They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
-2 Thessalonians 2:10b-12, NIV
It is choice each of us must make:
Will we cling to the truth or the lie?
This passage from 2 Thessalonians is talking about the end times. It is especially directed at those who refuse to believe Jesus is alive and Lord. However, I think it is very applicable to situations where infidelity is present.
Cheaters are committed to their lies.
Some I believe are so committed that they can no longer distinguish reality from the falsehoods that they have fabricated. These sort of cheaters are convincing liars because they genuinely believe the lies they speak.
They refuse “to love the truth” as this passage says.
A danger any faithful spouse can experience is joining the cheater in refusing to love the truth. It is easy to do because that truth is ugly. It says evil was committed against the faithful spouse. He/she was soul raped!
We must not join in such lie-love, though.
Another part of this passage tells us where those who love wickedness end up. They are condemned. That is what this passage teaches. Such is a sobering truth.
Those who support such delighting in wickedness–and adultery plus lying is certainly wickedness–are supporting the condemnation of those engaging in such behavior. That is not true love. It is hate.
This is one reason why a Christian ought never to delight in a cheater’s joy over his/her relationship with the Other Man/Woman. One is delighting over wickedness and the cheater’s own spiritual destruction.
The cheater might be having genuine “fun” now; but, Scripture teaches that “fun” does not last eternally. It ends very badly for the cheater.
We must each guard against loving lies–i.e. wickedness–and for our genuine friends, we must encourage them to love the truth. The love of lies leads to condemnation and utter destruction.