Pleasure in Unrighteousness
Sin is pleasurable; that is why so many people do it. They use sin’s pleasure to numb themselves to life’s true responsibilities. Moses refused to participate in it. Hebrews 11:24-26 states, “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.” People have long sought to justify their desires to pursue a life of pleasure and invented many rationalizations along the way. One of these rationalizations is the doctrine of salvation by faith only. It is one of the greatest lies repeated today.
The doctrine says that you are saved when you call upon Jesus as Lord, and then, you can do whatever you want; if you keep on believing in Jesus (whatever that means), you will be saved. Jesus said just the opposite in Matthew 7:21-23: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” There are going to be a lot of disappointed people on the day of judgment because they believed the lie of faith only, but sin is pleasurable, and they would rather have pleasure in unrighteousness than believe the truth (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12).