What We Believe About Addictions

Dr J. C. Joiner 2August 28, 2016

What We Believe About Addictions

There are well over 25 million addicts in America. Every addict significantly impacts the lives of at least four people, which means that well over 100 million people in our society are impacted by the devastating results of addiction and are in search of hope and healing. At some point the addicted will look instinctively to our local churches for answers. In order to reach them, we must be ready to minister to the addicted and their families.

Addiction by one definition is “to cause to become physiologically or psychologically dependent on a habit-forming substance.”

Addiction by another definition is “to occupy oneself or involve oneself in something habitually or compulsively.”

  • Addiction is an unnatural obsession with anything other than God.
  • Addiction is any appetite on a binge.
  • Addiction is anything you continue to do knowing it is harmful for you.
  • Addiction is a disorder caused by sin.
  • Addiction is anything that brings you into spiritual bondage.
  • Addiction is being under the rule of anything other than the Holy Spirit.
  • Addiction is anything to which I run to meet my needs apart from God.
  • Addiction is any coping mechanism I use to deal with disappointments.
  • Addiction is any sin, because all sin is addictive.

Galatians 5 illustrates four different manifestations of addictive behavior:

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. – (Galatians 5:19-21)

Immorality – “adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,”

NOTE: Addiction reveals itself in many forms of immorality, including, but not limited to: pornography, sex outside marriage, and homosexuality.

Idolatry – “idolatry, witchcraft,”

NOTE: Addiction is a worship disorder. Idolatry is when the object of our worship is something or someone other than God. Witchcraft comes from the Greek word “pharmakeia,” which deals with the use of drugs to alter one’s behavior.

Interpersonally – “hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders,”

NOTE: Addiction manifests itself negatively in our relationships. It isolates us from others, leaving us with insecurity issues and a sense of abandonment.

Intoxicants – “drunkenness, revellings,”

NOTE: Addiction is commonly recognized as the party life, involving drunkenness, and drug use. Life becomes about “chasing the dragon” and going after the next high.

At RU, we help individuals overcome evil with good (Rom. 12:21) by teaching them to walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.

The biblical secret to overcoming addictions is found in Galatians 5:16: “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” The goal then is not merely to get out from under the control of an addictive habit, but also to get under the control of the Holy Spirit. How to do this is taught in our RU Strongholds Study Course.

–from RURecovery.com


Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 PM

Awana impacts and shapes the lives of millions of kids and adults worldwide through proven resources and expertise that help churches and families develop lifelong disciples of Christ. We thankfully have many qualified adults who love working with your kids.


Teachers and Workers Appreciation Banquet 

Thursday, September 8 at 6:00 PM

This Appreciation Banquet is for all teachers, helpers, deacons, and trustees, plus all who help with all other ministries of our church such as the van ministry, music, Sunday afternoon rehab ministries, AWANA, and RU. There will be a sign-up sheet at the back of the auditorium. Please be sure to sign up.


RU Recovery Banquet and Seminar – September 16-21

Ben and Wendy Burks – Ben Burks is the international director of RU. We will be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of RU in our church. He preaches in churches all over the world.

  • Friday, Sept. 16 – 10-year Anniversary Banquet
  • Saturday, Sept. 17 – Training classes (Lunch included)
    • 10 AM to 2 PM
  • Sunday, Sept. 18 – Ben Burks will be preaching in all the services.
  • Monday through Wednesday at 7 PM (Sept. 19-21) Ben Burks will be preaching.

We are inviting pastors and churches who are interested in the RU Recovery Program to attend.

Fall Revival – October 16-19 – Evangelist Paul Schwanke

Since 1982 Evangelist Paul Schwanke has been used of God to preach revival meetings at Independent Baptist Churches around the world.  The promise of God is that His word will never return void, and the power of the Bible is still changing lives in this day. In perilous times of questions and turmoil, God’s answers are found in God’s Word. As our society seeks any solution it can cling to, the simple message of Heaven resonates as never before: “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near…” You are invited to hear the preaching of Evangelist Paul Schwanke where the Bible is the only authority.

Anticipating the Return of the King in 2016

(Jesus said) “Surely I come quickly.”

(John said) Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. (Rev. 22:20)


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After each service we make available to families in need a bag of non-perishable groceries (limited to one bag per month). To help us keep our pantry stocked we welcome you to bring in non-perishable items such as canned goods (soups, chili, sauces, meats, vegetables, etc.), boxes of cereal, pasta, rice, beans, etc. Please bring your items to the front foyer and let an usher know. Richard and Judy Sabin oversee this ministry.




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2855 N. Craycroft Rd. Tucson, AZ  85712

Church Office Phone: 327-5938

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