LOVE OF PLEASURE

By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel


INTRODUCTION

Love of pleasure is an entrapment that has befallen many.  Scripture reveals that in the last days perilous times shall come.  Among the characteristics mentioned is lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God (2 Timothy 3:4).

Love of pleasure more than the lovers of God is a bitter pill to shallow.  When one has been of a generation that has witnessed the power of God; in revival spirit, with tremendous influence on lives of many, it is indeed sad to see a withdrawing from God for love of pleasure. 

In a study by the Barna Group it was found that Generation Z (those born in late 90's and early 2000's) to be the least religious in America's history; less likely to attend church services, with the reason given: "church is not relevant to me personally" or they would "find God elsewhere."  


Love of Pleasure - Youth of Today

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, having been deceived into acceptance of the delusion presented to them; embracing of a worldly culture, in the midst of a supposed godly environment? 

When the youth come to the opinion that the church is not relevant or I will find God elsewhere; will they not seek after the more colorful traits of a worldly environment, after having been introduced to such? 

Ungodly Influences

The mainstream media helps introduce ungodly agenda; social media's moral compass has also become deflated with its enhancement of ungodliness; the internet helps nourish lustful desires; along with infiltration through movies and television.  All of these devices give amply room for profanity, vulgarity, and nudity.  

The morals of yesteryear have for the most part dissipated with the ushering in of that which appeases the appetite; with the love of pleasure being an influence towards drifting away from past morals. 

Individual Weaknesses

All people are tempted differently according to individual weaknesses.  Our adversary, the Devil, knows the right bait; to bring his deceptive nature to fruitfulness. 

The bait used falls into three areas of life:  the lust of the flesh (physical desires); the lust 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 areas of weakness.

Scripture reveals:  When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes (or desirable thing), and a tree to be desired of, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also to her husband with her; and he did eat (Genesis 3:6). 

Love of pleasure is being pushed to the hilt by an ungodly society.  Scripture gives warning:  The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18). 

Walking Away from God's Word

Even in apostle Paul's day, he addressed concern for the church in Galatia:  I marvel that you are so soon removed (or 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, and would (or want to) pervert the gospel of Christ (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.  Laws and judicial rulings are being made to comply with worldly lifestyles.

Scripture reveals: 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.

Return to One's Former Love and Devotion

Because of the love of pleasure; there are  many who are departing from the truth of God's Word, to embrace worldliness; and in many cases, even the ungodliness of man.

Jesus addressed the church of Ephesus, saying:   I know your works, and your labor, and your patience (or perseverance), and how you cannot bear (or endure) them which are evil: and you have tried (or tested) them which say they are apostles, and are not, and have found them liars. 

And has borne (or persevered), and has patience, and for my name's sake have labored, and have not fainted (Revelation 2:2-3).  The comments to that point would have gratified the soul, except:  Nevertheless, I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love (Revelation 2:4).

Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come to you quickly, and will remove your candlestick (or light) out of this place, except (or unless) you repent (Revelations 2:5).  The church was to repent of its present lack of love and devotion; and return to the things that were characteristic of its first love in its earlier years! 

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