The world that we live in today is very loose and undisciplined when it comes to the subject of drinking alcohol.
People refuse to listen to the voice of God when it comes to alcohol many of them were raised in homes of drinkers, generations and generations of drinking everything from hard liquor, beer, champagne, wine, and more.
Because of these generational curses people do everything in their power to justify a reason to continue drinking but what does the word of God say about alcohol?
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. Proverbs 20:1 4
It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: 5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. 7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more. Proverbs 31:4-7
We are warned not to drink, but in this world people are encouraged to drink, the television commercials say,” drink responsibly” but the question is how are you being responsible by drinking in the first place for it is written, “8 And the LORD spoke 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 forever throughout your generations: 10 And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; 11 And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.” Leviticus 10:8-11
The difference between holy and unholy, between clean and unclean, God set a standard between his followers and those who are disobedient for it is written, “15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.” Luke 1:15
This was written about John the Baptist and it was set also for those of us that follow him today for it is written, “1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desires a good work. 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous.” 1st Timothy 3:1-3
True followers of Jesus are given a standard not to drink alcohol and the main reason is the effect that alcohol has on the brain, the effect it has on good judgment for it is written, “30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. 31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it gives his color in the cup, when it moves itself aright. 32 At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like an adder.33 your eyes shall behold strange women, and your heart shall utter perverse things. 34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lies down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lies upon the top of a mast.35 They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.” Proverbs 23:30-35
Some have ignorantly said that Jesus drank wine but the Bible does not say that he did. It says that his first miracle was making water into wine at his mother’s request at a wedding. It says that he told the religious leaders that he knew that they would accuse him of being a “wine drinker and a glutton” it does not say that he was a wine drinker and a glutton.
It says that Jesus took the cup and blessed it and gave it to his disciples to drink at the Passover, it does not say that he drank from the cup which represented his blood, why would Jesus need to drink his own blood which represented the New Testament?
Now if Jesus did drink some wine it was not for intoxication because a glass of wine for health purposes is ok’d by the word of God for it is written, “23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and your often infirmities. 1st Timothy 5:23
But again we live in a world where people love using the excuse that we are not perfect, they love telling themselves that God knows their hearts and that no one can judge so that they may justify their desire to drink and disobey God.
But the word of God says not to hang or spend any real time around people that say that they are followers of Jesus and drink for it is written, “11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortionist; with such an one no not to eat.” 1st Corinthians 5:11
And again, “20 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: 21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. Proverbs 23:20-21
Alcohol was once illegal but Satan has made it legal to drink these spirits, he has made it legal to disobey God, but know this, “9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” 1st Corinthians 6:9-10
Being a drinker and serving God is impossible according to the word of God.
Until next time, I love you
Minister Lamar F. Porter
September 25, 2012