Editor’s Note: This article from way back in 1986 shows how easy it is to be pulled into loving this world. As this age of God’s church is heavily invested in being “rich and increased with goods” and with Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread directly ahead of us, this article contains much to consider in out own lives.
I would like to talk about the lesson of Demas. Demas was a fellow worker with Paul, and was well-known throughout the church at that time. In fact, when Paul was concluding his letter to the Colossians, he sent greetings From Luke and Demas.
Just a few years later, we find, in 2 Timothy chapter 4, an entirely different man. When Paul was writing, he realized that his time on this earth as a physical being was about up. He felt very strongly about that. In 2 Timothy 4:9-10 he says, “do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica….”
Demas, having made a good start out of this world, somewhere along the line, hesitated, looked back and just fell head over heels in love again with this present world. The reality is that it can happen to any of us, if, after receiving the truth, we don’t depart from the attitudes and the philosophies of this present evil age.
Mr. Armstrong once mentioned in a co-worker letter how his illness impressed heavily upon his mind — more than ever before — the worthlessness of this present evil world. But why is that so hard for us to see? Why is the worthlessness of this present evil world so hard for us to understand? For one thing, our world is rather nice. Our grocery stores are filled with food, our homes are full of modern conveniences, we have comfortable furnishings, we have closets filled with several changes of clothing, things are really rather nice. We have many, many blessings. But if we’re not very careful, we can get so comfortable, so happy and so thrilled with all of these physical and material blessings, we can easily forget that we are living in an age of rank spiritual darkness!