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A worship dysfunction: that is how Edward T. Welch views addictions. "Will we worship our personal needs or will we worship the true God?" With this lens the writer discovers way more in Scripture on addictions than passages on drunkenness. There we study the addict’s true situation: like friends at a banquet thrown by "the lady Folly," he’s already within the grave (Proverbs 9:13-18). Can we not escape our addictions? If we’re prepared to observe Jesus, the writer says that we have now "immense hope: hope in God’s forgiving grace, hope in God’s love that’s trustworthy even when we aren’t, and hope that God may give energy in order that we’re not mastered by the habit." Every chapter concludes with "Sensible Theology," "As Your Face Your Personal Addictions," and "As You Assist Somebody Else."
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A Worship Dysfunction: Will we worship ourselves and our personal needs, or will we worship the true God?
Scripture reveals addicts’ true situation: like friends at a banquet thrown by ‘the lady Folly,’ they’re already within the grave. (Prov. 9:13–18) Can we not escape our addictions? Following Jesus, we have now ‘immense hope that God may give energy in order that we’re not mastered by the habit.’