Worldly enjoyment is a kind of joy derived from ungodly practices. God does not endorse worldly enjoyment, but it is widely accepted across the world by the people. It is a sad development that worldly enjoyments are embraced in the Christendom without any significant resistance.
If you are among the few Christians who are eager to know the object of desolation sitting on the altar, then today’s message will be a great blessing to you.
7 Worldly Enjoyments That Can Destroy You
1. Alcohol and Smoking
These are enjoyments that satisfy the sense of taste.
As of 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are around 3.3 million deaths worldwide per year due to harmful use of alcohol. Thus, alcohol-related deaths make up nearly six percent of all global deaths per year.
WHO publication on 9 March 2018 revealed that the tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing more than 7 million people a year.
More than 6 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 890 000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.
Tobacco users who die prematurely deprive their families of income, raise the cost of health care and hinder economic development.
Jesus turned water to wine, but He did not support the habit of alcoholism as a form of enjoyment.
Luke chapter 21 verses 34, Jesus says: “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life and that Day come on you unexpectedly.”
Alcohol and smoking will take away your healthy life.
2. Careless sex
This worldly enjoyment satisfies the sense of touch and lustful desires.
It was reported that more than 1 million sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are acquired every day worldwide. Each year, there are an estimated 357 million new infections with 1 of 4 STIs: chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and trichomoniasis.
Having multiple sex partners, remarriage and transgender are no more taboo in our generation, and no one dare throw stones at Homosexuals in the church.
“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness…” (Galatians 5:19)
Careless sex will take away your sound mind and peaceful home. This worldly enjoyment will separate your spirit from the LORD, and put you into bondage.
It is not for business, but a fun of luck in the realm of worldly enjoyment.
Size of the online gambling market is 37.9bn USD. The Financial Conduct Authority has studied a sample of spread-betting customers and found that 82% lost money on products offered by the industry called contracts for difference (CFDs).
If you consider gambling to be an enjoyment, then get set! It will take away your hard-earned money and all your inherited wealth. Gambling takes away wealth and gives poverty.
4. Wild parties
This worldly enjoyment satisfies the carnal nature, and it involves act of entertainment such as; ungodly music, jokes, untrue movies, Halloween, erotic dance and so on.
Galatians chapter 5 verses 21 says: “envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Revelries will take away your personal relationship with the LORD. And, the Spirit of the Lord cannot stay in the heart of someone filled with such worldly enjoyment.
Some people refer to drugs as energy enjoyment, while some call it enjoyment for relaxation.
Addiction to drugs will take away your good life from you. It leads to madness, suicide and untimely death.
This worldly enjoyment idolizes the body for beauty. The use of paints, wigs, attachments, tattoos, jewelries, and other ornaments for artificial beauty to your body is ungodly.
Lipsticks, kajal sticks and eye-shadows, for example, are known to contain lead, a carcinogen and neurotoxin that can affect the nervous system adversely, leading to high blood-pressure, allergies, behavioural abnormalities and even decreased rates of fertility!
Mercury and parabens — a chemical preservative used in many cosmetics are some other hazardous substances common to beauty products. Although the purpose of parabens is to inhibit bacteria, but the chemical itself is known to trigger the growth of cancer cells in the body.
“Do not let your adornment be merely outward–arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel…“ (1Peter 3:3)
Cosmetics take away the image of God on you and give cancer.
7. Material wealth
It is an asset enjoyment that involves unnecessary acquisition of many cars, airplanes, buildings and all other forms of properties as a sign of affluence.
“…And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God…” (Please read Luke 18:18-27 for the details)
Asset enjoyment can take away your chance of gaining Heaven.
Don’t be deceived by the false preachers, because staying away from all these worldly enjoyments does not make Christianity a boring relationship with God. The enjoyment for the Christians is different from the worldly enjoyment.
Please endure this world in God’s presence, so you won’t miss the everlasting enjoyment in Heaven.