Because they did not receive a love of the truth, God sent them a strong delusion that they might believe a lie
Thoughts on Spiritual Realities Index Site Contents
1. The Reformation is by no means complete.
2. The gifts of the Spirit are absolutely no indication of spiritual achievement or maturity. The proper proof of spiritual progress is the fruit of the Spirit.
3. Walking in close fellowship with God is our sole safeguard in these dangerous times.
4. As the end of the age approaches, it will become increasingly hard to tell the real from the counterfeit.
5. There are three kinds of people in every church. There are the natural men, those who are unregenerate or unconverted--tares among the wheat. There are carnal Christians--spiritual babies, who either need constant tending, or else are "at ease in Zion." The second kind fill the pews in self-complacency, waiting for the rapture. Then there are the spiritual Christians.
6. We, like the Israelites of old, have found many excuses for not conquering the whole land.
7. Remember that it pleases God to choose the feeblest material so as to make His power and glory shine. There is no little comfort in this realization, and a certain amount of humiliation as well. But if we are properly humble already, it is a wonderfully liberating truth.
8. However horrifying the thoughts you have of yourself,
9. The quickest route to total surrender will come about if you never lose sight of the great and consoling truth that nothing happens in this world but by the order of God, or at least by His divine permission; and that all He wills or permits turns out infallibly to the advantage of humble, loving souls.
10. A person who cannot distinguish the wolves from the dogs should not think of becoming a shepherd.
11. The conversion of our souls is really the conversion of our loves. What we love, what we really desire with all our hearts is the foremost factor in shaping our lives and destinies. We ultimately get what we want and choose.
12. Never deduce others' intentions by your own fears.
13. Truth without love is as destructive as a
lie. C. G. Finney defined fanaticism as "loveless light."