Should Christians Drink Alcohol?

Born-again Christians should not drink alcohol. Nine years ago, the Lord delivered me from near death addiction. My situation was extreme. Am I saying that yours will be the same if you have a beer? No, but for some, especially when times get tough, it could go there.

1) It’s a slippery slope.

“There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12

If you and I are saved, why are we here?

Our primary duty is to evangelize.

2) For the sake of testimony- so that others can know Christ.

“Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15

“You are the light of the world…” Matthew 5:14

Christ living within us, we are light of the world. When a hopeless unbeliever walks into a restaurant, he should immediately notice a stark contrast between the other tables and ours.

The difference should be like black and white. Our joy and peace should be evident through countenance, conversation and actions. Others are watching. We all have influence over people. Take your influence seriously. It’s responsibility. We are called to a higher standard.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” Hebrews 12:1

3) But we are free!

Well-intentioned: “I want to show everyone how fun it is to follow Christ!”

– We are not selling worldly fun; we are selling peace through forgiveness and freedom from sin.

Jesus turned water to wine to prove His deity.

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'” Galatians 5:13‭-‬14

“All things are lawful, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful, but not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.” 1 Corinthians 10:23‭-‬24

“We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” Romans 15:1

“The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” Romans 14:22‭-‬23

4) Alcohol impairs judgment.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 2 Peter 5:8

It’s difficult enough to follow Christ, all the more with impaired judgment.

We make ourselves sitting ducks for the enemy.

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

“Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.” 1 Corinthians 10:12

What is the reason you drink?

“Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” James 4:4

Do you long to be “part of”? Are we adults caving to peer pressure like a high school student?

Are you terrified to walk alone?

Are you not finding comfort in the Great Comforter?

Does He live inside you?

Do you start every day with Him?

When trials of life come, we should find comfort in the Father, not the bottle. Christ is enough.

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

5) Christ is enough. Praise the Lord!

Why Keep Busy?

As your parents always said, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.”

“Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness…” 2 Thessalonians 3:6

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

A dog can be a good idea for those coming out of addiction. The Lord used him to show me unconditional love and to teach responsibility. Snoopy was with me through a lot. 🙂

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Why Share Testimony?

“And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.” Revelation 12:11

Passages Referenced: Revelation 21:8, Matthew 10:38, Revelation 12:9-11, Philippians 4:13, Joshua 1:9, Matthew 6:33, Hebrews 12:1-2, Matthew 6:24, Mark 8:36, Romans 10:17, Ephesians 4:1, 1 John 1:9

Fully Committed?

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

“… I die daily…” 1 Corinthians 15:31

Passages Referenced: 2 Corinthians 5:17, John 15:18, Romans 12:2, Psalm 119:11, Revelation 21:8, Hebrews 12:1-2, 1 John 4:18, Ephesians 6:10, Romans 10:17, 1 Samuel 2:30

America- the Bright Side

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Preview for a new Hollywood thriller sends chills up our backs with a one-liner, “Some conspiracy theories aren’t theories at all!”

These days, it is increasingly difficult to separate fact from fiction. People are constantly whispering something crazy into our ears. We don’t know what to believe or whom we can trust.

For Americans, the daily grind can be our worst enemy. Ups and downs, or the perception of them, keep us in fear of what might be. Comparing where we once were to where we are now, we are discouraged.

Illustration:  Desks form a semi-circle in a classroom high above the busy streets of Bangkok. It’s the first day of Thai language class. Round robin introductions begin- ‘My name is Ti. I am from South Korea,’ ‘…Zigo, …Poland’, ‘…Eante, …Iran’, ‘…Vlad, …Russia’, ‘…Rebecca, …America’

‘America?’ the teacher exclaims. The room goes silent in honor for a couple of seconds.

Another American… same happens.

Outside class at break, Brazilian engineer speaks of how although the younger generation may seem a little lost, America is considered the gold standard.

Election coverage was all over the news in Thailand, and people from all over the world in Bangkok were talking about it. Turn on the TV in a foreign land, and they are often analyzing America- knowing that when she does well, we all do well.

The church abroad still views the United States as a Christian nation.

Pakistani Christians in mass seek asylum due to persecution from Muslim extremists. Recent video posted on social media questions, “Where is America?”

At a recent church lunch in Thailand, Filipino brothers shared strong opinions about the outcome of the U.S. election and foreign policy.

In Cambodia, a pastor preached a sermon using the U.S. Army as an example of the best of the best. U.S. Army clothes and hammocks are proudly sold all over Southeast Asia.

In Peru, there was a palpable respect when the U.S. was mentioned.

Point is- Keep your head up, America. Things aren’t quite as bad as they seem. All is not lost. Praise God.

Let us be thankful this Thanksgiving.

Let us walk worthy of the call. The entire world is watching.

Praise the Lord!  Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” – Psalm 106:1

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:1‭-‬2