While I have you on the line, there are a couple things I need to check with you........
1.) Sola scriptura vs. Prima scriptura, and.....
2.) the Great apostasy & the Strong Delusion.
Needless to say, along with several protestant denominations, I favor the PS camp.
While I believe that the Bible contains all knowledge necessary for salvation and holiness, I am certain it is Not the "sole"/complete word of G-d (or revelation). There are other books that didn't make the Biblical Canon.
Note: Some that even Jesus family are known to have considered "scripture" are no longer in our "Bible" Canon - Catholic nor Protestant.
And so I am partially
respectful to Sola scriptura, but not completely.
As you know, many Protestant faiths virtually include this doctrine into their statements of Faith. Especially the Evangelicals who (for the most part - at least officially) base all their doctrine solely upon what can be gleamed from the Protestant Canon, respecting no other source.
I find this shortsightedness unfortunate. But in apology, our societies have only been 90+ percent literate, for the past century. So it was probably a good rule of thumb to hold for most of our traditional history.
Prima scriptura "is "first" or "above all" other sources of divine revelation." I agree with this but would add some other books that didn't make the Canon.
And however, there is my most heretical understanding, which has taken me decades to unlearn misnomers that restricted my inner eye.... I believe there has been a continuation of Divine revelation.
And I am also convicted that we learn more Divine revelation through the art of science. As we learn more of Creation, we learn more of the Divine.
And so, I can't contain all my beliefs in either box, nor both. Although they can be helpful study parameters.
And then there is the Strong Delusion. I'm wondering if scientific materialism might not be considered to be a strong delusion?
We agree it is a strong delusion. But not THE prophesied "Strong Delusion".
The SD "to come" is being injected into the materialistic delusion that we already dwell in. SM is a given - it's part of the construct.
And there are other delusions much more distracting to man's ability to transcend, than just SM. Catholicism is actually considerably more damaging, ironic as that may sound. Here it is a bastion for showing the world G-d and Christ, and yet its antiquated Pharoah-Age of Idolatry, is doing more for closing the doors to the "Kingdom of Heaven" than perhaps any other force on earth.
It is no wonder - Fatima III. All the girls saw was simply another view of the same vision John saw on the Ilse of Patmos.
It has to go, before the Christ's Kingdom can come.
8 And then shall that wicked one be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming—
9 even him, whose coming is according to the working of Satan, with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 and with all the deceit of unrighteousness in those who perish, because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie,
12 that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
This is talking about the prophesied infamous World Leader. One who will make Peace in the world when everyone thinks there is hardly any more hope. The world is looking for his coming right now. The whole world is crying out for that Leader who can lead us into a Peaceful way of living. And one who can offer us answers to most all our wonders.
This is the one who played with Job. Only His puppet can fulfill that part on earth. Only he can answer about the visitors. As he was the one who walked upon the fiery stones of Heaven. He is the Prince and the Power of the air. The God of this World. The controller of all the riches of all the Kingdoms. The Sola nolo-contendere. He is the Mahdi of Islam.
And as you can see in your quote, G-d doesn't like him too much.
Not because he isn't worthy of some level of praise. After all he's pretty special. But the reason G-d has to nuke this thing is because he will mislead mankind into Spiritual Oblivion.
Talk about delusions!