In 2 Thessalonians 2, Paul is talking with the Thessalonica church, who have been hearing that “The Day of the Lord” has already passed. He reminds them that this is a day in the FUTURE and that there are many distinguishable things that will happen BEFORE this day comes. We, like the the Thessalonians, frequently believe things that are untrue. Just as Paul was concerned for these believers because their foundation had been shaken by lies, God shows concern for us, warning us not to be deceived. How do we fight this? Like the Bereans in Acts 17:11, we fight this by ensuring that we ALWAYS compare what we’ve heard to the Word of God. Whether a message is from a friend, a teacher or a pastor, the Word of God always trumps. Our defense is in the Word and our relationship with God. The more we know them, the more easily we will be able to identify and avoid deception in what ever form it appears.