What Does The Bible Say About
by Garland M. Robinson
The word "alcohol" is not found in
the Bible though many of its companion words are: drink, strong
drink, drunk, drunken, drunkenness, drunkard, winebibber. Though
alcohol can be used in many medical applications, it is its use as
a beverage that is condemned in the Bible. Read what the Bible says
and take heed!
Alcohol Is Deceitful.
"Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is
deceived thereby is not wise" (Proverbs
20:1). Lot's daughters deceived him by getting him drunk so they
could have children by him. "Come, let us make our father
drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of
our father. 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" (Genesis 19:32-
36). How low alcohol brought this man to commit such a devious act
of incest! Multitudes have been deceived through the centuries by
alcohol. Are you being deceived thereby?
Alcohol Causes One To Live
Excessive Lifestyle. "And be not drunk with wine,
wherein is excess ..." (Ephesians 5:18).
"Excess" is defined as: "incorrigibleness, debauchery, dissipation,
profligacy, an abandoned, dissolute, life." This text is not saying
that drinking alcohol is only wrong when one drinks to excess,
i.e., drinks too much. One who is excessive has abandoned all
principles of right conduct. Drinking alcohol encourages and
promotes such conduct. This verse condemns the so-called "social
drink," even the first drink, because it begins the process of an
abandoned, dissolute life! There's certainly no room here for
anyone to say that drinking alcohol in moderation is alright as
long as you don't drink too much. Such thinking is nonsense! The
Bible is right because it is from God. When God says a thing is so,
it is so! Are you living excessively?
Alcohol Enslaves The Will
Makes One Forget God. "Woe unto them that rise up
in the morning, that they may follow strong drink;
that continue until night, till wine inflame them! ...but
they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the
operation of his hands" (Isaiah 5:11,12). Men and women alike
are mesmerized and captivated by its addiction. "Whoredom and
wine and new wine take away the heart" (Hosea 4:11).
Those who drink can and
must repent (1 Cor. 6:10-11).
Alcohol Deadens Judgment.
"But they also have erred through wine, and through
strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have
erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are
out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision,
they stumble in judgment. For all tables are full of
vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean"
(Isaiah 28:7-8). Alcohol is a depressant. Its affect deadens the
senses. It slows down one's reaction to everything around them.
Under its influence, moral judgments are greatly suppressed so that
what one would not normally do is deemed proper. One often awakens
the next day to not remember their actions the night before. Shame,
disgrace and regret follow in the wake of alcohol, not only before
men, but especially in the sight of God! The Lord will not hold one
guiltless who partakes of it. The Bible commands us to be alert--
sober (1 Thessalonians 5:6,8; Titus 2:6; 1 Peter 4:7; 5:8).
Alcohol Inflames Lust.
"Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and
thine heart shall utter perverse things" (Proverbs 23:33).
King Ahasuerus, after his heart was made "merry with wine,"
summoned for queen Vashti to come and display her beauty
before the people and princes (Esther 1:10-12). Jesus says lusting
is punishable by damnation in hell. "But I say unto you, That
whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed
adultery with her already in his heart" (Matthew 5:28).
Lusting is impure, immoral, licentious. Alcohol goes hand in hand
Alcohol Causes One To
God's Law. "Yea also, because he transgresseth by
wine..." (Habakkuk 2:5). Under the influence of alcohol, Lot
committed fornication (incest) with his two daughters (Genesis
19:30-36). Alcoholic drink was forbidden the priests who officiated
in the tabernacle (Leviticus 10:8-11). "Woe unto them that
rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink;
that continue until night, till wine inflame them!
...they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider
the operation of his hands" (Isaiah 5:11-12). "Woe unto
them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle
strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away
the righteousness of the righteous from him" (Isaiah 5:22-
Those Who Drink Can And
Repent (1 Cor. 6:10-11).
Alcohol Leads To Poverty
It is a well-known fact that the families of those who
are drunkards often suffer, having little food and clothes because
of the sinful practice of drinking alcohol. Those who are addicted
to this insidious evil will forfeit all they have to continue in
it! As long as alcohol has a hold on them, there's no way but down.
The Holy Spirit said, "Be not among winebibbers; ...For the
drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness
shall clothe a man with rags" (Prov. 23:20-21).
Alcohol Corrupts Courts And
ments, And Brings National Destruction. By inspiration,
Solomon said, "...It is not for kings to drink wine; nor for
princes strong drink: Lest they drink, and forget the law,
and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted"
(Proverbs 31:4-5). The governments ("powers that be", Romans 13:1-
7) are for the help and protection of its citizens. When its rulers
withhold proper judgment, they are not fulfilling their role.
Alcohol certainly turns away the heart of a person from following
the right ways of the Lord. "Woe unto them that are mighty to
drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which
justify the wicked for reward, and take away the
righteousness of the righteous from him" (Isaiah 5:22). These
verses prove alcohol corrupts one's proper judgment. There's no
justice with those who are not thinking soberly.
Drunkenness Leads To
Incest, And Illegitimate Children. Concerning Lot, the
of Abraham, the Bible says, "...and he dwelt in a cave, he and
his two daughters." The daughters said, "Our father is
old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us...
Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we
will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. 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." The
next night they got him drunk again and "...the younger arose,
and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when
she arose. Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their
father" (Genesis 19:30-36). Drinking has led to this
diabolical act again and again.
Those who drink can repent.
Stop drinking and be forgiven!
The Curse Of God Rests On
Drunkard. "Woe to the...drunkards of Ephraim, whose
glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the
fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine! ... The crown of
pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be
trodden under feet" (Isaiah 28:1-3). The tribe of Ephraim had
many sins for which they were guilty, but drunkenness was certainly
one of them for which they would pay a severe price. God would not
bring them a blessing, but rather a curse!
Alcohol Brings Woe, Sorrow,
tions, Babbling, Wounds, And Inflamed Eyes. "Who
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...Yea, thou shalt
be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that
lieth upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou
say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not:
when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again" (Proverbs
23:29-30,34-35). These verses describe well the pain and
misery that an individual brings upon himself by drinking alcohol.
One will go so far as to lie down in his own vomit or take a
beating and never even know it! The first drink is a step in that
direction. Multitudes are fooled thereby!
Alcohol, At First, May Be
With Some But In The End Is As Poison As A Rattlesnake!
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" (Proverbs 23:31-32).
For the moment, many delight in the feeling received from alcohol,
but when tomorrow comes, the affect of misery and pain is felt in
The Curse Of God Is On
Every Business, And Every Government That Provides For Or Sells
" Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour
drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him
drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness! Thou art
filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin
be uncovered: the cup of the LORD'S right hand shall be turned unto
thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory" (Habakkuk
Those who drink can repent.
Stop drinking and be forgiven!
Alcohol Causes One To Have
Shame And To Do Things That No Right-thinking Person Would Do.
"Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy
bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou
mayest look on their nakedness" (Habakkuk 2:15)!
Read Proverbs 23:29-35 and Genesis 19:30-39. Terrible wickedness
Christians Are Not To
With Drunkards. "...I have written unto you not to
company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or
covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard,
or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat"
(1 Corinthians 5:11). Proverbs 23:20 instructs, "Be not among
winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh."
Those Who Imbibe Alcohol
Enter Heaven. "Now the works of the flesh are
manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness,
lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations,
wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness,
revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I
have also told you in time past, that they which do such things
shall not inherit the kingdom of God" (Galatians 5:19-21).
"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the
kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor
idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of
themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor
drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit
the kingdom of God" (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Could it be any
Christ Can Save Drunkards
They Repent. Some of the members of the church of Christ
ancient Corinth had been drunkards but had repented and been
forgiven. The text says, "...drunkards...and such were some of
you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified
in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God"
(1 Corinthians 6:9-11). You too can be forgiven of the sin of
drinking/drunkenness if you REPENT. Repentance is a change of mind
which leads to a change of action. To those in Acts 2:38 we read,
"... Repent, and be baptized every one of
you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins
...." There is hope for the drunkard/alcoholic.
He/she can be forgiven. Won't you obey the gospel today (2