Slaves to Sensual Pleasures

Fourth, we were once slaves to various passions and pleasures. The word “slaves” is from the word douleuo—“to serve as a slave.” (HELPS Word Studies) It is actually a present participle in the Greek—“serving” or “enslaving to” passions and pleasures.

The word “passions” (epithumia) refer to cravings of the sinful nature (Gal. 5:16). “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16). Peter describes these lustful passions as corrupting or “defiling” (2 Pet. 2:10). If you give in to your lusts, it will corrupt your very soul.

The word “pleasures” is from hedone, where we get our English word, “hedonist.” It means “enjoyment; in the NT in a bad sense, as indulgence and lack of control of natural appetites (sensual) pleasure, passion, lust (2P 2.13).” (Friberg) Love of sensual pleasure is a mark of sinners in the last days. In the last days, “people will be . . . lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Tim. 3:1, 4). Note that love of pleasure is the opposite of love of God.

“A Brazilian porn star who grew up in a deeply religious family has declared that God has no problem with her work because he sees the good in her heart.

“Kamilla Werneck, 25, from Rio has starred in hundreds of adult films and divorced her husband of three years to embark on a relationship with another woman, yet describes herself as having ‘evangelical faith’.

“Speaking to host Nicole Puzzi on the adult TV show Pornoladina she said: ‘I think God sees inside our hearts. He judges the good and the bad things you do, and I do good things for people. I’m a good person at heart and that’s what matters.’”[1]

But the Bible teaches us that love of pleasure is the antithesis of love of God. You cannot love God and love pleasure at the same time. We used to live that way—serving various kinds of passions and pleasures but not God.

[1] Siofra Brenan, “‘Evangelical’ porn star who left her husband for a woman insists God doesn’t judge her lifestyle as he sees her ‘good heart,’” Mail Online. Cited May 13, 2017. Online: http://www.dailymail. co.uk/femail/article-4452188/Evangelical-porn-star-insists-God-doesn-t-judge-her.html.

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