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I. Direct Scripture references pertaining to "addiction."
A. Christian leaders
I Tim. 3:3 -
""not addicted to wine"
I Tim. 3:8 -
"not addicted to much wine"
Titus 1:7 -
"not addicted to wine"
B. Older women
Titus 2:3 -
"not enslaved to much wine"
II. Considering the meaning of the word "addiction."
A. Webster's Dict. - "to surrender
oneself to something obsessively or habitually."
B. Gerald May - Addiction and Grace
1. Def. - "compulsive,
habitual behavior that limits freedom of human desire"
additions and aversion addictions (indulgence and denial)
C. Characteristics: "must have,"
"want more," "no problem," "can't stop."
D. Same patterns of behavior also identified
as weaknesses, vulnerabilities, character faults,
"flesh," besetting sins, life-dominating sins, strongholds
of sins, demons, idolatry, etc.
E. Differing personalities and tendencies
S - Success,
significance, freedom, leader, competition, excitement
E - Approval,
social, popularity, talk, relationship, love
L - Security,
attachment, tradition, belonging, status quo
F - Knowledge,
accuracy, structure, organization, perfection
III. Other Scriptural references to consider
A. Correlation with Biblical word "flesh"
Rom. 13:14 -
"make no provision for the flesh in regard to its desires"
Gal. 5:24 - "have
crucified the flesh with its passions and desires"
Eph. 2:3 - "formerly
walked in the desires of our flesh indulging the desires...
I Peter 2:11
- "abstain from fleshly desires, which wage war against
James 1:13 -
"carried away, seduced by tempter, under our desires"
B. Correlation with Biblical idea of "besetting
Heb. 12:1 - "the
sin that so easily entangles us"
Rom. 14:23 -
"whatever is not of faith is sin"
C. Correlation with Biblical concept of "idolatry"
Phil. 3:19 -
"god is their appetite,...set minds on earthly things"
Gerald May -
"addictions make idolaters of us all"
- "what the Old Testament calls idolatry, enlightened Westerners
IV. Dealing with addictive patterns
Phil. 4:19 - "God shall supply all
your needs...in Christ Jesus"
Prov. 13:25 - "the righteous has enough
to satisfy his appetite"
John 8:82,36 - "the truth shall set you
Gal. 5:1 - "It was for freedom that Christ
set us free"
II Cor. 3:5 - "not adequate in ourselves...adequacy
is from God"
II Chron. 20:15 - "battle is not yours,
Exod. 23:29-33 - "I will not drive them
out in a single year"