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Drug addiction is a battle of the mind, over who or what you worship. One of the speakers at the Bucks County Faith Summit II today held at Carnes University made a brilliant analogy: A speck of fentanyl can really mess you up, even kill you.  The faith of a mustard seed (in God) can save you. 

https://www.statnews.com/2016/09/29/why-fentanyl-is-deadlier-than-heroin/ 

About a dozen representatives from various Christian organizations rallied round at the summit to address how Christians can influence and turn the tide of the opioid epidemic. The consensus for the root cause of the problem of drug abuse among participants is that it is a result of sin. Drug abusers can conquer the problem by going to God and confessing their sin, and God will heal them. 

There were testimonies from people whose lives were really messed up – their health, relationships…  But through faith in Jesus, they were redeemed.  

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At the summit were about ½ dozen tables used by groups that offered free brochures and staffed with representatives who were there to reach out and help others.  

The best way to get people who have a substance abuse problem is to make them feel at home, especially in churches. None of us have it all together, and drug abusers should be welcomed in the church. Jesus did not die on the cross to save “good” people who have it all together. As was the case with King David, as told in the Psalms, David came clean, confessed his sins to God, was forgiven and made whole.   

Once you surrender to Jesus, the faith of a mustard seed should grow.  

“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6 

Surrendering your will over to Jesus will allow you to overcome any problem the world throws at you. 

The Davis Gang

I’m still flabbergasted that Jim Davis, husband of PA State Representative Tina Davis, who was charged with two felonies and one misdemeanor for stealing housing assistance money that was intended for a low-income tenant at a property he and his wife own would get off with just repaying the $33,000 he absconded with to the Bucks County Housing Authority and a poor tenant who lived at the home on Grant Avenue in Croydon. http://levittownnow.com/2018/09/28/state-representatives-husband-has-charges-dropped-repays-government/

The original story: https://patch.com/pennsylvania/levittown/state-reps-husband-charged-housing-theft

Both husband and wife owned the property where he was charged with the felonies and a misdemeanor. This is getting curiouser and curiouser, Alice! Justice in Bucks county, PA is about as arbitrary as was the Queen in Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland.  http://sabian.org/alice_in_wonderland8.php

Could not even charging State Representative Tina Davis with ripping off funds intended for poor people in the home the Davis’s owned have anything to do with the upcoming election the Bimbo of Bucks County is running in?

And even letting Jimbo off the hook for these crimes against the little guy, whom Democrats like the Bimbo say she champions, by just paying the money back is just a crime and an insult to my intelligence!

As this precedent is now set, I’m waiting for Walmart to change their signs about shoplifting to read “We take shoplifting seriously. If you are caught, you will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and will be required to repay Walmart.”

This precedent is not surprising in an area that voted for Shrillery Killery Clinton.

The Solution for The Drug Epidemic is God

Everywhere you turn, you hear about places that deal with addictions.  There are many varieties. Some are fancy schmancy. There’s one ad on TV that starts with soft, soothing music looks like someone is about to get acupuncture, there’s a pool and a gym – a fancy resort! There are other places that are in more humble and simple settings.

In cases such as heroin addiction methadone is needed to curb cravings and make addicts more stable. Addiction becomes a medical problem in part.  Besides physical addiction, there is the battle in the mind. Methadone is just a temporary fix, or should be, to help those engaged in voluntary slavery to be redeemed.

The opioid and other drug abuse crisis is a spiritual problem.  Our country has turned away from God. People have stopped going to church, and even many who do, don’t attend a Bible believing church.

Just as our nation has been turning away from God, addictions have been exploding out of control.

In King of Prussia, PA., where I grew up, drug addiction really started taking off in the early 70s. Some new kids on the block corrupted their last name and proudly called themselves “the Doper-racks.”

The rotten fruits of the true church losing its influence on the country hasn’t been the case just in the past few decades.  In the 1920s and 30s America experienced the gangster epidemic. In the 1920s the church turned away from God, lacking fidelity to scripture, dead to the Word. My mother used to call these liberal churches “social clubs.”

An example of the churches falling off from God’s word was the Presbyterian churches. In the 1920s, the once theologically sound Princeton Theological Seminary caved to pressure to come down to the level of the mainstream Presbyterian churches at the time. They had polluted the church with modern liberalism. Instead of being a light in a dark world, the church turned the light off to the truth, leaving people in darkness.

One former Princeton professor who walked in the light was J. Gresham Machen, who went against the grain and took flack in order to take a stand against liberalism in the church.

The history, as found on the Westminster Theological Seminary website: https://www.wts.edu/history/

After Dr. Machen lost his position at Princeton and his church charged him with insubordination and removed his credentials as a minister, he took some bright young scholars with him and crossed the river to start Westminster Theological Seminary, just outside of Philadelphia in 1929.

In his book “Christianity and Liberalism”, Dr. Machen declared that liberalism teaches not a lesser form of Christianity, but an entirely different religion.

The worldly answer to alcohol abuse was the government decreeing prohibition, eliminating the supply. I wonder if anyone called it “alcohol abuse disorder”? Likewise, today authorities think they can resolve the drug problem simply by pushing out the pusher.

It was ministering to broken people that helped get Christianity back on track, more scriptural.

To help people overcome the enslaving sin of alcohol abuse, a Christian minster founded “A First Century Christian Fellowship” in 1921, 14 years before Alcoholics Anonymous was established.

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” Ephesians 5:18-20 Ephesians

The original 12 Steps, influenced by A First Century Christian Fellowship, which later became known as The Oxford Group, made regular reference to God. Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, greatly minimized the use of God in the program.

The Oxford Group’s Philosophy:
*All people are sinners

*All sinners can be changed

*Confession is a prerequisite to change

*The change can access God directly

*Miracles are again possible

*The change must change others

Enter the Biblical Counseling movement circa 1970

For more than 45 years, the founder, pastor Jay E Adams has been promoting Christian counseling using the words of Jesus rather than psychological theory. Dr. Adams was a professor at Westminster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania and the director of the Doctoral program at Westminster Seminary in California. He is also the founder of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation in Philadelphia, the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors, and the Institute for Nouthetic Studies. http://www.nouthetic.org/about-ins/our-faculty/8-about-ins/6-jay-adams-biography

In his book, How to Help People Change, Dr. Adams wrote “…generally your counseling itself should demonstrate that the Bible has the answers to human problems, and that, when properly used, it provides the practical solutions to the exigencies of life.”

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:14-17

In the Bible-based tradition of the Oxford Group and Dr. Adams is CLPRM, which has been reaching out to addicts. Here’s their philosophy:  http://www.clprm.org/what-we-believe/

The faith community in Bucks County will come together to reach out to addicts on Saturday, October 13 at Cairn University in Langhorne, PA at Bucks County Faith Summit II; The Faith Community and Addiction – What You Can Do. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bucks-county-faith-summit-ii-lower-bucks-co-tickets-50166620713

Events such as Bucks County Faith Summit II and counseling will be enhanced by attending a Bible believing church, one that doesn’t succumb to every whim of doctrine,  Bible studies, prayer, Christian music and fellowship. Counseling, as Dr. Adams explains in “Critical Stages of Biblical Counseling”, is basically a pit stop to take care of problems that slow down progressive sanctification so the putting off of sinful ways and putting on Godly ways can continue in the church and other venues that help the believer become more Christ-like.

Jesus didn’t die on the cross to save “good” people, but sinners. Addicts are no different than anybody else.

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  2 Chronicles 7:14

Different Stokes of Justice for Different Folks

A member of the Bristol Township, PA elite looting the public till and the deal is that he just has to pay it back?  Ricky, I’m shocked! https://youtu.be/HMIyDf3gBoY 

http://levittownnow.com/2018/09/28/state-representatives-husband-has-charges-dropped-repays-government/ 

So if you steal about $33,000 from public, taxpayer funds that were supposed to go to help needy people, all you have to do is pay it back?  Maybe, instead of warning would be shoplifters at Walmart that shoplifting is a crime and that Walmart will prosecute, Walmart should have a sign “Warning: Anyone caught shoplifting will have to pay it back!”   

Here is the penalty for shoplifting $2,000 or more in Pennsylvania, much less that the $33,000 Davis stole.  https://www.thefishmanfirm.com/shoplifting-laws-pa/ 

Is the difference in the legal judgment have to do with Davis, just by fiat stealing money, pocketing funds that didn’t belong to him and not actually going into a store or business and robbing it?  Of course the left in this country believes that the money the average person has doesn’t belong to him or her, but to Big Brother, who decides who gets what through redistribution of wealth.   

The real answer is that Davis, who keeps company with State Representative Tina Davis, is part of the Bristol Township Democrat Elites, who: 

  • Demolished the historic Sunbury Farms building on Newportville Road in Bristol, which was in good shape.  The Courier Times reported on March 30, 2016 that Bristol Township Council President Craig Bowden said “It needs to be fixed up” , and added “the township has a wish that whoever buys it will return it to its “pristine condition.” 
  • Was silent on the  banning the annual Stand Down in Levittown for homeless and needy veterans 
  • Voted for Shrillery Killery Clinton (fortunately the rest of the country didn’t drink the Kool-aide) 

Why do people support these elites?  I feel like George in the 1960 movie The Time Machine trying to convince the Elios not to kowtow to the Morlocks, who enslaved them!   

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054387/plotsummary 

Don’t Talk About Us; Talk With Us

“Don’t talk About Us; Talk with Us.” – Slogan created by a group of homeless people.

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog about the homeless in Bucks County, PA, the raison d’être for noroomintheinn.org.  I was moved by other issues, so this blog site morphed into issues that were close to my heart at the time, and still are.

Since I started hanging out with the homeless in lower Bucks County early spring, 2014, I got to know them and was struck by the prejudice and lack of understanding of this segment of the population that most people know next to nothing about, including myself. Or at least I used to know nothing about. I’ve learned a lot about the homeless in the past few years.

Shortly after I started hanging with the homeless, I thought about writing a book about the homeless.  Now it’s close to coming to fruition.  I found a publisher, Vernita Simmons, though my writing on Faith Writers.com.  Vernita commented on an article I had written on the site about homelessness. She asked if I was an author. No, I told her, but that I want to write a book on homelessness. The rest is history.

Vernita read my electronic manuscript and liked it – said it was written right from the heart. She edited it and sent me a copy. I have to put the final touches on it, supply photos, etc.  I had to write different sections for the book, such as a book description, and an introduction, and together we are doing the administrative stuff, such as registering the book with the Library of Congress.

The book will come out in paperback and as an e-book.

Much of the book focuses on Sandi, who is the main particular in telling the story of the homeless in Bucks County. For almost three years she was my companion whom I took care of. Sandi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, which spread to the brain and liver, a few weeks after I started keeping company with her and took her to a local ER.  I’m dedicating the book to Sandi, who returned to the Lord on December 4, 2017.

In the book, “There are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey with The Homeless”, as was the saying back in the 60s, I tell it like it is. I try to speak the truth in love about both the good and bad of people who say they want to help the homeless as well as about the homeless themselves. I do, however, have some fun in the book using satire, which I’m known to do.

In the book I simply share my experiences and opinions about the homeless and offer my ideas on how to handle the issue.

Addiction is A Worship Disorder

In places like Bucks County, PA, All the King’s Horses and All the King’s Men are unable to put people broken by addiction back together again. As there are increasingly more overdoses and deaths, the faith community has been moving forward to help rescue people from the sin of voluntary slavery.

As Bob Dylan sang, “Something is happening but you don’t know what it is? Do you? Mr. Jones?”

https://www.bobdylan.com/songs/ballad-thin-man/

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The Christian community knows what is happening and what drug addiction is. It is a result of sin. Instead of worshipping God, addicts worship their desires and go outside of the kingdom of God.

Do you want to conquer the voluntary slavery of addiction that destroys your life, will kill you, land you in jail and long-term rehab, a nuthouse, and destroy relationships?

One way to keep losing the battle against addiction is to call it a “drug abuse disorder.”  A better term is Ed Welch’s “worship disorder.”  “They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.” -Romans 1:25

Ed Explains: “Life is about God. It is about worshipping him, trusting him, knowing him, and loving him. The deepest problem for addicts is that they are not worshipping, trusting, knowing, or loving the true God. Instead, they are running and hiding from God or rebelling against him…the deeper problem is the addict’s relationship with God himself.

http://www.redemptionhouse.net/chronic-joy/2018/1/4/addicts-cross-addiction-is-your-only-hope

To help people have victory over the voluntary slavery of addiction and giving them a new life, Conquering Life Prison and Recovery Ministries (CLPRM) was created. On Saturday, September 8 CLPRM hosted the Relapse Prevention Walk and Fundraiser in Bensalem, PA, which reached out with the gospel message of hope for addicts. CLPRM runs several ministries. One of them of them is Conquering Addiction. http://www.clprm.org/recovery-ministry/

Another faith-based ministry in Bucks County is the Bucks County Faith Summit II, to be held at Cairn University in Langhorne, PA on October 13, 2018. The topic this year is The Faith Community and Addiction – – What You Can Do!

This is a FREE EVENT that is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bucks-county-faith-summit-ii-lower-bucks-co-tickets-50166620713

In the movie The Untouchables, Eliot Ness’ right-hand man Jimmy Malone told him how to get Al Capone: “You wanna know how to get Capone? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. *That’s* the *Chicago* way!”

You wanna fight the thuggery of addiction? Go to God. That’s the Christian way!

The fight Eliot Ness and his Untouchables waged against Al Capone was tough, vicious. So is the battle in the mind against drug addiction. In the movie, Capone opined “When you got an all-out prizefight, you wait until the fight is over, one guy is left standing. ‘N’ that’s how you know who won.”

Likewise, addicts are in an all-out fight for their lives. And when the fight is over, either the addict or the substance of his/her affection is left standing. And that’s how you know who won.  https://youtu.be/YopeA0XAq80

Can you put two and two together?  In Bucks County, someone who abused drugs for decades, after accepting Jesus was redeemed from voluntary slavery in about two months, which is phenomenal! When participants in group counseling were asked what they were doing to help themselves, she said “I go to a Bible study.”

There’s an Army Rising Up!

Most people agree that there is a drug epidemic and that something needs to be done about it.  But there is disagreement on what to do about it.

If I hear drug addiction being called a disease or the term “substance abuse disorder” one more time, I’m going to scream and the men in the white coats will have to take me away.  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=They%27re+coming+to+take+me+away+song&view=detail&mid=F3AD7DF2942EF1FAC7FBF3AD7DF2942EF1FAC7FB&FORM=VIRE

I am not the only one who attacks the conventional wisdom, the mantra that addiction is a disease. As argued on Wikipedia.com, “A disease cannot be cured by force of will; therefore, adding the medical label transfers the responsibility from the abuser to caregivers. Inevitably the abusers become unwilling victims, and just as inevitably they take on that role. They argue that the disease theory of alcoholism exists only to benefit the professionals’ and governmental agencies responsible for providing recovery services, and the disease model has not offered a solution for those attempting to stop abusive alcohol and drug use.”    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disease_theory_of_alcoholism  Alcohol, drugs, and other abuses have a common root.

Substance abuse disorder is one of many psychobabble labels that trap people into assigned behavior that if taken seriously, they may end up being sentenced to for life. This is a caste system, where once you are in a particular place in life you are stuck there. There is no room for change. By the modern psyche standard, if you sprain your leg, then you are stuck with a sprained leg the rest of your life. May as well tell someone who sprains a leg that he has sprained leg disorder.

People can be changed. Human problems are rooted in sin, which drives bad choices in life. If you get right with God and walk in his ways, you’ll be changed into the way God created you. Dysfunctionality happens when we stray from God’s ways. The Bible is sufficient to handle all human problems of the heart. The holy spirit gives you the power to restore your mental health.

There was a Smorgasbord of groups at CLPRM’s Relapse Prevention Walk and Fundraiser Saturday that use a Biblical approach to conquering addictions.  “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” -2 Timothy 3:16

Of course, there were actual food vendors at the event.

The various tents at the relapse prevent events allowed participants to learn about the philosophy of the different organizations involved by talking to representatives and by picking up their pamphlets. It’s a free market approach to the problem that’s been plaguing our land.

Everyone running to politicians for funding in order to fight the drug abuse epidemic does not cut it, exclaimed an animated presenter at a workshop at the Bucks County Faith Summit/We Can Do It Together event on April 28, 2018 in Newtown, PA. Instead, a grass roots, autonomous group like that of Narcotics Anonymous with everyday people, recovered drug abusers is what is needed to help people get clean.  People can pick from the many groups that are out there; a sample was represented at the Relapse Prevention event.

Instead of running to politicians, you should examine programs you or your loved ones need to help conquer the voluntary slavery of addiction.  There are good, Biblically-based programs in Bucks County, PA that will help, as found, for example, with CLPRM: http://www.clprm.org/recovery-ministry/

Breaking the Chains of Addiction is another faith-based program in the area that helps people overcome their addictions. It meets at First Baptist Church in Morrisville, PA, 50 Pennsylvania Avenue, Tuesdays, at 7 p.m.  Breaking The Chains also meets in South Philly at Third Baptist Church, 2400 S. Broad St Fridays at 7 p.m.

There are also Biblically sound residential places that provide healing. For example, America’s Keswick in Whiting, NJ:  https://addictionrecovery.org/colonyofmercy/

Faith-based programs to help people conquer addiction are on the rise. In these kinds of programs, relapses are much less common.

There’s an army rising up; there is power in the name of Jesus.  https://youtu.be/uRITvdh_K8M

God’s Way to Conquer Addiction

A local politician mentioned, at Saturday’s Relapse Prevention Walk and Fundraiser, about Pennsbury school district moving on programs to fight the drug epidemic. On Saturday the public had a chance to learn about how CLPRM, unlike all the king’s horses and all the king’s men (who can’t put broken people back together again) is tapping into the power of the gospel to help rescue addicts from the destruction brought by voluntary slavery.  http://www.clprm.org/recovery-ministry/ 

At the relapse prevention event were live Christian bands, proclaiming the truth of Jesus as were those who gave their testimonies of how they conquered addiction. A guy from law enforcement briefly spoke on how, after he brings criminals to justice, is concerned about how they are doing and wants them to succeed, which efforts like CLPRM and the faith-based organizations can bring.  He offered a booklet he gives to prisoners to present the faith.  It is “Bad News For Good Guys And Good News For Bad Guys.” 

Christians are sinners saved by grace. “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”  –Romans 3:23 

The drug epidemic is the result of a spiritual crisis in America. The problem is idolatry. Edward T Welch, Christian author, counselor and facility member at the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF) in Glenside, PA wrote “that we have chosen to go outside the boundaries of the kingdom of God and look for blessing in the land of idols. In turning to idols, we are saying that we desire something in creation more than we desire the Creator.” 

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”  2 Corinthians 4:4   One god of this age is evidently drug abuse. 

At the Relapse Prevention event were tent stations, many of them faith-based organizations that help addicts fight their problem Biblically. I would like to see that the predominance of groups that find hope for addicts in the power of the gospel become a microcosm for our society! Then we will win the battle against the evil of drug addiction! 

I know from personal experience that God can work miracles in people’s lives. A redeemed addict conquered her addiction after being presented the gospel, attending faith-based programs, talking and associating with Christians, reading Christian materials, and ultimately accepting Christ to be her Lord and Savior. She had battled her problem for decades, frequently relapsing. 

When you accept Jesus into your heart, your sins are forgiven. But God continues to work in you throughout your life, putting away the old, sinful ways and putting on God’s ways, righteousness.  “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 1:6   

Here in Bucks County, PA, as in the rest of the country, people are searching for a solution to the drug epidemic. The power of God and the Bible, whom God wrote through men, is the answer, my friend. 

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” -2 Chronicles 7:14 

The Only Thing Necessary…

 The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke

Unless you’ve been on Mars and have had no contact with Earth, you would know that people are dying like flies and lives are being destroyed by the voluntary slavery of drug abuse.  

To prevent this evil from triumphing, the faith community has been coming together to fight this evil at the Relapse Prevention Walk & Benefit on Saturday, September 8 at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Bensalem, run by Conquering Life Prison and Recovery Ministries (CLPRM).  http://www.clprm.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2018_FLYER_Relapse_Prevention_Walk__Fundraiser.pdf 

Between Bucks and Montgomery County, 1044 lives have been wasted from overdoses.  

Back in 1972, Neil Young called attention to the danger of drugs in his song “The Needle and The Damage Done”.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Needle_and_the_Damage_Done   Young had this to say about the song: “I am not a preacher, but drugs killed a lot of great men.” Interesting that Neil brought up a preacher in this context! 

Although someone very close to me got clean for months, past use caught up to her and God took her home.  I got to see the evil, dark world of drugs, and the past love of my life inspired me to do something to help others to keep this evil from triumphing.  After unsuccessfully battling her voluntary slavery for decades, she acknowledged that it was only her coming to faith In Jesus that gave her the victory. 

Faith-based anti-drug programs work! As I’ve said in earlier blogs, all the King’s horses and all the King’s men can’t put broken people back together again. Only God and His Word can! 

Sponsorship for the Relapse Prevention event has recently doubled! 

Christians are teaming up for the event.  Some Christian groups have been promoting this noble cause on their Facebook pages. Some have been posting about it and interacting with other entities, sharing thoughts and Biblical knowledge and applying to helping people break free from the chains of voluntary slavery. I’ve been reading posts on the Breaking The Chains of Addictions Facebook page as well as on the CLPRM page and its website. I’ve also been reading brochures from various Christian programs, many of them left at CLPRM’s  Conquering Addiction meeting. I’ve found these resources Biblically sound.

To better serve those struggling with addictions, I’ve been reading as much of this material I can find, along with books on addiction, counseling and the Christian faith, as well as the Bible. The Bible addresses all of life’s problems of the heart, and equips us to deal with them.  

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” -2 Timothy 3:16 

Reach Out!

“It is not necessary to be a professional in order to counsel another Christian. There are a number of passages in which the Scriptures call every believer to counsel.”   -Jay E Adams, founder of the Biblical Counseling movement in an interview with Table Talk. “I have covered these passages in several of my books, such as A Theology of Christian Counseling and How to Help People Change, but here I would mention just one: Colossians 1:28—where believers are encouraged both to teach and counsel (in some translations, the Greek word noutheteō—used there—is translated as “warn”) one another.

The only professional known to the Scriptures is the pastor and the other elders of the church who, especially, are summoned to this duty,” Dr. Adams continued.

https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/competent-counsel-interview-jay-adams/

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”  Colossians 1:28

In my last blog, I argued that the volunteers in Conquering Life Prison and Recovery Ministries (CLPRM) are not professionals but are just a group of folks who are on a noble quest to help those suffering from the voluntary slavery of addictions overcome their problem through Biblical means.  http://www.clprm.org/about

There is a lot of Biblical teaching and admonishment going on at CLPRM events, such as the Friday night Conquering Addictions meeting at the Christian Life Center in Bensalem, PA and the monthly Saturday night coffee houses.

http://www.clprm.org/recovery-ministry/

The Bible has all the answers, all the solutions for personal problems. God knows you. After all, He created you and knows what makes you tick better than any shrink. We become dysfunctional when we don’t follow God’s rules – when we don’t obey his commands, including our addictions in one form or another.

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.” 2 Peter 1: 3-7

To learn more about the blessings of following God’s word, read Psalm 119.

When you don’t walk with the Lord, in the light of his word, you find darkness, death.  http://levittownnow.com/2018/08/27/second-man-facing-charges-after-overdose-death-of-woman/

It’s gruesome stories like the one about the young woman in the story who died in her home from an overdose that is the raison d’être for CLPRM.