Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Doctrine of Drinking.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Contending with the priest (which means, sitting as a judge), was punishable by death, (DEU 17:8-12).
The pathetic scene of the leadership rendering judgments under staggering drunkenness is forcibly portrayed by Hoseaâ€™s contemporary, Isaiah. (ISA 28:1-8).
ROM 2:1 we read Therefore you are without excuse, every man of you who passes judgment, for in that you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.
Every time you criticize someone, you condemn yourself.
Judgmental criticism of others is a well-known way of escaping detection in your own crimes and misdemeanors.
JAM 2:10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.
GAL 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them.”
Anyone who tries to live by his own effort, independent of God, is doomed to failure.
The Gentiles had only the creation as a witness, but that was enough; Israel was even more guilty than the Gentiles in that they had been given more knowledge of God; but they had rejected it.
“Donâ€™t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults–unless, of course, you want the same treatment.
Donâ€™t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?
“Be weary of false preachers who smile a lot, dripping with practiced sincerity.
Donâ€™t be impressed with charisma; look for character.
LUK 12:48b….And from everyone who has been given much shall much be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.
The blame is assigned to the priestsâ€¦the pathetic scene of the leadership rendering judgments under staggering drunkenness is forcibly portrayed by Hoseaâ€™s contemporary, Isaiah (ISA 28:1-8).
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.
1TI 5:23 indicates that drinking in moderation is not sinful, and that there is even some medical benefit to be derived from it.
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.
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.
4. The lush is effected in body and soul by habitual and excessive use of alcohol.
5. One of the most serious problems of being a lush is irreversible mental deterioration.
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.
Those reared in legalism will be shocked by what the Bible says.
Those looking for an excuse to drink may use this doctrine to justify their position but we cannot be academically dishonest because someone may abuse a doctrine.
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.