But evil men and impostors will progress from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.—2 Tim. 3:13.

“But the deceptions to which these people were prey, and the deceiving teachings which they promoted, explain why followers of Christ face continual persecution. Godliness elicits a strong reaction from unbelievers. The reaction becomes all the more intense and violent when Christians live out their godliness because it convicts others of their sin.
Those who neglect the truth of God become enmeshed in a confusing web of deception. Their consciences and reasoning capabilities suffer damage through sin, and they become incapable of extricating themselves from Satan’s delusions. Only God’s truth possesses the power to free such persons.” – Knute Larson