“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— HAVING A FORM OF GODLINESS BUT DENYING ITS POWER.”
2 Timothy 3:1-5
Soooo this Scripture just dropped into my spirit as I was reading a story about a couple engaging in premarital sex and saying that it has had no effect on their relationship with God, they’re gonna keep at it since they’re getting married anyway, and they don’t consider it to be sin anymore.
Did that sentence just send you into an involuntary mannequin pose? Me too!
First off, everyone has free will to choose how they wish to live their lives- keeping in mind that even though God is kind and loving, He is also just and holy and does not tolerate sin. This post does not encourage legalism, but rather practical holiness- to live a life that is pleasing to God. So it is impossible to be absolutely perfect and never do a single thing wrong, but God does provide a way out when temptation comes (1 Cor. 10:13). And if we stumble and we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
It’s so easy for someone to justify a sin that has brought them pleasure- to say that premarital sex isn’t such a big deal if you’re gonna get married anyway, or lying because you had “good intentions”. When Satan tempted Jesus on the mountain, he manipulated Scripture to try and lure Christ away from God’s divine purpose (Matthew 4:1-11). Sin is more appealing when you slap on a pretty face and selfish desires, and added to flesh that refuses to wait on the Lord it can lead to some kind of ugliness. I could probably justify murder if I referred to David, man after God’s own heart, having Uriah killed (2 Samuel 11)… ripping that scripture right out of its context and ignoring the part where the prophet Nathan rebukes David for sinning against God, but that would be like living off chocolate (tastes real good but would leave you with tooth decay and a messed up digestive system).
When scripture requires a change of lifestyle, we aren’t as quick to make an Instagram picture out of it as we would be if it was the type of scripture to give you a pat on the back. So instead, we convince ourselves that the sin we’re committing is really not “that bad”. You end up LIVING in that sin, it becomes habitual and comfortable. So much so, that you might even develop a “form of godliness”. Attending church, reading the Word, praying, even ministering, but denying the POWER of the word you read and God you preach in your own life. It’s like being a doctor who has an illness, but won’t take the treatment that he would prescribe to a patient. So the doctor goes to work each day, but does NOTHING about his own sickly condition.
Sin is sin is sin is sin is sin is sin. Get it? It doesn’t matter how pretty my sin seems in comparison to someone else’s, I am equally in need of God’s forgiveness and grace.
Sin is cancerous. You may maintain a form of godliness from the outside- whenever you speak you may sound like the Bible in audio form, when you counsel you might have valid points- but on the inside that sin eats away at your soul like a type of cancer. You open yourself up for heresy and other lies the enemy likes feeding God’s children.
Let us be lovers of God, not simply pleasure. Choose to lay down something that hinders you from worshiping Him in Spirit and in truth even if it’s something which brings your flesh pleasure. Love your soul.