I’m sure you heard the news a few weeks back about Tiger Woods’ s exual misdimeanours.
The story took a while to go away. But no sooner had we thought it past, and Tiger Woods was back in the news. Partly because he was playing a major tournament, but also because since that story hit the headlines there has been an apparent increase in men seeking help for s ex addiction.

And this is causing some consternation.
Not long ago there was a debate on 5 live – ‘Greed and L ust – sin or addiction’.

What is the big fuss about?
Why are people finding it so hard to grasp the idea that some people are addicted to s ex, just as some are addicted to nicotine or alcohol?

For a while I couldn’t work it out.
And then it hit me.

The reason why people have such a hard time calling s ex addiction an ‘addiction’ is because in our society an ‘addiction’ is an illness, and therefore you are not responsible for having it.

That’s why the 5 live debate was – greed and l ust – sin or addiction’ – they cannot be both.

If you’ve got an addiction you need help, you need professional and medical intervention.
You’re to be pitied, like someone who has a broken leg or a virus.
But if its an addiction we can’t blame them for it.
The headlines in the Sun vilifying Tiger Woods becomes cruel.
The calls for him to apologise is obscene – you don’t ask someone to apologise if they’ve got a broken leg, or are an alcoholic.

But is this division between ‘sin’ and ‘addiction’ the way the Bible sees things?

Well, no.
The Bible holds us responsible for our actions.
Yes we get addicted to things, but just as you have to pick up a cigarette to get addicted to it, so you have to feed your lust to become a s ex addict.

Listen to what James has to say.

1:13When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

The root of an addiction is sinful choices.
Sure, down the road, having indulged our fantasies and desires we comes trapped by that addiction.
It becomes harder and harder to give it up.
It impacts us physically as well as mentally.
We can’t just say ‘stop it’.

But none of that stops it being our fault.

This may sound awful and condemning – but let me tell you, it is the greatest news around.

If s ex addiction is purely a medical thing, then only medicine can deal with it.
And I don’t think they’ve come up with a pill to stop that.

But if the root of it is sin, then there’s hope, because that’s what Jesus came to die for so he could forgive it, and that’s what he gave his Spirit for so we can change.

When you follow Jesus you’ve not just got a good role model, you’ve got a master surgeon performing on going heart surgery on you.
And he gets deeper than any scalpel can.

His Spirit, working through his word he can change you to look like him.

Greed and l ust – sin or addiction?
Greed and l ust – sin leading to addiction.

The problem = sin – the remedy = Jesus.

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