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The Doctrine of Drinking. Part 3.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

1PE 4:17-19, For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner? Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.

“Apparently their God is not a very strong God,” etc.

ISA 5:18 Woe to those who drag iniquity with the cords of falsehood, And sin as if with cart ropes;

God has condemned drunkenness.
It is the only disease acquired and continued by an act of the free will.
It is the only disease that is habit forming.
It is the only disease that comes in a bottle.
It is the only disease promoting crime and brutality.
It is the only disease playing a major part in more than half of fatal highway accidents.
It is the only disease that is bought in grocery stores, drug stores, and well-marked retail outlets.
It is a disease that provides the government revenues such as Washington D.C., New York, and Hollywood, which are simply indicative.

The Doctrine of Drinking.
Point 1. Introduction.

a. While drinking alcohol is not forbidden in the scripture, drunkenness is both forbidden, condemned, and described as a sin.
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.”

1. Alcohol in moderation is permissible, but alcohol in the sense of drunkenness and dissipation is forbidden.

ROM 14:14 I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
1CO 6:12 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.
1CO 10:23 All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.

2. Excessive alcohol is detrimental to body, to soul, and to the spiritual life of the believer.
3. The reason is that the presence of large amounts of alcohol in the body changes the character and the personality of the drinker.

Excessive use of alcohol leads to crime, suicide, divorce, traffic accidents, economic and industrial losses, loss of health, poverty, national disaster, and for the believer it destroys your spiritual life. Alcohol is a depressant which lowers inhibitions, dulls reflexes, destroys common sense, hampers good judgment and stimulates mental attitude sins.

Drunk drivers kill, drunk lovers abuse, drunk leaders lose integrity, and the drunken woman is seduced.
Chug-a-lugging (drinking it all down at once) is a sure way to kill yourself by the absence of oxygen.

Excessive alcohol effects the brain in many ways, including cerebral hemorrhage and delirium tremens.

It also attacks the liver and can produce paralysis of the eyes, an unbalanced walk, and a coma can even occur.

It lowers resistance to sin, increases the desire to lie, destroys brain tissue, attacks the heart muscle, causes high blood pressure.

Those who drink large amounts in a short period of time. Those who drink constantly for days.

As a depressant, alcohol cooperates with the various characteristics of the sin nature to lower standards of resistance in all categories of sin.

4. The lush is effected in body and soul by habitual and excessive use of alcohol.

The Greek word asotia of EPH 5:18 which is translated dissipation means a wild and disorderly lifestyle, excessive drinking as a lifestyle.

5. One of the most serious problems of being a lush is irreversible mental deterioration.

ISA 5:11 “Woe to those who rise up early in the morning that they may pursue strong drink, and who stay up late in the evening that wine may inflame them.”
ISA 5:22 “Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine and champions of mixed drinks.”

6. Excessive and habitual use of alcohol by the Christian destroys his spiritual life, his relationship with other people, his health, and many other things.
7. The Christian lush becomes involved in Christian immoral degeneracy and cannot be distinguished from his unbeliever counterpart.

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