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Addictions -- A Banquet in the Grave: Finding Hope in the Power of the Gospel
by Edward T. Welch
© 2001.
(P&R Publishing: Phillipsburg, NJ) All rights reserved. [298 pages]
[Answer 14 of 20 questions correctly to receive
13 hours of Continuing Education credit]

 

Chapter 2: Sin, Sickness, or Both? (p. 17-43)
1. The author agrees with which statement?
a. Referring to alcoholism as a sin is damaging to an addict’s self-worth.
b. Drunkenness is a choice but alcoholism is a disease.
c. Addicts make choices to pursue their addiction.
d. Scientific studies consistently show that if one identical twin is a heavy drinker so is the other one.

2. Cravings can be triggered by
a. situations in which there is no accountability.
b. sights, smells and sounds that have a past association with the object of craving.
c. our own imagination.
d. all of the above.

3. For addicts and those who love them, the author recommends ending each day with
a. reading inspirational literature.
b. recording positive events for the day.
c. doing something relaxing.
d. confession of sins.

Chapter 3: New Ways of Seeing (p. 45-63)

4. The author prefers which metaphor for alcoholism?
a. idolatry
b. disease
c. chemical dependency
d. genetic defect

Chapter 4: The Descent into Addiction (p. 65-83)

5. In answer to the question “How can I drug-proof my children?” the author suggests that parents
a. maintain a strong worship of God.
b. keep confessing their own sins.
c. develop an approachability through humility and patience.
d. all of the above

6. During the “infatuation” stage, what should family or friends of a drinker do?
a. nothing at this point.
b. reach out for help from others.
c. try to reason with the drinker about destructive behavior.
d. try to smooth over the problem and make the family as normal as possible.

Chapter 5: Speaking the Truth in Love (p. 87-115)

7. The author says that experimentation with illegal drugs increases
a. among student athletes.
b. more with boys than with girls.
c. with underage use of alcohol and cigarettes.
d. in poor families.

8. Which is NOT true about in-patient alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs?
a. Most of them follow the Alcoholics Anonymous program.
b. They result in high abstinence rates.
c. Longer programs have some advantages over shorter ones.
d. There are some Christ-centered programs available.

Chapter 6: Respecting, Listening, and Inviting (p. 117-140)

9. The author refers to members of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) as
a. mostly Christian.
b. compassionate but tough-minded.
c. dependent.
d. theologically sound.

10. “Walls of protection” are
a. anything that puts distance between the addict and the addictive substance.
b. 24 hour, in-patient, residential treatment centers.
c. special prayers that reduce the addict’s temptations.
d. passages of Scripture that address addictive behaviors.

11. Which passage of Scripture, cited by the author, states that temptation is resistible?
a. I Corinthians 10:13-14
b. I Corinthians 10:31
c. Proverbs 23:19-20
d. Deuteronomy 7:1-5

Chapter 7: Knowing the Lord (p. 141-159)

12. The author believes that people today have domesticated God into someone who wouldn’t disapprove of our behavior. To correct this “flat and domesticated” view, the author strongly reminds us that God’s love is
a. unconditional.
b. merciful.
c. faithful.
d. holy.

Chapter 8: Fearing the Lord (p. 161-179)

13. The foundation for all spiritual growth and sobriety is
a. learning to be afraid of God.
b. asking God to remove our cravings.
c. accepting God’s forgiveness for our sins.
d. believing that you are essentially a good person who occasionally does bad things.

Chapter 9: Turning from Lies (p. 181-200)

14. The wife of an alcoholic feels guilty because
a. she is acutely aware of her shortcomings as a wife.
b. she is partly responsible for his drinking.
c. addicts tend to marry guilt-prone partners.
d. her husband blames her for her drinking.

15. The “Big Book” entitled Alcoholics Anonymous says that the ultimate cause of drinking problems is
a. genetics.
b. family problems.
c. poor self-esteem.
d. selfishness.

16. Three of these descriptions in the book of Proverbs occur in the context of adultery. One refers to the use of alcohol. Which one?
a. “bites like a snake” (Proverbs 23:32)
b. “a house that leads down to death” (Proverbs 2:18)
c. “sharp as a double-edged sword” (Proverbs 5:4)
d. “an ox going to the slaughter” (Proverbs 7:22)

Chapter 10: Saying “No” (p 201-223)

17. Which is TRUE about self-control?
a. It is a skill that becomes stronger with practice.
b. Saying “No” to one thing (i.e. playing too many computer games) helps to say “No” to others (i.e. overeating).
c. Self-control increases by associating with wise people.
d. all of the above.

Chapter 11: Staying Violent (p. 226-245)

18. Susan is a Christian who struggles with bulimia. In her typical cycle of behavior, she binge eats, then vomits, then goes on a three-day fast. The purpose of her fasting is to
a. renew her soul’s focus upon God instead of food.
b. win back favor with God by significantly depriving herself of the pleasure of food.
c. reduce her desire to binge again.
d. cleanse her body of impurities and restore its normal chemistry.

Chapter 12: Being Part of the Body (p. 247-267)

19. The author acknowledges that addicts have achieved sobriety through one of three ways: 1) individually on their own, 2) through consistent attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and 3) through a church recovery group. But the author prefers the third way because
a. in an AA group, a member is identified by their addiction (i.e. “I’m an alcoholic”) instead of by their association with Christ.
b. a church group helps members to pray and to apply the Scriptures.
c. a church group restores worship of God over worship of desire.
d. all of the above.

20. Which is TRUE concerning reconciliation?
a. An addict should not ask forgiveness from a person who is likely to say “No.”
b. Addicts are not responsible for sins they can’t remember.
c. A proper approach to reconciliation includes “I was wrong” and “Will you forgive me?”
d. Addicts have no right to consider how others have sinned against them.