A lot has been going through my mind recently, especially as I have begun to fully come to terms with my addiction/idolatrous relationship to/with pornography.
In a recent post, Addiction or Idolatry?, I shared about the fact that we have so often misunderstood how addictions play into the lives of Christians, especially pastors in regard to pornography, and even others in the church who suffer from alcohol dependency, opioid dependency, and other types of substance abuse.
Many times, we erroneously classify such struggles as addictions, and we treat it as such.
I’m not one to knock Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous(NA), since AA was founded by Christians with idea that only God can heal addiction. I would wholeheartedly agree with this statement.
The issue I take, though, is that we see these things as addictions in the life of a Christian, when it reality, it should be classified as idolatry: the act of making something more important than God, and doing whatever it takes, even the risk of dragging the Name of God through the mud, to get at our idol.
This time around, I want to dig a little deeper, looking at sin in general and how we have, for lack of a better term, downplayed sin the life of the Church, the life of the believer, and in the life of the non-believer.
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