“… [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God” 2 Timothy 3:4 AMP
There is a spirit of pleasure that make men who are supposed to be believers to seek satisfaction or indulgence of the flesh, go after worldly cravings and set their affections on the things of this life contrary to those things that are above in the heavenly realm. Such have their understanding darkened, they lack knowledge that “she that lives in pleasure is dead while she lives” [1 Timothy 5:6]. Those who are earthly and sensual, gravitates towards being demonic and have not the Spirit [James 3:15; Jude 1:19]
This life is a preparation for the fruition of eternal bliss, and not merely a series of opportunities for gratification of self [selfishness in contrary to what God ordains] and other mischief [Luke 12:37]. There are normal pleasures of life that are not evil like swimming, drinking pops or ice cream and having sexual intimacy with your spouse. Meanwhile there are many pleasures are not always expedient like sex between people that are not married that results in adultery or fornication; alcoholic adventures, pornographic addiction, and these will work eternal mischief [Luke 8:14]. Priority are misplaced if you place the love of anything above the love of God and you will be ensnared. Do not be like Demas who loved this present world and all that it offers.
“For Demas has left me. He loved the GOOD THINGS of this life and went to Thessalonica” 2 Timothy 4:10 Living Bible
The days of Noah and Lot were days of pleasure and self-indulgence, when God’s visitation fell suddenly on the enthusiasts of eating, drinking and marrying [Luke 17:27-28]. Such sensual pleasure ensnares, beguile, traps and will absorb too much of man’s limited effort to be truly profitable [John 6:27], such that follow that way are ignorant of the devils schemes and strategies.
The sons of this world live carnal lives and mind earthly things [Coll. 3:15]. The citizens of Christ’s kingdom on earth must beware of careless indulgence in pleasure, being ready for His sudden appearance for He can come back for the saints at any time, what will He meet you doing? [Luke 21:34, 36]. Yet, far more than all this, the pursuit of pleasures is disloyalty, because it is the following after the will of the god of this world instead of the steadfast regard to the God and becoming like Jesus Christ [John 8:12; John 9:5].
The last time I checked my bible “seeking God first and His righteousness” and all other necessities of life shall be added by God is there [Matt. 6:33]. Christians seeking and accumulating wealth and what money can buy not out of necessity but lust of the eyes and the eyes will get into loggerhead with God who calls for moderation in all things. It is treason to pursue earthly pleasures instead of leaving all and following Him [Luke 5:11]. In return, the Lord has unfailing promises of blessedness here and hereafter for those who seek after Him. [Luke 18:29-30, Mark 10:29-30]; but the true disciples must renounce everything this world offers, to be counted worthy of the eternal joy [Matt. 16:24, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23]. The sensuous or sensual life of the soul must not be endeavored after [Mat 10:39, Mark 8:35, Luke 9:24; John 12:25].
All the pleasure the world can afford will never compensate for what is lost in such a pursuit [Matt. 16:26, Mark 8:36, Luke 9:25]. The habit of daily self-denial of what this world offers must be adopted [Luke 9:23]. No delight in societal and earthly fun or enjoyments, however laudable in itself, must rival living a Christ-like life [Luke 14:18]. A dreadful eternal consequence awaits the person who clings to the pleasures of this age [Luke 16:25]. Thus the rich are terribly handicapped in their heavenly course [Mat 19:24]. When the spirit of moderation is not guarding you then you will fall into the trap of grabbing and grabbing earthly things and you will miss the narrow way that genders to life eternal.
The incessant pursuant of pleasures of this world will secure the horrors of hell [Luke 6:25]. The disciple must strive to be like his Master [Matt. 10:25]. The Master’s prayer was always, “Not what I will, but what thou wilt” [Mark 14:36]. The social pleasures of popularity including wining, wild parties and orgies [John 12:4] and of ostentation [Matt. 6:1-18, Luke 20:46] are to be avoided like plague or you will be defiled. Jesus Christ ministered that it is better to be maimed, have hand or eye cut or sacrificed for the sake of faithfulness to Christ in the hope of eternal salvation [Matt. 5:29-30, Mark 9:43, 47].
The blessed are those who “hunger and thirst after righteousness” not after pleasures of this present life [Mat 5:6]. The faithful disciple must love moderation rather than pleasure [John 16:33].
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience” Col 3:1-6