Subterfuge- an artifice or expedient used to evade a rule, escape a consequence, hide something, etc. -Dictionary.com
In our pursuit of willful ignorance, we need a subterfuge. There has to be a manufacturer of the expediency plus an eager customer who wishes not to know. A tale must hide something for an audience that wants the thing hidden.
James Comey, the former head of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was recently questioned about his admitted leak of information to the press through a law school professor friend. His stated purpose was to draw attention to his memos of a private conversation with President Donald Trump thus initiating a Special Counsel Investigation. Mr. Comey adamantly rejected the notion he did anything wrong. He said it was not a leak per se–and thus a crime. What he gave to the press was his “aide de memoire,” and his friend–oh yes–he was a special employee of the Bureau. (This is Mr. Comey’s attempt at an “obfuscation”–“the act of making something obscure, unclear or unintelligible” which is perfectly acceptable to the Trump haters.) To willful ignorance we add “willfully ambiguous”–making the facts harder to understand.
Millions are eager to accept Comey’s story. He had a well-crafted answered for everything. When challenged, he appealed to his side of the political fence; by denying (“That’s not my recollection”), pleading ignorance (“I have no recollection”) or fabricating (“The dossier from Mr. Steele originated with the Republicans.” Not true. A factual inaccuracy and from the former FBI director no less.)
Mr. Comey practiced the three rules for the guilty to follow. When accused: (1) Admit to nothing, (2) Deny everything and (3) Demand proof.
Subterfuge is like a smokescreen, a cloud to obscure the facts from those who seek them. It is also a ruse, an imaginative defense created to avoid consequences (ex. the dog ate my homework).
There are many with strongly-held views on Bible prophecy who see right through Mr. Comey’s deception, yet they remain blinded by their Bible teacher’s subterfuge (2 Peter 2:1-3). Despite the lack of evidence, many Christians are convinced the “any moment” Pre-tribulation Rapture (PTR) position is correct. Because they want to, they reject the Scriptures confirming believers will endure great distress. Rather than search the matter out regarding the time of Christ’s coming, “they swallow clever stories.”
“…to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Tim. 4:3-4 NIV)
Subterfuge will be plentiful in the last days but woe to those who participate. Blessed are truth-speakers and truth-seekers for theirs is the kingdom of God.