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          Beloveds, we must clear up the lie that when the Lord told Joshua he would have good success through obeying the Law, that this was meant for Christians today. The Lord told this to Joshua that in obeying the Old Covenant of the Law God would give him success in conquering certain lands and taking these lands for the nation of Israel: Joshua 1: 5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
          
          
          
          Also in keeping the Old Covenant of the Law, (which is all they had from God), he would not face the wrath of God and die as Aaron and Moses did for their disobedience to God in not keeping the Old Covenant of the Law: Num. 27: 12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel. 13 And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered. 14 For ye rebelled against my commandment in the desert of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, to sanctify me at the water before their eyes: that is the water of Meribah in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.
          
          Moses never preached that the Old Covenant of the Law would make anyone permanently righteous in the sight of God. Here is the truth, preached by our Saviour Jesus Christ: Jhn 5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
          
           Luk 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

          Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, THEN CHRIST IS DEAD IN VAIN.
          
          See Galatians 3, which explains God’s purposes for the Law; and how Jesus Christ has delivered us from it for all time. Feel free to study on your own the numerous verses that fully declare that Jesus Christ is the eternal Saviour and final sole source of eternal salvation for all time for all who believe in Him. See John 14:6.

          

          Anyone willfully claiming salvation based on keeping the Old Covenant of the Law and/ or combining it with the New Covenant of Jesus Christ, or anything else is not considered a Christian according to the Bible.

          
          Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, THEN CHRIST IS DEAD IN VAIN.

          
          Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the CURSE: for it is written, CURSED is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11 But that NO MAN is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

          1Ti. 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
          7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

          1Ti 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

          John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

          
          

    Sat, Oct 31st - 5:59PM



    RECOVERY

    Brothers and sisters, I took time to attend three recovery groups. One was secular although held within a church. The other two were church sponsored and held within their respective churches. The secular group made it clear that the Bible was not welcome because they did not uphold any religion, but its up to the person to believe what ever they wanted was their higher power.

     

    All three groups were similar the Bible was not present and/or there was no reliance on scripture. Instead in all three groups they all had little books of aphorisms that they read to one another. All of them identified and said they were addicts of various kinds such as drugs, alcohol, co dependency etc.

     

    Before and after all of the meetings, brethren, I had to report observing some of the members in all three groups sneak quick sips of something in small flasks in the rest rooms and openly in the main areas. Those who mentioned that they had relapses were met with comfort and sympathy with no tips offered on ways to lessen or prevent relapses, or reminders of serious consequences of relapses. All three groups operated on the disease model of addictions. Is it safe, holy people, for the church to abandon scripture and declare that some sins are so special /difficult that they fall outside of scripture cannot be dealt with by scripture in any way?

     

    Again, holy people, we look at the split in our government between its science/health departments and its department of justice administering the penal codes nationally and in all states. According to science/health disease model addictions are medical/mental conditions, characterized by chronicity and relapses. Therefore, those affected are determined to have been robbed by the disease of having any freedom of choice, accountability, responsibility, self- restraint, free will. Therefore, instead of punishment they should receive treatment. The goals of this determination were to de-stigmatize addictions/lessen the guilt and shame associated with addictions so as to encourage people to more readily seek treatment.

     

     Saints (G40hagios), It is obvious that  the department of justice and state penal codes hold those addicted accountable, responsible, and liable for their behaviors resulting from their relapses and therefore imposes enforced treatment, fines, and incarceration. They feel, holy people, that the protection of the public from harm overrides allowing these individuals to escape the consequences of the serious harm that they cause to themselves and others. This stance is bolstered by the public inasmuch as juries are inclined to approve of stiff penalties in those cases brought before them.

     

    Some argue that even if addictions are a disease no different from hypertension, diabetes, or cancer, people who suffer these diseases are held responsible, accountable and liable for their offense/crimes; therefore, there is no reason to exempt those addicted from the consequences of the harm they cause.

     

    It is true, as evidence- based research has shown, that the justice system is unfair to minorities. Some states have legalized recreational use of marijuana to make the system fairer, however the penal system laws of punishments for violations are unchanged.

     

    Dearly beloveds, let us look at this supreme court case:

    Powell was convicted of being drunk in public, but he argued that his public appearance was not voluntary because he was a chronic alcoholic. His defense was based on an Eighth Amendment claim that punishing him for the condition of chronic alcoholism would be cruel and unusual punishment.

    Case Commentary:

    If someone is aware of compulsive conduct that arises from certain situations, that person has an obligation to avoid triggering conditions if the result would be illegal. U.S. Supreme Court Powell v. Texas, 392 U.S. 514 (1968) Powell v. Texas No. 405 Argued March 7, 1968 Decided June 17, 1968 392 U.S. 514

     

    Appellant was arrested and charged with being found in a state of intoxication in a public place, in violation of Art. 477 of the Texas Penal Code. He was tried in the Corporation Court of Austin, and found guilty. He appealed to the County Court of Travis County, and, after a trial de novo, he was again found guilty. That court made the following "findings of fact": (1) chronic alcoholism is a disease which destroys the afflicted person's willpower to resist the constant, excessive use of alcohol, (2) a chronic alcoholic does not appear in public by his own volition, but under a compulsion symptomatic of the disease of chronic alcoholism, and (3) appellant is a chronic alcoholic who is afflicted by the disease of chronic alcoholism; but ruled as a matter of law that chronic alcoholism was not a defense to the charge.

    Held: The judgment is affirmed.

    Opinion excerpts: MR. JUSTICE BLACK, joined by MR. JUSTICE HARLAN, concluded:

    1. Public drunkenness, which has been a crime throughout our history, is an offense in every State, and this Court certainly cannot strike down a State's criminal law because of the heavy burden of enforcing it.

    2. Criminal punishment provides some form of treatment, protects alcoholics from causing harm or being harmed by removing them from the streets, and serves some deterrent functions, and States should not be barred from using the criminal process in attempting to cope with the problem.

    3. Medical decisions based on clinical problems of diagnosis and treatment bear no necessary correspondence to the legal decision whether the overall objectives of criminal law can be furthered by imposing punishment, and States should not be constitutionally required to inquire as to what part of a defendant's personality is responsible for his actions and to excuse anyone whose action was the result of a "compulsion."

    4. Crimes which require the State to prove that the defendant actually committed some proscribed act do not come within the scope of Robinson v. California, supra, which is properly limited to pure status crimes.

    Page 392 U. S. 516

    5. Appellant's argument that it is cruel and unusual to punish a person who is not morally blameworthy goes beyond the Eighth Amendment's limits on the use of criminal sanctions, and would create confusion and uncertainty in areas of criminal law where our understanding is not complete.

    6. Appellant's proposed constitutional rule is not only revolutionary, but it departs from the premise that experience in making local laws by local people is the safest guide for our Nation to follow.

    The recovery movements gloss over the serious consequences of relapses. Drugs and alcohol addiction have entered among the church. The embrace of recovery methods in the church have been done without proper scrutiny and monitoring. See: Man who urinated on Delta passenger ID'd as North Carolina pastor

    nypost.com/2020/10/28/man-who-urinated-on-delta...

    Police have exposed the man who allegedly urinated on a fellow Delta Airlines passenger as a pastor from North Carolina, according to a report. The victim, a woman named Alicia Beverly, told police…

     

     

    Love

    serola



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    Thu, Oct 29th - 6:09PM



    RECOVERY

    Brothers and sisters, thanks for hanging in with me in this study. While it might not constitute suppression of information, much information that opposes the disease model of addictions is not widely disseminated by the disease model proponents. Some posit that the disease model of addictions is applied too broadly which causes people to view it with cynicism. Others believe it motivates people to blame other people for their own faults for instance: Fat Teens Sue McDonald's | Fox News

    www.foxnews.com/story/fat-teens-sue-mcdonalds

    The charts show, for instance, that a quarter pounder with cheese has 530 calories and 30 grams of fat. Nevertheless, the lawsuit claims kids and their parents didn't know how fattening the food was.

    Compulsive Gambler Just Can’t Win - American Casino Guide

    www.americancasinoguide.com/gambling-and-the-law/...

    A federal judge in New Jersey has issued the most complete and comprehensive judgment ever about whether a compulsive gambler can sue a casino. The short version of her 10-page-long legal analysis: “No.” Arelia Margarita Taveras, a disbarred lawyer, sued most of the casinos in Atlantic City, as well as many of their owners and employees.

    Supreme Court rulings uphold casino rights | News ...

    www.washtimesherald.com/news/supreme-court...

    Kephart said the casino enticed her to gamble with free meals and rooms, and money on credit. It even sent a car to drive her from Tennessee to Indiana, she said. But the court ruled 4-1 that problem gamblers have the responsibility to look after themselves and casinos can't be expected to protect them if they don't.

     

    Dearly beloveds, although the addicted person is counseled that he or she has a medical/mental disease and is subject to relapses because the disease takes away their free will; it is unclear if the addicted are also counseled that the courts have, and apparently will continue to jail, fine, mandate treatment, and test them for continued drug use which if they fail will result in punishment. The goal of punishment in the penal system is meant to lead to correction, which it does at least in these cases.

    It’s good, saints (G40hagios) that our government wants to help its citizens, but the issue of addictions being a disease is felt by some to be harmful to those seeking treatment, because they believe it stifles other methods that might be more helpful. In the mix are powerful groups that want to legalize all drugs, and those who claim addicts can recover and still use drugs moderately, or heavily if they so choose.

     

    Holy people, some might think if only the addicted would turn their lives over to Jesus Christ all their problems would be over. That is a dangerous message for we know that it is not the gospel message. Many false converts have been made on the false doctrine of turning one’s life over to God as a fix limited to a particular problem in one’s life.

     

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    What America Got Wrong About the Opioid Crisis - The Atlantic

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    Sally Satel is a psychiatrist, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and the co-author of Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience. She is a member of Health ...

    While most of us have sympathy and compassion for the plight of the addicted, addiction expert Sally Satel acknowledges drug addiction and withdrawal is "certainly a very intense biological process." But she is one of many experts who say the addiction-as-brain-disease theory is harmful to addicts — and wrong.

    She also thinks it's unhelpful to take away the stigma associated with drug abuse. "Why would you want to take the stigma away?" she asks. "I can't think of anything more worthwhile to stigmatize."

    Satel believes teaching the addicted that they have a disease that is incurable, chronic, leaves them with no free will, and subject to relapses robs them of hope, motivation, and becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

     

    The Surprising Truth About Addiction | Psychology Today

    www.psychologytoday.com/us/articles/200405/the...

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    And as we show below, those who seriously try to stop drinking on their own are more likely to maintain their abstinence than those who attend A.A. In addition, since many more people try to quit on their own than through therapy or joining a group, the number of self-curers is triple or more the number of successful treatment or A.A cases.

    It is felt that not everyone wants to or can do it on their own and should seek help. The nearly concealed truth is that there is plenty of hope for addicted persons as it relates to drugs and alcohol.

     

    Evidently relapse is never benign. Liability: Governmental Liability for Negligent Failure to Detain Drunk ...

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    GOVERNMENTAL LIABILITY FOR NEGLIGENT FAILURE TO DETAIN DRUNK DRIVERS Alcohol impaired driving seriously threatens public health and safety in the United States.

     

    Dearly beloveds, not only bartenders but hosts can be liable if their customer, visitor, or friend leaves their place and later is involved in an accident or injured himself or others: Social Host Liability - FindLaw

    injury.findlaw.com/accident-injury-law/social...

    Social host liability laws are similar to so-called dram shop laws, which hold bars and alcohol retailers liable for injuries or deaths related to the actions of severely intoxicated patrons. In fact, some states' dram shop laws (which apply to businesses that provide alcohol) also cover social hosts.

     $1.18 Million Jury Verdict - Parents Liable For Drunk Driving ...

    www.vanbloislaw.com/case-results/1-18-million...

    $1.18 million jury verdict – parents liable for drunk driving adult son Our law firm has been instrumental in expanding liability to include persons who supplied alcohol or drugs to a drunk driver. In 1983 we obtained the first reported jury verdict in the United States that held the parents responsible for the actions of their adult child by providing alcohol to their adult son who then caused an accident.

    Car Accidents and Negligence: When You Are Liable for Another ...

    www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/car-accidents...

    The family purpose doctrine. Some states adopt the "family purpose" doctrine. In those states, when someone purchases and maintains a car for general family use, the owner of that vehicle (generally, dad or mom) is liable for negligent driving by any family member using the car. Signing a minor's driver's license application.

    Can You Be Held Criminally Liable for Letting Someone Drive ...

    restaurantescala.com/2016/05/13/...criminally-liable...drunk

    Since driving drunk is illegal, anyone who helps a person commit this crime by giving the individual keys to a vehicle knowing the person is intoxicated can be held criminally liable under these laws. A third way a prosecutor could come after you for letting someone drive drunk is through reckless endangerment laws.

    Drunk Driving: Basic Questions and Answers You Need to Know ...

    corporate.findlaw.com/litigation-disputes/drunk...

    love

    serola



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    Mon, Oct 26th - 6:49AM



    RECOVERY

    Brothers and sisters, the main issue with the recovery movements is that there is no evidence- based data to see if they actually work and to what degree. Voluntary testimonials of their effectiveness are questionable due to the very secretive nature of addictions and the many reasons addicts are prone to keep slips secret. As mentioned earlier, the drop out rate for voluntary treatment is high, while court ordered treatment is about 80% effective. This is because is said because failure to comply or continued drug use leads to further penalties such as loss of probation. NIDA/NIH endorses court ordered drug treatment because it is deemed more effective than voluntary treatment, they would just like to see more follow up after release, and also the use of pharmaceuticals in the treatment process.

     

    Interestingly, holy people, , the National Institute of Health

    (NIH) under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, (DHHS) is the largest biomedical research agency in the world. Its focal point is for the support of biomedical research. The NIH's mission is to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone. Simply described, the goal of NIH research is to acquire new knowledge to help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease and disability. They have a current initiative: The Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative, or NIH HEAL Initiative, is an aggressive, trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis.

     

    They also like NIDA posit that addiction is not a moral failure or a choice; but get ready to be confused as they define addiction as a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes in the brain. It is considered both a complex brain disorder and a mental illness. Addiction is the most severe form of a full spectrum of substance use disorders, and is a medical illness caused by repeated misuse of a substance or substances. Remember, that NIDA cites addictions as no different from any other medical illness such as hypertension, or diabetes. Therefore, the addict should not be blamed for having a medical illness anymore than those suffering diabetes, hypertension or cancer, they deny it is caused and sustained by substance abuse.

     

    Nevertheless, dearly beloveds, there is a rise in penalties for dui, regardless of it being declared by certain institutions that it is a medical mental/disorder:In California the most liberal state in America, a dui can lead to a charge of murder: California DUI Murder a.k.a. The Watson Murder Rule! - Legal ...

    www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/California-dui...

    In California, a DUI resulting in the death of another human being is known as a “Watson Murder." The “Watson Murder" or "Watson Murder Rule" originated with the case of People v. Watson, in which a multiple DUI offender’s prior convictions were used to prosecute him for second-degree murder under the legal theory of “implied malice".

    46 states have felony dui laws for convictions. Even states that do not have these laws, may have them within their municipalities.

    Not only state but Federal drug penalties apply for even the possession of drugs: Drug Possession Laws, Charges & Statute of Limitations ...

    www.federalcharges.com/drug-possession-laws-charges

    Drug possession is one of the most diverse and common types of criminal drug charges that Americans face today. It can also be one of the most serious, depending upon the specifics of the possession charge. Essentially, possession is the act of possessing illegal drugs, either on one's person or on their property.

     

    Drug Possession Overview - FindLaw

    criminal.findlaw.com/criminal-charges/drug...

    Federal and state drug possession laws make it a crime to willfully possess illegal controlled substances such as: marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, "club drugs," and heroin. These laws also criminalize the possession of "precursor" chemicals used in drug cultivation and manufacturing, as well as certain accessories related to drug use. However, what constitutes drug possession can vary according to the type of drug, the amount, and the geographic area where the offense took place.

     

    Saints (G40 hagios) it is clear that the government is at odds with itself, and without apology, over the treatment of addictions. Most certainly it appears that the federal/state penal codes are not buying drugs/alcohol substance abuse as a medical/mental disease, but as a disorder of habituation. Next it will be important for us to look at other voices within the health community on this issue of drugs/addiction as a medical/mental disease vs a disorder of habituation. At some point later in this study we will have to look at the issue of the recovery movement within the church.

    Love, serola                      

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    Thu, Oct 22nd - 8:32PM



              RECOVERY

    Brothers and sisters, the question of if alcohol/drug addiction is a medical/mental condition why are people sentenced to jail for it?   The plain truth is that criminalization/jailing or forced treatment/isolation for certain medical conditions is not new, nor uncommon in the world nor in these United States: who can forget typhoid Mary? Typhoid Mary's tragic tale exposed the health impacts of ...

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    Involuntary civil commitment | Wex | US Law | LII / Legal ...

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    States with Involuntary Commitment Laws for Addiction Treatment. There are currently 37 U.S. states (and the District of Columbia) that allow some form of involuntary commitment for addiction treatment. The process, requirements, and how long a person can be committed will vary by each state.

     

    Under the Department of Health and Human services its departments dealing with addiction terms it as a medical and mental or psychiatric condition. They advocate for lessening of criminalization of it and advocate treatment/therapy over punishment. They see relapse as not a failure nor an indication that the treatment does not work, but is an indication that the addicted has left treatment early, or an indication of the addict needing more treatment or reassessment of the treatment plan. Treatment according to DHHS works and is effective.

    Unfortunately, brothers and sisters, most addicts will not seek treatment. Court ordered treatment is 80% effective. This is garnered from the evidence of court records, proof of attendance by witnesses and signatures of those being treated, and laboratory records of the mandated testing of those in the program. To date there is no such evidence that voluntary treatment of addictions is effective or to what degree.

     

    Holy people, NIDA in number 11 of its principles of effective treatment states:Treatment does not need to be voluntary to be effective.  Sanctions or enticements from family, employment settings, and/or the criminal justice system can significantly increase treatment entry, retention rates, and the ultimate success of drug treatment interventions.

     

    The same government, brothers and sisters, through separate different governing agencies are out of sinc. In the DOJ punishment is a given not excluded by court ordered treatment.  U.S. Department of Justice www.justice.gov:  (DOJ) is a government entity that enforces the laws and defends the interest of the United States in accordance with state and federal laws. The mission of the DOJ is to ensure public safety and to defend the United States from both foreign and domestic threats.

    The DOJ also provides leadership to many law enforcement agencies to help them prevent and control crime. The department defends the rights of people within the United States and punishes individuals that are guilty of unlawful offenses. Additionally, the DOJ's mission is to make sure that everyone receives fair and impartial treatment and that justice is served.

    Agencies and Responsibilities

    There are 59 agencies that make up the DOJ. Each department has their own responsibility, but the overall mission of the DOJ is to fairly enforce laws and to keep the individuals in the United Sates safe. Currently, dearly beloveds, again, many states or municipalities within states have criminal penalties for certain deeds caused by addicts. What this means is that even if addiction is seen as a medical/mental condition, this does not absolve those addicted from responsibility and accountability for their actions resulting from their “lapses”.

    Addicts can lose employment if drug usage is revealed by employer drug screening. Some families as a last resort might eject the addict from the home to escape liability for the harm they cause to others as well as in the home.

    Love

     serola



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    Thu, Oct 15th - 2:14PM



    RECOVERY

    Brothers and sisters, all recovery movements contain some form of “spirituality”. In the drug/alcohol recovery movement it is thought that the “disease” of addictions is due to people having lost connection with a higher power to give meaning to their lives and is represented in their powerlessness to control their insatiable thirst for drugs/alcohol which is seen as a vain attempt to fill up the void withing themselves due to being disconnected from a so called higher power.

    A belief in God is not a requirement for spirituality, as it is falsely claimed that there are many ways to define a higher power. In plain English, holy people, this higher power is anything that the person wants to believe it is or to make it a higher power. As long as it is special or means something To them.

     

     The higher power the addict creates is something they believe is greater than themselves, ultimately controlling the universe on some level.  This so called spirituality, supposedly gives meaning to the addicts life, is entirely personal, is not dictated by someone else, but by the addict; therefore they can make it whatever they want.

    This higher power of recovery doesn’t need a face, a name, or a particular place. This higher power is found by looking inward at what is important to the addict, after that everything will supposedly fall into place. That is when the higher power is found and realized in practice the addict will have a spiritual awakening/recovery from their addiction-although periodic relapse may continue for a life time.

     

    Brothers and sisters, the federal agency, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines addictions as: a chronic medical disease characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences. The initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, but repeated drug use can lead to brain changes that challenge an addicted person’s self-control and interfere with their ability to resist intense urges to take drugs. These brain changes can be persistent, which is why drug addiction is considered a "relapsing" disease—people in recovery from drug use disorders are at increased risk for returning to drug use even after years of not taking the drug.

     

    Federal Law describes the addict:: 21 U.S. Code § 802The term “addict” means any individual who habitually uses any narcotic drug so as to endanger the public morals, health, safety, or welfare, or who is so far addicted to the use of narcotic drugs as to have lost the power of self-control with reference to his addiction.

     

    Research has shown that there is a significant relationship between violent crime and substance use.8

      Both drugs and alcohol are linked to violence and crime, but the risk is greatest when substances and alcohol are used at the same time.

    While alcohol and substance use is linked to criminal offenders, it is also important to recognize that drug and alcohol use can also increase people's risk of being victims of crime.


    Dearly beloveds, due to the carnage caused by the dangerous behaviors of the addicted to others we see that neither the public nor the law views this harm to the public through warm and fuzzy lenses:  Jury Gives Life in Prison for DUI Third Conviction | Barone ...

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    Jury Gives Life in Prison for DUI Third Conviction. Apr 23rd, 2020 OWI. A Texas jury gave a woman a sentence of life in prison, and this sentence was recently upheld by the Texas appeals court. Finding that a life sentence for a third DUI is not “cruel and unusual punishment,” the court found that the sentence was constitutional.

    The substantial prison population of the America is connected to drug related offenses.

    Some might think wow if drugs/alcoholism is a medical problem how come people are put in jail for it?

    love

    serola



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    Sat, Oct 10th - 6:37PM



    RECOVERY

    Brothers and sisters, we know from scriptures the characteristics and manifestations of the Adamic sin nature: not rational nor reasonable, no conscience, defective judgment/decision making, lacking behavioral controls, not improved by learning from consequences, life lived by strong emotional and physical needs and excess- an insatiable love for pleasure and comfort, regardless of how harmful it is to themselves or others. It appears world wide in mankind on various levels of severity.  However, the secular world that is the natural man, again and again only looks to fix the symptoms of a person’s failures/difficulties and poor life choices, rather than the true underlying source and very foundation of these issues which is that the person is a sinner trapped in sin. The Bible puts it this way, holy people: 1 Cor 2:14But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

     

    As mentioned earlier, brothers and sisters, the recovery movement has from its very beginning appropriated “spirituality, and spiritual language” from the Bible. However, its meanings are completely divorced from the truth of scripture, and its focus is always on the persons’ attainment of psychological betterment in certain areas of life that have become problematic, and is not in any wise focused on pleasing God.

    As of Sep. 18, 2020, Addiction is more common than many realize. About 300 million people throughout the world have an alcohol use disorder. The world health organization reports a global epidemic drug addiction, with almost 11 million who inject drugs, of which 1.3 million are living with HIV, 5.5 million with hepatitis C, and 1 million with both HIV and hepatitis C.

     42 Addiction Statistics and Facts to Know in 2020

    disturbmenot.co/addiction-statistics

    In the US, the substance abuse facts show us that more than 23 million individuals from age 12 and up suffer from a type of substance abuse disorder. These statistics cover several substances, including cocaine, alcohol, and prescription medications, to give a better idea of the challenges those with an addiction face.

     

    It is common, dearly beloveds, for an addict to have multiple addictions of alcohol, multi drugs, gambling, excessive shopping, pornography, over eating, sexual addiction/fetishes, co-dependency etc.  New psychoactive drugs are regularly being invented and have not yet been declared illegal, but have many users eager to try them all as soon as they can get  their hands on them.

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    It is thought that alcohol/drug addictions damages genetic material in both male and female users. Therefore, both parents are contributors to early fetal death and to alcohol/drug syndrome in babies born live and addicted. Of course, there is not enough paper to list all the many other sins among those who are unsaved in the world.

     

    Holy people, when we return to this study, Lord willing, let us look at this so- called spirituality that is the bed rock under pinning many types of recovery movements, in particular drug and alcoholism, and which has been allowed to infiltrate some churches lacking discernment, and who do not adhere to the total authority of scripture.  Most insidious is that some alleging to be Christians, in error claim that they have combined or married psychology or whatever their humanistic ology is with scripture to supposedly offer optimum treatment to those seeking help, despite the warning from God forbidding all not to ever add nor to take away from the gospel message, and His absolute cursing those who do so unrepentantly.

    Love

    serola



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    Thu, Oct 8th - 6:14PM



    RECOVERY

     

    1 Thes 2: 13For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. 

    Brothers and sisters the spiritual mind that true believers have through the free gift of salvation is open to believe and receive the things of God and willing to drop anything that contradicts His word. They willingly submit to the authority of the scriptures in love and trust the truth of the Lord. Not so the carnal mind, which scoffs at the word of God as having no more validity as that spoken by mere men:

    Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

    Carnally minded: the flesh, denotes mere human nature, the earthly nature of man apart from divine influence, and therefore prone to sin and opposed to God, whose inclination, focus, intent and purposes is pleasing and serving their fleshly needs.

    1 Thess2:14For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: 15Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: 16Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.

     

    No one should ever mess with God. Here Paul is speaking of those  unbelieving Jews who were enemies of the gospel, not ignorantly as he had once been, but knowingly and with the same hatred as of those Jews  who killed their prophets sent by God in the past. Brethren, this is more proof among many others in the scripture that God is no respecter of persons, anyone who comes against Him whether Jew or gentile is His enemy and will pay the price of facing His wrath against their wickedness.

    However, thanks be to God that all who believe in Jesus whether Jew or gentile is welcomed into His beloved family and saved forever from the wrath of God to come which is among many other blessings from God.

     

     Rom 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

    Our life and our practice, holy people, we know directly from the scriptures, is to live faithfully in love, truth, trust and obedience to God, according to the standard of Christ as He commands within the everlasting boundary of His new covenant, correctly interpreted.

    We must keep in mind that God always gives His people a way of escape out of our temptations for this reason the scriptures absolutely declares: 1Co 10:13. This is why God absolutely declares: 1Jo 5:18. The Lord is there to help all of His people the old, children: 1Jo 2:13; young people: 1Jo 2:14. Victim theology is a false theology not taught in scripture. No true Christian is a victim of their old Adamic sin nature which is forever done away in Christ. A Christian might not overcome overnight, brethren, but a Christian will overcome through Jesus Christ our Lord.

     

    In 2019, holy people, the government spent 36.8 billion dollars on drug abuse, but only about 2% went on drug treatment. More money was spent on law enforcement to deal with criminal related drug issues and also to treat health related issues illnesses and diseases caused by the abuse. There continues to be a stigma on drug/alcohol addiction.

    We look into the secular world to explore their findings, such as

    who are the types of people likely to become addicted?  According to medical daily: Addiction is a complicated affliction, affecting people of all ages, intelligence levels, and backgrounds. It's hard to tell what causes some people to be more prone to addiction than others; it's usually a mix of many factors, from family background, genetics, environment, stress, and personality traits.

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse lists some basic addiction risk factors, such as trouble at home, mental health issues, friends or family members who abuse drugs, or your biology and genetics. But you might be surprised at the types of people who might have a higher risk of becoming addicted to drugs — such as white people, people with higher IQs, and those suffering from ADHD or bipolar disorder.

    Raging addictions are also to be found among those in the arts and among musicians.

    Young people in general (aged 18-24) are more likely to abuse drugs — particularly young men compared to women. In addition, despite the fact that young black people are arrested for drug crimes at a much higher rate than whites, research has shown that white people are actually more likely than blacks to abuse drugs. In a 2012 study, researchers found that 15 percent of Native American youths had the highest chance of getting a substance abuse disorder, compared to nine percent of whites, five percent of African-Americans, and 3.5 percent of Asian Americans.

    According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the risk of addiction in general goes up for children of alcoholics or drug addicts. Children of parents who abused drugs are 45 to 79 percent more likely to abuse drugs themselves than the general population. This could mean that addiction is rooted in genetics and might be inherited, but it could also mean that drug abuse could be impacted by environmental factors, such as the family background in which the child was raised and influenced.

    The high school dropout working at a gas station will be more likely than the class nerd to become a drug addict, right? At this point, we all know pretty well by now that the stereotype isn’t true. In fact, some of the highest-paid and most successful professions — from investment bankers to doctors and lawyers — are riddled with hard drug use and cocaine dependency. Whether it’s the stress, isolation, or failed relationships and marriages that are associated with these professions, it’s hard to tell what drives these people to substance abuse.

    love

    serola



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    Mon, Oct 5th - 1:58PM



    RECOVERY

    Holy people, lets keep in mind that all believers, whether gentiles or Jews are all made one in Jesus Christ as the Bible absolutely declares: God’s word trans, Eph 2: 11Remember that once you were not Jewish physically. Those who called themselves "the circumcised" because of what they had done to their bodies called you "the uncircumcised." 12Also, at that time you were without Christ. You were excluded from citizenship in Israel, and the pledges [God made in his] promise were foreign to you. You had no hope and were in the world without God. 13But now through Christ Jesus you, who were once far away, have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14So he is our peace. In his body he has made Jewish and non-Jewish people one by breaking down the wall of hostility that kept them apart. 15He brought an end to the commandments and demands found in Moses' Teachings so that he could take Jewish and non-Jewish people and create one new humanity in himself. So he made peace. 16He also brought them back to God in one body by his cross, on which he killed the hostility. 17He came with the Good News of peace for you who were far away and for those who were near. 18So Jewish and non-Jewish people can go to the Father in one Spirit.

    19That is why you are no longer foreigners and outsiders but citizens together with God's people and members of God's family. 

    Even if we are gentiles, God chose us too and made us a part of His chosen people for all eternity: 1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

     

    Therefore, brethren, as priests under our great eternal High Priest Jesus Christ, God the Son, Lord and Saviour, let our service be done as He commands us : Col 3: 23And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men24Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. 25But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

    Brothers and sisters this last verse, meaning that although we are saved, any of us who does wrong will face the disciplinary hand of God without exception, regardless of our position in the body. No one is exempted from God’s discipline.

    Brothers and sisters, it is a terrible fact that one doesn’t have to be an addict to get in trouble through taking drugs or doing alcohol to excess, sometimes one time is all it takes to cause ruin in a person’s life to them and/or others too. God left us a record of the first instance of a man who got drunk just one time: see: Gen. 9:20-25.

    Then how can we forget the rape of Lot by his own two daughters who plied him with alcohol, knowing that he would never give consent to  them to have sex with him if he was sober:   Gen. 19:31-36. Feel free to study further on your own the good, bad and ugly results of all this.

    Early on, dearly beloveds, God leaves us an explicit record that drunkenness, aka alcohol intoxication or excess of alcohol impairs judgement, impairs memory (alcoholic blackout), loosens inhibitions, and can leave people open to predation, or being maltreated, or doing harm to others as well..

    The Bible records a pattern in the earth of  people plying alcohol to someone to get them drunk in order to take sexual advantage of them: Hab 2:15 Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!

    In some ways this is the start of an ongoing history of the use of alcohol as a date rape drug, although now there are many other types of drugs in play as well for this purpose. Let us keep in remembrance, dearly beloveds, that the Bible speaks of alcohol as a good gift from God to be enjoyed, but He absolutely and explicitly forbids any of us to get drunk, or to allow any impairment in our sobriety, especially if you are a leader.

    Firstly, wine is a good gift from God to be enjoyed: Psalm 104:15 (God has given us) wine that gladdens the heart of man.

    Wine was also used as medicine. It was said to revive the faint ( 2 Sam. 16:2) and was suitable as a sedative for people in distress ( Prov. 31:6 ). Mixed with a drug, it was used to ease suffering ( Matt. 27:34; Mark 15:23 ). The Samaritan poured oil and wine on the wounds of the injured traveler ( Luke 10:34 ). 1 Timothy 5:23 Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.

    Jesus very first public miracle was turning water into WINE (John 2), not water into grape juice, at a wedding feast in Cana. Lord Jesus established His communion with bread and wine in remembrance of His death on the cross:  1Co 11:25, 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.

    However, brothers and sisters, excess or drunkenness is absolutely forbidden by God. Even if we have no problems with alcohol, there are brothers and sisters who have a weakness where they cannot control drinking once they start, so in order to do what is right for God’s sake, they just stay away from alcohol period, which is wise. We have to respect and be mindful of people with these conditions, and not drink around them or expose them to celebrations where alcohol might be served:

     Rom 14:21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.

    God, again, holy people, absolutely forbids anyone claiming to be a Christian to be a drunk. I know drunk doesn’t sound nice but that is what God absolutely declares all such persons to be.  Eph 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

    Peter hollas back at us today that we dare not,  better not allow anything to impair our sobriety: 1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

    God’s bottom line for His people is absolutely clear:  Gal 5:21 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.  The good news is that no believer is a victim of their old dead Adamic sin nature.

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    serola



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    Fri, Oct 2nd - 2:25PM



    RECOVERY

    Brothers and sisters, let us give all praises, glory, honor and thanks to Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour and faithful Shepherd over the flock of God who through His free gift of salvation to all who believe, have caused us to stand holy in His sight and that of God the Father, forever accepted, unblameable, and unreprovable. (Col 1:22).

    UNBLAMEABLE: without blemish, as a sacrifice without spot or blemish; morally: without blemish, faultless, unblameable.

    UNREPROVEABLE: that cannot be called into to account, unreproveable, unaccused, blameless.

    Jesus Christ is the true merciful, eternal faithful High Priest continually working the perfect will of God the Father in His people who were once His enemies:  Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 

     Rom 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

    Dearly beloveds, many false teachers, as always, seek to deceive people by preaching a false gospel that Christians have to be rooted in Jewish customs and rites according to the Mosaic law, the same as such did back in the time of the apostles:

    The doctrine of the Judaizers was a mixture of grace (through Christ) and works (through the keeping of the Law). This false doctrine was dealt with in Acts 15 and strongly condemned in the book of Galatians. In Acts 15, a group of Judaizers opposed Paul and Barnabas.

    Let everyone of us as commanded by God, holy brethren, be rooted in Jesus Christ: Col 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

    Look, holy people, we know absolutely that God commands ALL of us to avoid, reject, refuse all of these kinds of false doctrines. All of these false teachers are coming to try and deceive us and turn us away from Lord Jesus Christ.

    Col 2:8Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 13And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

    Dearly beloveds, because of Jesus Christ, through Him  His priesthood does not come behind in any way as compared to that old Levitical priesthood who were by the command of God ordained with carnal things that had no permanence, which are now done away in Christ.

    Were the Levites called of God? So were we, both male and female, of every nation and tongue through the free gift of salvation. Were they circumcised? So were we by the operation of the faith of God when Jesus Christ washed our sins away, buried us in His death and raised us up as new creations in Him. Were they washed with water? So were we permanently washed with the word of the everlasting gospel. Were they anointed with oil? So were we with the everlasting permanent anointing of the Holy Spirit: Jo 2:27

    But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

    Were they sprinkled with blood? So much more were we washed permanently cleansed for all eternity by the sinless blood of Jesus Christ. Did they obtain forgiveness through temporal offerings of animal blood that corrupted and had no lasting efficacy? So much more are we forgiven of all our sins forever through the sinless blood of Lord Jesus Christ who nailed them on His cross: Col 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

    Did those Levitical priests do service in the temple? So much more do we as the temple of God in which He dwells do service unto Him, one another and all the good works that we can in the earth, continually offering our God sacrifices of praise and thanks giving, love offerings, and spreading the gospel.

    Furthermore, our Lord and Saviour delivered us from the power of darkeness, the devil, and his satanic hosts defeating them and making a mockery of them forever. Jesus in victory declared: Mat 28:18

    And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

    Rev 1:18am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

     As we head on back into this study, dearly beloveds, we do it not in impatient condemnation of those in bondage and suffering from addictions, but with the understanding in a comprehensive way of the nature and roots of such problems, really the roots of all sins, and that there is only one true cure for what ails mankind in the world.

    Brothers and sisters, people in desperation for help in these matters gave rise to various kinds of recovery movements. Almost all of them have appropriated bits and pieces of the gospel message in hopes of helping people overcome in the area of addictions.  It is understandable that the biggest supporter of various recovery addictions treatment programs is the united states government for good reason: America is in crisis due to the combined economic Costs of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Estimated at $246 Billion in the United States.

    The sin nature, brothers and sisters, we know and are not surprised that it comes fully loaded with a wide variety of all and every kind of sins. The broad spectrum of addictions encompasses and is just another aspect of sin, there is nothing special or unique about them they are common to mankind. Where the recovery movements went wrong is failure to understand the roots of why Mankind is so terribly, insatiably thirsty. What is this, why is it that mankind always has some kind of addiction going on, what are we looking for? God our Creator knows we are thirsty, He made us that way, but it is not and can never be met outside of Himself.

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    serola



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