Walking in the ways of Jesus-Romans 12:2

Romans 12:2 exhorts us as Christians to not be conformed to this world but to let the truth in the Word of God transform us. In my series here I want to help you follow a trend I am seeing in LA and well let’s face it…world wide I am guessing. To set the framework I will start the conversation with  views on Alcoholism then move on to other bigger stuff. I found a good pamphlet on this topic from the Free Tract Society. Here it is: Is  Alcoholism  A  Disease?  By  Bill Inman

You can call alcoholism a disease, a habit, a crutch, a weakness, or whatever you wish to call it- but there is only one thing that causes alcoholism-and that is the drinking of intoxicating liquors.

But some people think alcoholism is a disease-the other day at the SRP where I have worked for the past 31 years I received a DuPont newspaper that had an article on alcoholism by Dr. C.W. Colpepper-he said DuPont recognized alcoholism as a disease 12 years before the American Medical Association designated it as such. 

Now the real question-is alcoholism really a disease? If alcoholism is a disease- 

1.It is the only disease that requires a license to propagate it. 

2. It is the only disease that is bottled and sold in our stores and restaurants. 

3.It is the only disease that produces a revenue for our State and Federal Government. 

4. It is the only disease that is spread by advertising thru our newspapers, TV 

5. It is the only disease that big business with government contracts gives to their employees at company parties that is paid for by American taxpayers. 

6. It is the only disease for which we are fined and put in prison for contracting. 

7. It is the only disease without a germ or virus cause and for which the American Medical Association has found no known cure. 

8. It is the only disease that bars the patient from Heaven-The Bible says that no drunkard shall inherit the kingdom of God- 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 

I was glad to hear that most of my fellow workers at SRP disagree with Dr. Colpepper and the American Medical Association. Personally, I disagree-how about you? Is alcoholism really a disease? 

I believe that Jesus Christ is the answer to alcoholism. The Golden Text of the Bible says ”For  God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 I believe that Jesus hates alcoholism-but PTL-He loves the alcoholic. He died on the old rugged cross that who-so-ever will-may be born again. Jesus can heal the alcoholic-Jesus can give you a new life, free from the bondage of alcoholism-all you have to do is come to Him as a little child-repent of your sins-and He will give you a new life-in Him. 

The Bible in 2 Corinthians 5:17 says-“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are becoming new.”

Friends, remember this-“Only Jesus can satisfy a hungry soul.”

This concludes the tract contents but it is a simple way to show you how the world views this area and how God views this area. I believe that a lot of Christians who are in bondage to alcoholism conclude that they have a disease and this is their cross to bear OR/and  their lives literally revolve around sinning, confessing, sinning, confessing …regular meetings with AA or another program…some I am told attend more than daily. I believe the church as a whole has bought into this thinking and it has greatly stunted our growth. Neil Anderson and the Equipping Ministries International have brought to light some of the mishaps of AA for a Christian. Here is what Freedom in Christ says:

What’s not covered in the 12 steps that is essential to freedom? by Mike and Julia ~ Grace Walk Recovery Ministry

What’s Wrong With The 12 Steps?  Absolutely Nothing!  Everything they cover is helpful and good. The problem is what they don’t cover.  They don’t cover what is necessary for a person to be free. This is a list of what’s not covered.

1. The Person of Christ – Christ is our life

2. The Work of Christ – God’s only answer is in the cross

3. Forgiveness – God’s only answer for anger

4.  Our identity in Christ

5. Grace – God’s method of dealing with us

6. Faith -The only way we receive all that God has for us

7. God’s unconditional love and acceptance

8. The part and work of the Holy Spirit

9. An answer for guilt and condemnation

10. That the battle is in the mind

11. Our position in Christ gives us victory over Satan

12. Spiritual warfare – How to win the battle

13. Our co-crucifixion frees us from power of sin

14. Dying to the law frees us from performing

15. Dying to the world frees us from demands of others

16. The part of the flesh (our learned independence)

17. Prayer

18. The Word of God

So in response to this I wonder if anyone considered testimonies of freedom like this one:http://www.setfreeministries.com/BiblicalDiscipleship/Testimonies/JaneAlcoholAbuse.aspx. I truly believe that there are people who are “children” in their walk with God, not living the full life God ment for them as mature adults due to  sin …it seems to be a revolving door…when it should be more of a freedom to leaving that identity behind and embracing their identity in Christ. I hope to accurately write of the extent of the abuse that happens in people’s lives…abuse from the lies we embrace rather than the freedom we live out. THIS I believe is the key to the many baby Christians filling our pews and possibly filling the role of spiritual authority in our lives. Yes, I do believe that a lot of kids in our congregations are just following the lead of those who lead and thus multiplying disfunction…alcoholism is just one area. I hope to help the church as a whole grow up….to become healthy….to be all that God intended us to be…so what do you think? Do you embrace the worldly view of encouraging your friends to attend recovery programs like AA or have you considered getting deeper to the root problem and pulling out  lies and replacing them with truth? “Do not be conformed to this world….” {This is only one of the areas I plan to talk about…stay tuned}

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