Today, many people in the world say that a woman has the “right” to get drunk beyond the point of being in control of her own body, safety, and decisions. What should a godly woman’s life look like? What does it mean to follow Christ in the area of drinking alcohol, drunkenness, drug use, and mind-altering/consciousness-altering addictions?
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 1 Cor. 6:12
Thankfully, God’s Word – the Bible – does not leave us in the dark on these important issues. God has wisdom for us that will guide us and protect us from worldly danger if only we will embrace His ways.
- Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. … Prov. 3:13-18
- One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless. Prov. 14:16
The Bible does not completely prohibit drinking alcohol – but it does prohibit drunkenness in both the Old and the New Testaments (which, I believe, would also include a prohibition on being high on any kind of drug that would dull the senses, our inhibitions, and our ability to make wise, godly choices). Some believers choose not to drink alcohol at all so that they do not present a stumbling block to others. Some choose not to drink alcohol at all to avoid the appearance of evil. Some believers choose not to drink at all in order to avoid any possibility of temptation or addiction. Now that most of us have clean drinking water, we don’t need to mix our water with wine to kill germs as people did in other times (Paul advised Timothy to drink a little wine because of his stomach issues). Some believers choose to drink a small amount of wine/beer at times, but they are aware of their limits and never exceed them. Different believers have different personal convictions about this topic.
Our main focus in this post is that – as believers in Christ – God commands us to be sober, not drunk. This is not an issue that God leaves up to our personal convictions. Scripture is clear about God’s will for us regarding our sobriety.
VERSES ABOUT BEING SOBER VS. BEING DRUNK:
- Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Pet. 5:8
- Envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Gal. 5:21
- The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. 1 Peter 4:7
- Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise. Prov. 20:1
- Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who tarry long over wine; those who go to try mixed wine. Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly. In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder. Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart utter perverse things. … Prov. 23:29-35
- But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 1 Cor. 5:11
- Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags. Prov. 23:20-21
WHAT ARE WE TO DO INSTEAD OF BEING DRUNK OR ADDICTED TO ALCOHOL/DRUGS?
- And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, Eph. 5:18
- You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. Gal. 5:13
- I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Rom. 12:1
- Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
- Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Eph. 6:11
- Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil. 1 Thess. 5:16-22
- Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. Rom. 13:13
- “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matt. 22:37-40
WHAT IF I HAVE MESSED UP IN THIS AREA?
The truth is that alcohol can never fulfill us or meet our deepest needs for security, love, acceptance, peace, and fulfillment. Only Jesus can do that!!
When we realize we have sinned against God, we can confess our sin to Him and turn away from it – and He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9)! You can ask God to cleanse you. You can ask Him to help you have His power over every area of your life. If you realize you have an addiction to alcohol or to mind-altering illicit drugs or prescription drugs, please talk with your doctor and also contact Celebrate Recovery if you have one in your area. God has the power to give us victory over every addiction so that we can live holy lives before Him! 🙂 Let me know if you need to talk about anything. I’m glad to walk beside you on this road. We are all on equal footing at the cross. We all need Jesus desperately. None of us can be right with God on our own. We all need Jesus and His grace! He can transform us. I want everyone to get to experience the healing, peace, joy, and freedom that are available in Him!
- The world says that freedom is the ability to do whatever we want to do.
- God says that freedom is the power to walk in obedience to Him!
Much love to each of you!
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