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.