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Turning to God from Idols: A Biblical Approach to Addictions
by Gregory Madison
Very early during my struggle with my addiction to crack (and the other addictions that went with it), I sought to discover what the Bible has to say concerning addictions. In 1996, I began a personal study describing the link between addiction and idolatry. This is now a lifetime study.
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David Powlinson states that “idolatry is far the most frequently discussed problem in the scriptures.” Perhaps, this is because the One
who inspired the scriptures knew that idolatry would be an ever-increasing problem. I am, personally, convinced that if the Word of God had nothing to say about addictions, then God would not have created us.
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Each of the programs has their benefits. Some are more relevant than others. Each of these programs deals with different aspects of addiction (psychological, medical, spiritual…) It is my opinion that the most important aspect of addiction that must be addressed is the spiritual aspect.
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“Do you have a good grasp on the wealth of biblical material that speaks precisely to the modern problems of addictions? Can you go through any book in scripture, even if it doesn’t mention alcohol, food, or sex, and see how it speaks to addictions?”
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Chapter One: Reasoning (God’s reasoning with us)
Chapter Two: The Reality of Addiction: Idolatry
Chapter Three: The Reality of Deceit
Chapter Four: The Real You
Chapter Five: Definition and dynamics of Repentance
Chapter Six: Acts of Repentance
Chapter Seven: Rejoice in the Lord
Includes a biblical outline on understanding, idolatry, the fear of the Lord, additional resources, forming Christ-centered support groups and more.
Turning to God from Idols is the spiritual method of exposing and disposing any and every addiction.
The study-guide is forthcoming!
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An addiction is an idol. The old English word for worship was "worthship" (indicating that we express the worth of that which we worship). We worship by giving praise, making sacrifices, allowing dominion, and placing trust in something or someone.
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May 14, 2014
Let me tell you about The Fear of the Almighty! For a long time, I have wanted to tell you about the fear of the Almighty. It all began around 1987. I was probably involved in another study, when I became intrigued by the phrase that has so consumed my soul that I strive to be an “awe-factory.” I want everyone to have an ever-increasing awe for God.
After the fear of the Lord gained my attention, I carefully wrote every similar reference from the Bible. Once I had all the references, I studied the details and constructed an outline based on the prevalent categories. I was blessed to preserve my hand-written notes for years. One of the greatest complements that I have ever received came from one of my pastors that I greatly admired for his education. When I showed him my outline on the fear of the Lord, he asked was I the author. I knew back then that I had discovered a topic of great relevance.
I did not begin to expound on this outline until 10 years later. As I was led by God to begin my first draft of Turning to God from Idols: A Biblical Approach to Addictions, I began to understand that the fear of the Lord is significant toward addictions. While my primary attention was given towards the writing of Turning to God from Idols, I began my early writing of The Fear of the Almighty around 1997.
For those who are unfamiliar with my testimony, you may wonder why it was that there were gaps of time in my writing. The reason that I did not continue with my studies from which my writings come is because of the 23 years of intermittent drug addiction that I participated in to the point that I was almost entirely non-productive. And so, the next phase of The Fear of the Almighty took place around 1999-2000. At that time, I was in a very stable environment and well grounded in living a sober life. With a draft of Turning to God from Idols that met my satisfaction, The Fear of the Almighty on a floppy drive and nearly complete, I started working on going back to college.
To make a long story short- I went back to drugs. When I had a few days of sobriety, I came to find out that although I had plenty of floppies with Turning to God from Idols, the only copy of The Fear of the Almighty was left with a friend with whom I had lost contact. I was fortunate enough to still have the original outline. Yet, again, I allowed my life to spiral out of the Master’s control while being dominated by addictions. It was not until 2012 that I began to work on Turning to God from Idols and The Fear of the Almighty again (after a year of sobriety). To this date I have been clean and sober for 8 years.
In 2018 I decided to put aside all my projects and publish Turning to God from Idols. Although, I had a good portion of notes to begin a reconstruction of The Fear of the Almighty, I did not sense God’s leading and I thought it would be best to finish the first project that I began (Turning to God from Idols). I was able to publish Turning to God from Idols in March of 2018. Before the year was over, I published Sobriety for Christmas and four volumes of Bible Verses Addictions (with four addition volumes that include illustrations). Now it is with great joy that I have the privilege of publishing The Fear of the Almighty through Awe of My Life Publications in May of 2019 with Amazon. That’s 32 years from its conception! Are you ready for reverence? You are ready for The Fear of the Almighty? Spread the word!
It is becoming more clear that the Church of the living God (in these United States, actually World Wide) is going to have to begin to become more active in presenting Christ as the means and source of sobriety.
Please don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to eliminate AA, NA, CA … God in His sovereignty uses people in that setting. God makes use of the 12 steps, also. But, is this the only way that God is able to rescue people?
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