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“But they also have erred through wine, And through intoxicating drink are out of the way; The priest and the prophet have erred through intoxicating drink, They are swallowed up by wine, They are out of the way through intoxicating drink; They err in vision, they stumble in judgment. For all tables are full of vomit and filth; so that no place is clean (Isaiah 28:7-8 NKJV).  Does this sound like a good new year’s party, or is it the sickening vomit of old year’s drunkenness?  Have you notice the beer commercials don’t show anyone throwing up their beer? The liquor ads don’t show the blurred, distorted vision of the drivers who kill, maim, and destroy innocent people? The bad effects of “intoxicating drink” are used to “ring out the old, and ring in the new year.” It still looks sickeningly the same, doesn’t it? What’s “new?”

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#beer, #err-in-judgment, #filth, #intoxicating-drink, #liquor, #vomit, #wine

March 2015 Issue of Christian Worker (Alcohol, Drugs, and the Bible)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • “Wine is a Mocker” (Richard Massey)
  • “A Little Wine for thy Stomach’s Sake” (Sam Willcut)
  • Jesus Turning Water to Wine (Clay Bond)
  • “Wine” and the Ancients’ Understanding of Fermentation (Dave Rogers)
  • The Spiritual Aspects of Drug and Alcohol Use (Josh Moore)
  • The Virtue of Sobriety (Kevin Rhodes)
  • How May I Help Someone Struggling with Alcoholism? (Mike Rogers)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

Copyright © 2015 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#alcohol-and-other-drugs, #alcoholics, #christian-worker, #fermentation, #help-with-addiction, #medicine, #sobriety, #water-to-wine, #wine

(#209) The Proverbs of Solomon 31:4-7-Listen to Your Mother About Wine

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-29:27 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. Proverbs 30-31 were added and preserved by the Holy Spirit. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 31:4-7: “It is not for kings, O Lemuel, It is not for kings to drink wine, Nor for princes intoxicating drink; 5 Lest they drink and forget the law, And pervert the justice of all the afflicted. 6 Give strong drink to him who is perishing, And wine to those who are bitter of heart. 7 Let him drink and forget his poverty, And remember his misery no more.”

Verses 4-5: The difference between “wine” and “intoxicating drink” was often what was added to increase its chemical strength, or the process by which it had been made. There is little, if any, difference between the two as to its dangerous effect: “forget the law, And pervert the justice of all the afflicted.” The regular practice of using alcoholic beverages dulls ones judgment and blurs both the lines created by “law,” and fair and balanced judgment of “the afflicted.” NOT ONLY ALCOHOL, but other things have the same effect, that is, being drunk with: authority; control; popularity; fame; beauty; pride; supremacy! Government officials and agents who refuse (or neglect) to obey the laws, and consider themselves above the justice they should provide (either by bribes or reputation) are openly showing they do not serve the public, but themselves, as though they were intoxicated by something.

Verses 6-7: Show proper, limited uses of alcohol: “strong drink” (more alcoholic than “wine”) to a dying patient or “wine,” (a milder level of alcohol than “strong drink”) to a depressed person. There is nothing wrong with administering pain-relieving drugs to someone dying in pain! There IS everything wrong with administering death-causing drugs to hasten someone’s death! Relieving pain leaves the door open for God to heal, causing the death is “playing God” by making that decision for Him!
Those who “are bitter of heart” have boxed themselves in with their emotions, and a mild form of alcohol (“wine”) can bring an easing of tension, thus allowing patients to re-think their problem(s).

A spiritual alternative to alcohol is seen in Hannah, who “in bitterness of soul…prayed to the LORD and wept in anguish” (1 Samuel 1:10). The New Testament tells Christians to: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). Opening the Holy Spirit’s Bible is always better than opening the “spirits” in a long-necked bottle!

Truly, Wisdom still says, “do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #government-agents, #government-officials, #intoxicating-drink, #proverbs, #wine, #wisdom

June 2014 Issue of Christian Worker

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • The New Testament’s “Pattern of Worship” (Dave Rogers)
  • Social Drinking (Sam Willcut)
  • Do Not Quit Writing (Tommy Kelton)
  • The Doctrine of Christ (William Woodson)
  • Tradition or Truth? (Michael Light)
  • Much Wine? (Tracy Dugger)
  • Can Worship Be Vibrant and Meaningful without Becoming Faddish and Unscriptural? (Tom Holland)
  • What Does It Mean to Preach Christ? (Billy Bland)
  • The Drag of Discouragement (Bill Burk)
  • Involvement (Bobby Liddell)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

Copyright © 2014 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#christian-worker, #doctrine, #drinking, #involvement, #jesus-christ, #pattern, #pdf, #preaching-christ, #tradition, #truth, #wine, #worship

(#144) The Proverbs of Solomon 20:1-Make That “Toast” – Toast!

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 20:1: “Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.”

“Wine” that’s “a mocker,” capable of causing “drunkenness,” is fermented. “New wine” expands by fermentation and could burst an “old wineskin” (Luke 5:37-39). Jesus Christ’s first miracle changed water into “good wine,” or “grape juice,” because the “master of the feast” was not expecting the fresh juice Jesus had made, because the guests had “well drunk” (John 2:1-11), that is, the grape juice they began with had been fermenting while they had been drinking. The only description of the Passover juice Jesus used to represent the blood of His sacrifice is “fruit of the vine,” depicting it as freshly squeezed as possible (Matthew 26:29; Mark 14:25; Luke 22:18). Knowing the risk of drunkenness (Ephesians 5:18), Paul advised “a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities” (1 Timothy 5:23). Timothy must have been an abstainer that he would have to be told “a little” could have medicinal use.

“Strong drink” is that which is fermented to a greater degree, thus stronger in its effects, sometimes known as “liquor or spirits.” The obvious impact is not just drunkenness, but violence.

“Drunk” is a term referring to a loss of moral judgment, therefore “wine mocks” its user. Noah became drunk, lost his sense of shame, and exposed his nakedness (Genesis 9:20-28); Lot lost his sense of sexual purity and committed incest with his daughters (Genesis 19:30-38); alcoholics  who “linger long at the wine,” and “go in search of mixed wine” lose control of their words, bodily injuries, and memory (Proverbs 23:29-35); government officials lose control of their sense of duty, law, justice and pervert and ignore the laws of the land (Proverbs 31:4-5); religious leaders err in knowledge of God’s Word, and vomit on their tables (Isaiah 28:7-8). In spite of the damage it causes, wine and spirits are freely sold and consumed—how unwise is that? One of the areas of the United States that consumes the most alcoholic beverages is Washington, D.C.! No wonder that government perverts Constitutional Law, because those drunk on power lose their inhibitions by being drunk on alcohol!

Alcohol is a drug, but other drugs that are abused for their power over a human being are certainly included in the term “sorcery or witchcraft” (the Greek word is “pharmakeia,” a dispenser of drugs). All substances that chemically control a person are included in this discussion, and must be sparingly used, not for “social” purposes!

All “drunkenness” will be punished on the Judgment Day (1 Peter 4:1-5), because it is a “work of the flesh” that keeps a person from inheriting the “kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21). “Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’” (Acts 2:38). Clear your mind from the effects of drugs, and cleanse your soul by coming to Jesus Christ.

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version,unless otherwise noted.

#alcoholics, #drugs, #drunk, #drunkenness, #fermented, #grape-juice, #liquors, #sorcery, #spirits, #strong-drink, #wine, #witchcraft

An op-ed from a non-editor

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)

#alcohol, #christian-influence, #duck-dynasty, #opinon, #reality-tv, #wine

“‘ Tis The Season To Get Drunk”

Power Point Charts on the subject of: “‘Tis The Season To Get Drunk” are available at: http://doverchurchofchrist.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/How-To-Get-Drunk-And-How-To-Stop1.swf

#alcohol, #season, #strong-drink, #wine