The Sin of Drinking Alcohol

 

 

Beverage alcohol is the number one drug problem in the USA. The Devil’s favorite liquids include: beer, wine, whisky, brandy, vodka, tequila, gin, rum, etc. Proverbs 20:1 says, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise”. Some of the consequences of alcohol use include: diseased bodies, crime, divorces, fear, beatings, shame, humiliation, fetal alcohol syndrome, cirrhosis of the liver, broken homes, neglected children, murder, robbery, rape, poverty, homelessness, murder, and multiplied millions of souls lost in Hell. According to NHTSA in 2011, 9,878 people were killed in auto crashes involving alcohol, an average of one every 53 minutes. Many more are injured in crashes involving alcohol. When the harm done by drinking is so prevalent and obvious, what makes one want to defend such a sinful practice?

Those who wish to drink alcohol will go to almost any length to justify the use of it. Habakkuk 2:15 says, “Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbor.” A person drinks alcohol because of the effects it has on his body. Some in trying to justify “social drinking” argue that a little drinking is not wrong. But you cannot do wrong in moderation. One cannot lie or steal in moderation. One cannot commit adultery every now and then and still go to heaven. Drunkenness is

wrong and is a matter of degree of intoxication. If five drinks will make one “sot drunk”; one drink certainly impairs to some degree. One is simply more incapacitated than the other. Alcohol is a narcotic drug requiring more and more consumption to satisfy the craving it creates. Even a small amount is sufficient to start deadening the control centers in the brain. Isa. 28:7 says, “But they also have erred through wine, and through intoxicating drink.”

Focused Evangelism

 

There must have been a large crowd gathered in the

Areopagus in the city of Athens that day about two thousand years ago when the apostle Paul spoke of the one true God – creator and ruler of all. Luke records the people’s reaction at these words: “And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again on this matter.” (Acts 17:32) Paul, then leaving the crowd, focused his attention on those who showed an interest. Some believed and two individuals in particular are named: Dionysius and Damaris.

There is an important lesson for us to learn from Paul about evangelism. Paul first threw the message out broadly, determined those who were interested, then focused his

efforts on them. This was Paul’s method not only in Athens but in each city he visited. We should do the same. Each of us should spread the gospel message as widely as we can, then noting those who indicate an interest, focus our

energies on teaching them.

The Eternal God

Eternity is something hard for us to fathom other than to say that it is without end. We humans live in time but God inhabits eternity. (Isaiah 57:15) Or as the Psalmist said, “Even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” (Psalm 90:2)

The good news of Christianity is that eternity can be ours also. It is pretty certain that man was created for eternity but then sin entered and death became the lot of every man. But still there exists within the human breast a longing to live on and on. And now life and immortality have been brought to light by the gospel. (2 Timothy 1:10)

Yes, we die and along the way we groan within ourselves as we feel our bodies weaken with age until finally we are planted in the earth but for Christians it is only to wait for “the redemption of our body.” (Romans 8:23) At which time not only will life be restored but it will be with an eternal, immortal vigor as we enter the portals of heaven.

Music of the Heart

While we learn through preaching and teaching, singing in a unique way drives the gospel message into the human heart. The singing of sacred songs helps make spiritual truths a part of our emotional makeup.

As we are “singing and making melody” in our hearts to the Lord, we are at the same time speaking to ourselves “in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.” (Ephesians 5:19) In   congregational singing we teach and admonish one another and thereby allow the word of Christ to dwell in us richly. (Colossians 3:16)

Although instruments of music such as the organ were widely used in the Jewish worship of the Old Testament, in original Christian worship it is the “fruit of the lips” that is an acceptable “sacrifice of praise” to God.

(Hebrews 13:15-16)