By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Love of pleasure is an entrapment that has befallen many. Scripture reveals that in the last days perilous times would come. Among the characteristics mentioned is lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God (2 Timothy 3:4).
Love of pleasure more than the love of God is a bitter pill to shallow. When one has been of a generation that has witnessed the power of God; in a fresh revival spirit, with tremendous influence on lives of so many, it is indeed sad to see a withdrawing from God for love of worldly pleasures.
In a study by the Barna Group it was found that Generation Z (those born in 1999 and upward) to be the least religious in America's history; less likely to attend church services, with the reason being "church is not relevant to me personally" or they would "find God elsewhere."
It seems as if the only way to attract the youth of today, in many Western nations, is for the church to intermix with the ways of the world; as an inducement to gain their attention.
What happens when all the hype, of such entertainment, dissipates and no real relationship with God exists? What happens when one comes back to reality, with the saving grace of God not being a factor, having been deceived into acceptance of the delusion presented to them?
For the youth to come to the opinion, as previously mentioned, that the church is not relevant or I will find God elsewhere; will they not seek after the more colorful trait of a worldly environment, after having been introduced to such a concept?
The mainstream media helps introduce ungodly agenda; social media's moral compass has become deflated in its enhancement of ungodliness; the internet helps nourish lustful desires; along with its infiltration through movies and TV programming. All of these devices give amply room for profanity, vulgar scenes, and nudity.
The morals of yesteryear have for the most part dissipated with the ushering in of that which appeases the appetite; the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes, mentioned in God's Word as being not of the Father but of the world (1 John 2:16).
All people are tempted differently according to their individual weaknesses. Our adversary, the Devil, knows the right bait to use; to bring his deceptive nature to fruitfulness. His temptations follow a set pattern.
They appeal to three areas of life: the lust of the flesh (physical desires); the lusts of the eyes (personal desires), and the pride of life (self-interest). When Satan, or the Devil, caused the fall of mankind; it was through these three areas of weakness (Genesis 3:6).
Lust of the flesh is amply displayed; and provided for, in our electronic age, with one's acceptance of ungodliness. Love of pleasure is being pushed to the hilt by an ungodly society. Scripture warns against such: The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18).
Even back in apostle Paul's day he had to address his concern to the churches in Galatia: I marvel that you are so soon turning away from him that called you unto the grace of Christ unto another gospel; which is not another, but there be some that trouble you (Galatians 1:6-7).
There are those today who are walking away from the Unadulterated Word of God; picking and choosing what does not bring a reproach on their desired lifestyle. Bylaws are being changed to comply with worldly lifestyles.
Paul continued in saying: You did run well; who did hinder you that you should not obey the truth? This persuasion comes not of him that called you (Galatians 5:7-8). The Galatians were making good progress spiritually; but their were some encouraging them to embrace a different way than previously taught.
Because of the love of pleasure; there are those within many Western churches, who are departing from the truth of God's Word, to embrace worldliness; and in many cases, even the ungodliness of man.
The church of Ephesus was addressed with the introduction: I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you cannot bear them which are evil, and has not fainted. The comments to that point would have gratified the soul; except for: Nevertheless, I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love (Revelation 2:2-4).
Remember from where you have fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come to you quickly, and will remove candlestick (or light), unless you repent (Revelations 2:5). They were to repent of their present lack of love and devotion and return; to do the things that were characteristic of the devotion of the church in its earlier years. Today, Ephesus is in ruins, and its church is gone.
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