There’s something that is weighing heavily on my heart right now; it’s a burden I feel from the Holy Spirit who is being deeply grieved in our age. I’ve seen this particular issue devastate the Church abroad in China, for whom I pray earnestly, and I see it here in the US bringing the same destruction to the Church.
I am speaking about drunkenness.
The Word of God doesn’t condemn alcohol, and, therefore, I am not addressing those who merely take a glass of wine at dinner (etc). I am, however, addressing those who sacrifice soberness of mind to fill themselves with wine, and warning you because I love you enough to speak God’s precise truth to you, that you must stop this because no drunkard will inherit the Kingdom of God.
“But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.”~ 1st Corinthians 5:11
I don’t care about what other people say, or the eloquent ways that people will tell you that “it’s ok even for Christians to have ‘a lil’ fun”; in God’s eyes it is not fun, and it is not harmless.
We’re not supposed to even eat with a person that claims to be a Christian and gets drunk. This sin is given along with sins of sexual immorality, covetousness (which is idolatry!) extortion, and revelry.
This is serious to God.
The Bride of Christ is to be holy and blameless, without spot or wrinkle because Jesus Christ is worthy of a perfect bride!
We must not allow sin to leaven the Church.
Leaven spreads quickly; it takes but one generation for an entire generation in the Church to be lost. We must not allow sin to leaven the Church because Christ is worthy of His holy inheritance and He will not accept any part that is defiled.
It seems to me that anyone who thinks this is no big deal does not share the same mind as Christ, because the Holy Spirit of Christ commands that should not even eat with a believer if they partake in these sins!
DO NOT BE DECEIVED
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” ~1st Corinthians 6:8-10
Why does God’s word tell us not to be deceived? Because there are people out there who will try to tell you that it is ok for Christians to partake in these sins. God knew that people would try to deceive you into thinking that there is “no harm” in “having a lil fun every once in a while”.
Drunkards will not inherit the Kingdom of God, but will inherit wrath with the sons of disobedience.
It is not my job to convince you of God’s wisdom; I am here simply to warn you. The destruction of drunkenness, both physically and spiritually, is obvious to all who have the mind of Christ, and, through love, have become co-heirs with Christ in the Kingdom of God.
If you have the mind of Christ, judge for yourself if drunkenness is acceptable in the Kingdom of God.
Do you not know that we are to have a sober mind, offering thanksgiving to God in sincerity and truth, praising the glory of His grace with sacrifices of praise?
Even so, drunkards will not inherit the Kingdom of God, “thus sayeth the LORD”.
THE WORKS OF THE FLESH
“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” ~Galatians 5:19-21
I have great doubt over many young people today who do not seem to be able to see what God’s Word tells us is obvious. Sins like drunkenness are obvious works of the flesh, according to God, because they have absolutely nothing to do with those who walk by the Holy Spirit.
Many people are confused why they feel so far off from God, yet, if you would accept the testimony of God, you would understand that it is because you are walking in the flesh and not the Spirit.
Other people don’t even know how far off they are from God because of their blindness, being hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
Be very careful. You will not fool God! The works of the flesh are obvious to Him, at least.
HIS SABBATH REST
I ask my brethren to read Hebrews 4:1ff and consider what God has revealed to us about His Sabbath rest: we are told that there is a “promised rest”, that rest which Israel failed to enter because of their disobedience.
The Sabbath rest of God is to rest from the works of our flesh. God’s rest is not to rest from righteousness, for we are commended to “give all diligence” to the things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:1-11). But, just as God rested from His work, so also are we to rest from the works of our flesh.
If you remain in disobedience to God through the works of your flesh, you will also fail to enter His rest and be cut off, just as they were cut off, and every one of them in that generation died in the wilderness!
Brethren, here is my conclusion: to put off the old man, with all the lusts of the flesh, and put on Christ, being renewed in your thinking by the Spirit of God. Go unto Christ, and be washed in the water of His Word, and be cleansed from the futility of your mind.
I do not write this to those of you who do not have the mind of Christ, but I write this to those of you who have loved Jesus Christ your Savior, and hunger and thirst for righteousness!