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 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." (Comment)
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?
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; 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 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 (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).
Even in apostle Paul's day, he had to address 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 that which does not bring a reproach on their desired lifestyle. Laws and judicial rulings are being made to comply with worldly lifestyles.
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.
Jesus addressed the church of Ephesus, saying: I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you cannot bear them which are evil, and have not fainted. 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 2:2-4).
Remember from where you have fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come to you quickly, and will remove your candlestick (or light) out of this place, except 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 earlier years!
Product of the world are those who have become addicted to sin and wickedness through various means available.
A coming out! A day of reckoning; past offenses being revealed, with many being called to task for former abuses, with a new found freedom not formerly granted.
The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold (or suppress) the truth in unrighteousness.
Ungodly persuasion has been on a upswing; with open reign towards exploiting the ungodliness of man, opposing any who would attempt to countermand.
It takes the right bait to make a catch! What method is our adversary the Devil using to catch his intended victims?
Return to Egypt in this text is used in a figurative sense but during the time of the wilderness experience it was a reality in the hearts of many.
The nature of sin is towards the appeasement of fleshly desires of man and allures one into its deceptive nature while hiding its real intent.
Dwelling in wickedness has become a normality in many once godly nations. There is an adoption of evil ways that far exceeds Babylon which was the hold of every foul spirit.
Breaking free is a reminiscence of the cry of David in the 40th Psalm. David had a sure hope and firm expection of God's help to deliver Him in a time of duress.
Blind leading the blind has attributed to many falling into the snare of deception. The way that seems right may not be the best or righteous way.