Weekends .. partying and drinking

alcohol-492871_960_720I love to have a good time. After dealing with classes, working, homework and life’s stresses, I love to let lose and have fun. What’s a better way to let your hair down then partying and over drinking? I haven’t found one. Plus, I’m in college! I’m expected to have fun while I’m young, childless and can afford to be selfish. But the bible doesn’t have the same view as me. Partying and over drinking is not a light matter. The bible warns against it multiple times.

Galatians 5:21 “21  envy, drunkenness,+ wild parties,* and things like these.+ I am forewarning you about these things, the same way I already warned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit God’s Kingdom.+

Proverbs 23:20 “20  Do not be among those who drink too much wine, Among those who gorge themselves on meat”

As you can see the bible feels very strongly about these matters. This is a real struggle for me because I enjoy my weekend recreation. I know this line is cliche but “Everyone is doing it.” It’s fun. Jehovah does think the same. He says those who practice these things will not inherit his kingdom. He will not make exceptions for he also states “I already warned you.” Declaring this matter is serious. He view partying and drinking as works of the flesh. These are detestable to Jehovah  Wild partying is mentioned 3 times in the bible. One I cited above and the second two I will site below.

Romans 13:13 “13  Let us walk decently+ as in the daytime, not in wild parties* and drunkenness, not in immoral intercourse and brazen conduct,*+ not in strife and jealousy.”

1 Peter 4:3 “ For the time that has passed by is sufficient for you to have done the will of the nations+when you carried on in acts of brazen conduct,* unbridled passions, over drinking, wild parties,* drinking bouts, and lawless idolatries.”

Over drinking is mentioned more times than I can count.

Luke 21:34 “34  “But pay attention to yourselves that your hearts never become weighed down with overeating and heavy drinking+ and anxieties of life,+ and suddenly that day be instantly upon you”

Hosea 4:11 “11  Prostitution and wine and new wine Take away the motivation to do what is right.”

Ephesians 5:18 “18  Also, do not get drunk with wine, in which there is debauchery, but keep getting filled with spirit.”

Proverbs 23:21 “21  For a drunkard and a glutton will come to poverty, And drowsiness will clothe one with rags.”

 

Now the bible did not say that drinking was wrong. On the contrary, the bible states  “Wine to make us happy, olive oil to make us cheerful, and bread to give us strength.”—Psalm 104:15, even Jesus drunk wine. In John 2:1-11 Jesus performed a miracle turning water into wine. Its the act of over drinking and drunkenness that the bible condemns.

1 Timothy 3:2, 3 The overseer should therefore be irreprehensible, a husband of one wife, moderate in habits, sound in mind, orderly, hospitable, qualified to teach,  not a drunkard, not violent, but reasonable, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money,” The bible states to be moderate in one’s habits.

1 Timothy 3:8 “8  Ministerial servants should likewise be serious, not double-tongued, not indulging in a lot of wine, not greedy of dishonest gain,”

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