For Demas Hath Forsaken
Having Loved This Present World!
By David J. Stewart
2nd Timothy 4:10, “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.”
We learn in the Scriptures that Demas forsook Paul, loving this present world more than the things of Jesus Christ. We see this often these days! Philemon 1:24 acknowledges that Demas had been one of Paul's fellowlabourers in the Lord. The Apostle Paul penned Philemon in 60-62 A.D., and then 2nd Timothy in 64 A.D. (2 years later). By the time of Paul's writing in 2nd Timothy 4:10, Demas had forsaken the ministry. The Bible says that Demas LOVED this present world, meaning that Demas chose to LIVE IT UP!
The Book of Acts took place between Acts 62-63 A.D., which means that Demas missed out on some of the mightiest works of God. It would have been Demas mentioned throughout the Book of Acts along with Paul, Stephen, Peter, James and the others. Demas forsook the Lord's work when God was about to do great and mighty things. Demas missed out! Instead of laying up treasures in Heaven (Matthew 6:20), Demas became choked by the cares, riches and pleasures of this temporal life (Luke 8:14). God doesn't reward selfishness, cowardliness or worldliness! Demas quit on God!
We are living in amazing times of Biblical prophecy, witnessing the End Times unfold before our very eyes. Talk about the New World Order is everywhere these days, and we see Global Government forming around us. World War III is in the works, just as Albert Pike foretold prior to his death in 1892. We see the nations of Libya, Turkey, Iran, Germany and Ethiopia aligning with Russia, just as the Bible foretold in Ezekiel 38-39...
- World War 3 Set Up By the Elites (Iran attack is imminent; sits between Iraq & Afghanistan)
- THE ALIGNMENT OF THE NATIONS FOR THE END TIME WAR | Listen (by Dr. Jack Hyles)
- IS AMERICA A SIGN OF THE TIMES? (a video sermon by Pastor Max D. Younce | MP3 | notes)
- 33rd Freemason Albert Pike Predicted 3 World Wars in Detail Before His Death in 1892
We are living in exciting times of opportunity like never before, able to reach others for Jesus Christ with the tool of modern technology at our fingertips. 1st Corinthians 16:9, “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.” While most believers rest upon beds of ease, asleep at the wheel and enjoying life; a small few are relentlessly and tirelessly fighting the good fight of faith, suffering and sacrificing for Christ. Most people refuse to sacrifice their time and resources for the cause of Christ, and they will have little or no rewards in Heaven.
1st Corinthians 3:8, “Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.” Notice that we won't be rewarded for the work that others do for Christ. Nor will others be rewarded for the work that we do for Christ. Every individual will be rewarded for what they personally do for the Lord Jesus Christ and the gospel's sake. I speak to born-again Christians, of course. If you are not saved, then nothing else matters, for you will burn in the Lake of Fire if you die IN YOUR SINS. You must get saved.
There are many believers like Demas in the world today, living-it-up instead of serving the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 2:21, “For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.” Demas loved the sinful world, choosing to live in the pleasures of sin for a season, rather than to serve the Lord Jesus. Look what Demas missed out on... Acts 17:6, “And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also.” Wow! God was using the early Christians to TURN THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN!!! Where was Demas? He fled to the plenteous provisions, pride and pleasures of Thessalonica.
Preachers are quitting like never before these days in America. Psalms 12:1, “Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.” Churches are increasingly closing their doors. According to barna.org, 3500—4000 churches close their doors each year in America. I tell people: Never quit on God because man fails you! Whether it be friends, money or even family, they'll all let you down. You can't live for that. The remedy is found in Colossians 3:2-3, “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.” There are many people who talk about God in these days of apostasy, but it is rare to meet someone who genuinely walks with God, cares about preaching the gospel, and hates sin as does Christ.
An Evil Generation
The Bible says that God will punish evildoers, even if they all agree with each other and unite against God. Proverb 11:21, “Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.” When a woman files for divorce, she often seeks sympathy and approval from others; including apostate ministers, biased friends and family, meddlers at church, co-workers, et cetera. Albeit, divorce is a sin regardless of how many people take one's side in a dispute. God hates divorce (Jeremiah 3:20).
Many husbands and wives are forsaking each other these days. It is sinful. God hates divorce (Malachi 2:16; Jeremiah 3:20). A wife's purpose is to be a HELP MEET to her husband (Genesis 2:18). Many divorces are caused by spoiled-bratty women who have put their own ideas about marriage and life above God's, refusing to be a help meet to a husband. I heard one woman say, “I'm not getting married, I'm not going to wait on any man hand and foot.” Instead she has friends who are homosexuals, hangs out in nightclubs, turned aside after Satan as 1st Timothy 5:14-15 warns. I do not condemn anyone, for we are all wicked sinners in God's eyes (James 2:10). I am simply taking a stand for God against what the Devil is doing to marriages and families today.
God wants young women married, having children, guiding the house, and staying out of trouble (1st Timothy 5:14-15). God never intended for women to become as men, wearing combat boots, business suits and pursuing careers. Argue as you may (and I don't expect most people in this Godless generation to understand), the Bible says what it says! Get mad at God, because He said it. Women today hate men, but hate themselves even more (as Dr. Makow correctly teaches below) because they refuse to fulfil the role of a feminine woman in need of a man's love and protection.
Dr. Henry Makow correctly states...
Heterosexual society has been under sustained psychological attack designed to arrest human development and decrease population. Feminism is the weapon of choice. It encourages women to deny their femininity and act like men.
Feminine women are characterized by selflessness. They are not hunters. They are not killers. They are a little vulnerable in a worldly sense. How do men respond to them? By wanting to nurture and protect them. This is how men love. This is what women want.
In "The Business of Strangers" both women have become hunters. As a result, they hate men but worse they hate themselves. Victims of a diabolical plot, they have mutated. They need a man's love in order to be themselves again.
Articles by Henry Makow Ph.D.
In the late 1960's a movement ensued, a movement of great proportions. This ideological stance of women needing to empower themselves against men and their "inherent violence" began a degradation of men's roles in family and society. Men have been silenced as fathers and husbands. In the early 20th century, boys were taught to protect women, open doors for them, help them carry their groceries and never to hit a woman. Feminism is a lie, out of touch with reality!
The feminists would have us believe that those same men were suppressing the women who were the recipients of such actions. As if to say that helping a woman with her groceries would take away from the woman's abilities to do it herself and degrade her potential to be equal to a man. Our society as a whole degrades men every day, unless of course they are gay.
All we ever hear about from feminists is about abusive husbands; but never a word is said about lazy wives who don't clean, don't cook nor provide for their family's needs, and just don't care. You'll never hear any criticism of lying wives who deceive, irresponsible wives who are unreliable, lazy wives who won't clean the house, ungrateful wives who gossip on the phone about the husband (while he's at work financially supporting her), and so forth. Everything on television is biased and critical against fathers and husbands, portraying men as dumb, foolish and distrustful. According to the cackling feminists and lesbians on THE VIEW, all men are bums, can't be trusted and women are better off without them. Everything in churches today is biased against fathers and husbands. The legal system is biased against fathers and husbands.
Thankfully, God upholds the authority of fathers and husbands in the family, which is why the Bible is hated so much these days. Much of what is labeled as “abuse” these days is nothing of the kind. A husband who keeps track of his wife's whereabouts is consider “abusive” by today's feminist-influenced laws. Parents who discipline their children are being punished by the courts for being “abusive.” The truth is that this evil generation is Godless and intolerant of all God-ordained masculine authority; whether it be husbands, fathers, pastors, the Bible or God Himself (the ultimate control freak in the eyes of ingrate feminists and dyke lesbians).
May I say, God will have the final Word my friend. Though hand join in hand against God, Proverbs 11:21 warns that the wicked shall not go unpunished. It's interesting that God chose to use the word “unpunished,” which means that for the present, evildoers are getting away with their evil works (so they think). Evildoers have gotten away with so much sin for so long, that they no longer have any fear of God (Romans 3:18). This is the deceitfulness of sin which hardens the heart of humanity, spoken of in Hebrews 3:13, “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”
In other words, the longer sin is tolerated, the less sinful it seems. The Bible is the remedy, “...that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful” (Romans 7:13). Whereas television and worldly music DESENSITIZE people to the awfulness of sin; the Bible SENSITIZES us, making sin exceedingly sinful as it is in the eyes of God. Abortion has become commonplace in America since 1973 (when it was legalized at a national level by the Supreme Court); so prevalent in fact that no one even discusses the issue anymore on television. It's just a part of our American trash culture, like pornography, dirty dancing and booze.
The Bible is brutally honest! The
Bible sees us for what we really are, discerning the thoughts and intents of
our heart as Hebrews 4:12 teaches. No counselor, psychologist nor minister
can discern the thoughts and intents of your heart. This is why we read in
Proverb 24:12, “If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that
pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he
know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?”
God Knows Our Frame and Considers That We are Dust
Thank God for the blood of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world (John 1:29). The favorite Bible passage of Pastor Jack Hyle's mother was in Psalm 103...
Psalms 103:11-14, “For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.”
What a precious passage of Scripture! God understands that we are made out of the dust of the earth. We are mere skeletons covered with flesh, spirits in a physical body. One day our body will lay lifeless and our “spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” If we truly grasp this truth it will help us to let go of the trifle hurt feelings, emotions and anger that we feel when people despitefully use us, hate us and say all manner of evil against us. For even God Himself is kind to the unthankful and to the evil, setting the example for us to follow in Christ's love (Luke 6:35).
Isn't that something? God continually remembers that we are mere flesh; yet we humans forget all the time that we were formed from the dust of the earth, and how much we need God. You and I need God. We are mere dirt, flesh-covered skeletons. When we don't pray and read our Bible, we are saying, “God I don't need you. I can do it by myself. I don't need your help.” I don't know about you, but I desperately need and want God's help in my life. I am so thankful for God's Holy Spirit, Who indwells me (Romans 8:9). Literally, the Godhead lives within my body as a Christian (and yours too if you are saved, a child of God). The most important thing that we do each day is to acknowledge God. Unsaved heathens don't want God nor the Bible; but as believers on Jesus Christ, we love Jesus, and He is precious to us (1st Peter 2:7).
May we all remember that we are flesh, as God does, and seek His help and guidance daily.
Demas Hath Forsaken Me
Just as Demas forsook the Lord's work, most believers today are A.W.O.L. (a military term meaning... absent without leave). We are all soldiers of the Lord Jesus Christ. 2nd Timothy 2:3-4, “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” Ephesians 6:12 declares that we are at war as Christians against the powers of Satan in this evil world. Few believers grasp this Biblical truth and are asleep at the wheel of life, doing absolutely nothing to make a difference for God. It is sad and tragic!
One man wrote to man and said that I was one-in-a-million after viewing my ministry. Another gentleman said that I am doing the work of a thousand pastors. I'm a human-being like anybody else and cherish compliments; however, I don't place too much weight upon them because 'GOD GAVE THE INCREASE' (1st Corinthians 3:6). The Spirit of God is behind any meaningful results of my labors for Him, and not any talent nor ability that I may have (Zechariah 4:6). My greatest ability is weakness, for that causes me to cry out in desperation for God's help, for without Jesus Christ we can do nothing (John 15:5).
Ephesians 6:10-12, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
The Unconstitutional Illegal War in Iraq
It is very easy to be tempted to go along to get along. Most people unquestioningly support the military, because they've never had a soldier toss a live hand-grenade into their living room and kill their loved ones. The horror stories coming out of Iraq are nauseating. One soldier alleged that he tossed hand-grenade after hand-grenade into family's homes, and then went back to play Nintendo video games at the base camp. The Bible teaches for us to DO UNTO OTHERS as we would have them DO UNTO US (Matthew 7:12). There's no way that anyone can support the illegal War in Iraq and obey this Scripture. Congress never voted on any war.
The Bush administration falsely alleged Weapons of Mass Destruction and invaded and conquered Iraq on that premise. No such weapons were ever unearthed. The average American couldn't care less because they weren't a bloodied victim of the war. Most people couldn't care less about the financial damage done to our nation. As long as people have a dollar in their pocket, they'll support the worst form of criminal tyranny. Americans are selfish. We can sing in church on Sunday, while totally ignoring the cries of 1,455,590 murdered Iraqis. The Bible can be interpreted a hundred ways, but the truth only has one interpretation!!! I've been saved for over 30-years and I know that God is totally against what we have done to the Iraqi people.
We broke most of the Ten Commandments. We coveted Iraq's natural resources, beared false witness against our neighbor, murdered them (as did Jezebel Naboth to steal his land for Ahab), stole their oil, and so forth. Americans have much bloodshed on their hands!!! Yet if you talk to the average churchgoer, they are idiotic and fully support the war in Iraq and the Middle East build-up around Iran. One of these days Americans are going to be looking up the barrel of a gun, as Chinese and Russian troops invade our nation, and we will get a taste of our own wickedness and atrocities. We deserve to be invaded, conquered and tortured for our complacency and support of unwarranted and merciless tyranny.
When it's your brother or father
laying dead, after being
shot in the buttocks
with exploding ammunition, and your
and children laying dead from
explosives; well then you will care, you'll be
madder than hell,
and you won't be so
stupid and indifferent toward the evils going on in the Middle East.
Americans have been
about everything from the banker-owned and controlled mainstream
Satan's Victory is Only Short-term
Satan is winning many battles, but the war is the Lords. We are on the winning side in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:37, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” Demas forsook the work of the Lord for the pleasures of this temporal world, as most people do today.
Abortion is murder, even if the Godless Supreme Court rules that it's not. Same-sex marriage is morally reprehensible in God's eyes, even if the State of New York legalizes gay-marriage.
Most professed Christians are consumed with personal hobbies, secular events, television and the cares of this present life. The work of Jesus Christ means virtually nothing to them. We ought to be continually observing for ways to share the Gospel more.
1st John 2:15-17, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.”
Demas was your typical believer, enjoying the gift of eternal life while returning ingratitude for God's goodness. Demas was a akin to the nine lepers who didn't bother to thank the Lord for the gift of being healed of leprosy. Americans are the same as those nine unthankful lepers. God has given to us His only begotten Son and yet most Americans reject Christ, live in gross immorality, praise the wicked and couldn't care less about the things of God. There is no fear of God before their eyes (Romans 3:18). Jesus foretold that the world in the Last Days would once again become as it was in the wicked days of Noah (Matthew 24:37-38), when people lived to eat, drink, marry and party into the night.
Woe unto the world. Jesus reminded the Jews that of all the lepers in the land of Israel during the time of Elisha, only ONE was cleansed and healed. Luke 4:27, “And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.” Jesus was telling the Jews that few of them were saved, nor would ever be saved because of their unbelief. Likewise, very few people in the world today are truly saved. Only eight people survived the destructive flood of Noah's time. Jesus said the same apostate and wicked conditions upon the earth prior to the flood would return in the Last Days, when people live only to have a good time. We are dwelling today in woeful times of selfishness, apostasy, unbelief and evil works of every sort (2nd Timothy 3:1-7). Truly, the end of the world as we know it cannot be far away.
Worldliness Hinders Knowing the Good, Acceptable & Perfect Will of God
For a worldly believer to talk about finding God's will is ridiculous, because 2nd Corinthians 6:14-17 clearly teaches that it is GOD'S WILL for every Christian to SEPARATE from the unbelieving world. Unless we are willing to obey the REVEALED will of God first, then why should God show us any more of His will?
Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Tragically, most believers don't consult the Word of God at all. The reason is because they are WORLDLY, conformed to this sinful world. How can we know God's will apart from God's Word? We can't! Worldly believers listen to worldly contemporary Christian music, maintain worldly acquaintances, read worldly materials, watch worldly TV, and go to deadbeat neo-evangelical churches.
Romans 12:2, as we read above, directs each believer to separate from the world in order to "prove" what is the GOOD, ACCEPTABLE, and PERFECT will of God. This is critically important, because the worldly believer is unable to think clearly on spiritual matters. There is a direct correlation between a lack of Biblical separation and being corrupted doctrinally. Worldly believers have a tendency to twist the Bible around to justify their sinful worldliness. As a result, they have difficulty discerning the Word of God properly.
This is why we see organizations like Christianity Today magazine endorsing Harry Potter's witchcraft, and 37% of the occult Freemason membership in the U.S. are Southern Baptist's. So sad! I was appalled when a pastor told me that he organized and took his congregation to Sin City Las Vegas!!! Without a doubt, these things are NOT the acceptable will of God. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Photo left: Christian rapper, TobyMac, who is leading millions of Christian young people into apostasy.
Romans 12:2 plainly states that the only way to "prove" (to test, examine, prove, scrutinize) if something is God's will or not, is for a separated Christian to shine the Light of God's Word upon it. Most worldly believers have a whole different attitude and perspective towards the Bible. I get hateful letters all the time from the worldly Christian rock gang, calling me names and telling me that I'm hurting the body of Christ. One writer even called TobyMac "a man of God." You've got to be kidding me! TobyMac is a man of Satan—praising the demonic Pope, performing in SIN CITY Las Vegas, and supporting World Vision (a known eugenics front to kill off the population).
A man of God, like John the Baptist, stands AGAINST the sinful world; he doesn't dress, sing, talk, and fellowship with them (Ephesians 5:11). These so-called Christian rockers who attack me are classic examples of worldly believers (if they're saved at all) who are doctrinally corrupted because of their love for the sinful world. There is nothing any more conforming to this sinful world than devilish religious Country, rock, rap, and hip hop music. There's a wide range of problems with the different songs and styles of music, but they all have one thing in common, i.e., leading people into a One World Religion. ALL Contemporary Christian Music [CCM] singers are either Catholic, pro-Catholic, or are totally silent about the evils of Catholicism.
They dress like
the world, sing like the world, act like the world, talk like the world, and
are covetous like the world. Everything is for sale. Any charity concert
is a publicity stunt, while the CCM industry rakes in billions of dollars
per year. Romans 12:2 stands as a testimony against
them all ...“And be not conformed to this world...”
Unsaved People and God's Will
Most unsaved people don't care about the Bible at all; therefore, most people don't see anything wrong with lust, pornography, and immodestly dressed cheerleaders. Most people are not saved, and are still in their sins without Christ as Savior. Eternity is forever and the most important decision you'll ever make is whether to believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, or not...
“And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” —1st John 2:17
We read the will of God concerning salvation in John 6:40, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” If you realize that you are a Hell-deserving sinner, and you'd like to be forgiven and go to Heaven, then you simply need to believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive your sins. Acknowledge your guilt of sin and turn to the Savior by faith for forgiveness.
We are redeemed by Jesus' precious blood. “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ” (1st Peter 1:18-19). It is the blood of Jesus that takes our sins away! If you'll trust upon that blood, as I do, then you will be born-again by the Spirit of God, and will have life eternal.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” —John 3:16
Ye Must Be Born Again!