By Robert C. Veil, Jr. — We begin the new year with an examination of a subject which is unpopular with some members of the church. It is unpopular because they resist what the Bible says about it. Still, it is a matter of great interest to many, there have been a number of requests for sermons on this topic, and it is absolutely essential that we discern God’s will on this subject. It’s also an appropriate time to look at it because holiday and New Year’s parties often tempt the Christian to compromise what God’s word clearly teaches on this subject. (More …)
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That might be an appropriate title for chapter 16 of 1 Kings: “From Bad to Worse.” Abandonment of the Lord produced debauchery, murder, division, idolatry. The chapter shows divine justice being carried out in the midst of a nation’s perfidy. Here are a few lessons from the chapter. (More …)
According to a recently released study, alcohol use has been directly linked as a major contributing cause to seven forms of cancer:
- female breast.
The study also found that the health risks out-weigh any of the touted health-benefits of drinking alcohol…I’ve been telling people for years, who claim to drink for the health benefits, to drink grape juice and they’d reap the benefits that they’re looking to gain. You don’t need the alcohol component in and of itself for any physiological benefits.
While I sincerely appreciate the gravity and soberness and awareness that the report is trying to create in our culture when it comes to the dangers of using alcohol, I believe the story (which was meant to look at the relationship between alcohol and cancer in the human body mind you) missed seven other major societal cancers that alcohol has also been directly linked to as a major contributing cause: (More …)
Brazil has zero tolerance for alcohol levels in drivers. It understands what many Christians do not. If a government (and Brazil is not the only one) knows that any level of alcohol in the blood makes one unfit to drive his vehicle, why does a Christian think that some amount of alcohol in his system does not render him unfit to guide his life?
Both biblical and scientific perspectives show the dangers of strong drink. See these new entries added recently. And a wealth of information, content, and links on many biblical topics, besides.
There’s a high-profile court case being held in Nashville, TN involving four former college football athletes for the University of Vanderbilt who are being accused of rape. The trial is in its opening stage where the defense attorney is offering the jury his clients’ point of view and other reasons for why one or more of his clients are not guilty. To most people this is the stage where defense lawyers earn a bad reputation – and for many of them it’s for good reason; and this trial has definitely helped to put a check-mark in the negative category. And why is that? Because of the plea that the defense attorney is making on behalf of his client who he claims is not responsible for what he did to a young woman sexually (i.e. rape) because they were living in a highly experimental and sexualized atmosphere and because he was too drunk to know what he was doing!
I guess from now on in the eyes of this attorney a murderer, a thief, a liar, a child-molester, and every other criminal, including drunk-drivers, can enter a plea that says they aren’t responsible for what they have done because they were too drunk to know better. And some people actually wonder why attorneys get a bad reputation.
Here are some of the interesting quotes found in the story as well (emphasis is mine):
- ““Excessive alcohol use is a huge public health problem,” study researcher Dr. Robert Brewer, of the CDC’s Alcohol Program, told The Huffington Post. “It’s killing people in the prime of their lives.”“
- “Researchers estimate that excessive drinking kills an average of 88,000 people in the U.S. each year, and shortened the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years.“
- “Additionally, the numbers are based partly on self-reports of alcohol consumption, and people generally tend to underreport the amount they drink. “So even though it’s a big number, we really think this is a significant underestimate,” said Brewer.“
- “Alcohol is a toxin and known carcinogen that can increase the risk for chronic health conditions or escalate their severity.“
- ““A lot of the injury isn’t just the people you consider alcohol abusers, but a much a larger group that binge drink or consume higher levels than recommended — more than 1 [to] 2 drinks a day,”“
In case you’re wondering, the person being quoted is a researcher for the CDC. Just look to the bottom left of the chart, or click on the map’s link to double-check the source.
Combining the words “recreational” and “drugs” always come at a price – always have, always will.
But hey, if we just legalize it all of the problems will go away…wait a second!
- The Fallacy of Legalized Marijuana – The Fellowship Room
“Think Before You Drink” is a slogan used by the government and even the CDC to encourage people to keep the effects of alcohol in mind.
And why must you “think before you drink”? Well among a few others reasons one that clearly stands out is because you can’t think while you drink! That’s why we call it being “under the influence” and that’s why we call it “being intoxicated”.
The alcohol industry promotes its product as a peacemaker – tell that to the thousands and thousands and thousands of people who are raped, beaten, stabbed, shot and killed on the road every single week because of someone who couldn’t think while they were drinking.
The book of Proverbs speaks the truth concerning the effects of alcohol – sooner or later, it’ll get you (Proverbs 23:32). Just ask Noah, ask Lot, ask Nabal, ask Uriah, ask Benhadad, ask the destitute man of Proverbs 23:21, ask Belshazzar and I’m sure that they would all probably tell you the same thing – think before you drink because you won’t be able to think once you’ve started.
“They have overcome me, you will say, and I have no pain; they gave me blows without my feeling them: when will I be awake from my wine? I will go after it again.” (Proverbs 23:35 – BBE)
Recently the ole’ Duck Dynasty group has been making the headlines in places such as Fox News, New York Daily News, MSN, Huffington Post and no doubt a whole lot of Face Book posts (just Google it if you’ve been out of the loop). And what’s the reason for such attention? It’s only their latest merchandise endeavor – good, old-fashioned alcoholic wine.
I hope you pick up on the sarcasm there when I use the word good.
But sure enough, the winery world is a buzz over the latest label being placed on the shelves because they’ll soon be buzzing off of the “reality” TV family’s alcoholic drink of choice. You know, the TV show that’s proud to bring faith into the living rooms of TV land.
Now let me be completely up front – I don’t care for the show. The show had been around for quite a while before I actually watched a couple of episodes; neither of which impressed me. In both episodes there were a few comments that really made me scratch my head due to the fact that the show had been labeled as wholesome. So I must admit that I’ve never really understood the attraction before or after I saw them in action. But with their latest move I can understand why they may be so popular with the world…after all, saying grace while tossing a few back is something that a lot people find appealing.
I’m saying what I’m saying because no matter what flavor the wine comes in the move is in poor spiritual taste. I mean what’s next – a beard on a Clydesdale?
Regardless of how I feel about the show, the show has a huge sphere of influence – but encouraging people to live under the influence of alcohol in any way isn’t a sphere that I’d be interested in if I were them. The Bible uses strong words of warning when it comes to the use of wine and strong drink (Proverbs 23:29-35). And the people of God are encouraged to get their buzz off of doing God’s will and we’re to encourage others to do so as well (Ephesians 5:17-20). So why would a person go after the wine of the vine and promote it if what they’re trying to promote is the Vine of John 15?
Please don’t take what I’m about to say as sour grapes, but it sure seems as if the “dynasty” has traded the ducks for the bucks…and I’m not talking about the kind that has antlers.
“But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (1 Timothy 6:9-10)
A company has recently started producing a beer that has been lauded by many as the “world’s strongest beer” and its name should sound very familiar to anyone who has read much about Solomon’s feelings about alcohol and the descriptions he uses. So what’s the name that reminds me about Solomon’s wise sayings? It’s none other than “Snake Venom.”
I don’t know if the name was given with the scriptures in mind, or if there’s just great irony in it, or if it was just given due to the natural mindset of the “pick your poison” attitude that comes with alcohol. Regardless of the intentions/motivation behind the name for the new beer it truly reflects the effect of alcohol that the word of God has warned about for millennia.
Whether you’re young or old, rich or poor, male or female, religious or secular, single or married, or your skin color is white, black, red, yellow, brown or any other color in between the warning is all too plain to miss – mess with alcohol and you’ll feel the pain after all the numbing joy wears off!
The serpent that lives within alcohol is sadly alive and well and he’s still ruining the lives of untold millions through his devastating bite, and with a “flashing lights and whistles” name like “Snake Venom” why would you expect this snake to do anything other than what a snake does?
At the end of the day it sounds like this beer is going to put a whole new spin on what it means to be a snake handler doesn’t it? But at the end of the day the result of the former won’t be any different from the end of the latter – deception that inevitably results in a slow death from the inside out.
Snake Venom really is an all too fitting name for this latest line of alcoholic drinks, and unfortunately a lot of people will sadly choose to “wear it” anyways.
“Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who linger long at the wine, those who go in search of mixed wine. Do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it swirls around smoothly; at the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like a viper. Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart will utter perverse things. Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying: “They have struck me, but I was not hurt; they have beaten me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?”” (Proverbs 23:29-35)
Let us be sober!
Audio has now been added to the lesson, “Let us be sober” at this address:
The Christian’s motive for avoiding alcohol intoxication or enslavement is his desire to be sober as commanded in Scripture, so he can serve God and his fellow man without befuddlement.
May the Lord bless you.
In my home county (which voted for Romney 2 to 1) the residents of the “capital” city voted on whether or not to legalize liquor stores. The measure failed…thank God! It didn’t fail by much, which leads me to look at the ‘religious community’ around my area through even more jaded eyes. In a town riddled with ‘churches’ the referendum lost by only about 130 votes! Some who supposedly consider themselves to be a Christian tried to justify their actions of voting in favor of such a thing by doing so under the guise “its good for the local economy.” We again see that whatever/whomever controls the purse-strings of the soul controls the heart-strings of the soul as well. If a person doesn’t see the “in your face” evil’s of liquor then it’s because their soul has been blinded by something much darker.
“Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.” (Proverbs 20:1)
Someone shared this on Facebook and I wanted to share it with you. Alcohol and bad parenting skills converged in this home.
“Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who linger long at the wine, Those who go in search of mixed wine. Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it swirls around smoothly; At the last it bites like a serpent, And stings like a viper. Your eyes will see strange things, And your heart will utter perverse things. Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, Or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying: “They have struck me, but I was not hurt; They have beaten me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?” (Proverbs 23:29-35).
Teaching Revelation is fascinating. Reading the bizarre comments from commentaries is both mystifying and amusing. I saw one today that I wanted to share. I shall withhold the name of the commentary to protect the guilty. 🙂
Revelation 17:6 says: I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.
The commentator came to this grisly, powerful verse and spent his entire entry on the dangers of drinking alcohol. I kid you not.
Here we have faithful Christians, godly people walking in the light, being massacred for being in Christ and all he can muster is don’t drink alcohol? This verse should provoke tears rather than a temperance lesson.
It is actually offensive to think that someone could ignore the sacrifice of the martyrs while riding a hobby horse. Have some respect for those who died for their faith!
Sometimes you don’t understand what runs through people’s minds.