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ALCOHOLISM BY TED GARDNER

Updated: May 11, 2021

As a former consumer of much much drink I have studied the mental obsession and physical cravings for alcohol for some time. It is noted:

The sin of drunkenness ... must have been not uncommon in the olden times, for it is mentioned either metaphorically or literally more than seventy times in the Bible, Biblical interpreters generally agree that the Hebrew and Christian scriptures condemn ordinary drunkenness as a serious spiritual and moral failing in passages such as these (all from the New International Version):

Proverbs 23:20f: "Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags."

Isaiah 5:11f: "Woe to those who rise early in the morning to run after their drinks, who stay up late at night till they are inflamed with wine. They have harps and lyres at their banquets, tambourines and flutes and wine, but they have no regard for the deeds of the LORD, no respect for the work of his hands."

Galatians 5:19–21: "The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: ... drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God."

Ephesians 5:18: "Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit."

The consequences of the drunkenness of Noah and Lot were intended to serve as

***examples***of the dangers and repulsiveness of intolerance.

I could go on but I would imagine we all get the point.

Drugs and alcohol start out as fun sometimes ...but fun and trouble look just alike

#preaching #everydaylife #learningfromclergymen


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