WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT ADDICTIONS?
Romans 14, ESV
Understand the Difference between Truth and Opinion
v.1 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.
Exercise Grace towards Others
v. 3 Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him.
Make a Truth & Spirit-Filled Decision
v.5 Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.
v.21-23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.
Be Prepared to Stand Before God
v.12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.
Care More about Others than Your Personal Pleasures/Freedoms
v.13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.
v.15-19 For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. … So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual up building.
10 Questions to Ask When Evaluating a Possible Weed:
The Word’s Work: What does the Bible say?
The Prayer Test: Have I sincerely, openly, honestly prayed about it?
The Spirit’s Work: Am I ashamed? Convicted? Should I be?
Godly Counsel: What do my godly friends and family think?
Government’s Work: Is it legal or illegal?
The Transparency Test: Am I hiding this behavior from anyone? Why?
Gospel-Harm: Does it harm my Gospel witness to others?
Others-Harm: Is it helpful or harmful to others? Put others at risk?
Self-Harm: Is it helpful or harmful to me? Use of time/talent/treasures?
Offensive: Does it offend others around me? Set a good example?
Areas to Consider:
Alcohol, Marijuana, Coffee/Caffeine, Shopping, Thrill-Seeking/Adrenaline, Sleeping, TV, Video Games, Medications, Cutting, Gambling, Sexual Sin, Over Eating/Sugar, Eating Disorders, Smoking/Dipping, Sports, Vanity
“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything." (1 Corinthians 6:12)