Addiction is A Worship Disorder

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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 and 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.

As Iron Sharpens Iron

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” -Proverbs 27:17

They are not therapists. They are not professionals. Conquering Life Prison and Recovery Ministries (CLPRM) 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

For CLPRM, relapsing is a major concern. It has become such a big deal that on September 8, it will hold a relapse walk and fundraiser. http://www.clprm.org/relapse-prevention-walk-and-fundraiser/ 

Quitting the voluntary slavery of an addiction is one thing, but staying off an addiction is another thing. It’s not just a matter of simply abstaining, which is good, but you need to get at the root of the problem. When people can’t handle life on its own terms, instead of seeking God’s help, they look for deliverance in the god of this age. “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

Despite being rescued from an initial addiction, addicts continue to engage in destructive behavior which only brings them misery. What the demon Screwtape tells his demon nephew Wormwood in C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters in their mission to bring down a Christian to their father, Satan, applies: “An ever- increasing craving for an ever-diminishing pleasure is the formula. It is more certain; and it’s better style. To get the man’s soul and give him nothing in return – that is what really gladdens Our Father’s heart.”

The promise of being delivered and creating better living through chemistry so to speak, only to be let down is analogous to the lines in Sam Cooke’s “Another Saturday Night.”

Another fella told me he had a sister who looked just fine
Instead of being my deliverance, she had a strange resemblance
to a cat named Frankenstein

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=sam+cook+it%27s+a+saturday+night&view=detail&mid=93973378BE0C2869A3E793973378BE0C2869A3E7&FORM=VIRE

The dark world of the drug culture is the world of Frankenstein! It’s a monster created by sinful people. Users go broke, are alienated from their loved ones, they enter the pit of despair, go to jail, rehabs and sometimes institutions, and go early to the grave as well as the nuthouse.

I’ve known and heard of people who have engaged in such destructive behavior – repeatedly relapsing for as long as 30 years. One I knew well finally got clean after decades of living in the dark world of voluntary slavery and came into the light of Jesus, which was the only way to break the chains of addiction. But it was too late! But the chains were broken and heaven’s gates were opened.

You don’t have to be a drug addict or a drunk to mess up your life. I did.

I had lost my job and was going to lose my house. I lost things bit by bit, as did a woman in an episode of The Twilight Zone. In the episode, every time this spendthrift missed a credit card payment, she lost something. First the cat, then the dog, then her kids, then her husband, then her car, then her house. I lost my home Internet connection, I was soon to lose my wife, my dog had already died, and I was running low on food. I was also starting to lose my mind.

For food, I went to a local Salvation Army pantry. I also needed someone to talk with, as I was anxious and depressed about my situation. I took a Salvation Army magazine home with me and started reading it. I emailed a particular section. Someone replied to my email and wrote that it was a of a call for help. It was! Following the respondent’s advice, I visited the church come Sunday. One of the officers was in early. She let me in and we talked before Sunday school. I hadn’t been to church regularly for years. I listened attentively. I was broken. During the singing of “What a Friend We Have Jesus” I hung on every word, which was projected on a screen. When we hit the lines “oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear…” I broke down in tears. The thought that I didn’t have to have the mental pain I was in and that I could find peace in Jesus just touched me.  “The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.” Psalm 19:8

The root of my problem was that I was sinning, not living a Godly lifestyle. I prayed to God, confessed my sins and asked Him to bring me back to him. I got on the right path. “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105

To help me get back in the pink, which certainly wasn’t in a wink, I volunteered in the food pantry. It’s good to have responsibilities. More recently a homeless guy who had a drinking problem told me he got a job, and added it would keep him out of trouble. Idle hands are the devil’s workshop!

I took my laptop to the local library and started doing online freelance writing. After a time, I started writing these blogs. For a time, I worked doing deliveries and working in the store doing odd jobs at a furniture and mattress business.

Both the drug user and I continued to keep destructive behavior at bay, by hanging with the right people and by doing the right things. Informal counseling and going to meetings such as Celebrate Recovery, an “addiction” meeting at a church, which morphed into a Bible study, reading Christian materials and to church. The drug user called the addiction meeting a Bible study.

Counseling, as Biblical Counseling movement founder Jay E 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 Christlike.

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

It’s important to attend a church that follows the Bible strictly and doesn’t succumb to every whim of doctrine.

In the 1920s, mainstream protestant churches were polluted with worldly ways.  They were not holy, which means to set apart from the sinful world. Their world view was reflected in the moral and financial poverty of the times. It was ministering to broken people that helped Christianity have more fidelity to scripture.

To help people who abuse alcohol, in 1921 “A First Century Christian Fellowship, later known as The Oxford Group, was created, founded by a minister who was truly born again, 14 years before Alcoholics Anonymous. Although AA used Biblical principles from The Oxford Group, it minimized God. The added “God as we know him” was incorporated to appease non-Christians.

The practice of regular people with problems using the Bible to help one another, as CLPRM does, was the case with The Oxford Group. A “professional” could not help a drunk back then, and shrinks, along with all the other professional horses and all the king’s men, can’t today.

Back in 1931, an American businessman with a major problem with the bottle was treated by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung for a year and stopped the problem drinking. It wasn’t long before he relapsed. He came back to Dr. Jung, who told him that he was a nearly hopeless case and advised the businessman that his only hope might be a spiritual conversion with a religious group. He did. After attending meetings of The Oxford Group and having convinced the root of his problem was sin, he fully recovered.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Alcoholics_Anonymous

Drug and alcohol abuse have a common root.

Dr. Bachman, the minister who created the Oxford Group, summed up the 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

The Oxford Group preached that addictions are a result of sin, and that confessing sin, asking God’s forgiveness is what will enable people to overcome their addictions. Addictions such as alcohol and drugs are not a disease, a problem that we just “catch” but are a matter of choice. Only God can allow addicts to gain control of uncontrollable lives.

You Can Conquer Addiction

An epidemic as pervasive as the black plague is sweeping over our land. Only, contrary to conventional wisdom, it is not a disease. The opioid and other drug problems are destroying lives and killing people as a result of the voluntary slavery people get involved in, the root of which is a spiritual crisis in America.

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men are failing miserably at helping to put broken people back together again.

Recently, churches have been stepping up to the plate to more effectively deal with this spiritual problem. The problem is idolatry. Edward T Welch, Christian author, counselor and facility member at CCEF, 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.”

Back in 1633, George Herbert advanced this idea in one of his poems:

The Pulley. 

              VVHen God at first made man,
Having a glasse of blessings standing by;
Let us (said he) poure on him all we can:
Let the worlds riches, which dispersed lie,
               Contract into a span.

               So strength first made a way;
Then beautie flow’d, then wisdome, honour, pleasure:
When almost all was out, God made a stay,
Perceiving that alone of all his treasure
               Rest in the bottome lay.

               For if I should (said he)
Bestow this jewell also on my creature,
He would adore my gifts in stead of me,
And rest in Nature, not the God of Nature:
               So both should losers be.

               Yet let him keep the rest,
But keep them with repining restlesnesse:
Let him be rich and wearie, that at least,
If goodnesse leade him not, yet wearinesse
               May tosse him to my breast.
While the establishment in places like Bucks County are fighting the war on drugs by hunting down pushers with the Push Out The Pusher program, like treasury man Elliot Ness fought the alcohol problem during prohibition, church related groups are fighting the problem by changing people from the inside.

http://levittownnow.com/2018/08/09/push-out-the-pusher-program-nets-first-conviction-reward-payout/

One such initiative is the upcoming CLPRM Relapse Prevention Walk and Fundraiser, to be held on Saturday, September 8 at Fireman’s Field, Rockhill Dr & Richlieu Rd, Bensalem, PA. Registration is at 11 a.m. at Bensalem Township Community Park, Richlieu and Galloway Rd, and the walk will begin at 12:00 p.m.  At 1 p.m. CLPRM will hold a fundraiser at the Christian Life Center, 3100 Galloway Rd, in Bensalem. There will be live music, food, activities, vendors, resources and special events. 100 percent of donations go to help people with addictions.

There is hope for addicts in the power of the gospel. All scripture is sufficient for all matters of the heart, including the idolatry of drug and alcohol addiction. “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 3:16-17  To this end, CLPRM holds Conquering Addiction each Friday from 7 p.m. till 9 p.m. at the Christian Life Center in Bensalem. http://www.clprm.org/recovery-ministry/

Also, the 2nd Saturday of every month in the Edge building at the Christian Life Center, live music, coffee, cake, fellowship and devotion are featured at the Conquering Grounds Café. Both the regular Friday meetings and this “coffee house” are free.

You are not alone in your addiction. God and his servants will help you overcome! Christians are on a rescue mission.

We are therefore Christs ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”  2 Corinthians 5:20

Caveman Club by Sancho Panza

Are women you are trying to pick up at homeless meals getting too difficult to catch? Did another guy take your gal you used to take there? Is the gang of girls you are trying to collect, like Charles Manson, nothing more than a dream? 

Well, do as Lying Larry does. He uses Caveman Club to catch his prey.  

As Lying Larry says, women don’t have any sense in choosing the guy they want to hang with. Women are incapable of making decisions on their own. They need guidance and persuasion.  

Caveman Club also serves to keep the competition away; to keep the gals from making the wrong choice. 

Caveman Club.  Don’t go to a homeless meal without one! 

Caveman Club, by Sancho Panza.  

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Don Quixote Telling Sancho Panza About Caveman Club, Which He Wants Sancho To Market

Irresistible Rose

Rose’s smile lit up my life 

As the Grand Funk Railroad song line goes: She set my soul on fire/she’s some kind of wonderful 

Yes she was 

But all she left me was a heart of gold 

Someone special to this man of old 

Who left this earth too soon for me 

But not for God 

She’s now with the Lord 

 

Rose was looking for guidance 

The Lord gave me the privilege 

To minister to her 

And like Evangelist in John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrims Progress” 

Point her to God 

She accepted Jesus as Lord and savior 

 

We are not like the mule who has no understanding and must be controlled by bit and bridle 

God brings us to Himself through Irresistible Grace 

Bringing me to her was a case of Irresistible Rose 

 

I was with Rose for an almost six months season 

I’m perplexed about the reason 

But God is sovereign and has our best interests at heart 

But I must get a grip on the fact that Rose did depart 

 

Rose enjoyed God’s creation 

A cardinal outside the window 

A sunrise/sunset 

The smell of honeysuckle 

And she was sandpaper to my faith 

Helping to make me a better, more Godly man 

Organizing things, preparing meals, inspiring me to be more neat and organized 

 

I wanted to join the last departed woman I love on her journey to heaven 

“God has things for you to do, Jeff”, a Christian brother comforted me 

 

God has things for me to do  

 

Some day God will send me another Rose 

Not from a mold; Rose broke the mold 

God continues to mold me 

Are We Automatons?

The trade war with China threatens the war on opioids, says a piece in Kaiser Health News.  http://levittownnow.com/2018/07/06/what-a-u-s-china-trade-war-could-mean-for-the-opioid-epidemic/   Again, the extremely toxic fentanyl, one of the most deadly substances that has been destroying and taking lives, is in play.

Well there you go again! Keeping the dope away from people as if they have no choice in the matter, as if, as the mantra goes, it’s a disease, won’t work now, just as prohibition didn’t work to stop people who can’t control their urges. What ever happened to Nancy Regan’s thesis: “Just say no to drugs!”

All prohibition did was increase taxes, jeopardize freedom, foster more government control, and provide materials for movies and TV shows.

What did work to fight addictions, starting in 1921 was “A First Century Christian Fellowship”, later known as “The Oxford Group”. An American business executive found healing by participating in the Oxford Group after a shrink could not help him. In 1931, the executive started treatment with psychiatrist Carl Jung in Switzerland.  After being treated for a year, the guy finished treatment but soon returned to the bottle, as a dog returns to its vomit.

Dr. Jung told the guy his case was nearly hopeless, and his only hope was a spiritual conversion with a religious group.  So the executive went to the Oxford group and got clean.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Alcoholics_Anonymous

Drug abuse and alcoholism have a common root, as do a host of other besetting sins, such as gluttony. Increasingly, today faith-based groups, such as Celebrate Recovery combine all the bad habits and hang ups, and people are healed, made whole.

Recently, a friend in Bucks County overcame her destructive drug habit she had for decades and gave credit to her coming to Jesus. The Bible has solutions for all of life’s problems.

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 3:16-17

Today, there are groups and meetings held in churches that treat drug addictions as sin (we all are sinners), which through Jesus can be overcome.

A faith-based solution to help those engaged in the destructive behavior of drug abuse, The Together We Can Do It convention, presented by the Bucks County Faith Summit was held in Newtown, PA on April 28, 2018. Christian singers and speakers, tables with Bibles, copies of Narcotics Anonymous, and various Christian brochures were offered at numerous tables at the event, as were people to talk with about the problem.

At the workshop before the one with the animated presenter, the presenter called addiction a disease. Someone in the audience challenged calling drug abuse a disease. While waiting in line to fill out some paperwork, I figuratively gave her a high five.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disease_theory_of_alcoholism

Drug abuse is a choice, a sinful one. It is, as Biblical counselor and author Ed Welch said, voluntary slavery.

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.” 1 Corinthians 13-14

With God, you can overcome the voluntary slavery of drug abuse. **Note: I mistakenly wrote “involuntary slavery”. Although doing drugs appear to take over people’s lives and they seem to lose control, get sick, and have trouble stopping, it still involves the will. I know people who have come clean, some of the permanently.

Bucks County Faith Summit II, will come to Cairn University, Langhorne, PA on October 13, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.   https://www.facebook.com/BucksCountyFaithSummit/