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The Doctrine of Drinking. Part 4.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

ISA 26:19 Your dead will live; Their corpses will rise. You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy,
ISA 60:1 “Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.”

You have the right to recognize that you are standing still, that you are not advancing, and you have the right to ask yourself, why?

The first of the analogies in this verse is directed toward awareness of going backward and not forward.

The present active imperative of katheudo – to sleep; to lie down to rest, to fall asleep, to “awake” or “wake up,” is to make you alert to the true condition. The moment that you believe God assigns to you time becomes a very important principle.

We all have the same amount whether we are absolutely without a dime or whether we happen to be the richest person on earth. Time is no good if you are on the reversionistic road, you are losing time completely and totally.

It is used here for the command to become aware not to become a reversionist, to see yourself as you really are in the light of the Word of God.

Aoristic present used for punctiliar action in present time.
Punctiliar action is used here as a point of time action on a habitual basis. = * * * * * * *.

The active voice: the believer must become aware of his spiritual condition, and the imperative mood is a command. Prosperity or even tranquillity does not mean spiritual advance, spiritual success, or even spirituality.

REV 3:20 “Behold I stand at the door and knock.”
EPH 5:14 For this reason it says, “Awake, sleeper,

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; 1TI 5:23.

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

No one ever takes a drink apart from their own volition.
There are teachings out today which state that alcoholism is a choice rather than a disease.
All sin is a result of human volition.

The adjective alcoholic is defined as a person who is addicted to intoxicating beverages.

(1) Abstinence is the function of human volition in voluntary self-restraint, refraining from alcoholic beverage or taking drugs.
(2) Moderation is the function of human volition in keeping within reasonable and proper limits by avoiding extremes or excessive use of alcoholic beverage.
(3) Drunkenness is the function of human volition in the excessive use of alcoholic beverage, resulting in a state of intoxication or inebriation.

It results in loss of control over both physical and mental function.

Intoxication may be defined as maladaptive behavior due to recent ingestion of alcohol.

Maladaptive behavior includes fighting, impaired judgment, interference with social or occupational functions.

(a) Physiological signs of intoxication include slurred speech, lack of coordination, unsteady gait when walking, euphoria, depression, emotional instability.
(b) Psychological signs of intoxication include mood change, irritability, loquaciousness (talkative), impaired attention. (c) Complications from intoxication include highway accidents, criminal activity, and suicide.

Alcoholism is created by individual self-determination.

(1) When alcohol takes over, the believer is no longer in control, the alcoholic beverage has now taken control. (2) The believer’s volition is in control as long as he or she uses that volition to either abstain or drink in moderation.

This is why the Bible teaches that either abstinence or moderate drinking is not a sin.

Alcoholic addiction begins with a series of bad decisions from a position of weakness – the carnal norms and standards of the conscience.

Alcoholism. therefore, is chemical dependency guaranteed to destroy your life and the life of others with whom you associate.

Point 3. Principles Concerning Alcoholism.

(a) Alcoholism must NOT be defined as a disease; for this ignores the volitional cause of this chemical dependence.
(b) Diseases of all kinds result from perpetual overindulgence and unrestrained use of alcohol.
(c) We must distinguish between cause and effect. Volition is the cause, disease is the effect.

(d) Alcoholism is a perpetual series of bad decisions from a position of weakness resulting in alcoholic dependence.
(e) Alcoholic dependence results in both physiological and mental dependence, which obviously destroys the spiritual life.
(f) Alcoholic addiction results in three categories of very serious problems.

(1) The spiritual problems which are related to Christian degeneracy.
(2) The physiological problems which are related to disease.
(3) The psychological problems which are related to mental illness.

(a) For the unbeliever, the solution is the gospel of our lord Jesus Christ.
(b) For the believer, the solution is the problem solving devices of the PPOG.

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

No one ever takes a drink apart from their own volition.

The word “man” here is anthropos which is a reference to the believer, and it refers to man in his negative sense rather than man in his noble sense.

There are two words normally used for “man” in the Greek; , (1) aner and (2) anthropos.

Anthropos is used in the Greek for the normal word “man,” whereas the Greek noun “aner” is used for a man of nobility.
“is caught” is an aorist tense meaning to be overtaken in a point of time.

The passive voice means that the individual receives the sin, indicating that at some time they are in some area of pressure and they succumb to it.
The subjunctive mood means that human volition is involved in sin, and that includes believers, of course.
The third class condition of the verb means that at some time or another everyone is going to step out of line, sooner or later.

The word for trespass is the noun paraptoma meaning unintentional error or wilful transgression.

He doesn’t have to be overtaken in any trespasses and He also has revealed to us we have an old sin nature which means that obviously, at some time or another, we are going to be overtaken by a fault.

It is very rare that a believer doesn’t know what he is doing and he does it deliberately.

This definition ignores the reality that No one ever takes a drink apart from their own volition.

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