I Will Not Be Enslaved

  [176 words] “‘All things are lawful for me,’ but will not be enslaved by anything” (1 Cor. 6:12). ESV and other translations put quotation marks around “All things are lawful for me,” signifying that the translators believe–and l agree–that Paul is quoting those to whom he is writing. When he does that, he responds with something like, “Yes, but.” Obviously “all things” is not literally everything. Paul would not say, “Fornication is lawful.” Within the category of things included, he is saying, there are things to be avoided because they enslave. We would say, “They are addictive.” A tall...

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Enabling Bad Behavior is as Sinful as the Behavior

[324 words] You’ve probably watched a few programs on TV. or heard of them where families make interventions for a loved one who has an addiction problem. Years of coddling a child, friend, or loved one who has an addiction, only adds to the problem. It seems that the sooner a person hits rock‐bottom the sooner they may possibly make the turn to sobriety and clean living. It’s hard to say no to people. That’s why so many remain addicted because people who care about them don’t want them suffer. Whether it is food, shelter, clothing, etc., we just can’t...

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