Many young people emerging into adulthood today revel in the partying and nightclub culture, where drink, drugs and sex have a high profile. In such an environment and under peer pressure it is common to throw away all restraints, give into temptation and get involved in all manner of reckless, anti-social, destructive behaviour, which has long-term physical and spiritual repercussions and brings regrets. Such places are the devil’s playground to entice and trap people in ungodly habits.

God is not against enjoyment and fun but against a sinful lifestyle that includes abuse of our bodies, sex outside marriage and people not in control of their faculties because of harmful substances. Such places are not for Christians even if they are not indulging in the sinful activities. The witness he or she presents to the watching world by just being

Am I living by God’s standards or by my self-centred desires?

there is destructive and must be avoided (1 Thes 5:22). “Do not live as the ungodly do…they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more…You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness." (Eph 4:17-24). “For the grace of God …teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age” (Tit 2:11,12). The Bible states, "The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life" (Gal 6:8). Thus it instructs us to, "Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace , along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart" (2 Tim 2:22).

See also: drink, drugs, entertainment, leisure, nightclub, peer pressure, pleasure, put off/put on, sexual sins, sow and reap, temptation.