In the Bible, a spirit of delusion refers to a deceptive influence that leads people away from the truth of God's word and causes them to believe in lies or false teachings.
This concept is mentioned in the New Testament, particularly in 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12. The passage discusses a future event, the coming of the "lawless one," also known as the Antichrist, who will deceive people through counterfeit miracles and false teachings.
Those under a spirit of delusion believe in various false teachings or doctrines that deviate from Biblical truth. The specific beliefs may vary depending on the context or the individuals involved, but they generally involve a distortion or rejection of core Biblical principles. These false teachings may be related to the nature of God, the person and work of Jesus Christ, Salvation, or other essential doctrines.
When people are under the influence of a spirit of delusion, they may exhibit the following characteristics:
A rejection or twisting of Biblical truth: Those who are deluded may reject or distort the clear teachings of the Bible, leading to a misunderstanding of God's character, nature, or plan for humanity.
Spiritual blindness: A spirit of delusion can cause people to be spiritually blind, preventing them from discerning the truth from lies or false teachings.
Acceptance of false prophets or teachers: Deluded individuals may be more susceptible to the influence of false prophets or teachers who claim to have a special revelation or message from God but teach doctrines contrary to the Bible.
Reliance on subjective experiences: People under a spirit of delusion may emphasize emotional experiences, feelings, or emotions rather than the objective truth in Scripture.
Resistance to correction: Those deluded may resist correction, even when confronted with clear Biblical teachings contradicting their beliefs.
The Bible urges believers to be vigilant and discerning, testing all teachings against the Scriptures to ensure they align with God's word (1 Thessalonians 5:21; 1 John 4:1).
This helps protect believers from falling under the influence of a spirit of delusion and being led astray by false teachings.