Most so-called “Christians” refuse to believe the truth and take pleasure in unrighteousness. To whom do they think the verse above applies? They flock to paid hirelings and listen with itching ears to unsound doctrines that justify the desires of the flesh (Joh 10:12-13, 2 Ti 4:3-4). Instead of a desire to be Christ like, it is designed to make Christ appear like them, and to feel good about it. A despicable mixture of patriotism, corporate growth and motivational speeches masquerading as the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Feed the flesh and the bank account. They've heard they can't serve two masters, God and mammon, so they combine the two and call it God (Mat 6:24, Luk 16:13). The earliest Christians were martyred for refusing to call the government or the emperor “God”, today's “Christian” willingly believes they are one and the same.
They show up every Sunday and feel good about themselves, and are told how good they are for showing up, and “giving to God” at their corporate “Church.” It's like applying another coat of varnish to wood, eventually the wood is impenetrable. And likewise those who take pleasure in this become like varnished wood, or more appropriately, like white-washed sepulchers, seared conscience, appearing good, righteous even, to themselves, and each other (Mat 23:27, 1 Ti 4:2). But, inside, of course they are full of fleshly, worldly desires. Their self-righteousness is indeed taking pleasure in unrighteousness.
Their “shield of faith” instead of extinguishing the fiery darts of the devil, make them immune to the truth (Eph 6:16). Like the fool who hates to be corrected, you can't get through to them with the Word of God. The truth bounces off them like water off a highly varnished deck. They go through life thinking highly of themselves and down on most others. Taking pleasure in the strange and demonic apostasy known as the “Church,” which has clearly become part of the end times Babylon.
Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come forth, my people, out of her, that ye have no fellowship with her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues: