The Strong Delusion and Jesus' Warnings to Safeguard Believers
Jesus plainly taught how to avoid falling for the strong delusion Paul spoke of in the 2nd letter to the Thessalonians. You will find a video of that simple teaching in the "WHAT DID JESUS MEAN" link above, but allow me to elaborate further:
Paul's end-time warning makes even more sense once you recognize how relationships of submission and authority work, and how easy it is for people to abuse their authority over another. As is suggested in Paul's warning, we need to love the truth so we won't fall for the lie.
Right now there is a massive delusion at work in mainstream Christianity. Whether it's "the" strong delusion Paul spoke of remains to be seen, but it is surely "a" strong delusion.
Basically, anyone who reaches out to you as spiritual authority can draw you into a low level of submission to them. Then, they can quickly raise that level of submission little by little until they have a high level of control over the way you think and feel. Foul spiritual forces can even manifest physically upon the one submitted as a false sign and wonder (goosebumps, wooziness in your head, being slain in the spirit). What they are actually doing is witchcraft, and it's being used to push some of the fastest growing "ministries" across the globe.
More than that, deeply submitted people can experience these demonic forces coordinating synchronicities (false signs) in their life to keep them thinking God is at work in it. But Jesus said, "A wicked and adulterous generation seeks for a sign."
Ministries such as Bethel, Ihop, Morningstar, and Fire School of Ministry are working very hard to draw the younger generation into their scheme.
But it goes even farther than those ministries, because those big names have been quietly drawing unto themselves countless Pentecostal/charismatic churches across the nations to be a part of their un-Biblical model of submission and authority. In fact, your church may be under the influence of these larger ministries.
There is a supernatural power at work within it, but it is not the Holy Spirit. They are utilizing witchcraft (manipulation and willful prayers) and divination (knowledge from familiar spirits), both of which are abominable to God. They do it because it is effective and makes them believe they are being fruitful for the Kingdom of God.
The deception often starts with casual encounters with their mass-media ministries such as radio, television, internet, and music. The ministries in question have teams of intercessors who pray over anyone who comes into contact with their ministry. When you give those ministries an ear, you're submitting in some measure to the willful prayers of those intercessors.
Paul warns in 1 Timothy 4 that hypocritical ministries such as these will have seducing spirits at work. From my experience, the first thing those seducing spirits will bring is spiritual blindness upon people who are not being careful to test the doctrine and fruit of such ministries.
The seducing spirits and the willful prayers make for a powerful and deceptive combination to lure and ensnare people in their scheme.
The willful prayers can draw a person to deeper levels of submission such as buying books, closely following radio, television, or internet streams, buying praise and worship music, giving offerings, attending costly conferences, or even attending ministry school. The deeper the submission, the greater the control they can exert. The seducing spirits will give false signs, false prophetic words, and supernatural synchronicities to give the impression that God is coordinating something in the person's life, but it's a treacherous lie.
If someone attends their ministry school, the level of submission to their authority goes through the roof, and can easily blind a person completely to the scheme. Demonic forces will continue to choreograph false supernatural signs to keep people thinking it's God's will that they remain in churches which are abusing their authority and disobeying God's clear boundaries related to godly submission and authority.
These ministries are built just like worldly pyramid schemes. This is one reason why they often focus on influencing those who are already in positions of authority (with pastor conferences) and younger people with strong callings (offering them ministry schooling). If they control the middle-levels, those at the bottom of the pyramid will fall in line. The deception at the top of the pyramid flows downward, and those who submit to this model fall under the delusion, too.
When you see Jesus' warnings about submission and authority, you will recognize it's better to sharply limit or eliminate the influence of mass-media ministries from your walk with the Lord. Christianity was never meant to be influenced by mass-media. It's just too easy for insincere people to exploit. Christianity was meant to be experienced face-to-face, with other sincere believers, unified by the simple truths of the scripture and empowered by the Holy Spirit and the love of God. This is why Jesus said, "You will know them by their fruit." Fruit takes months to come forth, and can only be examined up close.
Under the MINISTRIES EXPOSED link you will find a video that clearly models how these ministries abuse spiritual authority, displayed with video footage of their own ministries in action.
Also, you will find a video clearly documenting how this current delusional movement began over 25 years ago, how it has gone "undercover" to maintain it's control, and where this whole mess may be headed.
Additionally, there is a video testimony of the hyper-authoritarianism and witchcraft I experienced first-hand attending Fire School of Ministry.
Under the HOW TO GET FREE link I share some practical things you should do if you recognize you are currently under the influence of ministries abusing their authority.