The Temptations of the World: You Can’t Beat the System

THE WORLD CLAIMS ITS OWN: Love not the things of this world.
THE WORLD CLAIMS ITS OWN: Love not the things of this world.



“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.”
1 John 2:15

The world offers its payment in the world’s currency: pleasure, fame, fortune, power; sometimes, all of the above.

The world’s offerings have a way of morphing into a curse–and the world rarely lets anyone enjoy their ill-gotten gains.

And the world demands much in return: for starters, one’s soul.

“Drugs worked for me for years and now they’re turning against me, now I’m walking through hell”.
–Layne Staley, vocalist for grunge/metal band Alice in Chains in 1996 Rolling Stone interview​. Staley became a recluse circa 1996 and was found dead in 2002 in his home.

​The Bible tells us that man can “​enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.”

But generations of those who disdain the Bible and who openly rebel against God and His Anointed, Jesus Christ have tested God’s Word and attempted to prove it wrong.

“I know I’m near death, I did crack and heroin for years. I never wanted to end my life this way.”
–Layne Staley, interview a few months before his death

There’s never an end to the number of people who believe they can take from the world without giving back more.

Much, much more.

The world hands out its payments–and then it demands much more in return.

Sadly, despite money, fame and earthly pleasures, Layne Staley became a cautionary tale. He took the offerings of the world and failed to beat the world at its own game.

But then, it’s practically impossible to beat the world at its own game.  It’s rigged; the fix is in; it’s a sucker’s game.

You can’t beat the world at its own game.

Staley’s name was added to those who have proved the truth of the Word of the Living God.

“As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.”
Proverbs 11:19

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.​”
1 John 2:16​


“Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 – (h/t:B)

[Parts of this article originally appeared in End Times Prophecy Headlines: February 7-8, 2015.]


by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier

images: ETPR/Stuart Miles,

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