Evildoers [and imposters] will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. – 2 Timothy 3:13 NIV
There’s a principle in life. We tend to improve on the things we continue to do, whether good or evil. The righteous man walks on a path that shines brighter and brighter until he attains perfection [Proverbs 4:18], while evil doers get more and more evil, going from bad to worse.
If you asses your life today you should find some good things in them. It may be little things like fellowshipping daily with God, attending church often, giving generously etc. Keep at them, don’t get weary. I can assure you that you as a Christian you will only get better and better, till you’re absolutely perfect like Jesus. On the other hand, are there some not so good things you currently engage in?
The things you watch today, the stuff you listen to, the company you keep, the conversations you have, the places you go, the things you enjoy… Are these things leading you to the right hand of the throne of God, or are they entrenching you further into the world’s web? We must always ask ourselves, will my continuously doing this thing make me a better and better person, or will it make me worse and worse?
While unsaved in the university, I knew people who innocently became curious about getting high. They started off drinking juices mixed with little alcohol. And through wrong influence, indiscipline and ignorance they graduated to the hardest mixtures of alcohol, then drunkenness, then drug abuse, then addiction, then apostasy. This progression may not always be the case but we must be careful of what we engage in. It may go from bad to worse. I advise you to kill anything in you that looks like a serpent otherwise it will turn to a dragon. [Revelation 12:9]
You cannot continually dabble with sin and not get fully sucked into it. Still in university, I saw a particular girl go from having sex with her boyfriend, to having sex with her boyfriends, to having sex with strangers she met at parties, to having sex with rich strangers she met at parties, to going to parties with the hope of meeting a rich stranger who’d fancy her and take her home in exchange for cash, to actually standing on the road outside clubs with prostitutes. Just like that. In about 8 months this girl became a prostitute! Right before my very eyes. But she didn’t get there in a day. No one is born a sex addict, or a prostitute, or a reprobate. If you continually to indulge in sin you WILL go from bad to worse. It’s not rocket science. It’s not some demon somewhere. It’s a scriptural principle.
Remember Demas? Paul’s faithful companion when he was in prison at Rome. In Colossians 4:14 Paul was sending hearty greetings from this young man to churches. But look how he ended up. Some years after he was reported by the same Paul to have departed from the faith “having loved this present world [2 Timothy 4:10]. What a shame. Maybe he started by tolerating a little worldliness. A little worldly friend here, a little worldly music there. Maybe he started with liking worldliness, but with consistency he ended up loving the world which is always followed by hating God [James 4:4]. Bad to worse.
Remember Judas? This man was a demon-casting repentance-preaching apostle of God. But he tolerated greed. This greed turned to love for money. His end story? Fam, this man ended up betraying and killing God. Jesus prayed forgiveness for everyone that killed Him [Luke 23:34]. But not Judas, instead Jesus said by the time He’ll be done dealing with Judas he’ll wish he was never born [Matthew 26:24]. So Judas was the one guy responsible for killing God! What a title to have. But remember, it all started with a little greed. Bad to worse.
I’ve also heard of people who became what they shouldn’t have because of the shows they watched. Some, from hating homosexuality and all types of sexual sin started to love movie characters who lived this way. Then they got comfortable with the sin, and then suddenly “it’s not that big of a deal”. Some have ended up being homosexuals and adulterers themselves, or defenders of such. Bad to worse.
You may be locked up somewhere watching some pornography thinking “No one sees me. Plus it’s just a little porn”. You may be indulging some little sins. You may be hanging out with wrong people. You may be entertaining some evil thoughts. Trust me, you will end up where you don’t want.
You’re not going to keep pampering that one little sin without adding more. No, you will go from bad to worse. You’re not going to remain in that one bad relationship without consequences. No, it will go from bad to worse. “Be killing your sin or your sin will be killing you”.
I once dabbled with sin after receiving Christ many years ago. It started off with a little fun here and there, but I only grew worse and worse. The end result was me becoming a blatantly unrepentant sinner who was heading for eternal condemnation. Thankfully, mercy and grace showed up for me.
Thankfully, our Father has given us all we need for godly living. May His grace lead us from sin and not to sin.
You’re a Christian, don’t be getting worse and worse. Get better and better.