This course deals with whether Jesus ever made or drank alcoholic wine; whether a Christian should socially drink, and what the word wine means in the Bible.
Bible Study Course
Drinking Alcoholic Beverages
This Bible Course Booklet is lovingly dedicated to our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who loved us, and died for us that we might be saved from all of our sins; and also to the memory of His servant:
a deacon of the Liberty Baptist Church for many years.He had been raised in the years when alcohol was outlawed in America. During that time, his step-father had made and sold an illegal, alcoholic brew. Brother Rector had seen first-hand the effect of alcohol upon the home: the fighting, the meanness, and the resulting poverty. He stood firmly against drinking alcoholic beverages of any kind at any time. Do you? This Bible Course may just change your life. At 86 years old, Brother Rector was still preaching the gospel in the open air at the park ministries, and pulling the gospel float in the parades. View his life story called, “Trouble Turned To Triumph!” (Tract #TR-E-150)
Welcome to Book 3 in the Practical Christian Living Series of the Liberty Bible Course. This booklet deals with Drinking Alcoholic Beverages. The Bible says, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Does alcohol really give a person a more exciting life, or does it rob a person of real life? This study is written to be used with the KING JAMES BIBLE, otherwise your answers are going to be incorrect. Please get your Bible, and begin another exciting study that just may change your life!
I. Did Jesus make and/or drink alcoholic wine?
A. Jesus could not have drunk alcoholic wine at the wedding feast, or He would have been disobeying the Bible commands concerning kings and princes.
Note: When people mention that they are against drinking alcoholic beverages, the question often comes up, “Well, if Jesus made wine, then why is it wrong to drink?” Many people assume that Jesus made alcoholic wine at the wedding feast in Cana, and so assume that it must be all right to drink it. But, as you will clearly see, Jesus could not have made or drank such a substance.
2. Revelation 19:16 says that Jesus is the “________ OF KINGS.”
3. Isaiah 9:6 prophesies of Jesus, and calls Him “The ____________ of Peace.”
Note: The Bible is clear that kings and princes are forbidden to drink any type of alcoholic beverages (whether wine, or stronger alcoholic-content drinks).
Jesus is the KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS, and
He is The Prince of Peace. If He drank wine or strong drink,
then He would have disobeyed the Bible command for
kings and princes — which would have made Him a sinner.
According to I John 3:4, “sin is the transgression of the _______.” If Jesus was a sinner, then He could not be our Savior. He would have had to die for His own sins, because the Bible says in Romans 6:23 that “the wages of sin is __________.”
If Jesus drank wine or strong drink, then all of mankind is hopelessly lost forever, and headed for hell. But that is not the case, for there would have been many witnesses against Jesus if He had drank any alcoholic wine at that wedding feast, and someone would have testified against Him at His trial before Pilate. But Pilate had to admit in Luke 23:4, “I find ____ fault in this man.” Jesus never drank any liquor.
B. Just because Jesus was said to turn the water into wine, does not mean that He made alcoholic wine. In the Bible, wine is a generic term, that is, a general term for a whole group or class of grape-related products.
1. In Isaiah 65:8, we see that grapes still hanging on the vine are called wine, because it says they are “found in the ______________.”
2. According to Proverbs 3:9,10, freshly squeezed grape juice is called wine, because it says “thy ______________ shall burst out with new wine.”
Note: Grapes hanging on the vine, or grapes being freshly squeezed in harvest time are not alcoholic. They are just fresh grapes and freshly squeezed grape juice.
3. Numbers 6:1-8 gives instructions to people who took upon themselves the vow of a Nazarite. They were told not to partake of any wine, and it was very specific in laying out what all that would include: “He shall separate himself from _________ and ____________ drink, and shall drink no ______________ of wine, or vinegar of ____________ drink, neither shall he drink any ____________ of grapes, nor eat __________ grapes, or __________. All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing that is made of the vine tree, from the _______________ even to the ________.”
When you read the word wine in the Bible, you must carefully
consider the context of the passage to see if it is referring
to alcoholic wine — or if to grapes, grape juice, vinegar,
raisins (dried grapes), grape seeds, or grape skins.
Note: The Bible says in II Timothy 2:15 to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, ______________ dividing the word of truth.”
C. Jesus would have never attended a wedding feast where alcoholic wine was being drunk.
1. Proverbs 23:20 says that we are not to be “among ________-______________.
Note: A winebibber is someone who is imbibing or drinking — in this case, imbibing or drinking alcoholic wine.
Please notice that we are commanded not to be around people
who are drinking alcoholic drinks. If Jesus would have been at a wedding
reception where people were drinking alcohol, then He would have been
disobeying the Bible. That would make Him a sinner, and unable to be our Savior.
Note: The question is sometimes asked, “If you are not supposed to go eat where they serve liquor, then why is it okay to go to a grocery store that sells liquor to buy your groceries?” That is a good question, and we pray that God would raise up some Christian businessmen who would start grocery stores that do not sell liquor. It is a terrible thing to make money off from a product that ruins homes and destroys many lives.
This verse in question does not deal with a place where liquor is sold, but where it is consumed. Liquor is not imbibed, it is not drunk, in a grocery store. They sell bottles and cans of it there, but no one is allowed to drink it there. On the other hand, liquor is consumed in restaurants and bars that serve it. The above verse tells us not to be among people that are imbibing or drinking alcohol. What is the reasoning behind such a command?
2. Proverbs 13:20 says “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a __________________ of fools shall be destroyed.”
3. According to Proverbs 20:1, “________ is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not ________.”
Note: The Bible says that a companion of fools shall be destroyed. It also says that people who drink wine and strong drink are not wise. Now if someone is not wise, what is he? A fool. The Bible tells us that a companion of fools shall be destroyed, and that people who drink alcohol are fools. So that means if a person hangs around people who drink liquor, then he will become a fool himself.
D. Does “well drunk” in John 2:10 mean intoxicated with alcohol?
1. John 2:9,10 says that the ruler of the feast “____________ the water that was made wine,” and said, “thou hast kept the ________ wine until now.”
2. According to Proverbs 23:35, when a person is under the influence of alcohol, he can be sick, and beaten, but then say, “I ________ it not.”
Alcohol dulls the senses. It does not make them sharper.
If the ruler of the feast was sipping container after container of alcoholic wine,
then he would have become more and more drunk. His senses would have
thus become more and more dull. The whole point of his testimony was
to illustrate the quality of Jesus’ miracle. But if he was intoxicated,
then his compliment meant absolutely nothing.
Illustration: Picture a Christmas family gathering, and the table is filled with great desserts. Everyone at that point in time is usually very full, and some decline any desert at all. But you have saved a little room for dessert, and you ask for a big slice of that apple pie. You take a big bite of it, and then another, and you say, “Ma’am, this is the best tasting apple pie I have ever eaten!” Now that would be quite a compliment considering you were already quite full. Even good-tasting things at that point just do not seem so good, if you are too full. Everyone at the table would know that that was indeed a great pie, for you to make such a compliment.
But suppose that a member of the family came in late for the Christmas meal, and was drunk. As he stood there wobbling, he caught sight of his favorite pie — apple, so he asked for a slice of it. Now imagine him standing there trying not to fall over, and saying, “Wow, this is the best pie I have ever had! It is wonderful!” That would be no test of taste at all. He would just embarrass the family member who made it. No one would give his testimony an ounce worth of credit. Even so it would have been in the case of Jesus’ miracle, had the guests there been well drunk in the sense of being intoxicated.
What does it mean, then, when it says, “when men have well drunk”? It simply means that the guests had drunk a lot of grape juice from the punch bowl at that wedding. When guests first come, you would certainly not want to give them watered-down grape juice. But after they had drunk a lot of it, then the custom was to start watering it down a bit to make it stretch further. The ruler of the feast knew this was a common practice, and fully expected that the new batch brought out when the punch bowl ran out would be thinner, and less tasty. That is why he was so surprised when he tasted of it. In fact, he said in John 2:10, “thou hast kept the ________ wine until now.” He was saying that Jesus’ wine (grape juice made out of water) was better than the best juice they had started with that day! Now that really was a compliment.
E. If Jesus had made alcoholic wine for a bunch of people who had already been drinking so much of it that they were drunk, then He would have been helping a bunch of drunk people get more drunk.
1. According to I Corinthians 6:9,10, “the unrighteous shall not inherit the __________________________.”
2. List the things that are said to be unrighteous.
The Bible says that the drunkard shall not inherit the
kingdom of God. If Jesus helped a bunch of drunk people
get more drunk, then He would have been helping send
people to hell by His miracle. If Jesus was doing things to help
send people to hell, then He was clearly sinning. If Jesus
sinned, then He could not be the Savior of the world.
3. Luke 19:10 says that Jesus, the Son of man, came “to seek and to ________ that which was lost.”
Note: Jesus did not come to help send more people to hell — they do a good enough job of that themselves. He came to save people from their sins.
4. According to John 3:17, “God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be __________.”
5. Jesus prayed to the Father in John 17. Read the whole chapter, and notice His desire for us to be saved, and to enjoy eternity with Him — not eternity in hell. In verse 15 He prays for us, “that thou shouldest keep them from the ________.”
Note: It is very serious to say that Jesus made alcoholic wine for people that were already drunk. He did no such thing. He longs that every precious soul would turn from his/her sin to Him, and be saved. Isaiah 45:22 says, “Look unto me, and be ye __________, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”
How can a drunkard be held accountable for his
drinking, when we are told that alcoholism is a disease?
#1 — if alcoholism is a disease, then it is the only disease that the
government allows to be bottled and sold to the public.
#2 — if it is a disease, then it is the only disease for which the government
taxes you (medically-related matters are normally non-taxable;
like prescriptions, medical fees, etc.)
#3 — if it is a disease, then how do men/women who go to jail suddenly
recover from it? They do not get any alcohol there.
Note: Alcoholism is not a disease — it is sin. But what about the genetic link? What about the research that seems to say the child of a drunkard is more prone to be a drunkard? Yes, there is a genetic link involved, but we all have it — it is called a sin nature.
6. Please read Romans 7:14-8:18, and answer the following questions.
a. The law is spiritual, but we are “____________, sold under sin.” (vs. 14)
b. The apostle Paul, whom God used to write this Book of the Bible, said in verse 15 that sometimes “what I ______, that do I.”
c. The truth is taught in verse 21 that “when I would do good, ________ is present with me.”
d. He describes this in verse 23 as “another law in my members, ______________ against the law of my mind.”
e. According to 8:6, this is a battle of the flesh against the spirit, “For to be ________________ minded is death; but to be _____________________ minded is life and peace.”
f. The instructions for victory in this battle are given in 8:13, “For if ye live after the __________, ye shall die: but if ye through the ____________ do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.”
Victory over alcohol is not through A.A. and its
unknown higher power, but through GOD ALMIGHTY,
who can be known personally.
Note: Not only the children of drunkards have trouble with alcohol. Every person has trouble being attracted to sin, because the genetic link goes back to the common parents of us all — Adam and Eve, and Noah.
7. Romans 5:12 tells us that Adam sinned, “and so death ____________ upon all men, for that all have sinned.”
8. Noah also sinned, and he even specifically had trouble with alcohol. Genesis 9:20-29 tells the story.
a. Verse 21 says that Noah drank wine “and was ______________; and he was uncovered within his tent.”
b. Because of his sin, his children, and especially his grandchildren were affected, because verse 25 says it caused Canaan to be ____________, and a servant to his brethren.
Note: Liquor is a curse to any home. It causes children to see nakedness that they ought not to see, and adults to be in a drunken stupor and asleep when they ought to be up tending to the children and family. If you have trouble with alcohol, what you need is to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior. After that, you need to then submit to the Holy Spirit, and deny the flesh its sinful desires. Only through the power of God can you be set free. John 8:36 says, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be ________ indeed.”
Jesus would never help a bunch of drunk people to get more drunk. He came to set men free from their sin. Alcohol steals many dollars out of the family needs, and many years off of the body’s health. That is the exact opposite of what Jesus came to do. John 10:10 says, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have ________, and that they might have it more _______________________.”
9. The Bible says in James 4:17 that “to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is ______.”
Note: If Jesus made alcoholic wine for those wedding guests, then He willingly did that which was not good, which means that He would have willingly sinned. If Jesus sinned, then you are lost without hope for ever and ever. But Jesus never once drank or made alcoholic drinks. The Bible says in I Peter 2:21,22 that “Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no ______, neither was guile found in his mouth.”
F. Jesus would not have gotten more glory as the sinless Savior, by making a bunch of drunk people more drunk.
1. John 2:11 says that through this miracle (of turning the water into wine) He “manifested forth his __________.”
Have you ever seen a wedding reception where liquor was served,
that was spiritual and gave glory to God? Quite the opposite is true.
There is ungodly music played there. There is lustful dancing
performed there. People do not glorify God wherever
liquor flows, they blaspheme His name.
2. John 2:11 continues on to say, “and his disciples ________________ on him.”
Note: You will never see a multitude of people getting saved like that, if it is a gathering where the liquor flows. I Corinthians 6:9,10 says the opposite will be true. That alone tells you that Jesus did not make alcoholic wine.
2. Revelation 19:16 says that Jesus is the “________ OF KINGS.”
3. Isaiah 9:6 calls Jesus “The _____________ of Peace.”
4. If Jesus drank wine or strong drink, then He was disobeying the command for kings and princes — which would make Him a ____________.
5. If Jesus was a sinner, then He could not be our ____________.
6. In the Bible, wine is a generic term, that is, a _______________ term for a whole group or class of grape-related products.
7. In Isaiah 65:8, grapes still hanging on the vine are called wine, because it says they are found hanging in the ______________.
8. When you read the word wine in the Bible, you must carefully consider the context of the passage to see if it is referring to alcoholic wine, or to __________ juice (or one of the many other by-products of grapes like raisins, vinegar, etc.).
9. Jesus would have never attended a wedding feast where alcoholic wine was being drunk, or He would have been disobeying Proverbs 23:20, which says that we are not to be among ______________________.
10. A winebibber is someone who is imbibing or ________________ alcohol.
11. Alcohol ____________ the senses.
12. If the ruler of the feast was intoxicated, then his compliment of Jesus’ miracle would have meant absolutely ______________.
13. When the Bible says that the guests had well drunk, it means that they had drunk a lot of __________ juice from the punch bowl.
14. If Jesus made alcoholic wine for a bunch of people who had already been drinking so much of it that they had run out of it, then He would have been helping a bunch of drunk people get more __________.
15. The Bible says in I Corinthians 6:9,10 that the ________________ shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
16. If Jesus’ miracle was making more alcohol for people, then Jesus would have been helping to send people to ________.
17. Luke 19:10 says that Jesus came to seek and to ________ that which was lost.
18. If alcoholism is a disease, then it is the only disease that the government allows to be bottled and ________ to the public.
19. If alcoholism is a disease, then it is the only disease for which the government ___________ people, (because prescriptions and medical fees are non-taxable.)
20. Alcoholism is not a disease — it is ______.
21. The only genetic link there is is called the “sin ____________.”
22. Romans 5:12 tells us that Adam sinned, and so death ____________ upon all men, for that all have sinned.
23. John 8:36 says “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be ________ indeed.”
24. If a person knows to do good, and does not do it, then to him it is ______.
25. John 2:11 says that through this miracle, Jesus manifested forth his __________, and that would not have been the case had He made alcoholic wine for a bunch of drunk people.
26. That same verse says that “his disciples ________________ on him.”
II. Was Paul Telling Timothy To Drink Alcoholic Wine To Help His Physical Infirmities?
I Timothy 5:23
A. No, because Timothy was a church leader.
Note: We saw earlier that Proverbs 31:4 said that it was not for kings or princes to drink wine or strong drink. Verse 5 tells why: “Lest they drink, and forget the ______, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.” Religious leaders ought not to drink alcoholic drinks for the same reason.
A person does not suddenly get drunk when a legal
limit has been reached. A person becomes more drunk
with every sip of liquor. With each sip, he is less in control
of his reflexes. With each sip, he is less in control of being
able to think quickly and clearly. No one suddenly
gets drunk — it happens one sip at a time.
For these reasons, no one should drink alcohol. A person who does such, is allowing himself to be put under the power of a substance that takes away his ability to act responsibly. If that is true for every person, then how much more should leaders stay away from alcohol? Leaders not only make decisions that affect themselves, but many other people. Therefore, a leader is all the more responsible to have a clear and alert mind. Timothy was a leader in the church. The apostle Paul could not possibly have been trying to get him to start drinking a little liquor. That would be teaching this young preacher Timothy to disobey the very Word of God that he was trying to get him to preach and teach faithfully.
1. Timothy was told in I Timothy 1:3 to abide at the city of Ephesus, “that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other ________________.”
Note: Doctrine is “Bible teaching.” Timothy would need to be on his toes and sharp mentally, so he could discern when error was being taught, and thus refute it. He needed to be a wise leader that was mentally alert.
2. According to I Timothy 4:6, Timothy was told that he “put the brethren in ______________________ of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ.”
3. In I Timothy 4:11, Timothy is told: “These things command and __________.”
4. I Timothy 5:22 emphasizes the great need for leaders (like Timothy) to be very alert, because they are to “Lay hands ________________ on no man.”
Note: The context here is not that of laying hands on someone to fight with him, but to ordain him into the gospel ministry. Please see Bible Course #BC-E-103 on the Church for further information on ordination, and the laying on of hands used in that.
It is very important to not ordain an ungodly, irresponsible man to the ministry. Timothy needed to be alert every day to watch and evaluate men who were serious about serving the Lord — men who were growing in the Lord, and who could in turn lead others.
If Paul would have been telling Timothy to start drinking
a little alcohol, then he would have had to deal with Timothy
laying hands on people to fight with them, because that
is the natural result of drinking liquor — fighting.
Proverbs 23:29,30 asks the question, “Who hath contentions?” and “Who hath wounds without cause?” And it answers it in verse 30, “They that tarry long at the ________; they that go to seek __________ wine.” Needless fights and arguments are started when a person begins to drink alcohol.
5. I Timothy 5:22 also continues, “neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself ________.”
Alcoholic drinks are a big factor in causing immoral
thoughts, adulteries, and resulting divorces.
Note: The context of Proverbs 23:20-35 mentions the immoral factor of alcoholic drinks. It mentions in verse 27 that a “___________ is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.” A deep ditch and a narrow pit have something in common — they are both very difficult to get out of once you have entered. Even so it is when you have entered into an immoral relationship with a person — it is very difficult to get out of it, once you have started.
Notice that verse 28 also says of the immoral woman: “She also lieth in ________ as for a prey.” A prey is something or someone that you are trying to trap. The immoral woman waits to catch a man in her trap. And guess who is the most likely to fall into her ditch and narrow pit? Verse 29 starts right in telling you who is most likely to be her prey — the man who drinks alcohol.
Who is the least likely to be able to drive by a deep ditch without getting
too close and sliding down into it? The driver who has been drinking alcohol.
Who is the least likely to be able to walk by a narrow pit without falling into it?
The one who has been drinking alcohol. Even so, who is the least likely
to be able to resist immoral thoughts and immoral relationships?
The one who has been drinking alcohol.
Proverbs 23:33 says that the drinker’s “eyes shall behold ______________ women.” The Bible uses the word strange in the sense of the wrong type of woman — an immoral, improper woman.
Who could begin to count how many marriages have been ruined in the bar, or ruined in the restaurant that serves liquor, or ruined when some man/woman was at a party where liquor was being served? In fact, many people go to such places or parties for that very thing — to find an immoral relationship. That is exactly what Habakkuk 2:15 describes: “Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor __________, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their __________________.”
It would be absolutely senseless to tell Timothy to
keep himself pure in I Timothy 5:22, and then in the
next verse tell him to quit drinking just water, and to
start drinking a little alcohol. That would be giving a
command, and then trying to get him to disobey it!
People who drink alcohol are not going to have pure thoughts. They are going to feel relaxed and drawn to immorality like a magnet to steel. Paul would have never told a young preacher to start drinking alcohol. It would surely be the ruin of such a young man. He told him quite the opposite in II Timothy 2:22, “Flee also youthful __________: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a ________ heart.”
— Was Paul telling Timothy to drink alcoholic wine?
B. No, because Timothy had frequent stomach trouble of some kind.
1. In I Timothy 5:23, Timothy was told to “use a little wine for thy __________________ sake and thine __________ infirmities.”
2. The last words of the previous verse are “keep thyself ________.”
Note: Notice that Timothy was not being told to supplement his water with some other beverage once in a while, but to “drink no longer water” — “stay away from water completely, Timothy.” If he was being told to drink only alcohol, and to stay completely away from water, then he would be encouraged to be an alcoholic or a drunkard!
Even the world says that a person is an alcoholic if he has to
have a drink every day to function — let alone for every meal.
So anyone would have to admit that a person who drinks
only alcoholic drinks, is obviously an alcoholic — a drunkard.
The Bible makes it clear that a nation is in big trouble when its leaders start having to have their alcohol, and in even bigger trouble when they start out doing it even in the morning. Ecclesiastes 10:16,17 says, “Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the ______________! Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for ______________________!”
Any honest person would have to readily admit that the Bible would never tell someone to drink only alcohol. That would make absolutely no sense, and would contradict everything else the Bible teaches about alcoholic drinks.
Note: It is interesting to note that purity should be mentioned in I Timothy 5:22, and then for verse 23 to start out telling Timothy to “Drink no longer __________.”
Purity is mentioned, and then trouble with water is
mentioned. For anyone who has traveled abroad, the
connection is immediately made. The water in many places
of the world is not very pure. If your body is accustomed to drinking
fairly pure water, and then you drink some water from another country
that has a higher level of bacteria in it, you may get sick.
One such sickness is called Cholera. One of the ways the bacteria that causes this sickness is spread is through polluted water, or raw fruits and vegetables where there is poor hygiene. The more under-developed the nation, the more likely that you will have this problem. The symptoms of this disease are abdominal pain and severe diarrhea. (The American Medical Association Family Medical Guide, Random House, page 462) This is what that book recommends if you are abroad and find yourself with these symptoms: #1 — If the symptoms do not improve within a few hours, then get medical help immediately; #2 — Drink as much non-alcoholic fluid as you can.
In Bible times, there were not always deep wells from which to drink, like in John 4:11 where the woman said to Jesus, “Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is ________.” The more shallow the well, the warmer the water tends to be, and the more probable to find bacteria present and thriving. That is why there are guidelines now in many areas of this country, as to how shallow your well can be. The more shallow it is, the more susceptible it is to contamination.
So Timothy may have been having something similar to Cholera.
If so, it would make sense that Paul told him to stay away completely
from drinking water. Impure water would be keeping his stomach
trouble going. But he would then need something else to drink. Paul
thus told him to drink wine — grape juice.
Now we have already seen that you have to look at the context in the Bible to determine whether the word wine is being used in an alcoholic sense or not. In this case, it is clear to see that it was definitely not alcoholic wine that was being recommended. Notice once again the #2 instruction above: “Drink as much non-alcoholic fluid as you can,” if you have this type of stomach trouble.
If that is the best medical advice, then Paul would have been telling Timothy to do exactly the opposite of what he should be doing, if he was telling Timothy to start drinking only alcoholic wine. If man knows you should not drink alcoholic drinks when you have a case of cholera, then how much more would God know about it? The Bible says in I Corinthians 1:25, “Because the foolishness of God is __________ than men.” God would never give instructions to make a person’s sickness worse, but better. So Timothy was not being told to drink alcoholic wine, but to drink a little grape juice.
With the context talking about purity, and then immediately dealing with water and stomach trouble, this type of sickness is no doubt what his problem was.
Others have suggested that Timothy’s trouble was ulcers, or a similar problem of some sort. They suggest that Timothy, being just a young pastor, was under a lot of stress, and thus developed ulcers. The context in no way insinuates that that was Timothy’s problem. If it had been, and if Paul’s advice to Timothy was to start drinking a little alcoholic wine, then his advice was the exact opposite of what the medical field says is the proper treatment of ulcers today.
The same medical book as quoted above states under a section on stomach ulcers, “You are especially likely to develop a stomach ulcer if you smoke or drink heavily.” (The American Medical Association Family Medical Guide, Random House, page 465) Timothy had obviously not been drinking heavily, because he had to be encouraged to drink something besides water. So he obviously had not developed an ulcer from drinking too much alcohol.
Secondly, if he had gotten an ulcer some other way, and if Paul’s advice was telling him to drink a little alcoholic wine, then that also would have been the exact opposite counsel that he should have given. The same medical book goes on to say how to treat an ulcer, “Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.” (The American Medical Association Family Medical Guide, Random House, page 466)
Even the medical field says that if you have an ulcer — stay away
from alcohol! Does not God know what the medical field knows, and much more?
Indeed He does. He would never command in His Word that man should do
something that would harm his body or compound his troubles.
3. Proverbs 30:5 says, “Every word of God is ________: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.”
4. According to Psalm 119:160, God’s Word is “________ from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.”
5. Joshua was told in Joshua 1:8 to study the Word of God and do it, because “then thou shalt make thy way __________________, and then thou shalt have good success.”
6. Romans 12:2 reminds us to not be conformed to the world, but through the Word of God be transformed by the renewing of our minds, “that ye may prove what is that ________, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
7. According to John 10:10, Jesus did not come to be a thief to steal your life from you, or to steal away from you any and all fun that you might be able to have in life. “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more ____________________.”
8. Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way which _______________ right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
9. According to Proverbs 19:21, “There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall __________.”
Note: What God says is always right, and will never be proven wrong by man. God would never have had it written down in His Word for Timothy to do something that would harm his body. So if Timothy’s problem had been ulcer problems, God would never have had it written down in His Word that Timothy should drink alcoholic wine for it. (But it should still be noted that the context points to impure water as the cause of Timothy’s stomach trouble — not ulcer problems.) The point is that in neither case is alcoholic wine the thing to drink. In either case, even the medical field says “No alcoholic drinks when you have one of these conditions.”
— Was Timothy being told to drink alcoholic wine?
C. No, because Timothy was warned that all sins — even secret ones — will be brought out at the judgment seat.
1. I Timothy 5:24 could not rightly follow verse 23, if verse 23 was telling Timothy to drink alcoholic wine, because it was warning Timothy that “Some men’s sins are ________ beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow __________.”
Note: That verse would make absolutely no sense, if you were telling someone to start drinking alcoholic wine, and no water whatsoever.
When people are under the influence of alcohol, they may do some things
which they later do not even recall doing. But according to verse 24,
whether their sin is open (known by others, and/or by themselves),
or whether it was done in secret (with no other witnesses present,
and maybe even the person who committed it too drunk to remember) —
open or secret, all sin is going to one day be judged.
Now, would it not seem strange to encourage the drinking of alcoholic drinks, and then state such a truth about the coming judgment? On the contrary, because of such a coming judgment, it would be natural to totally discourage the drinking of any alcoholic drinks.
2. Proverbs 23:33 tells a person under the influence of alcohol, “thine heart shall utter ________________ things.”
Note: That may be a secret sin, a sin in the heart, but according to I Timothy 5:24, it will be judged one day. So it would be contradictory to say “Drink alcoholic wine,” and then say, “Watch out — because every sin that you do, secret or open, will be judged one day!”
1. Paul was not telling Timothy to drink alcoholic wine, because Timothy was a church ____________.
2. For the same reason that political leaders are not to drink alcoholic drinks, neither are __________________ leaders to drink them.
3. A person does not suddenly become drunk when a legal __________ has been reached.
4. A person becomes more drunk with every ______ of liquor that he/she drinks.
5. With each sip of liquor, a person is less in ______________.
6. Leaders not only make decisions that affect themselves, but many other people. Therefore, a leader is all the more responsible to have a clear and __________ mind.
7. Timothy would need to be on his toes and sharp mentally, so he could discern when __________ was being taught, and thus refute it.
8. Proverbs 23:29,30 asks and answers the question, “Who hath contentions?” “They that tarry long at the ________; they that go to seek __________ wine.”
9. Alcoholic drinks are a big factor in causing ______________ thoughts, adulteries, and resulting divorces.
10. Who is most likely to fall into the immoral woman’s trap? The man who drinks ______________.
11. Who is the least likely to be able to resist immoral thoughts? The one who has been drinking ______________.
12. Who could begin to count how many marriages have been ruined in the ______, or ruined in the restaurant that serves liquor, or ruined at a party where liquor was being served?
13. Many people go to parties where liquor is being served for that very reason, but Habakkuk 2:15 warns, “Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor __________, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their __________________.”
14. Paul was not telling Timothy to drink alcoholic wine, because Timothy had frequent ______________ trouble of some kind.
15. If Paul was telling Timothy to stay away completely from water, and to only drink alcoholic wine, then Paul was encouraging Timothy to become an __________________ or a drunkard.
16. Any honest person would have to readily admit that the Bible would never tell someone to drink only ______________, because that would make no sense, and would contradict everything else the Bible teaches about alcoholic drinks.
17. It is interesting to note that ____________ is mentioned in I Timothy 5:22, and then that trouble with water is mentioned in the next verse.
18. Anyone who has traveled to another country knows that the water in many countries is not very ________ — it often has a higher bacteria level in it, which can make you sick.
19. One of the ways that Cholera is spread is through ________________ water.
20. If you find yourself with the symptoms of the above sickness, the American Medical Association recommends two things: #1) If the symptoms do not improve within a few hours, then get medical help immediately; #2) Drink as much __________________________ fluid as you can.
21. The more shallow the well, the ____________ the water tends to be, and the more probable to find bacteria present and thriving in it.
22. If Timothy was suffering from something like Cholera, then it would make sense that Paul told him to stay away ___________________ from drinking water — impure water would keep his stomach trouble going.
23. Some people have suggested that maybe Timothy’s trouble was ____________, because he was under a lot of stress, but the context in no way insinuates that was his problem.
24. But if that was his problem, Paul’s advice (if he was telling him to drink alcohol) to him would be exactly the opposite of what the medical field says to do today to treat ulcers, because they say, “Avoid smoking and drinking ______________.”
25. God would never command in His Word that man should do something that would ________ his body or compound his troubles.
26. John 10:10 says that Jesus came “that they might have life, and that they might have it more ____________________.”
27. Timothy was not being told to drink alcoholic wine, because he was warned that all sins — even ____________ ones, will be brought out at the judgment seat.
28. That would be foolish to tell Timothy to drink alcoholic drinks, and then to warn him about secret sins, because when people are under the influence of alcohol, they may do some things which they later cannot ____________ doing.
III. Should A Christian Drink Wine Socially?
A. A Christian is told not to drink alcoholic wine or stronger alcoholic drinks.
1. Proverbs 20:1 says that “_________ is a mocker.”
When people drink, they often get silly or foolish acting.
Very few people act their natural self when under the
influence of alcohol. Thus, a person who drinks wine
and starts acting foolish, many times ends up being an
embarrassment to his wife, children, and even his own
reputation. If you get a little wine in you, it will
mock you. It will make a fool out of you.
2. Proverbs 24:9 says “The thought of ______________________ is sin.”
3. Ecclesiastes 10:1 is talking about a pharmacist’s mixture of medicine in the form of an ointment, to which the flies happen to be attracted. They get attracted to it; and whether they get stuck in it, or it is just quickly fatal to them, they nonetheless end up dying in the ointment mixture. Then, the smell of dead flies in the mixture causes it to stink. The verse then goes on to say, “so doth a little __________ him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.”
Note: The point is this, that the medicine is there to help you. But if flies get in it, then the smell of the medicine just may kill you! So what was good for you, now becomes a reproach to you.
Even so it is when a person held in reputation begins to talk and do foolish things. It is out of character for his position, and becomes disgusting to those around him.
That is exactly what alcoholic drinks do to a person. It mocks him, and makes a fool out of him. Eventually embarrassing himself, and his family.
4. Proverbs 20:1 goes on to say, “____________ drink is raging.”
Note: There are stronger alcoholic drinks than wine, and the end result of them is said to be raging. Something raging is “violent, and out of control.” It is frequently said, “A raging fire burnt a house to the ground last night located at…” The fire was furious and out of control, or the fire-fighters would have saved the house from being burnt to the ground.
Even so it is with liquor. The stronger the percentage of alcohol in the drink, then the more out of control a person can quickly become. Whether alcoholic wine, or a stronger alcoholic drink, the end result of both is bad.
— III. Should A Christian Drink Wine Socially?
B. A Christian is told not to look at alcoholic drinks.
1. Proverbs 23:31 says, “________ not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.”
The reason for not looking at it, is so that you will not be tempted to
then taste of it. Do not deceive yourself into thinking that you
are above ever being tempted to drink alcohol.
2. I Corinthians 10:12 says, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he ________.”
3. Eve had never sinned, but in Genesis 3:6, “when the woman ______ that the tree was good for food…” she then took of the fruit and sinned. It started when she saw the fruit, and then entertained thoughts about eating it.
4. That was also the downfall of Achan in Joshua chapter 7. After he was caught for his sin, he told what led to his downfall in verse 21 of that chapter: “When I ______ among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment…”
5. We must remember that one of the top three downfalls of man comes through the eye-gate. I John 2:16 says, “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the ________, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
Note: Whether it is Eve, or Achan, or YOU, do not become over-confident that you can look at anything without being tempted to sin. The Bible says to not even look upon alcoholic drinks, lest you be tempted to drink them. Be wise and believe God.
6. Proverbs 8:33 says, “Hear instruction, and be ________, and refuse it not.”
— III. Should A Christian Drink Wine Socially?
C. A Christian is told not to get under the control of alcoholic drinks.
1. Ephesians 5:17,18 tell us, “Wherefore be ye not ____________, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not __________ with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.”
The will of God is clear — Christians are not to be filled with alcohol,
but filled with the Holy Spirit. Christians are not to be
controlled by liquor, but controlled by the Holy Spirit.
2. In Acts 2:1-21, a miraculous event takes place.
a. It was “the day of __________________.” (vs. 1)
b. “They were all ____________ with the Holy Ghost.” (vs. 4)
c. The multitude “were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his ______ language.” (This event is totally different from the counterfeit Tongues Movement of today; which is just gibberish, and never in a known, understandable language that the hearers can understand the gospel and be saved.)
d. Some mocked and said “These men are full of new _________.” (vs. 13)
e. But Peter said, “these are not ______________, as ye suppose.” (vs. 15)
Note: When these disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, it appeared to others that they were under the influence or under the control of something. They assumed that that something was liquor, but they were wrong, and Peter made that very clear to them. Remember Ephesians 5:18 above? We are not to be controlled by liquor, but controlled by the Holy Spirit.
1. Proverbs 20:1 says that “wine is a _____________.”
2. When people drink, they often get silly or ______________ acting.
3. Proverbs 24:9 says that “the thought of foolishness is ______.”
4. Proverbs 20:1 says that “strong drink is ____________.”
5. Someone who is raging is “______________ and out of control.”
6. The stronger the percentage of alcohol in a drink, then the more out of ______________ a person can quickly become.
7. Proverbs 23:31 says “________ not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.”
8. The reason for not looking at it, is so you will not be tempted to then __________ of it.
9. Do not be deceived into thinking that nothing could ever ____________ you to drink.
10. We are told in Ephesians 5:18, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be ____________ with the Spirit.”
11. The Bible is clear that Christians are not to be filled with alcohol, but filled with the _____________.
12. Christians are not to be controlled by alcohol, but controlled by the ______________________.
Drinking Alcoholic Beverages
Please study this booklet carefully before taking this final test. When you are finished, please return the entire booklet back to us for grading. When it is graded, the booklet will be returned to you, along with the next course that is available. May God richly bless you and give you wisdom from your study of this subject.
2. Revelation 19:16 says that Jesus is the “________ OF KINGS.”
3. Isaiah 9:6 calls Jesus “The ____________ of Peace.”
4. If Jesus drank wine or strong drink, then He was disobeying the Bible, which would make Him a ______________.
5. If Jesus was a sinner, then He could not be our ____________.
7. In Isaiah 65:8, grapes still hanging on the vine are called ________.
8. Jesus would have never attended a wedding feast where alcoholic wine was being drunk, or He would have been disobeying Proverbs 23:20, which says that we are not to be among ________________________.
9. A winebibber is someone who is imbibing or ________________ alcohol.
10. If Jesus made more alcoholic wine for a bunch of wedding guests who were already intoxicated, then He would have been helping a bunch of drunk people to get more __________.
11. The Bible says in I Corinthians 6:9,10 that the ________________ shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
12. If Jesus’ miracle was making more alcohol for people, then He would have been helping to send people to ________.
13. If alcoholism is a disease, then it is the only disease that the government allows to be bottled and ________ to the public.
14. Alcoholism is not a disease — it is ______.
15. The only genetic link there is is the “sin ____________.”
16. A person does not suddenly become drunk when the __________ limit of alcohol has been reached.
17. A person becomes drunk with every ______ of liquor that he/she drinks.
18. With each sip of liquor, a person is one sip less in ______________ of being able to think quickly and clearly.
19. The person least likely to resist immoral thoughts is the person who has been drinking _______________.
20. Paul was not telling Timothy to drink alcoholic wine, because Timothy had frequent ______________ trouble of some kind.
21. If Paul was telling Timothy to stay completely away from water, and to drink only alcoholic wine, then Paul was encouraging Timothy to become an __________________ or a drunkard.
22. Anyone who has traveled to another country knows that the water in many countries is not very ________ — it often has a higher bacteria level in it, which can make you sick.
23. If Timothy was suffering from something like Cholera, then it would make sense why Paul told him to stay away ___________________ from drinking water — impure water would keep his stomach trouble going.
24. Some people have tried to say that Timothy’s trouble was ____________, because he was under a lot of stress, but the context in no way insinuates that.
25. If that would have been his problem, then he would have been given some very bad advice, because even the medical field today says that if you have ulcers, “Avoid smoking and drinking ________________.”
26. God would never command in His Word that man should do something that would _________ his body, or compound his physical troubles.
27. John 10:10 says that Jesus came “that they might have life, and that they might have it more ______________________.”
28. Timothy was not being told to drink alcoholic wine, because he was warned that all sins, even ____________ ones, will be brought out at the Judgment Seat.
29. That would be foolish to tell Timothy to drink alcoholic drinks, and then warn him about secret sins, because when people are under the influence of alcohol, they may very well do some things which they later cannot ________________.
30. Proverbs 20:1 says that “wine is a ____________.”
31. When people drink, they often get silly or ______________ acting.
32. Proverbs 24:9 says that “the thought of foolishness is ______.”
33. Proverbs 20:1 says that “strong drink is ____________.”
34. Someone who is raging is “______________ and out of control.”
35. Christians are not to be controlled by alcohol, but to be controlled by the ____________________.
Are you certain that if you died today, you would go to heaven?
1. Do you realize that you have sinned?
(Romans 3:23) “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
(1 John 1:8) “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
(Ecclesiastes 7:20) “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.”
2. Do you realize the penalty for your sin?
(Romans 6:23) “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
3. Do you realize that if you die in your sin, you will go to hell?
(Psalms 9:17) “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”
(Proverbs 15:24) “The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.”
(Luke 12:4-5) “And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.”
4. Do you realize that the Lord Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, paid that death penalty for you?
(Matthew 1:21-23) “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
(John 14:6-7) “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.”
(John 3:16) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
(Romans 5:8) “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
(1 Peter 3:18) “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.”
(1 Peter 2:24) “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”
5. Do you realize that it is only through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ that you can be saved, and not through any good works of your own?
(1 John 1:7) “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
(1 Peter 1:18-19) “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”
(Ephesians 2:8-9) “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
(Titus 3:5-7) “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
6. Do you realize that after Jesus died for your sins, He arose victorious from the grave the third day, proving that His sacrifice was sufficient to pay for all of the sins of the whole world?
(1 Corinthians 15:1-4) “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
7. Do you realize that to be saved you must repent (you must have the desire to turn from your sin and false beliefs, and have the desire for God to transform your life)?
(Luke 13:3) “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”
(Acts 3:19) “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”
(Acts 26:20) “But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.”
(Mark 9:43-48) “And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”
8. Do you realize that after you get saved, God’s first command for you is to get baptized and then to live for Him?
(Acts 2:41) “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”
(Romans 6:1-4) “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
(2 Corinthians 5:17) “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
(Titus 3:3-8) “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.”
(Titus 2:11-14) “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
(1 Corinthians 6:9-11) “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. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”
(Galatians 5:19-26) “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”
(1 Corinthians 11:14-15) “Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.”
(Deuteronomy 22:5) “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.”
(Ephesians 4:22-32) “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
9. Are you ready to now ask the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive you of all your sins, and to save you?
(John 1:12) “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”
(Romans 10:9-11) “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”
(Romans 10:13) “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
(1 John 5:13) “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
ATTENTION: If you die before you make this decision, then you will spend eternity in the torment of hell fire. Turn from your wickedness and sin, and humble yourself before Almighty God right now.
Bow your head right now and confess to God that you are a sinner deserving judgment. Ask the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive you of all your sins, and to save you. Tell Him that you now repent, and ask Him to cleanse your life, and to give you the power to live for Him. Tell Him that you are trusting in His shed blood alone to cleanse you from all your sin. Ask Him to lead you to a good, Bible-preaching church, where you can follow the first command after salvation — that of getting baptized and publicly confessing your faith in Him. Ask Him to help you find some good Christian friends to encourage you in the faith and to help you grow.
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