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"...The church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth."
I Timothy 3:15
The Flaming Torch
Social drinking is not the solution to the problem of alcoholism. Rather the social glass is the starting point of the majority of alcoholics.
If legal age barriers are eliminated in the sale of alcoholic beverages, and boys and girls are encouraged to drink in the homes, in society, and at church sponsored functions, what would be the result ?
There would be increased slaughter on our highways due to drunken driving including
that of teenage drivers.
The national crime bill, already the highest on record, will be greatly increased.
As strong drink destroys the mind and body and removes all moral inhibitions, the
nation would be further weakened to subversive forces boring from within.
The rich owners of huge liquor monopolies and big investors will become richer still
as families are reduced to abject poverty, and youth winds up in a gutter.
Increased drunkenness is one of the given signs of the last days: "But ye, brethren,
are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief ...Therefore let
us not sleep, as do others, but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep
in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who
are of the day be sober... For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain
salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thes. 5:4-9).
Those who are drunken in the night are not the children of light. Only the children
of light are appointed to obtain salvation. Those who are of the night and darkness
including drunkards, are appointed to wrath.
What will drunkards do, when in the last great war of this age, the vintage is cut
off, and there is no more wine?
They will awake and weep and howl as forecast by the prophets. (Joel 1:5; Is.24:1)
In view of His sudden return, Jesus specifically warned Christians, saying "Take
heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting,
and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares"
(Luke 21:34). But sad to say, many do not heed this warning.
Likewise there are ministers today, who, like the householder in Jesus' parable, have said in their hearts, "My Lord delayeth His coming," and are now engaged in smiting their fellow servants and eating and drinking with the drunken. Upon such, the Lord will come in an hour when they think not, and shall appoint their portion with the hypocrites where "...there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matt. 24:51).