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                                              We Are All Addicts
                                                 Charles Box
Our days are evil days. Materialism, immorality, dishonesty, raping, robbing, murdering and molesting all run rampant in our society. John wrote correctly, “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” (1 John 5:19) The whole world around us is under the power of the evil one. The troubles of our world are because we are addicted to sin. It is easy for us to talk about the drug addict, the liquor addict or the person addicted to nicotine. But, we all have one or more addiction. All of us need to be in God’s recovery program. Christianity is a lifelong process of being changed from our addictions into the image of the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 3:18) Christians are in a lifelong battle against the addiction of sin. The problem with addiction is that we can see everybody else’s additions but only with great difficulty do we see our own.

Luke 18:9-14 is an example of one that had this “Good me” verses “bad them” spirit. “And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” The spirit is expressed in the words, “I thank you that I am not like other men.”

An addict is one who is devoted to, or gives himself as a slave to a certain thing. If you were involved in our Drug Court you would be asked, “What is your drug of choice?” So I ask you, to what are you addicted?

SOME ARE ADDICTED TO ALCOHOL OR OTHER DRUGS. In fact, when we think of addictions these are the only kinds of addictions that we ever think about. Drinking alcohol or using other drugs is sinful. (1) Drug use (alcohol or other drugs) is sinful because it destroys the power of the brain (Proverbs 23:31-35), (2) Drug use (alcohol or other drugs) is sinful because it takes away understanding and causes people to act foolishly, (Genesis 9:18-28), (3) Drug use (alcohol or other drugs) is sinful because it makes one incapable of sobermindedness, (Titus 2:12), (4) Drug use (alcohol or other drugs) is wrong because it weakens and destroys the body (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), and (5) Drug use (alcohol or other drugs) is wrong because it is a work of the flesh. (Galatians 5:19-21) The drunkard will have many unnecessary thorns in his hands. “Like a thorn that goes into the hand of a drunkard Is a proverb in the mouth of fools.” (Proverbs 26:9) The drunkard often loses his job, family, home and self respect. It is still true that, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.” (Proverbs 20:1) Are you addicted to alcohol or other drugs?

SOME ARE ADDICTED TO GAMBLING. Gambling is sinful. Why is gambling sinful? (1) Gambling violates the Golden Rule, (Matthew 7:12), (2) Gambling violates the second great commandment -- “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39), (3) Gambling is sinful because it destroys a good influence (Matthew 5:16), and (4) Gambling is a violation of God’s law of faithful stewardship. (1 Peter 4:10) Proverbs 28:19 says, “He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.” Gambling and other wrongs associated with it are flooding our nation. Are you addicted to gambling?

SOME ARE ADDICTED TO IMMODESTY.
For many, when warmer weather comes on the cloths come off. The Bible teaches that immodesty is sinful. Why is immodesty sinful? (1) Immodesty violates plain Bible teaching. (1 Timothy 2:9-10), (2) Immodesty is lewdness. (Galatians 5:19), (3) Immodesty shows a lack of discretion. (Proverbs 11:22), (4) Immodesty is sinful because nakedness is shameful (Revelation 3:18), and (5) Immodesty is not walking worthy. (Ephesians 4:1) Are you addicted to immodesty?

SOME ARE ADDICTED TO FORNICATION, ADULTERY, OR HOMOSEXUALITY. The Bible makes it plain that God opposes fornication, adultery and homosexuality. (1 Corinthians 6.9) When urged by his master’s wife to commit fornication with her, Joseph said, “...How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? (Genesis 39:9) “As Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” (Jude 1:7) One cannot be given over to a greater slavery than his own lust. Some are addicts to fornication, adultery or homosexuality. Are you addicted to those things? [to be continued]

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