By Terry Loving
“The children of alcoholics can break the cycle, many end up loathing alcohol and refusing to let it destroy their lives like it may have done to their parents.”
Anything that is classified as “sin,” can only be supported and defined in God’s Word. Apart from the Bible, what is viewed as “sin” is based on personal perceptions and opinions. Therefore, to rightly answer the question – “Is It a Sin to Drink?” – We must seek God’s view on the matter.
According to man’s definition, “sin” is defined as, 1. “Transgression of divine law: the sin of Adam; 2. “any reprehensible or regrettable action, behavior, lapse, etc.: great fault or offense; to offend against a principle, standard, etc.”1
There are no suitable words in the English language to describe the horror of growing up with alcoholism and domestic violence. What I witnessed was “reprehensible” actions and behaviors, but none “regrettable.” There was “great fault” and “offense” towards my mother, my siblings and myself. And there were no “principles” or “standards” in my mother’s house – only chaos, violence, molestation, starvation, neglect, and a host of other evils.
Biblically speaking, yes, their drinking amounted to sin. Why? Because the drunks I grew up with were like those in Proverbs 4:17, “For they eat the bread of wickedness And drink the wine of violence,” – NASB
When they drank, they were VIOLENT! All sorts of wickedness came forth from their characters, and they committed acts that were sinful, and totally against the Will of God. The following scripture describes the violent drunks I grew up with:
“Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has contentions? Who has complaining?
Who has wounds without cause?
Who has redness of eyes?
Those who linger long over wine,
Those who go to taste mixed wine.
Do not look on the wine when it is red,
When it sparkles in the cup,
When it goes down smoothly;
At last it bites like a serpent
And stings like a viper.
Your eyes will see strange things
And your mind will utter perverse things,
And you will be like one who lies down in the middle of
Or one who lies down on top of a mast.
They struck me, but I did not become ill;
They beat me, but I did not know it.
When shall I awake?
I will seek another drink.”
“No longer drink water exclusively, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.” (1Timothy 5:23)
This scripture refers to medicinal purposes of wine drinking. More so, this particular wine most likely was not fermented wine, the kind that makes men go mad.
As far as Christians, drinking, smoking, fornicating, and any other offense to God – we must strive to eliminate these things from our spiritual walk. Is it easy? Not always. People develop “strongholds” in their lives leftover from worldly living. Sometimes our dark places take time to heal as we turn from sin.We may have concern for our health and the effects of our actions on others, still – it takes time and help from God to change.
We fall time and time again when we try to give up offenses on our own. We cannot rise to holiness without God, and the blood of Christ. We must desire to do so above all else, and allow God to control our lives.
“Some 55% of family violence occurs in alcoholic homes with alcohol a factor in 90% of child abuse cases.”
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