Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave
Finding Hope in the Power of the Gospel
Addiction is a worship disorder. Will we worship ourselves and our own desires, or will we worship the true God?
Scripture reveals the addict’s true condition: he is a guest at a banquet thrown by those intending to devour him, and he’s nearly already in the grave. (Proverbs 9:13–18)
Can we not escape our addictions? Ed Welch shows us that when we choose to follow Jesus, we can have immense hope in God, to supply power, so that we are no longer mastered by any addiction.
“By emphasizing the role of the heart in the worship of self and substance, Welch forces the addict to face the grim reality that who or what he worships will control his life. As a pastor, biblical counselor, and a redeemed ex-heroin addict, I believe Dr. Welch has finally given every pastor, theologian, layman, and anyone caught in the bondage of idolatry addiction, a biblical road map to true and lasting freedom.”
— Peter Garich, Pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship, Director of Dayspring Center for Biblical Counseling, San Diego, California
“Addiction: A Banquet in the Grave is one of the most helpful books providing practical theology on addictions to come along to date. It provides, in a very direct manner, biblical strategies for the church to assist sinners in need of gospel first-aid. Vital reading for anyone in a leadership position in the church, it will be especially valuable to friends and family members desiring to help those struggling with addictions of all sorts.”
— John Freeman, Executive Director of Harvest USA, Philadelphia, PA
About the Author
Edward T. Welch, M.Div., Ph.D. is a counselor and faculty member at CCEF. He earned a Ph.D. in counseling (neuropsychology) from the University of Utah and has a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary. Ed has been counseling for over thirty years and has written many books and articles on biblical counseling, including When People Are Big and God Is Small; Blame It on the Brain?; Depression; Running Scared; Shame Interrupted; and Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love. He and his wife, Sheri, have two married daughters and eight grandchildren. In his spare time, Ed enjoys spending time with his wife and extended family and playing his guitar.
Table of Contents
- Practical Theology
- Sin, Sickness, or Both?
- New Ways of Seeing
- The Descent Into Addiction
- Speaking the Truth in Love
- Respecting, Listening, and Inviting
- Knowing the Lord
- Fearing the Lord
- Turning From Lies
- Saying “No”
- Staying Violent
- Being Part of the Body
Conclusion: Where Two or Three are Gathered