What Situations Can Excessive Habitual Drinking Cause?
Despite God’s clear words of warning throughout His word, there are still people who choose to drink alcoholic beverages in moderation or in excess. Those that drank alcoholic wine in the Bible were labeled as “winebibbers.”
Proverbs explains to us that alcoholic drink can deceive us. Proverbs 20:1—“Wine [is] a mocker, strong drink [is] raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” It is clear here that God condemns the drink itself and not the amount that is consumed. The drinks themselves are called mockers and raging.
Mockers in the Bible are anyone who mocks the word of God with the intention of undermining the truth of words spoken by the prophets sent by God to communicate His love and His wrath to mankind. If wine is a mocker, it is clear why it would also cause the drinker to be unwise.
Alcoholic drinks deceive us into believing that we are something we are not, it causes us to make poor choices and can even cause us to be violent and raging. A good example of the deception of alcohol is found in the story of Noah in Genesis where he drank wine, which obviously had alcoholic content because he became drunk, and then made a spectacle of himself by being naked in front of his sons.
Genesis 9:21—“And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.”
Being naked in drunkenness may not seem like such a big deal today, and in fact, many would ﬁ nd it amusing. It is sinful, still, then and now for an adult to be naked before anyone except their husband or wife.
In the book of Psalms the Lord gives alcoholic wine, which is represented by the foaming that occurs during fermentation, as a judgment against the wicked. Their voracious drinking of the wine proved their wickedness.
Psalm 75:8—“In the hand of the LORD is a cup full of foaming wine mixed with spices; he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down to its very dregs.”
Drinking robs those that would be holy of their ability to make sound decisions and opens the door for visions that are not given by God.
Isaiah 28:7—“These also stagger from wine and reel from beer: Priests and prophets stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine; they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing visions, they stumble when rendering decisions.”
Habitual drinking can lead to ignorance of the truth, robbing the Kingdom of God by not doing the work of God, as well as the breakdown of relationships.
How Does It Affect Your Relationships?
The Apostle Paul warns us that we are not to keep company with anyone who is a drunkard. God made man to have fellowship with Him and since alcohol goes directly to the brain, the communication center of the body, it interferes with God’s purpose for mankind. Not only does it pollute the man himself, but it also contaminates the church and all of its members.
Drinking affects your relationships by keeping you from those who live by the word of God, as we should, and keeping company with those who are drunkards. 1 Corinthians 5:11—“But now I have written unto you not to keep 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 a one do not eat.”
In order to have a healthy relationship, we must have love within our heart. That love can only begin once we have received the love of God through rebirth. Without that love within us, our heart is wicked and hardened. We may be able to give a form of love, or what the world calls love, but it is not unfailing. Only the love that is found in a new, reborn heart is true, unfailing love.
The book of Hosea is the perfect example of the unfailing love of God for His people. Alcoholic drink is associated with taking away the heart. By taking away the heart, it makes us hardened and closes our eyes and ears to the truth. It leaves us devoid of the love that brings life. Hosea 4:11—“Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.”
Because our hearts are taken from us by alcohol, we may fail to see what others in our life need and neglect our relationships to the point of causing them to fail. Anyone who has seen what alcohol can do to a person and in turn, a family, knows exactly what God is talking about here in Hosea. They have seen the heart of their family be stolen by alcohol. We can praise God, however, because there is hope.
How Can You Be Delivered From This?
Through Jesus Christ, we can be delivered from alcoholism, drunkenness, and the hard heart and spiritual blindness that have resulted from the use of alcoholic drink. Deliverance only comes in one form and that is through Jesus. In Acts chapter two, Peter was preaching to a multitude of people about the Kingdom of God and the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
He makes it clear that the very sins that the people were committing were the reason for the death of Jesus and some were pricked in their heart. They felt Godly sorrow for their sin and asked Peter what they could do and this is what Peter said to them. Acts 2:38—“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
The example that the Bible gives us for deliverance and salvation is given many times in scripture. We ﬁ rst must recognize that we are sinning and have fallen short of the glory of God. Once we see our sinfulness, the answer that Peter gave the people was to repent; turn from their sin and to God. Then they were to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of their sin.
The last step is to receive the Holy Ghost, which is a gift from God that proves that we are in covenant with Him. Once we have the Holy Ghost living in us, He will begin teaching us how to live a holy and righteous life (Titus 2:11-12). Romans 13:13—“Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.”
As disciples of Christ, we have a power within us that is greater than the power in the world. This power is what separates us from those in this world that are not born again of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit living within us teaches us to deny ungodly things such as alcoholic wine and gives us the power to overcome and be free of lusts of the ﬂesh.
Once we are delivered from alcoholism or any other sin, we must continue walking in the Spirit to remain free from that sin. Keeping ourselves from sin is our reasonable service to the Holy God who freed us. After we are reborn, our bodies are not our own, but become a sacriﬁce for God. Laying down our life and dying to our ﬂeshly desires is what makes us set apart.
Romans 12:1—“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacriﬁce, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.”
In Ephesians 5:18, we ﬁnd that a believer is not to be drunk with wine, but instead to be ﬁlled with the Spirit. Being ﬁlled with the Spirit of God brings forth the fruits of the Spirit of God, which includes truth and righteousness. Today we claim the purpose for drinking alcoholic wine or strong drink is to relax or to socialize.
We even claim some health beneﬁts for drinking alcohol in moderation and have gone to great lengths to prove that there are beneﬁts to drinking alcohol. I am sure, if we went to great lengths, we could ﬁnd healthy beneﬁts from nearly any kind of food or drink.
The problem lies not in whether the beneﬁts outweigh the negatives of alcohol use for each of us personally. The ultimate question is not that, nor even whether there is a long-term effect of alcohol use within our communities, families, and churches. The ultimate question regarding any action that we take in this life is whether we are committing a sin against a Holy God and against our own bodies, which are the members of the body of Christ with which we are united.
God expects nothing less from us than to remain free once He has freed us. Though He gives us the power to remain free through the Holy Spirit, many may still choose to be drawn away by the lust of the ﬂ esh and enticed. Once that lust becomes more than just a thought in your head, it brings sin and then death (James 1:15).
So, is drunkenness wrong? You may read this article and agree or disagree. If you have the Holy Spirit living in you, allow Him to take you to the scripture and lead you to the truth. Study to show yourself approved.