Many Christians are able to quickly tell you that Fornicators and Murderers won’t inherit the kingdom of God. And that is the absolute truth – no doubt about it, (1 Corinthians 6: 9-10). This post is about the other group that Christians have forgotten about: drunkards!
To begin with, the Bible did not explicitly forbid drinking. After all, Jesus did turn water into wine at a wedding programme, (John 2:1-11). We also remember Paul telling Timothy to “drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities”, (1 Timothy 5:23). Remember that Paul’s advice to Timothy was for medicinal purposes.
However, the Bible does strongly advise against drinking strong drinks. We are told in Proverbs 20:1 that “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: And whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise”. In essence, if you’re misled to consume strong drinks and be intoxicated by it, you’re not being wise. In Isaiah 5:11, we are warned that “Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink”. In fact, we are told about how the priests of Ephraim “erred through wine, and through strong drink”, (Isaiah 28:7) and there are many examples in the Bible. They did things they wouldn’t have done under normal circumstances but because of drunkenness, they did them.
The Bible made an important statement about drunkenness. It said, “Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit”, (Ephesians 5:18). I am not going to tell you that you shouldn’t drink, but I can tell you that drinking in excess means you’ll get drunk. And getting drunk means that you’re on your way to being a drunkard. And this is what the Bible says: “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God”, (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Yes, you read that right. It’s not only fornicators, thieves, extortioners, or revilers that won’t inherit the kingdom of God, but drunkards too.
The Bible was very clear: Do not be deceived. If you are a Christian who boasts of being a drunkard, i.e. getting drunk regularly and finding nothing wrong with it, it’s time to repent. You’re being deceived if you’re being praised for getting drunk. Don’t be deceived by advocates of Human Rights who will tell you that it’s your right to do it. You’ll be judged by the Word of God – not Human Rights. The time to change and live according to the Word of God is now! Don’t delay your repentance.