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The Religious Addict



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The Religious Addict

What is addiction? A simple and concise definition is that it is enslavement to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that the cessation of the drug or substance causes severe trauma. It had been my experience in working for decades with addicts that a physical addiction can be controlled within 30 days. However, in the addiction field, the recovery period for the soul takes at least a year. The soul also known as the ego in psychoanalyst is quite mysterious. It consists of both the conscious and unconscious mind, the emotions, the personality and its disorders, perceptions, likes, dislikes and the will power. Consequently, addiction may start in the body but the real struggle to overcome it lies within our souls.

So too with the church addict. From 90 days to 6 months, perhaps a year, the church addict’s mind must be re-trained. False doctrines and practices that the churchgoer has believed in for decades must be challenged so that the soul can be renewed. As God Himself has compared false worship to prostitution or whoredom , I am not out of line in making a similar comparison. A church addiction can be compared to “good sex” with someone you know does not really love you. Simply put, you get hooked to the thrill and the feeling. Those of us who have never “been there and done that” wonder what the thrill is for a masochist.

Masochism from a psychiatric perspective is defined as a condition in which sexual gratification depends on suffering, physical pain and humiliation gained from despair, deprivation, and degradation. The perpetrator can be others or it can be self inflicted. Unfortunately, masochists are known to find pleasure in self denial and emotional pain.

So fallen angels and demons work behind the scenes as they use church leadership to implement religiosity without power. While the leadership verbally beats the zombie both up and then down, the deceptive strategy is to lull churchgoers into a false sense of security-to rationalize and justify their behavior by concluding that avid churchgoing is not only ‘the right thing to do,’ but that if they make the IC itself the center of their lives, they will please God and live fulfilling, blessed lives. How the Lord plays into this scenario is that “the rats” preach that the roaches or zombies will find Him by going to church every time the doors are opened.

When religious deception sets in, the zombie has already mistaken faith in God for faith in his religion and in his church. So they find shelter in both. Zombies become addicted to the feelings they experience out of manipulating people. After all, religion produces good feelings, prestige, self-worth, a sense of protection, as well as an opportunity to feel like they are in control, when in reality, they are being manipulated and controlled by the religion itself.[1]

[1] Steven Arterburn and Jack Felton, Toxic Faith, Experiencing Healing Over Painful Spiritual Abuse, Waterbrook Press, 1991 Kindle 2001


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