Addicted by Wilfull Rebellion
By derek
3/1/2007 8:30:23 AM
4 Nephi 1:38 — And it came to pass that they who rejected the gospel were called Lamanites, and Lemuelites, and Ishmaelites; and they did not dwindle in unbelief, but they did wilfully rebel against the gospel of Christ; and they did teach their children that they should not believe, even as their fathers, from the beginning, did dwindle.
I was really struck by this phrase as I read this verse this morning: "and they did not dwindle in unbelief, but they did wilfully rebel against the gospel of Christ". The distinction is very important. "Dwindling in unbelief" to me paints them as the victims, who didn't believe because there was nothing to make them believe. Instead, they chose to rebel against God.

For the most part, the same is true when it comes to our addictions. Some people might say "I'm an addict THEREFORE I can't do anything about it". And while it's true that some addicts ARE victims of sexual abuse as children, which certainly contributes to their addiction, that number is relatively small. The vast majority of addicts simply "did wilfully rebel against the gospel of Christ". That's not saying we were sitting in our church meetings or in the temple as righteous priesthood holders and then just decided "I'm going to look at p_rn today." But instead, it was a pattern of little wilfull rebellions throughout our youth or the years leading up to our addiction. But we did have choice all along the way. We did wilfully rebel. I just think it's important that we remember this as we strive to overcome our weaknesses. Unfortunately, addiction means that NOW we may not have the power to DO something about it. But we do have the power to CHOOSE to do something. And that is where the Savior comes in. With his power to DO and our CHOICE to let him, we can see success. We can wilfully return to our Savior.


Good Comment    
"I like what you said. It is a very good thing to consider. I often get worried about saying or hearing "I am an addict" because oftentimes people get a bad connotation from that phrase. Some people instead hear "I like to look at p_rn and now I have a really good reason to continue doing it", or "I like to look at p_rn and I don't plan to stop. I use the word 'addiction' to justify my continued problems".

It is not easy to understand our powerlessness over the addiction while at the same time acknowledging that we have willfully rebelled against God to get where we are. But you nailed the fact that we are now in a place where we have no power (by ourselves) to overcome the addiction we have as a result of our willful rebellion against God. God is not powerless, WE are.

Good post. I liked it."
posted at 10:35:14 on March 1, 2007 by doanair
Addict = Stop trying to do it Alone    
"I liked this as well. When I refer to myself as an addict it is to remind me that I fail when I try to walk alone and that I need the Lord and others to make it.

You're right DOANAIR, it can also be used as an excuse to not change or as an affirmation of despair rather than hope."
posted at 08:02:54 on March 4, 2007 by matt2

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"Each one who resolves to climb that steep road to recovery must gird up for the fight of a lifetime. But a lifetime is a prize well worth the price. This challenge uniquely involves the will, and the will can prevail. Healing doesn’t come after the first dose of any medicine. So the prescription must be followed firmly, bearing in mind that it often takes as long to recover as it did to become ill. But if made consistently and persistently, correct choices can cure. "

— Russell M. Nelson

General Conference, October 1988