“Lovers of Pleasure RATHER THAN Lovers of God” (philedonoi verses philotheoi).
This description is the bottom line attitude of the End of Time and the reason for spiritual degeneration. When a person seeks happiness over holiness–or pleasure over honoring God, spiritual degeneration is happening personally in one’s life and generally in the culture.
It is imperative for Christ Followers to take this warning seriously–“KNOW THIS” as is stated in the text.
“BE SURE OF THIS”
“ABOVE ALL THINGS KNOW THIS”
When you choose your own pleasure you ARE NOT OR WILL BE EVER CHOOSING TO LOVE GOD.
Some people exclaim “I have a right to be happy.” Whatever we think or exclaim is “our right” it is all counter to loving God. Loving God is an all encompassing life choice.
Further–when you are a lover of pleasure rather than lover of God, the Advancement of the Gospel is put on the shelf. When Ministers and Ministries choose to please people rather than obey God they are choosing to be lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.
The whole essence of lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God can and should be the template in all things Christ Followers do and say!