So preferring the pleasures of money or power or fame or sex over the “pleasures at [God’s] right hand” (Psalm 16:11) is not like preferring caramel to hot fudge. It is a great evil, indeed it is the ultimate meaning of evil. Esteeming God less than anything is the essence of evil.
– Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; copyright 2004; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il.; p. 34