Alcoholic Beverages, by Leon Brashear

Today, August 11, 2015, Muskogee County in Oklahoma is voting on whether or not to have liquor by the drink on Sundays. Many seem to think it will be a big boost to the local economy. (Read the article from the Muskogee Daily Phoenix entitled, “Voters to determine Sunday liquor question”.)

We do not need to quote any statistics on the terrible effects of alcohol in our society. Someone has written, “Alcohol abuse touches the lives of so many people that few need to be made aware of its problems”.

Christians should oppose the sale of liquor by the drink (or any other way it is sold) on Sunday or any other day of the week. Why? – Because God in His word condemns it!

  • “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise” (Prov. 20:1).
  • “29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?   30 Those who linger long at the wine, Those who go in search of mixed wine.   31 Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it swirls around smoothly;   32 At the last it bites like a serpent, And stings like a viper.   33 Your eyes will see strange things, And your heart will utter perverse things.   34 Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, Or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying:   35 “They have struck me, but I was not hurt; They have beaten me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?” (Prov. 23:29-35)
  • Paul lists drunkenness as a work of the flesh: Gal. 5:21, “21 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.”
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