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Addictions : A Banquet in the Grave: Finding Hope in the Power of the Gospel - Edward T Welch


A Banquet in the Grave: Finding Hope in the Power of the Gospel

Paperback Published: 1st November 2001
ISBN: 9780875526065
Number Of Pages: 298

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A worship disorder: this is how Edward T. Welch views addictions. "Will we worship ourselves and our own desires, " he writes, "or will we worship the true God?" With this lens the author discovers far more in Scripture on addictions than passages on drunkenness. There we learn the addict's true condition: like guests at a banquet thrown by "the woman Folly, " he is already in the grave (Prov. 9:13-18). Can we not escape our addictions? If we're willing to follow Jesus, the author says we have "immense hope hope in God's forgiving grace, hope in God's love that is faithful even when we are not, and hope that God can give power so that we are no longer mastered by the addiction." Each chapter concludes with "Practical Theology, " guidance "As You Face Your Own Addictions" and "As You Help Someone Else."

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By emphasizing the role of the heart in the worship of self and substance, Welch forces the addict to face the grim reality that who or what he worships will control his life. When he idolizes his selfish desire for a substance then there can only be bondage, but when he worships God more than himself then the liberating truth of the gospel will always set him free. As a pastor, biblical counselor, and a redeemed (not recovering) ex-heroin addict, I believe Dr. Welch has finally given every pastor, theologian, layman, and anyone caught in the bondage of idolatry / addiction a biblical road map to true and lasting freedom.

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Thinking Theologically
Practical Theologyp. 3
Sin, Sickness, or Both?p. 17
New Ways of Seeingp. 45
The Descent into Addictionp. 65
Essential Theological Themes
Speaking the Truth in Lovep. 87
Respecting, Listening, and Invitingp. 117
Knowing the Lordp. 141
Fearing the Lordp. 161
Turning from Liesp. 181
Saying "No"p. 201
Staying Violentp. 225
Being Part of the Bodyp. 247
Conclusion: Where Two or Three Are Gatheredp. 269
Resourcesp. 287
Notesp. 291
Index of Scripturep. 295
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ISBN: 9780875526065
ISBN-10: 0875526063
Series: Resources for Changing Lives
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 298
Published: 1st November 2001
Publisher: P & R Publishing Co (Presbyterian & Reformed)
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.9  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.37