Standing in your place
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The Resurrection was required for eternal life
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The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
I wonder how many lost people were told early on in life that, "There is nothing wrong with having a social drink" only to fall into a satanic trap that has bound them for years, ruined their lives as well as the lives of their loved ones. I wonder how many will suffer in Hell because Alcohol captured their heart and kept them from the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ? I wonder how many Christians will stand before God and give an account for casting stumbling stones in front of people with this unBiblical philosophy? It only takes one drink (the first one) to become a drunkard! Habakkah 2:15 "Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink..."
In Gen. 9:20, "Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard." Verse 21 tells us, "And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent." The result was shame and failure. In Genesis 19:23-38 Lot's two daughters conspired in Vs. 32, "come, let us make our father to drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father." Vs. 33, "And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose." On the next night in vs. 34, he lay with the younger and in vs. 36, they are both pregnant by their father!
Proverbs 20:1 states, "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging; and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise." Proverbs 23:29-35 describes those deceived by wine. "Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth(pain and poison) like a serpent, and stingth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, (Imagination perverted) and thine heart shall utter perverse things. (Speech perverted) Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of the mast. (dizziness) They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; (beaten without knowing why) they have beaten me, and I felt it not: (numbness) when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again."(bondage) The first drink is the foot in the door and this leads to bondage and dependance. Each drink creates stronger desires and leads to a stronghold of Satan. "Whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise."
In light of this description, Why would anyone want to justify drinking alcohol for any reason? Look at 1 Cor. 6:9-10 and notice: "...be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor theives, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." This does not mean that one will go to hell for being drunk. It means that a person not willing to repent and turn to Christ from these things will go to hell. That is why vs. 11 says, "And such were some of you: but ye are washed,(in the Blood) but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."
See 2 Cor. 5:17. Why would anyone want to justify such a binding, blinding habit that has the potential of damning a soul to hell? I have witnessed to many people over these years in the ministry who thought they had to quit drinking to get saved and therefore did not get saved because they did not want to turn from their drunkenness. Actually they were right to a point. A person must be willing to repent, turning from his, or her sinful way, and turning to God for salvation through Christ. The truth is, when a man wants to be saved, he will be willing to turn from sin to Christ and become a new creature. My dad was a drunkard all my life. My mother died when I was 10 and my dad continued a drunkard. He gave me and my two sisters up to be raised by my Grandmother, Uncle and Aunt. Alcohol robbed me of my dad. He lived to regret it and could not forget it. I still loved him and at the age 71 he got saved. He died at the age of 73 and I preached his funeral. I believe that if my dad had been saved when he was young (he started drinking at age 12) I would have had a different life. I wouldn't think of his staggering, slobbering and slurring when I think of him. No matter how much I loved him, those memories cannot be erased. "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise." Proverbs 20:1.