Above all else, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give carful thought to the paths for our feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” (Proverbs 4:23-27)
Demas did not straddle the fence with hypocrisy. He made a decision to return to the world. If I was not converted and my heart was in the world, I, too, would follow Demas because my eternal destiny would be the same; hell bound rather sinner or hypocrite.
Some profess to be followers of Jesus and stand in agreement with evildoers, corruption, fraud, waste, abuse and division. Why profess love and obedience to God with our mouth in the light, if our hearts are against Him in darkness? (Matthew 15:8-10) Do not be fool by Satan’s illusions that we can serve two masters. Luke 16:13 and Matthew 6:24 state otherwise.
Many exchanged their soul for riches, power, position and profit over people. Satan has given them illusions of being untouchable in their corruption and blatant disobedient to God. But James Chapter 5 has much to say about corrupt people and their evil deeds.
“‘Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver are cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. You have heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fileds, which is of you kept back by fraud.’
‘The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the days of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the innocent one who was not opposing you. Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.'” (James 5:1-20)
We must teach them and pray for them, not join them.
God will save us on His terms, not ours. We are warned not to be deceived; God is not mocked, and we will reap what we sow. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. Despite a world of corruption “Let us not be weary in well doing for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:7-9)