“Should Christians Drink Alcohol?” June 29

 

Should Christians drink alcohol? What does the Bible say? How do you decide what's right?Should Christians drink alcohol? What does the Bible say? How do you decide what’s right?

 

Today’s Readings:
1 Chronicles 21 & 22
Psalm 78.34-39
Proverbs 20.1-2
Acts 9.1-21

 

Should Christians Drink Alcohol?

 

To Drink or Not to Drink?

Proverbs 20.1-2:

 

Verse 1, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.”

I’m frequently asked what the Bible says about drinking. I usually explain that the Bible does not condemn all drinking, but it does condemn drunkenness, specifically. And it gives us other passages to guide our decisions in this area. Here are 3 from Paul’s epistles:

“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify” (1 Cor. 10.23).

“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any” (1 Cor. 6.12).

“It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak” (Rom. 14.21).

 

Discerning God’s Will

 

So we need to ask ourselves several questions as we consider whether or not we should drink:

Is it edifying, not just to me, but to those around me? My children or others?

Could I be brought under its power, either temporarily or in the long term? Temporarily, will my behavior be influenced by it? Long term, could I become addicted to it?

Is it the loving thing to do? Are there others around me who struggle in this area and who could be wrongly influenced or tempted?

What about the unbelievers that God has placed in my life? Perhaps even strangers who are watching from a distance? One of the excuses unsaved people use to keep God at arm’s length is that believers are hypocrites. Is my freedom worth being a stumbling block to someone? That’s what Paul was referring to in Romans 14.21.  Continue reading

“Lawsuits, Dinosaurs & the Bible” August 24

 

Justice sign on a Law Courts building

What does the Bible say about lawsuits? How should we respond if we think we have been wronged?
Does the Bible have anything to say about dinosaurs? Did Job talk about them and how would he have known? Could the answer be plain?

 

Today’s Readings:
Job 39 & 40
Psalm 101.1-4
Proverbs 23.29-30:
1 Corinthians 6.1-20

 

Lawsuits, Dinosaurs & the Bible

 

Job 39 & 40:

Demanding Answers

 

Even though Job was a righteous man, he had, perhaps pridefully, believed he needed to understand what was happening and why? In this passage God opened his eyes to just how little he really understood. Job quickly acknowledged his mistake. Job 40:3-5:

Then Job answered the Lord and said: “Behold, I am vile; What shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth. Once I have spoken, but I will not answer; Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.”

 

The Bible & Dinosaurs

 

dinosaurAn interesting note, check out John MacArthur’s Daily Bible comments about 40.15-24. You might be surprised to learn that many believe the “behemoth” spoken about in this passage was a dinosaur. That means Job knew what dinosaurs were. The most likely explanation would be because they co-existed with people instead of living “millions and millions of years ago,” as we are taught as fact!

If you’d like to learn more about creation science, there are a variety of good websites and resources. You might want to start with Ken Ham’s website Answers in GenesisContinue reading

“Whatever is not done in faith … is SIN” August 15

 

Whatever is not done in faith ... is SIN - Even if something is not sinful, in and of itself, if we believe it is, and do it anyway, it reveals a heart that is willing to sin against God.Even if something is not sinful, in and of itself, if we believe it is, and do it anyway, it reveals a heart that is willing to sin against God.

 

Today’s Readings:
Job 21 & 22
Psalm 96.1-6
Proverbs 23.6-8
Romans 14.1-23

 

Whatever is not done in faith … is SIN

 

Romans 14.1-23:

Whatever Is Not of Faith

 

Christians and alcoholOne person believes she is free to have a glass of wine with dinner. Another believes it is a sin. One believes it is OK to eat pork. Another believes the Old Testament dietary laws should still be adhered to. One believes a certain book, or movie, or TV show is allowable; another’s conscience is offended by it. One thinks “Christian contemporary music” is great, another believes worship has to be hymns.

Certainly, there are lifestyle choices which are clearly right and wrong, sinful and good, but there is also a great deal of freedom in Christ. Whatever we do, however, we need to be able to do it in faith:

But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin (v. 23).

Even if something is not sinful, in and of itself, if we believe it is and do it anyway, it reveals a heart that is willing to sin against God and is, therefore, sinful.

One of the key points in this chapter, though, is that we should be willing to forego things we believe we are free to do, if what we are doing could be offensive or a stumbling block to someone else (14.13). Love considers the welfare of others above his or her own (Phil. 2.3-4).

 

Today’s Other Readings:

 

Job 21 & 22:

What did you do about my son?

 

In chapter 21 Job tried to convince his friends that their conclusion about his suffering was wrong. He reasoned that because the wicked are not always punished in this life, they couldn’t say good is always rewarded and evil always punished. He pointed out that, at times, even people who shake their fist at God seem to do so with impunity.  Continue reading