Spiritual Addiction

by BJ Rudge, Ph.D.

Similar to those struggling with physical addiction there are those who struggle with spiritual addiction. They develop an unhealthy pattern of seeking spiritual highs through “experiences” and phenomena. An acquaintance of mine is on a spiritual “roller coaster” because her relationship with Jesus is solely dependent upon her feelings and emotions. Instead of focusing on the revelation and truth of God’s Word, she chases after dreams, visions, prophecies and mystical experiences. She freely admits to spending little or no time reading the Bible or praying.

Jesus used the term “deception” to describe the time before His return (see Matthew 24). Today, we often see people seeking after signs, wonders and spiritual experiences rather than seeking after God Himself. This was exactly the case when Jesus rebuked the crowd in Galilee:

Unless you people see signs and wonders, you simply will not believe (John 4:48).

In the day and age we live, it is crucial to not let “experiences” or phenomena become a substitute for time in the Word of God and prayer. Christ’s Spirit, who abides in us and empowers us, cautions that in latter times some will depart from the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons (1 Timothy 4:1). Therefore, we must exercise discernment and examine everything to determine truth from error and the genuine from the fake.

First John 4:1 clearly states:

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

You can experience the peace of God, the joy of the Lord and the power of His Spirit and also avoid deception and the “roller coaster” of spiritual addiction. Build your faith and life on the solid foundation of Jesus Christ, His immutable Word and the leading of His Spirit. In Christ and Scripture you will find true contentment, essential discernment and the unlimited power. A deep and abiding relationship with Him supersedes anything the world or false religion has to offer.


4 thoughts on “Spiritual Addiction

  1. Friend, I can not say a loud enough amen to this post! I spent over a decade in the false religion that is defined by experiences. Whipping people up in an emotional frenzy seems to be a particular talent of most pastors within that movement. I was so lost, so bound by sin, and instead of the Gospel I was told to dream dreams and pray for fresh revelation. I hated prayer and reading the Bible, I slipped out of church as fast as I could. Once I was saved everything changed. The sin a had loved, I now hate. The prayer, study, and fellowship I use to hate, I now love. It’s amazing to me now, looking back, on how shallow the emotionalism was, and how deep the peace of God is. If I never dream a dream, or see a vision, I can’t say that it matters. I was a wretch, lost and enslaved by sin, God set me free! That’s more powerful than any emotional high religion can give.
    Thank you for this post, friend. May God bless you!

    • Thank you for your insightful comment. Bill wrote a book, Not Our Father’s Faith that goes into more detail on this subject.
      We would send it to you free of charge if you would like a copy . Just send us your address. In these days we are living in
      we must all contend for the faith in rightly dividing His Word. God bless you, Karen

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