First of all, shout out to my uncles, aunties, friends and rumour finders who may have clicked this post in amazement thinking …ah, this one that Joan is now talking about alcohol. Hmmmm let us see if she has started doing bad things. Ah, you’re all welcome oh. Unfortunately I don’t have hot gists to share. Just the Gospel. No vex 😂. I had to tie my hair back to efficiently attack this question😂!
THE STORY BEHIND THIS POST
I recently bought my first bottle of wine, and shared it with this caption on my Instagram.
My sole purpose is to learn about different wines, as it is a common skill and etiquette in esteemed communities, during interactions. I believe God will take me there someday, so I need to groom myself now for then. So please I’m not taking it to get tipsy or drunk ooo. Actually I’ve never been drunk in my life😂. So I decided to do this post because one of my friends on IG suggested that I write about this.
I’ve also received this question plenty times before, so I pray it can be addressed accordingly.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH ALCOHOL
See how they are leaning in to read this part with concentration. Father lord, forgive them and help me to keep strong 😭. So back in my university days, my older sister and I used to go out on some weekends to catch some fun. This was back in 2013/14. Out to clubs guys. Yes, to clubs. But not these crazy type of places ooo, more classy ones. And our definition of fun included getting glamed up, going out and dancing tilllllll we could dance no more, then head home. We stayed in a two room pent house on campus, away from the parents ooo.
We did not have time for guys or drinks 😂. The guys will come and we’ll turn them down. They’ll offer drinks and we’ll just say “no thanks, we don’t drink”. All we wanted to do was dance, go home and get ready for Sunday worship, cause we were in the worship team! We refused dancing with random guys too cause… Awkward! Like, I don’t know you please and you smell of sweat and beer. Eww. But once in a while we would buy a cocktail or cider, although we never needed it to have fun. So neither of us have been drunk before. But I was tipsy on my 18th birthday, when some crazy yams threw a party for me and kept the drinks rolling 😂. So these are my experiences with alcohol my people. I highly dislike beer (alcohol in general, except wine, for reasons explained below) and I’ve never had it. So for the past 3-4yrs I haven’t touched anything alcoholic till I got my first bottle of wine last week.
LET’S SEARCH THE WORD
First of all, I am not here to say “yes, drinking alcohol is a sin” or “no, it’s not a sin”. I do not have any authority to overrule God’s word and I will not manipulate it. God’s word speaks for itself, undiluted. Scripture is very clear on the subject of taking alcohol. It is condemned as a substance that can lead to waywardness, drunkenness and the dishonor of one’s body and Spirit.
1. DRUNKENNESS IS IMMORAL
Galatians 5:19-21 “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God”.
Anything that dishonors the body which is the temple of God, dishonors God and is therefore a sin. Acts of the flesh pertain to human desires that have not come under the control of the Holy Spirit – Sinning without conviction or being convicted and ignoring it. Imagine that drunkenness is likened to witchcraft, sexual immorality and all these other sins we see as ” bigger”. When one allows their fleshy desire for alcohol to rule over them, that’s when they become drunk. They loose control. And anyone who yields to their fleshy desires will not inherit the kingdom of God. We have to be subject to the Holy Spirit at all times and be quick to change from our sinful ways, when he convicts us.
Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
The Bible warns about alcohol so much because it is a substance that when consumed frequently and abused can lead to addiction and lose of intellect. People make bad decisions when drunk and alcoholics break up families. Alcohol is poison to addicts.
2. SPIRITS ARE INVOLVED
When your flesh is controlling you, you are open to the spirit of alcoholism. You don’t have a “that is enough attitude”. You just drink and drink till drunkenness sets in. Just like lust and gluttony are spirits, alcoholism is also a spirit. Remember, the Bible also warns about gluttony (the love of food & practically being controlled by food). It starts off by eating for pleasure, for comfort and before one knows it, they get addicted to food and the spirit of gluttony kicks in. How do you think people end up weighing 600 pounds? Is that normal? Same thing with lust. One day you start masturbating or watching a very sensual movie…it’s all fun and games till you find that you can’t stop 1 month down the line. We yield to the flesh, then spirits take over to control our actions.
Ephesians 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
What is debauchery? excessive indulgence in sex, alcohol, or drugs. The way to prevent all this is to be filled with the Holy Spirit, to yield to the Holy Spirit so that we won’t fall prey to sins of the flesh! And we won’t get to the point of being drunk, addicted and lusting after alcohol.
3. ZOOMING IN ON DRUNKENNESS
I want you to notice how many times the word drunkenness is mentioned and condemned. Even in the previous scriptures quoted.
1 Peter 4:3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.
Romans 13:13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.
Guys, it is clear that being drunk is definitely a no no. It’s like, alcohol becomes an idol that one cannot live without. And we know that God does not want us to desire anything over him. So the moment we begin to allow ourselves to get drunk, we are like Idolators. Chai 😭
NOW LET’S LOOK AT THE FLIP SIDE
When you search the scriptures more you come across some instances were alcohol or rather, wine in particular was not condemned depending on the occasion it was for. We see this at the wedding party, were Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into wine. Here, we see wine being used as an important part of celebrations. We see wine being used again in one of the most important meals in the bible, The Last Supper. Therefore, wine had it’s place in the social scene back in biblical times, just as it does today. And infact, there are many benefits of taking a glass of wine once in a while.
1. USE A LITTLE WINE
1 Timothy 5:23 Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.
Wine has antioxidants and immune boosting properties, that were even known way back, as we read in Timothy. How cool? I highlight “USE A LITTLE”. A Little will not get you tipsy or drunk. A little will not get you addicted. But a little was recommended for good functioning of the stomach, and preventing frequent illness.
2. WINE FOR JOYFUL MOMENTS
Psalms 104:14-15 He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate— bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens human hearts, oil to make their faces shine, and bread that sustains their hearts.
Wine does bring relaxation and joy during celebrations. Our God is a God of celebrations, but He knows that we can abuse enjoyment. Hence the emphasis on ” A little”.
MY THE FINAL VERDICT
A glass of wine now and then is alright but do not have a lustful desire for alcohol of any sort. I spoke more about wine because scripture reveals more about wine. But when alcohol was referred in totality ( all types), it was condemned. Whereas there were some benefits of wine in particular. So I won’t say beer, whisky and all this hard stuff is good to take cause of a higher chance of addiction.
If you are someone who struggles to tolerate alcohol and get tipsy or drunk easily, rather stay off it so as not to defile your body and Spirit. If you are already addicted to alcohol, please do not be discouraged. Seek help and get free! Jesus loves us all and is ready to turn your life around, if you are willing to put the bottle down and allow him to change you completely 💞. You’ll be like a brand new person! I pray that God continues to reveal the truth about his word to us all.
P.S, I stopped going to parties and clubs and all those type of places 3years ago. My Spirit was just so uneasy being in such places but I still love dancing 😂. If you invite me to your wedding I will steal the show oooo😂😂.