The Cure for All Addictions – Romans 6

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Christians like non-Christians are plagued with many of the same sinful addictions.

The following is a small sampling of the evils that enslave many Christian’s lives:

Sex-addiction, shopping addiction, food addiction, gambling addiction, drug and alcohol addiction.

Proverbs 23:29-35 gives the Holy Spirit’s revelation on the power and consequences of the one whose life is dominated by wine.

Pro 23:29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?

Pro 23:30 Those who linger long at the wine, Those who go in search of mixed wine.

Pro 23:31 Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it swirls around smoothly;

Pro 23:32 At the last it bites like a serpent, And stings like a viper.

Pro 23:33 Your eyes will see strange things, And your heart will utter perverse things.

Pro 23:34  Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, Or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying:

Pro 23:35 “They have struck me, but I was not hurt; They have beaten me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?"

The good news for Christians i.e. the gospel part II, is that our heavenly Father has provided the cure for all addictions through the cross/work of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.

The uniqueness of Christianity is found in the doctrine of God’s sovereignty.

In other words, Christianity is not man-centered. The touchstone of Christianity is the will of God not the will of man.

The eternal sovereign will of God decreed that He would deal with man solely on the basis of federal headship.

Moreover, through this doctrine of federal headship God would legally and logically cause man’s mind to objectively look away from himself for both the ground of his condemnation and the ground of his justification.

Consequently, God in His sovereignty alone created an outside of you legal, objective problem so that He alone could provide an outside of you legal, objective solution in Christ alone in order that He gets all the glory and credit for your salvation alone.

This doctrine alone is the death blow to all heart-centered subjectivism because man’s will and behavior is no longer the cause for God condemning man or for Him justifying man.

In this Biblical doctrine alone the Christian is logically made to look to what his federal head did as his representative in order to understand the sovereign imputed effects that his representative had on his life. In Romans chapter 5 we learn that God in His sovereignty credited all of humanity with the one sin of Adam as the legal ground of their condemnation. In other words, the ground of your condemnation before God has nothing to do with you.

However it has everything to do with the action of your legal federal head. God in His sovereignty alone choose to credit the one sin of Adam to your account and to treat you as if you had personally committed that sin.

Rom 5:18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.

Rom 5:19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

Similarly, God credited the righteousness of your second federal head the Lord Jesus Christ to your account and the Father now treats you accordingly.

God’s first Adam by means of God’s will alone got you into your sinful mess and God’s last Adam the Lord Jesus Christ got you out of your sinful mess by His cross/work alone.

Please tell me what this means with reference to my addictions to my sinful habits.

The purpose of introducing Romans 5 is to demonstrate the sovereign nature of your relationship to God based on all that He accomplished for you in Christ cross/work alone when you were His enemy. And your dependence on Christ finished work to pay for all your sins and provide for you a perfect, legal, objective, outside of you righteousness.

Furthermore, this sovereign grace relationship establishes the foundation on which God will continue to sanctify His blood-bought children.

In other words, God relates to you through Christ alone. God in His sovereign free will choose to have Christ pay for all your sins when you were His enemy.

Rom 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Rom 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Rom 5:10  For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

The message is – if He took care of your greatest problem that is God removed all your sins through the cross/work of Christ so that you will not be punished in hell for all of your sins will He not provide for your addictions, i.e. all of your problems that you will possibly encounter in this life?

2Pe 1:3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,

2Pe 1:4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Purpose: To learn that we are to come to Christ alone for the cure for all of our sinful habits and not to trust in any idolatrous man-made programs for our growth in Christ.

1. The Gospel part I tells the Christian what the Father did for all of his SINS. Christ paid the penalty for all of his sins.

And the gospel reveals what the sinner’s condition is before God and how he came to believe on Jesus Christ as his Savior.

Rom 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Joh 14:6  Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Act 4:12  Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

Jer 13:23  Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil.

Rom 3:10  As it is written: "THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NO, NOT ONE;



1Jn 5:19  We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.

Eph 2:1  And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,

Eph 2:2  in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,

Eph 2:3  among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

Eph 2:4  But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,

Eph 2:5  even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

Joh 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.

2. The Gospel part II informs the Christian what the Father planned for Christ to accomplish in His cross/work with reference to the source of all his addictions – his SINFUL NATURE.

Rom 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?

Rom 6:2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?

Rom 6:3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?

Rom 6:4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Rom 6:5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,

Rom 6:6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

Rom 6:7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.

Rom 6:8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,

Rom 6:9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.

Rom 6:10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.

Rom 6:11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Rom 6:12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.

Rom 6:13  And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

3. There are many counterfeit systems that claim to have the cure for all addictions.

AA’s 12 step program is one such counterfeit system that claims to work for alcoholism.

However, the discerning Christian will immediately recognize that the AA program is a Christ-less doctrine of idolatrous paganism. Upon examining the first three steps of the 12 step program you will notice that it is the god-of-your-choice club. This encourages the neophyte to blatantly break the first commandment of God’s 10 commandments.

These are the original Twelve Steps as published by Alcoholics Anonymous:

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

Hence, in this system of thought Satan could be “god” to you as you understand him or a beer can or a mouse or the sun and moon and stars.

Exo 20:1 And God spoke all these words, saying:

Exo 20:2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Exo 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.

It is rather interesting to note that it doesn’t matter what ‘god’ one chooses in order for the program to work since the object of faith is not centered in one particular ‘god’ alone.

The system works because of the man-made idolatrous 12 steps not the ‘god’ you choose.

The ‘god’ one chooses is incidental, the effectiveness lies exclusively in the IDOLATROUS PROGRAM!

Exo 34:11 Observe what I command you this day. Behold, I am driving out from before you the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.

Exo 34:12 Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it be a snare in your midst.

Exo 34:13 But you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images

Exo 34:14 (for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God),

Jas 4:5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, "The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously"?

Rom 16:27  to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.

1Co 1:29  that no flesh should glory in His presence.

1Co 1:31  that, as it is written, "HE WHO GLORIES, LET HIM GLORY IN THE LORD."

  1. But someone will retort and say, but Jack, AA works. However, the criterion for our spiritual life before the true God of Holy Scripture should not be based on if it works but is it true i.e. is the source of their doctrine from God’s Word alone.

Isa 8:19 And when they say to you, "Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,"should not a people seek their God?

Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living? Isa 8:20 To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Col 2:23 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.

Another discerning question might be are all sobrieties good?  A more fundamental question would be are all sobrieties godly, do they bring glory to the God of Scripture alone? And does every form of sobriety exalt the finished work of Christ alone? The answer is a resounding, emphatic, logical NO!  Much of the sobriety in the AA 12 step program brings glory to Satan and not Christ. Because the source of the doctrine is a man-made religious idolatry. The road to hell is paved with the good intentions of 12 step programs.

Pro 16:25 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

  1. The gospel is all about salvation from sins not about becoming sober. Satan is all about self-help programs, reform and self-righteousness.

Mat 12:43 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.

Mat 12:44 Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order.

Mat 12:45 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation."

You can see that the place that the demon had returned to had been swept, i.e. cleaned up, and put in order but it had been unoccupied. Here we have a spiritual vacant life that has been swept clean, i.e. sober, reformed, but Christ is absent from this life and the person is open to more demon influence.

Isa 64:6 But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.

Isa 1:18  "Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.

Psa 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  Purge me means literally in the Hebrew language to “Un-sin-me”. Man needs a Savior not a self-help program.  The CURE to ALL of man’s sinful problems is Christ and Christ ALONE! The Cross/work of Christ does not need any idolatrous man-made 12 step program. The Cross/work of Christ defies addition or subtraction.

  1. The Christian life is not about my victory over sin but ALL about Christ VICTORY over my sins and my sin nature and Satan and the evil world system. And all of these enemies are necessary in order for me to stand in moment by moment belief in Christ victory over them. Christians are powerless to deal with these three enemies, only Almighty Jesus dealt with them on the CROSS.

(a) Christ defeated Satan and I must believe what God the Holy Spirit says about Christ cross/work in reference to Satan.

Col 2:15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

Heb 2:14  Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,

1Jn 3:8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

(b)  Christ also rendered my sin nature inoperative. He destroyed the power of my sinful nature over me and I am commanded by the Holy Spirit to believe that truth.

Rom 6:6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

(c) Christ also defeated the world system and crucified it to me.

Joh 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."

Gal 6:14 But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

As a Christian I am commanded to confess Christ victory over my sinful nature and not to confess a Satanic bondage of being in a “state of recovery”.

No where in Scripture am I commanded to confess that I am a recovering alcoholic. Satan wants us to confess that we are in a “state of recovery” because that means that we are not free from the idolatrous 12 step program-we are in bondage to Satan’s counterfeit spirituality.  Scripture teaches us to confess that we are a new creature in Christ ALL things have passed away. It is unbelief to confess anything other than what Christ has done for us.

2Co 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Through the 12 step program Satan has replaced the Biblical word drunkenness with the word alcoholic. Words convey truth and error.  This word alcoholic conveys the   strategic meaning of one who has the so-called disease of alcoholism.  This verbal subterfuge in changing the Scriptural word drunkenness to alcoholic signifies that they are not responsible for their sin of drunkenness.  In addition, when you name someone it means that you have authority over them. Therefore, when Satan assigns an AA person with the name of an alcoholic he maintains authority over that person. Consequently, Satan keeps the AA person in bondage to the 12 step program for the rest of his life which means there is no freedom in Satan’s 12 step program. However, what does the Lord Jesus say about bondage to sin and freedom?

Joh 8:34 Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.

Joh 8:35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.

Joh 8:36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

Joh 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

Does Paul say that for me to live is AA? Or does he say;

Php 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Eph 5:18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,

Col 3:1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

Col 3:2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

Col 3:3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Col 3:4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

Behavior or Disease?

The influence of AA has been tremendous in promoting the belief that habitual heavy drinking is a “disease” of alcoholism. In spite of the fact that there is no clear etiology for the disease, most people now assume alcoholism is indeed a disease. And, even though the Bible clearly refers to drunkenness as sin, most Christians have hopped onto the AA bandwagon of faith and believe that habitual drunkenness is due to a disease called “alcoholism” or “addiction” rather than to sin. In fact AA’s influence has been so pervasive and widespread that Christians and nonChristians alike believe Twelve-Step Programs: Sin or Sickness? 79 that addictions of all sorts are serious diseases to be treated rather than sinful habits to be changed.

Dr. Herbert Fingarette, a professor at the University of California and an internationally distinguished scholar, has written a book titled Heavy Drinking: The Myth of Alcoholism as a Disease.10 The subtitle tells what the book is about.

Fingarette contends that “the public has been profoundly misled, and is still being actively misled.” He says:

The public has been kept unaware of a mass of scientific evidence accumulated over the past couple of decades, evidence familiar to researchers in the field, which radically challenges each major belief generally associated with the phrase “alcoholism is a disease.”11

He suggests one reason for this ignorance:

It is not surprising that the disease concept of alcoholism is now vigorously promoted by a vast network of lobbies, national and local, professional and volunteer, ranging from the most prestigious medical associations to the most crassly commercial private providers of treatment. This is big politics and big business.12

But the disease concept of alcoholism is not good science.

Fingarette says, “The disease concept of alcoholism not only

has no basis in current science; it has never had a scientific

justification.”13 (Emphasis his.)

When does behavior become disease? Certainly some behavior is sickening and may be called “sick” in a metaphorical

sense. And there are certain neurological/brain diseases that affect behavior. But does that mean behavior itself can be diseased?

Millions in America think so and the behavior-called-disease industry has mushroomed. In fact, according to the new definitions,

everyone could be accused of having some form of this disease by at least one psychological counselor, psychiatric social worker,

or addiction treatment group. While the Bible clearly states that “all have sinned, and

come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), our psychological

society has substituted the word sin with sickness, so

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that all are sick and come short of their highest potential.

The disease idea has moved from physical disorders to socalled

mental illness and to a broad spectrum of addictions, which include those labeled “codependent,” who are supposedlyaddicted to those who are addicted.

Stanton Peele graphically illustrates the insanity of calling

behavior “disease” in his book Diseasing of America: Addiction Treatment Out of Control.

He lists estimates of socalled experts to demonstrate how many people in our country suffer from such “diseases.”

Here are some of his approximate figures:

20 million addicted to alcohol

80 million suffering from coalcoholism

(family members of alcoholics)

20 million addicted to gambling

80 million food related addictions

75 million addicted to tobacco

25 million addicted to love and/or sex14

According to this list, the number of people with addictions called-

diseases adds up to a whopping 300 million (obviously

some people are multiply addicted). While we are not

discussing each of these “addictions,” it is important to note

the danger of turning sexual sins (including rape and sexual

abuse) into illnesses. Calling sexual sins “diseases” not only

excuses behavior; it leaves people irresponsible and powerless.

In fact, calling any of those so-called addictions “diseases”

denudes the dignity of man created in the image of God.

Glen Scrivener.

Christians must maintain: “I am a sick, wretched, poor, helpless sinner. And I have no hope in myself – not in any inner goodness or in any inner capacity to will the good.  My repentance ismy confession of complete inability to gain mastery over alcohol/drugs/food/pornography/gambling/whatever.  I look only to Christ to see the Lover I have spurned, the blood that He has shed, the ransom that He paid even while I delighted in evil.  As the Spirit grants, I mourn that I ever gave myself to such wicked masters and I fill my vision with the Mighty Redeemer who strides out of the slave-market carrying me, His latest purchase – with the Heavenly Husband who sings over His unfaithful bride.”

Walking by the Spirit (i.e. the Christian life) is being conformed to the truth of Jesus as it inundates me through the Bible and meditation and preaching and communion and community.  As He confronts me, I fall for a new Love, get addicted to a new Joy.  My new Master and Husband are constantly calling me away from the world, the flesh and the devil to enjoy Him.

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One Response to “The Cure for All Addictions – Romans 6”

  1. Brandon Dillingham says:

    This article is something that all christians should read, even if they have already been delivered from particular sinful habits in their life. For a long time I have felt that programs and “meetings” were flawed, but lately I have come to realize that they go against scripture, as well. Even the “Christ-centered” ones encourage the participants to introduce themselves with things like “Hello,I’m a grateful believer who suffers/struggles with…”. They do not refer to the bondage in the past tense! Even when they have been sober for quite a while. The author of this article is 100% correct in his/her stance regarding sin and deliverance. I know that God allowed me to “stumble across” this article at just the right time. He is amazing. Thank you for posting it.
    My name is Brandon, and I have been delivered from drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Christ set me free.

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