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Do NOT Resist Temptation!

“It may surprise you that nowhere in the Bible are we told to ‘resist temptation’. We are told to ‘resist the devil’, but that is very different….” So wrote Rick Warren in his seminal book, The Purpose Driven Life…and he’s 100% correct. […]

By |2017-01-23T15:10:05-04:00August 23rd, 2016|Spiritual Growth, Theology, Addiction, Discipleship|0 Comments

Addicted to Sex

In March 2008, Christianity Today published an article entitled, “Addicted to Sex” and featured the story on its cover. While they are to be praised for reporting on this grave and pervasive issue, and while the article did not fail to reference some biblical perspectives on sexual addiction, I have several serious concerns with the article.

By |2017-01-23T15:10:06-04:00May 20th, 2016|Addiction|4 Comments

Does Addiction Cause Sin or Does Sin Cause Addiction?

A friend on Facebook once posted that “Sin will lead to addiction, addiction will lead to sin”. Bishop Joseph Butler (1692-1752) once remarked that “Everything is itself and not something else”. I agree. So, sin is not addiction and addiction is not sin. They are two different things and cannot be the same. […]

By |2017-01-23T15:10:07-04:00May 13th, 2016|Addiction|1 Comment

Asking for Forgiveness vs. Confessing Sin: part 2

I get it. We ask for forgiveness because we feel guilty and ashamed, repentant and undeserving. But if we have to ask for forgiveness of sin, it means that the substitutionary, atoning sacrifice of Jesus on the cross was insufficient. We still have to ask for forgiveness. Something is wrong with this picture.


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