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/

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=bob+dylan+ballad+of+a+thin+man&refig=00000000000000000000000000000000&ADLT=STRICT&ru=%2fsearch%3fq%3dbob%2bdylan%2bballad%2bof%2ba%2bthin%2bman%26FORM%3dEDGENA%26refig%3d00000000000000000000000000000000%26ADLT%3dSTRICT&view=detail&mmscn=vwrc&mid=14447A5F236754C7473D14447A5F236754C7473D&FORM=WRVORC

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.”

Funding Voluntary Slavery

Fentanyl, that nasty stuff that street drug dealers have been mixing with dope, which makes users cuckoo and stays in the system after you get clean, has made the news again: levittownnow.com/2018/07/02/man-with-fentanyl-in-system-charged-with-crash/

A 20-year-old guy for whom fentanyl was found in his system reportedly changed lanes abruptly and crashed into another vehicle.

People who engage in destructive behavior like drug abuse need help!

In my last blog, I argued that the 100 some recovery houses in the Levittown, PA vicinity are more about making money than helping people with destructive habits. The establishment’s view and policy to fight the drug epidemic likewise is more about making money than helping people. By calling drug abuse a disease, it makes an excuse for the user, as a disease precludes the element of choice and the will. Labeling drug abuse “substance abuse disorder” likewise traps the user in a caste system whereby he or she is sentenced to a life-long sentence of voluntary slavery.

The criticism of the disease model of alcoholism applies just as well to drug and other forms of voluntary slavery: “…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.” -Wikipedia.com https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disease_theory_of_alcoholism

“Alcoholism” and “addictions” are simply sin. “Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.” — I Corinthians 15:34. “The primary problem is moral and spiritual, not medical, and cannot be addressed without that perspective,” wrote Franklin E. Payne, Jr., MD, Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta, Georgia.

Modern psychology doesn’t understand the real cause of behavioral problems and doesn’t know the right way to treat them. Dr. Payne explains “I have yet to see any patient’s chart with the diagnosis of ‘depression’ with reference to criteria that would fit any formal definition, such as the DSM-III-R. Yet, millions of patients carry this label and receive potent medications based upon this slipshod approach. Both the label and the medications have great potential for harm, as well as good. Further, such imprecision applies to virtually every area of medicine, not just psychiatric diagnoses. (A discussion of this ‘mal-practice,’ however, would require another paper in itself.)”

All the King’s horses and all the King’s men, can’t put broken people back together again.

God can.

Second Peter speaks of how evil, which promises deliverance/freedom, brings voluntary slavery.
promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.” 2 Peter 2:19

In places like Bucks County, PA, churches and individual Christians have been reaching out to a broken world to help rescue people from addictions and other besetting sins not for money, but to serve their Lord and their neighbors.

Jesus replied: “‘Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40