2019

Sobriety Is Not Salvation

I love the verse in Hebrews that says “Let’s leave the preschool fingerpainting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ. The basic foundational truths are in place: turning your back on “salvation by self-help” and turning in trust toward God.” Hebrews 6:1

It has always surprised me and disappointed me that Alcoholics Anonymous moved away from Bible-based recovery and belief in a ‘God as we understand Him.’ Confession Time; I don’t understand God! What I do understand is I was caught up in a life of addiction, compulsion, lying, cheating and disruption and in 1989 after inviting Jesus Christ to be my Lord, Saviour and One True Higher Power. In 1989 I was awarded in a public meeting of the Bridge Programme the above ‘Sobriety Certificate’ Did that make me a Christian? Definitely not. What made me a Christian and keeps me a Christian is my desire to discover, understand and apply God’s will to my life on a daily basis. It was hard work, but worth it. 

When I submitted my life to Him and began a daily relationship of interaction with Him, He changed my life through changing my actions, beliefs and character.

That scripture goes on to say Once people have seen the light, gotten a taste of heaven and been part of the work of the Holy Spirit, once they’ve personally experienced the sheer goodness of God’s Word and the powers breaking in on us– if then they turn their backs on it, washing their hands of the whole thing, well, they can’t start over as if nothing happened. That’s impossible. Hebrews 6:4-6

Every day in my life I am thankful! That through a conscious decision I made in 1989 my life has completely changed and I know that no matter what happens in my life today good, bad or indifferent. If I continue in my desire to discover, understand and apply God’s will to my life on a daily basis I don’t have to be a person who “turns their backs on it, washing their hands of the whole thing.”

Matthew 16:25 says “Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self.” And today I want to encourage everyone in recovery or in need of recovery to “Turn in trust toward God.”