“…and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved“
and with all
The lawless one will not only use some but “all” “unrighteous deception,” deception that comes from unrighteousness. Satan will employ many forms of deception, including propaganda, spin, portraying himself as religious, etc. These things appeal to people, but they will destroy their eternal future.
The word “unrighteous” means injustice or a falsehood. Everything that the “lawless one” does misrepresents the truth. He will have every appearance of God. He is a religious fraud making him even more dangerous. Paul characterizes religious fraud as “unrighteous deception.”
“But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3 ).
“So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation 12:9).
Unrighteousness always begins with some falsehood or injustice.
Unrighteousness always begins with falsehood or injustice. A person who loves truth inevitably always has a sense of fairness, of truth. Unjust people always inevitably reject the gospel. Injustice always has an element of tyranny.