Frequently Asked Questions

If I have an addiction, can I still be saved?

If I have an addiction, can I still be saved?

Yes! We are not called to perfect ourselves before we come to God. If we could do that, then Jesus could have spared himself the agony of dying of the cross in payment for our sins. He would have simply instructed us to live sin-free lives. He knew, though, that man is utterly incapable of cleansing himself, as demonstrated throughout the Old Testament.

How can I be free from Pornography?

How can I be free from pornography?

Pornography is one of the most difficult sins to overcome since it appeals to a person's base instincts. As with any sin or habit, breaking it will not be easy. But, there are some practical steps you can take while the Holy Spirit works on you from the inside.

Is abortion really murder?

Is abortion really murder?

The alarming statistics now show that an innocent, unborn child is killed by abortion every 22 seconds in the United States. It seems as though this society is uneducated about the truth about abortion and assumes that since it is legal, it must be morally acceptable as well. How many people do you think really know what a fetus looks like at any given gestational age or what type of brain function or heart function that fetus possesses?

Why do Christians think that a woman should not have an abortion?

Why do Christians think that a woman should not have an abortion?

First of all, there is an important distinction to make. Christians do not believe this because they are Christians; they believe this because it is what God says.

    For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. Psalm 139:13

Over and over in Scripture, we see that life is sacred to God.

The battle over abortion rights is part of the age-old battle that dates all the way back to the fall of Satan. It represents the desire for God-like power and authority. This power hunger was Satan's downfall just as it was the catalyst to the demise of Adam and Eve, thus the entire human race. Abortion is another way people play "God." God says, "NO!"

Smoking and Recovery Programs

Smoking is the most preventable cause of death in our society. It is responsible for about 419,000 US deaths each year. Smoking accounts for 1/3 of cancer deaths. It is a major cause of heart disease and cancers of the lungs, mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, pancreas, uterus, cervix, kidney, and bladder. The average smoker shortens his life by fifteen years!

Nicotine and Addiction to Other Drugs & Alcohol

Keeping "Professional Distance"

Some schools actually instruct therapists not to "insert their own personalities" into the counseling process and discourage them from sharing anything at all about themselves with counselees. Yet. I believe that it is possible to maintain a balance between over-involvement and being so objective that those we work with never see our "human" side.

A. The benefits of "self-revelation" in the counseling process
There are many good reasons to share our own spiritual journeys with those we seek to help, especially if we ourselves have overcome an addiction to drugs and alcohol.

What About the "Disease Concept" of Addiction ?

Q: Doesn't the promotion of the "disease concept" help addicts avoid taking responsibility for their behavior?

A: The only people I've ever heard use the "disease concept" as an excuse are practicing alcoholics who have no real intention of changing. I hear something totally different from Rescue Mission counselors and other professionals who subscribe to what has been called the "clinical approach" to treatment and recovery.

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