Addictions Sin or Disease?
On a FB group a question was asked if we consider addictions (gambling, alcohol, drugs, etc.) to be sin or disease. I answered: “We are all addicted to sin. As far as other addictions as gambling, porn, alcohol, etc., some people have a genetic weakness. Thus if someone has relatives who are addicts of some sort, there must be the conscious effort and choice to avoid, as in never start. Addictions bring physical pleasure, so the pressure builds to do the act again. Thus the choice is never to start, and if started to choose not do. The breaking of addictions must involve Bible reading/study, prayer, and support from the church. Most cannot break free without help of God and the church.”
I might mention some things that we should be addicted to:
- Bible reading
- Bible studying
- Living the Christian life
- Being kind
- Loving our spouse and children
- and many more
Because speaking pompous words of emptiness they entice through fleshly lusts, through licentiousness, those who have actually escaped from those who are living in error, promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage. For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the real knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter circumstances have become worse for them than the first ones. (2 Peter 2:18-20, WPNT).
“For You said, ‘I will surely treat you well, and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.” (Genesis 32:12, NKJV). “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:26-29, NKJV)
By Choco on 8 Jul 16