Devoted to the Propagation and Defense of New Testament Christianity
September 14, 1967

Just For The Fun Of It

Floyd D. Chappelear

Many are the sobriquets applied to this society. Among them: the Great Society, the New Frontier, and many others. The nickname, however, which would best describe our culture is "the Fun Society." Every energy, it appears, is directed in the quest for fun and happiness. Little effort is given in searching for God as that would hardly be considered fun at all. Yet, of all mankind's endeavors, nothing is more important to him. (Isa. 55:6)

Alas, that which is said of infidels in America can also be applied to many of God's people. The children of God too are busily seeking human pleasures rather than spiritual benefits. Far more time is spent in satisfying fleshly appetites than is spent in obtaining spiritual enrichment. Of all our appetites the one which concerns God should be the keenest and most overpowering. (Matt. 5:6) It should hold a position of dominance rather than one of subservience to the other cravings.

Of particular interest is the desire to sin knowingly "just for the fun of it." That sorceries and witchcrafts are condemned none could deny. (Gal. 5: 19-21) Yet many of us will frequent palm-readers, fortune-tellers, Ouija boards, spiritualists, and such like, solely for the fun in it. None would admit to having confidence in said named hocus-pocuses but all who engage in such will admit there is fun in such. Were it not for the "pleasure" in sin (Heb. 11:25) there would be no enticement in it at all. Remove the fun from sin and sin would soon cease to exist. This is what many of us need to learn. To engage in sin for the pleasure of it fits perfectly into the scheme of Satan.

To express the sentiment that one practices that which is evil for the fun in it is evidence of the fact that one's senses have not been exercised to discern good and evil. (Heb. 5:14) Let us not commit evil acts in our quest for pleasure, fun, or happiness m life. True pleasure, the kind to be sought after, will come in the next life, not in this one.

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