the Beast You Might Not Want to Worship the Beast?

Here is yet another example of the way the authors taught against the God-sent delusion as well as repeating the false doctrine of separating having the mark of the beast and the worship of the beast: 

Even many who had already taken the mark of Carpathia were punished for not bowing to worship his image three times a day. (The Remnant p. 224)

The Bible is plain the mark of the beast and the worship of the beast go together. (See Rev. 14:9, 14:11, 16:2, 19:20) Those who believe the lie, that the beast (antichrist) is God, will WANT to worship him. They will be under the strong delusion that he is God, and their minds will be given over to Satan’s control. They will not simply have a mark but have minds that are not under Satan’s control. Those who refuse the mind of Christ before the tribulation will have the mind of Satan during it. 

This article is a brief overview of the examples in The Remnant that teach against the God-sent delusion as promised in 2 Thessalonians, chapter 2. For your further investigation, here are some pages that refer to the “undecided”:  119, 122, 222, 224, 264, 338, 370

Lisa Ruby

Also see:

Circumstances: The Way to Judge if Christianity is Still True?

Murder For “The Cause” (The Remnant Articles)

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