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 THE CHRISTIAN and ALCOHOL

 

In much of professing Christendom today the use of alcohol as a drink is debated, condoned, and accepted by many, in

fewer it is stilled condemned, as it was in days past among Bible believers. To answer the question should a Christian drink

or not drink alcoholic beverages , there are some basic questions that need to be answered today.

THREE QUESTIONS

1. Is the drinking of alcoholic beverages condemned by God?

2. Should Christians drink alcoholic beverages even in moderation?

3. Is it sin to drink alcoholic beverages?

TWO DEFINITIONS

Wine: In the Bible wine can refer to everything from fresh juice to fully fermented wine. Basically two types: Fermented, that

which could make one intoxicated Unfermented that which could not make one intoxicated.

Sin: any want of conformity unto, or transgression of any law of God.

SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER

Jas 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

One command is, “”be ye Holy as I am Holy..” I Peter 1:16

Holy—unpolluted with wickedness, of God as the personification of

holiness and purity

1Co 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

I. PASSAGES THAT CREATE DIFFICULTIES

(1)—– Pr 31:6 give wine and strong drink to the perishing

This follows vs 4 & 5 –“not for Kings and Princes-

Lest they drink and forget the Law and pervert the judgement of any of the afflicted.

Matthew Henry- comments ….,

To him that is ready to perish through sickness or pain The Jewish practice to give a stupefying drink to those who are

going to execution (as they offered it to Jesus on the cross). Those of a heavy heart –for it was appointed to cheer and

revive the spirits(as it does where there is a need of it) not to burden and oppress the spirits as it does where there is

no need of it. To those in need so they will forget their poverty for a time and remember their

misery no more, so they will be better able to bear it .

(2)—– John 2:3 Jesus made wine—

The question asked by many ——Was the wine Jesus made the kind that could cause people to become drunk , if they drank to

much?

Note the governor of the feast said this wine was the best of all they had served.

The base question is would Jesus do anything that might cause one to

stumble ( the weaker brother principle I Cor 8::9)

Would Jesus offer anything that could take control of a person and lead to sin.

Cp. Acts 2:13 the apostles preaching—controlled by the Holy Spirit.

Cp. People under the control of alcohol do many things they would not normally do.

(3)—– I Timothy 5:23—a little wine for your stomachs sake —

Timothy had to be especially told by Paul to drink a little wine to ease his stomach problems— there were no modern medicines as we have available today.

Since all wine then could be somewhat fermented, that was the reason , I believe, that Pastors were to avoid all “wine” from relative fresh juice of the grapes to fully fermented wine.

I Cor 8:9 a verse missused by many

“But take heed lest by any means this liberty of your’s become a stumbling block to them that are weak.”. Some try to use this verse to allow a “mature” Christian to drink, because he is strong enough to avoid coming under its future control.

Here the discussion is concerning the eating meat offered to idols. For many of these new believers eating meat that had been offered to idols in the pagan temples as part of the religious ceremonies to the pagan gods was offensive since they had been recently saved out of these pagan religions. The thing being discussed here is that even though there could be no actual harm from eating this meat. It would be good

as a brother in Christ to avoid offending a new believer the mature believer should forgo eating the meat from the pagan temples. Thereby causing himself to spend more of his money for other meat. He would be willing to sacrifice himself in order to avoid offending a brother in Christ. This was something that in no way could lead one to any kind of sin.

II. PROHIBITIONS

1. Prov 31:4-5

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine: for princes strong drink; Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgement of any of the afflicted.

2. Prov 23:31 avoid wine

Proverbs 20:1

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

3. Lev 10:8-11

8 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Aaron, saying,

9 Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations:

10 And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean;

And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD

hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.

III. EFFECTS

1.Leads to violence Prov 4:17

“For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. “

Called to holiness we are to avoid the path of the evil doers, A ships pilot may not

know every rock or reef, but his wisdom consists in taking the save channel.

2. Mocks a man Prov 20:1

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

3. Makes poor Prov 23:20-21

Be not among winebibbers: among riotous eaters of flesh; For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty;

and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.

4. Bites like a serpent Prov 23:31-33

Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.

(fermented liquids produce movement)

At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter

perverse things.

5. Inflames the passions Isa 5:11

Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame

them!

6. Takes away the heart Hosea 4:11

Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.

IV. EXAMPLES

Noah

Genesis 9

20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:

21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.

23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness.

24 ¶ And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.

25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

Noah started to drink and then became drunk, which opened the door for Ham’s sin.

What doors could drinking open today for one’s self and children.

Lot

Genesis 19

31 And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:

32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

33 And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.

34 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

35 And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.

36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.

Little by little wine can gain control causing one to do what they would never do without it’s influence. Here the father and daughter relationship is forever changed.

CONCL:

To the unsaved, No drunkard shall enter into heaven 1Cor 6:10

To Believers, such were some of you 1Cor 6:11. When we consider all Jesus did for us at Calvary and does for us daily only two questions need to be answered.

1.After looking at the warnings concerning wine why would any believer desire to

partake of any alcoholic drink?

2.Why would any true believer desire anything that could cause displeasure to

Christ.

For God so loved the world, that he gave Therefore if any man be in Christ,

his only begotten Son, that whosoever he is a new creature: old things

believeth in him should not perish, but are passed away; behold all things

have everlasting life. John 3:16 become new. II Cor 5:17

 

 

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Hello world!

On my blog I intend to share encouraging words for others. To share the things God reveals to me through His Word and others. Also I will share my personal studies of God’s Word. to start I will let all know that I believe the Bible is the inspired word of God and that He had the writers use the exact words He wanted .  As I start I will share how I a church member became a Christian

After we got married I found many excuses for not going to church  When I finally faced the facts  I just was not interested in the Bible, even though I claimed to be a Christian, had went forward in church, was baptized and joined the church. But not a real Christian , I was unsaved.  I knew the basic answers to the facts of salvation, Jesus and the Bible but there had been no repentance for sin (Acts 4:12) and no changed life (I Corinthians 5:17). My life lacked the evidence of a true believer in Christ, as one who had repented of my sin, seen my real need for a saviour and become a Christian. I was not interested in Bible study, church attendance and prayer the bible was not real in my life, I knew what a Christian was suppose to believe and professed it, but it was not real in my life. A head knowledge but no heart change.

During this time the Good News Prayer circle at Denbigh Baptist Church were praying for us.  That we would become faithful in attending church before their prayer would be answered I would have to really get saved. 
I’ll try to tell what I remember of the events as I see them,  that led me to accept Christ personally. There were some people that I watched and saw a difference in their lives that showed a real contrast to my own. I remember Jerry Owens it always just seemed that something was real different about him. Later when Pastor Brewin died I remember walking back from lunch with Erine Wood a man that I worked with and he was talking about how we at Denbigh  must feel such a real lost over the death of our pastor, of course I agreed.  But really felt no lost I though well he was just a man. But I had carried a “business” card that Mr Brewin had left in the hospital when John was a baby with pneumonia on the back he had written  Hi Mom and Dad “Had prayer with Johnny” I carried this card in my wallet for many years, now it’s in an album. I also use to work with a man named Jack Nickolus, Jack was really sold out  for God he witnessed to every thing that moved. But I had all the answers, a little head knowledge of the gospel. Later he told me he just though I was a backslidden Christian. I would watch him at work and think he’s a Christian I’m a Christian he’s a Baptist I’m a Baptist but he definitely has something that I don’t, it was so real to him.

Later one Sunday morning while I was in church Bob Deufel the Sunday school superintendent much older than us but we had know him a long time.  Came by and just reminded me that they opened an hour earlier and I might want to try it. That was his way of inviting me to Sunday School, I gave him some of my usual excuses, after which he made no further comments. But later that week I think it might have been on a Tuesday night I was home alone. And began to think about all my excuses It was like God took each of my excuses as to why I did not go to church, with each one it was as if God said if you did not have this reason would you go . I finally had to admit that if all the excuses were removed I would still not want to go. My real reason was that I did not want to go, at that time I realized that since  I did not want to go that I did not love Jesus and if I did not love Jesus I was not a  Christian. That truth hit home to me for the first time in my life I realized I was  not a Christian. I remember getting up out of the chair,  walking into the bed room and kneeling down beside the bed and telling Jesus that since I did not want to go church I did not loved Him, that though I had professed to be a Christian all these years since I did not desire or take time  to hear or study the Bible I did not love Jesus, I was  not  a Christian. I then asked Jesus to forgive me, to save me and to make it real in my life.  He did both that night I got up feeling a peace that I had never known before. I think it was in March of 1968

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