“Drunkenness is the devil’s back door to hell and everything that is hellish. For he that once gives away his brains to drink is ready to be caught by Satan for anything.” ~CH Spurgeon
10) Inebriation Varies in Measurement: Intoxication, being stupefied or excited by a chemical substance like alcohol. For some light-weighted folks this could be achieved with just one drink or less.
9) Drinking is Unwise: “Wine is a mocker and strong drink a brawler, whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1). Further, drunkenness is clearly a sin and those “who practice it will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Gal 5:21). Ephesians 5:18, “Do not get drunk with wine for that is dissipation and be filled with the Spirit.” Again, the point, it is also clear that it is UNWISE to FLIRT with the sin of drunkenness/dissipation. A lot of people can’t or don’t want to stop at just one or two drinks. Alcohol’s powerful substance and effect can easily tempt. By our own lust, we take the bait and are lured down the path of drunkenness, addiction, disease and eventually death. Physical death for themselves and perhaps for others who may die while the drinker is driving under the influence.
8 ) God Wants His People to be Holy: We are called to be holy; to reflect the nature of the LORD in Christ (1 Pt 1:13-16). What part of being drunk, or buzzed at the minimum, reflects God’s holiness? Alcohol opens the door for the dominoes of licentiousness to fall. Alcohol is not to blame, necessarily. Our own willful and depraved sin nature is. But choosing to engage in mind-altering substances in the first place poteniates, enhances further choices and predicaments for sinfulness to come to mind that otherwise may never have appeared. Things like adultery, pornography, fornication, homosexuality, theft, false witness, blasphemy, course jesting, crude language, disobedience to parents, breaking the Golden Rule, etc.
7) An Abstinent Witness: Before Christ’s ministry, the forerunner who was chosen and called to pave the way for the Messiah, John the Baptist perhaps with the Nazirite vow, did not drink; “no wine touched his lips.” If someone is drinking, do you tend to take them seriously or not so much?
6) Continued Abstinence Practiced with a Health-Related Exception: After Christ returned to His Father, men of the faith, Paul and Timothy, did not drink. Paul, as Timothy’s spiritual father, only approved “a little wine.” To “no longer drink only water” to treat Timothy’s painful, stomach ailment likely due to typical, contaminated water of the day. It was common for wine to be added to water as a disinfectant.
5) Christ’s Rebuke: Let’s not ignore Jesus’ disdain for his mother’s request to turn the water into wine because “His time was not yet at hand.” Wine was to become a symbolism at the Lord’s Supper for His soon-to-be-shed-blood, sacrifice and atoning death for the forgiveness of sins. He would direct that cup to pass Him and not drink from it. Though instructing His disciples, and thus His church, to remember His death with the taking of the broken bread and a sip of wine from the cup, He Himself would not celebrate a complete Passover meal until the Ultimate Wedding Celebration with His Return to earth with His bride.
4) Christ Refused: The Lord would not receive a little gall and wine in the midst of His brutal, painful crucifixion to retain all His mental faculties which would prove wise as ministering to the thief on the cross next to Him would occur. When will we have our next opportunity to witness to beloved family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, perfect strangers? Will it be in our next hour? I can assure you, the opportunity is daily for the Great Commission while we are on this earth. Let’s not allow drinking to snatch that away from us when we are called to be fire snatchers!
3) Glorify the Lord: Is obtaining impaired judgment and a loss of senses really glorifying to the Lord when drinking alcohol? Eat, drink and be merry may be the way the saying goes. However, Scripture says, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor 10:31).
2) Alcohol is a Strong Distractor and Stumbling Block: Alcohol is a powerful conductor to opening the door to a deceiving coping mechanism, indulgence. If a parent-teacher in the faith, as I am, this is not a good exampling to the children we have been entrusted to train up in the Lord, trusting Him alone and leaning not unto our own understanding, or glass(es) of wine for comfort or distraction. Instead, we are to affix our eyes on Jesus and thank Him in His strength for trials, tribulations, persecutions and fiery ordeals which we are “to count all joy” and that “refine our faith.” Now for the stumbling block identification from the Bible. From Romans Chapter 14, verse 21, “It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles.” We don’t necessarily know which brother, or sister, we could cause to stumble if they knew we were drinking. So, best not to drink, or anything that causes weakness in another, thinking of others’ interests more than our own, the profit of others, not our own.
1) The Trumpet Will Blast: The Bible says to have a “clear conscious.” To be “watchful, alert, sober-minded and sober-spirited.” The Lord’s return is imminent!! At any moment, the next thing on God’s calendar is to call His bride to meet Him in the air!!! Ya-Hoooo! Do we want to be less than watchful, alert and sober, during the divine, long-awaited rapture to our Lord and Savior!? Be ready! The time is drawing ever-nearer for the Ultimate Wedding Celebration with He who is called Faithful and His bride, remnant believers. He who is KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. He who is All Joy, All Blessed Hope and Eternal Happiness! He who is our Sufficient Salvation and our Forever Celebration!
After all is said and done
Beloved sisters in Christ, if we are going to drink, please let’s not divide over this with those who do not and vice versa. It truly is a matter of conviction of the Holy Spirit and sanctification by His Word. Not all believers are in the same place in that regard. Let’s Be WISE and be AWARE of what we are dealing with. As one can see, this pie has more pieces than just the slice of drunkenness. This post may even inspire one to think of more good reasons to walk away from alcohol’s potential, harmful effects. In fact, I hope it does. Please note, in offering ten good reasons for consideration to not drink, I wish to make no arguments for a biblical requirement for total abstinence or for it being biblically unlawful to partake. The only scriptural requirement as said by Jesus, in Jn 3:3,5, is “you must be born again to see/enter the kingdom of heaven.”
I know a beloved and discerning pastor-teacher and author, who lost his pastorate, position of church eldership and teaching, instilling confusion and shock amongst his congregation and family while nearly losing his life! All because of a severe, secret drinking habit that tail-spinned out of control from a periodic, little glass of sleeping aid. Praise God for his physical healing and spiritual restoration to continue on in the race with us, bearing good fruit again for Christ. This has been no easy journey, marked by pain, many tears and prayers I am sure. He is forgiven of the Lord, we firmly believe, but no doubt paying an inevitable price in consequences. I pray for continued perseverance by God’s strength and grace. And that his family, friends and church are all stronger in the faith and in conviction from transforming sanctification, to the glory of God alone.
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