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The Doctrine of Drinking. Part 2.

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Doctrine of Drinking.
Point 1. Introduction.

While drinking alcohol is not forbidden in the scripture, drunkenness is both forbidden, condemned, and described as a sin;
EPH 5:18;
1TI 5:23.

b. Drunkenness and excessive drinking is a part of Christian immoral degeneracy under the category of chemical sinning.

EPH 5:18 and do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,
1TI 5:23 Stop drinking water only, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.”

It is difficult for those who have had or have personal problems with drinking to be objective.

TLJC participated in eating certain foods and drinking alcoholic bev;.erages in moderation and that is why He was called a drunk in LUK 7:34.

We don’t know the deepest motives and intentions and the thinking of their soul essence.

The Bible teaches that no one knows the deep intentions, the motivations and the thinking of a man except that man himself.

An enigma is one that is puzzling or mysterious to us.

“You can never scrutinize, figure out, and appraise and judge a spiritual man.”

You may surrender a little of your thoughts, your thinking, your deepest secrets in a friendship relationship, a romance relationship, a marital relationship, that’s your prerogative.

1CO 2:16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct Him? But we keeping on having the mind of Christ.

If you dislike the person then there’s a tendency to believe evil about them and if they’re going through something then they’re under divine discipline.

If you like them then you refuse to believe any evil things about them and if they’re going through something they’re being tested by the Lord.

Prin- When you start maligning other believers you must remember that you do not have all the facts.

Intrusion into the privacy of someone else is compared to stealing and murder in
1PE 4:15, But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.

Pastors have to be very careful and encourage those who have the pre-disposition toward alcohol to live a life of abstinence for practical reasons and for health reasons.

That does not mean that the pastor should become academically dishonest and take passages out of context and not teach the whole realm of doctrine.

PSA 104:15 the Lord made wine which makes man’s heart glad,
ECC 9:7 Go then, eat your bread in happiness, and drink your wine with a cheerful heart; for God has already approved your works.
DEU 14:26 “And you may spend the money for whatever your heart desires, for oxen, or sheep, or wine, or strong drink, or whatever your heart desires; and there you shall eat in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice, you and your household.

It is a health issue not a spiritual issue.

TIT 1:7 For the overseer must be above reproach as God’s steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain,
TIT 2:3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips, nor enslaved to much wine,

Notice the difference between the pastor or the overseer in verse 3, the overseer or the pastor must not be addicted to wine and in 1TI 3:8 Deacons must not be addicted to MUCH wine.

Someone may go out and live in sin because of the doctrine of eternal security but that is not to stop us from teaching the truth, the doctrine of eternal security.

COL 2:16 Therefore let no one act as your judge in regard to food or drink posis here refers to alcoholic beverage.

Posis here refers to alcoholic beverage not coke or water but alcohol.

The pathetic scene of the leadership rendering judgments under staggering drunkenness is forcibly portrayed by Hosea’s contemporary, Isaiah. (ISA 28:1-8).

God will destroy the nation. (The Northern kingdom did not return as a nation).

Point 2 Definition and Description.
Alcoholism is generally defined as a diseased condition due to excessive use of alcohol.

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