We admit we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable. “I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” (Romans 7:18)
In many societies, but especially our own, thousands of individuals are addicted to alcohol, drugs, television, compulsive spending, sexual immorality, smoking, overeating, and a host of other behaviors. Workaholism (the addiction to work) has almost become a badge worn proudly by those who want to be successful.
Addiction to anything apart from Jesus Christ is sin. It’s true that almost any addiction may make a person sick. But to excuse drunkenness and whitewash it by calling it a “disease” is to minimize it and almost deny the problem exists.
Some 20-30% of all Americans are significantly overweight. Almost 20% of Americans are currently involved in some kind of weight-loss program, some on their fourth or fifth try. Makers of diet foods, pills, and exercise programs gross more than $10 billion per year!