James 1:13-15 AMP). I know we have heard this term, sex addict, over and over again. Does it have a place in Christianity and should we be sympathetic to those dealing with this condition?
I have vaguely mentioned this addiction before in another entry in this blog; however, to focus on the matter entirely never was a desire to do. It seems obvious, as true believers, where this sort of thinking comes from (Proverbs 23:7 AMP). Nevertheless, thinking as mentioned, is the reason why many of us get into the situations we have been in and calling them mistakes later or crying out to God for deliverance. If we keep sex where it is suppose to be and not be so cavalier about the matter that is exclusively a benefit of marriage, mistakes and labor pangs cries to God are averted.
So to briefly summarize what an addict is, is a person who has allowed an outside substance to take over the chemical makeup and thought processes of the individual's body. From the perspective of the scriptures, it is giving place to the enemy...consciously (Ephesians 4:27 KJV). The decision was made on a continuum and he is residing without paying rent. He is consuming all that has been given freely from God (John 10:10 KJV). It is the debt of sin. The wage is death (Romans 6:23 KJV).
I often wondered and actually wrote about as to why in the 23rd Psalm would Jesus prepare a table for us in the presence of our enemies? Why would He do that? What communion hath light with darkness? Why would Peace have a table setting for us in front of the lack of peace? It made no sense to me. But then I recall the growth of us. By faith we were made whole. By faith when Jesus said, it is done, we have to believe it is so for us to get what He came to give us. So when He has made the preparation, we must be in the growth stages and could still be fighting to gain victory over this or that. The flesh is our enemy. It has a carnal nature which has enmity with God (Romans 8:6-8 KJV). We are to crucify it with its lusts and affections (Galatians 5:24 KJV). The only way that can be done is through Christ. He said to pick up our cross and follow Him (Luke 9:23 KJV). That cross is where the flesh lies. It must die.
To those who believe they have a sexual addiction and know Jesus as Lord: no, you cannot have both. Either Jesus is Lord or your addiction is lord over you. It is still a decision. The world tells you that you will always be addicted but it can be managed. The Word says you are delivered if you believe to receive that there is a savior that can deliver you from it all (Mark 11:23 KJV). You decide. Who's will must be done (Matthew 6:10 KJV)?