Porn and Other Addictions are Worship Disorders

By November 14, 2014Blog
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“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field” [Matthew 13:44].

In his joy this man sold everything he owned.  In our joy we’ll root out our addiction to porn, gambling, drugs, food, appearance, work, comfort, money etc if we have a vision of something better and bigger – if we have a vision for treasure more precious than our “drug” of choice.

Everyone has an appetite for something greater than their present situation.  Everyone of us has a set of regrets and resentments that if left uncrucified will gain momentum over time and eventually drive us to “medicate” with some addiction to provide a temporary reprieve. Eventually that “medication” becomes our drug of choice that turns into our object of worship.  Our pain still persists and the character defects gain momentum which drive us to need greater doses of our “drug”.

Christ has set us free from all bondage!  Colossians 2 ends with a plea to discontinue any attempt to overcome bondage or addiction via increased self will or some passionate adherence to more and more rules.  Rules don’t change lives or overcome the worship disorder that addictions are.  Only something more beautiful than our devotion to our “drug” will effectively destroy our addictions and set us on a path of authentic and infinite joy.

The Gospel is the power God for salvation [Rom 1:16].  Salvation from the penalty of sin and so much more!  See the context of Romans 1.  Ungodliness and unrighteousness suppresses the truth. The truth that is being suppressed in this context is what is so clear about God and His glory.  God’s beauty and desirability is being suppressed.  If the glory of God is experienced then nothing else this planet could offer compares or matters.  He is so much more beautiful. His glory is beyond our greatest dream.

We need liberation from our worship disorders.  Every one of us does!

This perspective on addictions as a worship disorder has made me less judgmental of “those people” and more compassionate and hopeful for the human race who together struggle with a worship disorder of some kind.

Please fell free to weigh in on the subject.

I love everyone of you in Christ!

[Great resource for anyone struggling with an addiction to porn –  Closing the Window by Tim Chester]

 

Joe McConkey

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