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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?”
Dr. Edward T. Welch- Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave
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.
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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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As I look back over my life, it is hard to believe that I was hooked on crack for 23 years. During that time, I participated in both Christian and secular programs (at least 14 or 15.) The programs included Veteran facilities, Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago, a farm program in Colorado (owned by Denver Rescue Mission), as well as many others. 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.
Although I had begun to find the answers that I was looking for concerning addictions, I kept going back to using. During those 23 years, the longest time that I remained sober was for 17 months (mainly because I lived away from the city, at that time.) I lived in different places for 7 years, going from one program to another. At other times, I lived on the streets and with friends (on and off drugs.) It was in the year 2003 that I decided that there was no way that I was ever going to quit using drugs again. This was the first time that I had ever stooped to that level. Since I had made such a decision, I thought that it would be best for me to go to Florida where I could find what is thought to be the purest cocaine.
After spending the winter in Florida and going back north in the summer for two years, I returned to Cleveland, Ohio. Somehow, God began to convince me that His way is best and that my actions were highly offensive towards He and my fellowman. I thought of how I was not only depriving myself but also God (as well as others.) This led to a decision to remain in Cleveland and seek out the help of my family and the faith community. I vowed to never move away until I had thoroughly allowed God to deal with my addictions and was ‘stable’. For about the next 6 years I went into the VA several times, joined different churches, and continued to read and write bible-based material on addictions.
From 2005 until 2011 I sought to develop a consistent life of sobriety. I would sometimes go for months at a time, only to return to drugs. In January 2011, I heard that my grandmother in Memphis, Tennessee was very ill. I knew that I could be of no help to her (or anyone) because of the investments that I was making on my addictions. I started doing everything I needed to do so that I would be able to assist my grandmother and her husband (86 and 96, at the time) as soon as possible.
Through the power of Christ, the strength of His Word, the prayers and support of my dad, and with the aid of a church as well as others, I was able to begin a consistent walk with Christ for 2 months before traveling to Memphis. One year after my first visit to Memphis, I moved there. And so now, the things that are most important to me are hearing God and being used by Him. True and lasting sobriety, that is pleasing to God, is found in Christ alone. To be continued…
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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