My friends, and brothers and sisters in the faith, please know what the Bible says about drinking alcohol casually, for fun, while going to parties and the bar scene. Though this may not be taught very often or ever in church, it doesn’t mean the Bible is silent on this topic. It could just mean that your pastor doesn’t agree with what the Bible says, is either scared to talk on this topic, or has a drinking problem himself. So let us now open up to 1 Peter, chapter 5, starting with verse 3. It reads, 1“for the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.” (1 Peter 5:3-7) We learn so much here. For example, it is not good to drink in excel of wine, which would also mean beer, for it has more alcohol than wine. It also speaks of revelry, which is to drink while having a good time with your friends. And banqueting would mean parties or even the bar scene with your buddies or girlfriends. And lastly, we are told to stop doing these things and to be sober-minded, while praying often. So don’t run with the same crowd as before, but choose your friends wisely.
Now, in 1 Corinthians, chapter 6, we learn of the consequences of staying in our current wicked lifestyle. Sure, we can say we believe in Jesus and remain doing what God says is wrong, which is willful sin, but this will get you nowhere fast come death. This is because, starting with verse 9, it reads, 1“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, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11) What we find here is a list of lifestyles that are found in the world, of which people will not enter heaven because of such things. And as you’ve read, drinking to get drunk is on this list. Since this is a worldly act of getting intoxicated and not staying sober as God has said, these people will be judged accordingly and found guilty come judgment day. Therefore, their punishment is the lake of fire, which burneth forever. However, this judgment is not yet set. Therefore, I plead for anyone that has an alcohol addiction or even drink on a casual basis to stop. The best thing to do is to stop drinking alcohol entirely and become sober-minded, as God says. Doing this will help you draw nearer to Jesus, and allow His blood to cover you while washing you of all your sins. Come unto Christ and He will lead you to heaven.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I love You and only want to stay in Your presence. Help me to not give in to temptation, but be led away from it at all costs. Nothing is worth more than losing out on an opportunity to do Your will. I’ve learned from the past that to willfully sin is to blind myself of what is right. Therefore, don’t allow me to fall victim to sin and death again. I’ve experienced enough of what guilt and shame does to a person and I am tired of it. I’d rather live in Your love and have Your joy every morning that I wake. So shine Your upon me, that all will see You inside of me. Help me to be bold in my witness to the lost. Help me find those that are lost and reach them with the gospel message of hope. I wish that every person would be able to wake up to their sins and draw near unto You in their confessions before it is too late. In saying this, my prayer is to also reach those that are casual or regular drinkers of alcohol, which is generally beer or wine. Doing such things, people are falling into drunkenness and allowing their minds to be clouded over. They are not sober but are as people of the world. Such people are not saved in Your kingdom, and I hope to reach them before their time is up. May Your words be in my heart always, that when I encounter people in the bar scenes, Your words will come out and convict them of their sins. Therefore, it will not be me judging them, but Your Words, which stand supreme. What people need is discipline, and to learn to fear You, while in sin. Then, will they repent and allow You to cover them with Your blood. Where there is forgiveness and mercy. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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