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Why I Exchange Basketball, For Drugs And Alcohol?
As a teen and even younger, I loved basketball and dreamed of playing college basketball; it was very competitive, and so was I. But, I thought the Marijuana and alcohol I was using did not affect my ability to play; I made myself believe that, which was not true.
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Is Drinking Alcohol A Sin?
Alcohol isn’t inherently sinful. I believe drinking is fine as long as it’s done in moderation. I think this is what the Bible teaches. The Bible teaches getting drunk is a sin. “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 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” (Galatians 5:19-21 ESV).
This passage demonstrates that those who make habitual practice things are not saved. In particular, it lists drunkenness as one of these “works of the flesh.” “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 Corinthians 5:11 ESV).
This passage tells us that we’re not supposed to associate with a professing Christian if they habitually practice these things and don’t repent. “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18 ESV). This verse clearly states not to get drunk with wine. This doesn’t mean we can get drunk with other types of alcohol, though. We must read the Bible as a whole and not isolate one verse when forming beliefs.
What Does The Bible Say About Drinking Beer?
There aren’t any Bible verses that directly mention beer. This doesn’t mean getting drunk with beer is permitted, though. As mentioned earlier, the Bible prohibits getting drunk altogether.
Be Wise, And Don’t Tempt Yourself.
Don’t tempt yourself if you have a past with alcohol and have difficulty controlling how much you drink. I’d advise not drinking alcohol at all. Yes, it’s not necessarily a sin to have a drink. But if you struggle with self-control, don’t drink at all. Don’t tempt yourself. It’s easy to say you’ll only have one drink, but it’s harder to carry that out when you have passed drinking too much. So, it’s not a sin to drink, but it is a sin to drink excessively. It’s also a sin for anything to become an addiction or be a stumbling block to others. We need to be wise when and if we drink.
“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV).
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Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage You:
Proverbs 20:1 ESV
Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
Proverbs 23:29-35 ESV
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.
Ephesians 5:18 ESV
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
Proverbs 31:5 ESV
Lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
1 Peter 5:8 ESV
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Galatians 5:19-21 ESV
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 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.
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Romans 14:21 ESV
It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.
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