The U.S. is drunk on pleasure and booze. What does the Bible have to say about (1) hanging out with heavy drinkers? Attending drinking parties? Can regular boozing harm a true believer’s testimony?
1. Would you care if your pastor preached from the pulpit with alcohol on his breath? What is any true believer apt to be called who has alcohol on his breath?
Does it help or hurt the cause of Jesus when a drunkard or any lost sinner sees a regenerate believer come out of the store carrying booze?
2. Britain’s royal family, including William and Kate, eat with the other royals. As children of King Jesus we too are royals! We should feed and fellowship with other royals – believers. How pathetic, how desperate, for God’s children to think they must go to the world, the unsaved, to have their fellowship needs met.
3. Have you ever heard a convincing salvation story from some one at a drinking party with a bottle in his hand and alcohol on his breath saying, “Have I ever told you how Jesus changed my life?” What will such a person likely be called? So Christian, if you are hanging out in drinking holes with the worldly crowd, please don’t tell them that you are saved.
4. Satan arrives on the wings of a lie. Example: “God’s church people are not enough for me. To really be fulfilled in life, I must have worldly friends and worldly play toys.” Is Satan fooling many with this lie today?
Another lie: “There is nothing wrong with getting a buzz.”
The truth: “Buzzed Driving is Drunken Driving” – state highway patrol billboard warning. Drinking repeatedly to get the buzz is addiction.
5. “For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousals, drinking parties and abominable idolatries.” (1 Ptr. 4.3 NAS). God expects His people to come out of the worldly lifestyle. (Prov 23.20,29-35). Even the world looks down on church goers who are continual two legged, beer barrels. Even they expect more from a real Christian than that.
The Bible states that we are to avoid the drinking parties, carousing, the old life, heavy drinkers. And repeatedly drinking to get the buzz is addictive behavior. “Wine is a mocker” (Prov 20.1) (Rom 13.13; Prov 23.29-35). Believers now have a higher calling. A new nature and hopefully new agenda.
6. Most Hollywood movies show people drinking. There are 93 Alcoholic Anon. meetings in Hollywood every week – over 3000 groups in LA county. -(Los Angeles Alcoholic Anon. office spokesman, 7-29-11). Are they reaping what they have sowed?
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Gal 6.7). The fool thinks he is wiser than God.
7. 3 Steps of Addiction: Step 1, Sin Teases – “I can handle this. Satan whispers, others may have fallen but you are different. You never will. You can stop in time. You are like Superman!” (pride); Step 2, Sin Tugs – we see slippage: godly friends and godly habits decline; excuses for our behavior; denial; Step 3, Sin Traps, self control is gone, sin-slave, addiction sets schedule, lying, deceiving loved ones.
8. Domestic violence in a neighborhood will rise in direct proportion to the number of liquor licenses. – (Paul Harvey News, 11-20-02). “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind” (Hos 8.7).
9. “Underage drinkers consume about 25 percent of all alcoholic beverages in the U.S . . . $25 billion a year . . . Three of ten high school students binge drink at least once monthly.” – (The State newspaper).
10. Around the world some believers drink socially. But in my region and conservative churches I know of, such would harm one’s influence. Wise believers abstain from what links us with the world. A Christian college president advised his students: ” when in doubt, err on the side of being too conservative, not too far in the other direction.”
How many beer soaked believers can you name that are doing much for Jesus?
“You can’t get somebody out of the ditch by getting down in the ditch with them.” – Texas preacher, Lester Roloff.
11. Many alcoholics and drug users are in denial. They seek some Bible text to allow them to keep their addiction. Jesus came to deliver, not to enslave. (Jn 10.10; Matt 11.28-30).
12. A cogent case can be made that the wine Jesus made in John 4 was diluted. It is reported that diluted wine was used by some families in those days with their meals. The fact that Jesus made about 120-150 gallons seem to support the low alcohol content view – (Jn 4.6-7). To think that a small town wedding used hundreds of gallons (initial filling plus Jesus refilling jars) of hard drink seems unlikely.
13. Yes, Jesus spent time with lost, worldly people but He was “on duty,” teaching and proclaiming salvation. Reaching out to lost, hurting druggies and boozers in Jesus’ name is not party time, getting a beer bottle buzz or hooking up.
I love worldly folks including druggies and drunkards. I continually teach them but I do not hang out with them. God has not called me to be a beer hole, booze head. Get them on holy ground. Say, “Hey Joe, Sally, let me tell you how Jesus saved me. This is what you need. Let me pick up for church tomorrow. It would be a blessing to you.” Let’s get sin on the defense for a change! Play offense. Be proactive.
14. Abstinence is not salvation but there is a world of difference between a toast with the wedding party once every five years and in the weekly or daily alcohol addiction.
15. When boozing enters casualties often include: self control, wise decisions, godly friends, church duties and personal time with Jesus. Is that God’s will? (Eph 4; Act 2). Which is in control, flesh or Spirit? “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” (Prv 20.1).
16. Boozing and drinking parties are the warm up for fornication and adultery. Only the naive and foolish think that they can run with a boozing crowd and stay safe, clean and pure. Sorry, No way. Not gonna happen. Wise animals avoid crocodiles and their water holes. So if one refuses to give up the worldly friends it reveals what he/she loves most.
17. “Ye younger, submit yourself unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” (1 Ptr 5.1-5). Are we submitted to church leaders or a worldly, alcoholic life?
18. Seen the T-shirt with a beer brand graphic? It reads “BUD-DUMBER.” Beer does not make one wiser but dumber – too dumb to walk right, too dumb to talk right, too dumb to drive right. Be honest. Call it by its right name, “Bud-Dumber.”
19. The world has the silent question – has Jesus really made a difference in your life? Is that a fair question? “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (Jm 4.7).
20. Drunkenness is hell’s driveway. Drugs are a fool’s game. In this drunken world what role model do children and lost people need more, heavy boozers or high mindedness?
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things have passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Cor 5.17). Are we different now from the world? Many are religious but fewer have received that essential heart transplant by “Dr. Jesus.”