[2 ] Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. [3 ] In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. [5 ] One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. [6 ] When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” [7 ] The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” [8 ] Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” [9 ] And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath. (John 5:2-9 ESV)
One addict writes:
“For the addict, dope is God. It is the supreme being, the Higher Power in the junkie’s life. He is subjugated to its will. He follows its commandments. The drug is the definition of happiness, and gives the meaning to love. Each shot of junk in his veins is a shot of divine love, and it makes the addict feel resplendent with the grace of God.” And yet, as scary as that sounds, the addict is deceived and will tell you he is in control and can stop anytime he wants.
This all sounds horribly gloomy but this is the reality of sin. Welch writes: “As a result of spiritual oppression, drug worshiper may be very intelligent, but they can be oblivious to the destruction and slavery associated with drug (alcohol) abuse. They need the power of God (1 Cor. 1:18), the message of Christ crucified and risen. Other therapies can offer sobriety, but only this good news is powerful enough to liberate the soul.”
From the comment in Amazon books http://www.amazon.com/Addictions-Banquet-Finding-Resources-Changing/dp/0875526063
Amazing Grace Choir visited 17 Taiwan jails in October, 2010 to reach five thousand inmates. After the 2-hour program, four thousand inmates raised their hands to receive Jesus. The altar call is the first step for a person to get healed that who want to change and has the faith on Jesus. On Christmas, 98 inmates in the three Kaohsiung jails were baptized. Below is the news from the association:
Jesus asked two thousand years ago “Do you want to be healed?” Today, Jesus is asking the same question for those who need His power for healing.