wrote, “These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is
reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they
allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were
clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption:
for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.” 2 Peter
men that Peter is speaking of had promised freedom,
but they were servants [bondmen] of corruption.
They were servants because “for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he
brought in bondage.” What is an addiction? It is anything that overcomes a person and enslaves them. “Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say
unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” John 8:34. Paul
wrote, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his
servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether
of sin unto death, or of obedience unto
righteousness?” Romans 6:16. That means being
addicted to the sin. These men that Peter was condemning were servants
of corruption. Meaning that they were
addicted to their sins since sin always
leads to corruption. Solomon said, “There is a generation that curseth their
father, And doth not bless their mother. There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, And yet is not
washed from their filthiness.” Proverbs 30:11-12. Today, many are servants to
their corrupt behavior because they are addicted to it. They promise freedom,
but they have become servants of
a Christian, we understand that if one repents and turns away from any sin, that God will forgive that sin.
When a Christian does this, he or she is free from that sin. However, sometimes
it is not that easy to overcome. People have become addicted to alcohol,
narcotics, pain medication, antibiotics, smoking, gambling, and various forms
of sexual behavior, pornography and many
other sinful things. Man can become addicted to any sin. To aid one to overcome
the addiction after repenting and turning away from the sin, they become
submissive to God in every part of their life. There is a point to be made from the words of Jesus in Matthew
12:43-45. “When the unclean spirit is gone
out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then
he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and
garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more
wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of
that man is worse than the first. Even so
shall it be also unto this wicked generation.” Here is the point for the
addicted person: until an addicted person becomes submissive to God, bearing
fruit for righteousness that addicted person will eventually relapse and become
even more sinful.
people have put themselves in bondage to sin with their addictions. These
people deceived themselves when they began,
and their peers could have misled them. As they progress in their addiction, it
becomes increasingly difficult to free themselves. What has happened is they
have become bondmen to their sinful practices. Their bad habits and addictions
have brought misery to their lives and the lives they touch every day.
use the “disease model” to justify their addiction. However, our genes do not
cause us to become addicted. There is no
biological disease that causes us to lose our ability to choose how we
want to behave. We make our choices based on what we value at the time the choice is made
without consideration of how or what it does to those we love.
is an intervention strategy. First, stay with the Biblical mode of what is right and what is wrong.
Second, do not be an enabler. Remember Galatians 6:7. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth,
that shall he also reap.” Do not clean up the mess the addicted is making of
his or her life. They must realize and experience the consequences of wrong
behavior. Third, help the addicted to discover
what is in his/her own best interest. Fourth, demonstrate to the addicted that
we have control over our own behavior. It
cannot be blamed on genes, parents,
teachers, circumstance, environment, drugs, alcohol, friends, television, or
any other excuse.
The addicted must practice “self-control.” It is a MUST! 1 Corinthians 9:27; Galatians 5:22-24; 2 Peter 1:5-6. Let God control your life and what you put into your body. May we always allow God to forgive us, grant us hope and grace, and give us the faith to face our problems.
Bobby D. Gayton