Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Proverbs 20:1 (KJV) Wine and Strong Drink

Proverbs 20:1 (KJV)
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
In such a day as ours, when there is a simultaneous resurgence of the use of alcoholic drink and (not so coincidentally) Reformation Calvinism, it seems increasingly important to take note of those very many passages of the Bible that condemn drinking the stuff. I heard a preacher just last week, while teaching his church why drinking is unwise, purposefully and plainly say that to do so is not sin.
It is so. It is more than unwise and unhealthy. It is the imbibing of a spirit other than God’s.
  • It is the cause of many a man and woman’s downfall. 
  • It is the cause of hundreds of deaths in traffic accidents each year. 
  • It is the cause of abusive relationships. 
  • It is the cause of the break up of countless homes
It is pure and plain sin.
Some of those who would agree with me concerning strong drink would make exception with wine (and many of them would also except beer). This proverb makes no exception. It classifies wine right next to strong drink. Biblical forms of wine were not always alcoholic. Those forms that are alcoholic are always equally condemned with other types of strong drink.
  • Don’t entertain drinking it
  • Don’t engage in drinking it and
  • Don’t encourage others to drink it
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Proverbs 20:1 (KJV) Wine and Strong Drink

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