99Relapses Episode #8 Part I Show Transcript

 

 Hi, I’m James Egidio We have a welcome to the 99 relapses podcast. The podcast that moves you from recovery to discovery through the grace and mercy of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. This is episode number eight part one titled is addiction sin? In this episode, I will discuss the perplexing and often asked question, is addiction sin?

I will also discuss how both Christians and non-Christians alike view sin. But before I get started, I’d like to mention a couple of things about the 99Relapses podcast. First and foremost, I just want to thank you the listeners so far since I am already into episode number eight and I’ve had the blessing to be able to launch this podcast over the last year and a half.

But more importantly, the 99 relapses podcast is a very unique podcast in the sense that it’s an interactive podcast. And what I mean by that it’s not just the podcast for a listening experience on your favorite podcast platform like Spotify, Apple Podcast ,Spotify , iHeart or Google Podcast

Podcast platforms that you utilize to listen to podcasts, but it’s an. Interactive podcasts. Like I said, that. Allows you to listen to the podcast and then go to the 99Relapses.org website, which is the number 99relapses.org. That’s the number 99 relapses.org and actually go there and download exercises and tools that are in accord with each episode. So it is no different than having an actual counseling or coaching session with me and listening to the podcast and then doing the exercises and tools or using the memory verse page for each episode to access a quick reference to each verse that I mentioned in each podcast because I will mention a multitude of verses in each podcast. I highly recommend that you utilize the website as well as listen to the podcasts, get involved with it because it’s a great experience., It’s an actual experience, not just for listening it’s an actual doing experience compared to most podcast and it’s all free. It’s all free I am a donation based ministry, but it’s all free and you can access it.

But without further ado, let me get into this episode and again , this is episode number eight, part one titled Is addiction sin?

When most people hear the word sin. Both Christians and non-Christians, but even Christians they cringe at that word and they feel like they’re, they feel convicted. And it’s understandable, but in a sense, it’s not understandable because as Christians, we have to know that sin started in the garden of Eden. I had mentioned this in previous podcast episodes and it’s something that as Christians we have to understand that addiction is sin and I’ll elaborate on that not only in this episode, number eight, but also number nine. As Christians, we have the advantage and we should accept sin as something that is our walk and our relationship with Jesus Christ, we have to know that we go to the cross and we repent and we ask for forgiveness, knowing that Jesus Christ went to the cross and shed his blood and he’s a gracious God, and he’s a loving God he’s a merciful God and that was the ultimate price that was paid in full at the cross. It doesn’t stop it just, ” okay we’re sinners now, where do we go from here?” and repent. We have to know that the Holy Spirit’s going to convict us, and that’s the biggest advantage we have as Christians compared to non-Christians that are not saved. We also have to know and establish the fact that addiction is sin!

Some really interesting statistics from a research study that was done in 2016, a Lifeway research study that polled a thousand people in the survey with a 3.1% margin of error, and they polled the sample population based on age, gender, geographic location, education level, and religious preference, religious denomination, evangelical beliefs and religious service attendance. So those were the parameters that they had used, and the sample population was asked several questions about how they define sin and how they viewed themselves as sinners and these were the overall results.

5% responded with, I’m a sinner and I’m fine with that.

34% responded with I’m a sinner and I work on being less one.

28% responded with I’m a sinner and I depend on Jesus Christ to overcome sin.

8% responded with I’m not a sinner.

10% responded with sin does not exist.

And 15% prefer not to say. So then further into the study.

it was broken down into the metrics of gender, geographic location; that is in the United States, age, ethnicity and religious beliefs. And these were the results of the survey.

33% females are more likely to select. I’m a sinner and I depend on Jesus Christ overcome that, compared to 22% males.

34% of those in the south part of the United States are more likely to select I’m a sinner and I depend on Jesus Christ to overcome that then 16% of those in the Northeast and 26% in the west. So a larger majority of people in the south are more aware of the fact that there are sinners and they accept that.

35% of those between the ages of 45 and 54 are more likely to select I’m a sinner and I depend on Jesus Christ to overcome that, compared to 21% between the ages of 35 and 44.

37% of Christians are more likely to select I’m a sinner, and I depend on Jesus Christ to overcome that compared to 10% of other religions and 6% of non-religious people.

49% of protesting Christians are more likely to select I am a sinner and I depend on Jesus Christ to overcome that compared to 16% Catholics.

And 72% of those with Evangelical beliefs are more likely I am a sinner and I depend on Jesus Christ to overcome that compared to 19% of those without evangelical beliefs. So these are some really interesting statistics.

Here is the bad news for all this. We are all sinners, like I said, in previous podcast episodes, it all started at the garden of Eden.

But the good news is that Jesus Christ died and shed his blood for our sins. And we are forgiven through repentance.

There is no sin, that’s greater than God’s forgiveness and we have to realize that and that’s why we must repent for our sins and ask Jesus Christ for forgiveness. And the Bible verse that comes to mind is in Romans 3:9- 19 whereby the apostle Paul declares that all people are sinners and it reads as follows.

Then, should we conclude that we Jews are better than others? No, not at all. For, we have already shown that all people, whether Jews or Gentiles are under the power of sin. As the scripture say no one is righteous, not even one. No one is truly wise no one is seeking God. All have turned away all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one. Their talk is foul. Like the stench from an open grave, their tongues are filled with lies, snake venom, drips from their lips. ” Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness”. They rushed to commit murder destruction and misery always follow them. They don’t know where to find peace. They have no fear of God at all. Obviously the law applies to those whom it was given, for it’s purpose is to keep people from having excuses and to show the entire world is guilty before God.

Reading that verse, Paul proclaims across the board that we’re all sinners. We all have to repent for our sins, that we all need Jesus Christ and he went to that cross. He does it in such a profound way, in a way that basically condemns us and convicts us of this, he makes it clear. Paul goes on to talk about how sins power is broken through Jesus Christ,

Romans 6:1-13, which reads while then should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not. Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him. In his death. For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism and just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the father now we also may live new lives. Since we have been United with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ, we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead. And he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives for the glory of God. So you also. You also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. Do not let sin control the way you live, do not give in to sinfull desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead. Give yourselves completely to God. For your dead, but now you have a new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.

So here again this is where Paul pleads in a very profound way and makes it clear that Jesus Christ died for us at the cross that we’re to accept the fact that we’re sinners and that our sin died when Jesus Christ was crucified at the cross and through a new life, a baptism and a new beginning as a born again, Christian that we have Jesus Christ and then we’re not to continue to sin and yes, addiction does fall under that category of sin.

I’m going to take a commercial break. And when I come back, I’ll talk about good person versus nice person. 📍

Welcome back to the 99 relapses podcast in the first half of this podcast, I. Mentioned that we are to not get insulted and take offense to the fact that we are sinners. We’re not to deny that we’re sinners we’re to accept the fact that addiction is sin and we have to repent for that. We have to take ourselves out of the category of feeling sorry for ourselves, when we’re going through these addictions and know that it’s sin and repent for it and ask Jesus Christ for forgiveness and to know that he went to the cross and that when we are saved and we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and savior that those sins were washed away at the cross; we don’t live under the law we Live under grace we live under the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ and. It’s understandable, like I said, in the first half of this podcast that a non-Christian. Would become even more offended with the label of being a sinner, but as Christians whether it’s an addiction or it’s something that we’re convicted of through the holy spirit that’s indwelt in us that we’re partaking in sin again, the most important thing is to repent at the cross and ask for forgiveness. In this half of the podcast episode, I’m going to talk about this thing about good person versus nice person and I’m sure you’r aware of this and guilty of it as well and I’ve myself included. I hear a lot of sentiment from both non-Christians and Christians alike. friends, family, and people that, That you’ve run across over the years. Who made statements about being a good person and they’ll say things like.

I donate money to good causes

I volunteer at the animal shelter.

I serve at my church.

I go to church three days a week and go to the three Bible studies.

I don’t need God. I’m a good person.

I don’t steal

and I know where I’m going when I die. And that’s all ridiculous talk. Don’t get me wrong. some of these things are all good deeds and make you a nice person.

But we are not saved by our deeds. However it does not make you a good person. That is a lie that comes straight from Satan. There’s only one good person and that is God.

In Matthew 19:16-17. someone came to Jesus with this question and he said, teacher, What good deed must I do to have eternal life. And Jesus says. Why ask me about what is good. Jesus replied. There’s only one who is good. But to answer your question. If you want to receive eternal life, keep the commandments.

In Mark 10:17-18 bible verse reads as Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem a man came running up to him knelt down and asked good teacher what must I do to inherit eternal life? Why do you call me good, Jesus asked only God is truly good.

So this thing about sin and being convicted of sin and being a good person versus a nice person. There’s only one good person. That was God. We can be a nice person. But the main takeaway from this entire episode is that we all sinners we have to accept it. We have to repent for it. We have to recognize that addiction is sin. In episode number nine, I’m going to touch on the sins that are exposed or manifested through addiction.

I would like to close out this episode with a prayer heavenly father. I just give you so much thanks and praise Lord for giving me this opportunity to present this podcast this episode number eight. that has to do with Is addiction sin? And I’m just so grateful for that Lord that I’m able to deliver the message Lord that you gave me the opportunity to do that for those that are out there suffering with addiction. I just thank you so much for that Lord, I thank you so much for your son Jesus Christ, my Lord and savior and our Lord and savior you brought here in physical body to be sacrificed at the cross for our sins, Lord and we’re to confess our sins and to confess our sins of addiction come to terms that addiction is sin and that your son shed his blood at the cross for our sins and that he’s a merciful God, and he’s a loving God and we’re just so grateful and thankful for that and Lord as I continue to pray, I just thank you so much for the people out there that are listening to this podcast, that you place a hedge of protection around them and watch over them and that they come to terms with their addictions and that you break those chains of addiction for them and I just thank you so much again for this opportunity and your son’s name Jesus Christ. Amen.

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