“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” -Psalm 40:2
A broken dipstick was pulled out of a car engine. It took some drilling, but the auto shop was able to pull it out.
I was a broken dipstick, and God pulled me out of the pit, as he did King David.
Except for physical problems, where medicine is needed for a cure, drugs are not the answer to people’s problems. The pop 60s song In The Year 2525 is prophetic. Starting at the year 2525, the lyrics go through a crescendo of years, culminating in the year 9525.
What’s going to happen in the year 3535 has modern psychology down pat.
In the year 3535
Ain’t gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lie
Everything you think, do and say
Is in the pill you took today
A problem with thinking today is the idea that a problem, such as alcohol abuse, is not the fault of the abuser. It is treated as a disease and to remedy the problem you just need the right chemical brew to get into the pink.
The Bible commands Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit…
Drunkenness is a sin, as is overeating, drug abuse, sexual perversion, etc. I’ve been brought up to believe that smoking is not a sin per se, but lately I started rethinking this – that smoking is a sin, period.
There are many things that we can help.
On gospelway.com, psychology’s view of guilt and moral responsibility is satirized in a folk song by Anna Russell:
I went to my psychiatrist to be psychoanalyzed
To find out why I killed the cat and blacked my husband’s eyes.
He laid me on a downy couch to see what he could find,
And here is what he dredged up from my subconscious mind:
When I was one, my mommie hid my dolly in a trunk,
And so it follows naturally that I am always drunk.
When I was two, I saw my father kiss the maid one day,
And that is why I suffer now from kleptomania.
At three, I had the feeling of ambivalence toward my brothers,
And so it follows naturally I poison all my lovers.
But I am happy; now I’ve learned the lesson this has taught;
That everything I do that’s wrong is someone else’s fault.
– Via Adams, p. 8
In an article about Alcoholics Anonymous, Wayne Jackson says the concept “Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic” is ludicrous. I agree. https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/385-what-about-alcoholics-anonymous
What’s termed “alcoholism” is really habitual, besetting sin. Being constantly drunk, high, overeating, or continuing in other sins is wrong, a sin against God, which often negatively affect other people.
In my associations here in Bucks County, PA, I know many people stuck in the rut of getting drunk or high, stopping the sin for a time but falling right back into the rut.
When my grandmother learned about her neighbor’s husband’s problem with alcohol, she remarked “take him to the Lord”. That’s necessary and is just a first step. Salvation, once one accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior, is immediate. But life here on earth is a journey, with traps that we, with our sinful nature, fall into, as illustrated in John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pilgrim%27s_Progress
Like the drunks and druggies (and gluttons) I know, I started walking the right path, but then lost my way. The last time I stepped off the King’s Highway, I really got into a mess. I fell into deep depression and had such anxiety that my heart pounded when I was trying to sleep that I almost called 911. I felt isolated.
We all come back in our own time, God’s time. A problem with modern psychology is that it is treated as a science. Human behavior is not like a kid’s science project, where you make a mountain of paper mache with a hole in it, dump in baking soda, add red dye and vinegar and you create a volcano.
During one period when I strayed from the King’s Highway, a woman at college from Campus Crusade for Christ witnessed to me. After having talked with her a few times, she got flustered. “Why don’t you believe?! Haven’t we rapped enough?!” Well, it’s not up to her. She assumed that, like the volcano science project, if she used the right formula, she would create a predicted result.
I wish I could wave a magic wand to cure the madness that has beset the best minds of my generation, but it doesn’t work that way. Neither would bringing The Reverend Ernest Angley, the faith healer, where he’d just say “I see your condition in my vision” work to instantly stop the insanity.
People beset with problems do come around. I finally did. Others in my circles in Bucks County have.
This doesn’t mean that you are never tempted. The trick is that when you are tempted, with God’s help, you overcome sin. The apostle Paul wrote that sin should not dominate in your life.
Salvation is immediate. Sanctification, where God molds you into conformity of what he wants you to be, is a lifelong process.
Romans 12:1, 2: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.