Proverbs 23:29-32 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 like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
You hear people try to defend every imaginable sin and use the Bible to do so. I have heard otherwise reasonable people try to defend the drinking of alcohol by saying “the Bible talks of drinking, so it must be ok.” Well that is true; the Bible does talk of drinking. It also talks of crucifixions, are you interested in one of those? It speaks of being whipped until left for dead, anyone up for that. Just because the Bible speaks on a subject does not mean it endorses the use of it unless it says so, or the scripture in its entirety says so.
Some have said, “Well I am not getting drunk when I drink.” Then why do you drink? The common answer is, “to be sociable.” You mean to tell me the crowd you run with would not find you sociable if you did not have a drink in your hand. Maybe you are hanging with the wrong crowd then.
The Bible is clear here on what it thinks of drinking. It paints a perfectly accurate picture. It says look not at the wine, “when it moveth itself aright.” Do you know when that happens? It is when juice is fermenting. It is when it is purposefully turned into an alcoholic drink by adding things to it.
Next, how does the Bible describe people who will not heed the warning? It says they are troubled, sorry, problem ridden, babbling, falling down, and drunk. Hum, are these the words
you want people to use when they describe you? I PRAY NOT!
Alcohol is a killer both physically and spiritually. It ruins homes, careers, lives, and testimonies. If you want to be sociable, be sociable with God and His Word first.
Finding scripture to justify sin is hard. You must be willing to turn a blind eye to the rest of the book to do so. Let’s not try to make sin ok. Instead, let us make our life ok in God’s eyes.
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Matthew 6 – 9 / Proverbs 23:29-32
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Ecc. 9-10 / Gal. 3
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