When we have problems in life the best way to solve them is to determine the root cause. Where I work they have “root cause analysis”. Once the cause is determined the solution can be made. The Bible tells us the root cause of evil-For the love of money is the root of all evil” I Timothy 6:10. When the United States decided to repeal the 18th amendment (the one making America dry) the appeal was that it would create jobs and end the depression. Of course the other nations of this world who had liquor had the depression too. Today the same argument is made, it will increase revenue and lower taxes. My city tried it and taxes and the price of groceries went up. Crime went up. The spirit of the city has soured. If you look up statistics you find that the cost to the state of Texas from alcohol is greater than the revenues. And no amount of revenue makes up for the lives lost, people imprisoned, families broken, and souls damned to hell because of this most abused drug in our country. Why does the same entity that taxes and licenses this horrid substance punish the same citizens that use it? Why will people vote this in when only a few distributers profit from it? Because of the love of money. Peter said thy money perish with thee. That money that you gain from liquor will be a witness against you in the great judgment day when you face, not a preacher, but Almighty God. Repent before it is too late
God came down from Galilee, to save from Hell a soul like me
When they nailed Him to a tree, up on Calvary.
He said the truth will make you free, He knocked and would not let me be
Til at last I came to see, what He’d done on Calvary
Then I opened up my heart to Thee, you came and made your home in me
For Thy blood had set me free, up on Calvary
Neither is there salvation in any other for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12
That name is the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Micah 2:11 If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink: he shall even be the prophet of this people.
Habakkuk 2:15 Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!
Proverbs 23:20 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:
These verses clearly tell God’s feelings toward liquor. Don’t promote it, don’t distribute it, don’t hang around people who are drinking. What brings these thoughts to mind is some articles in the Amarillo Globe News over the last few Sundays in the religious section. The first told of a Catholic Church in south Texas that was brewing 3.2 beer for a fund raiser. The second told of a “Beer and Jesus” “ministry” where a Bible study was being held in a bar, drinking beer and studying the Bible. Once again this was a Catholic church but I have read of Non-Denoms doing the same thing. This week the paper reported that in the Czech Republic some monks were brewing and selling beer to keep the Church financially stable.
When I preach against the recreational use of the drug alcohol I am often told “Jesus drank it at the last supper” and “monks have been making it for hundreds of years”. Of course to the first Jesus did not serve booze at the last supper but the “fruit of the vine”. Look it up! Not once does the Bible say Wine in reference to the Last Supper. As to the other, do we follow man’s tradition or the clear teaching of the Scripture? Can you seriously believe that the Lord Jesus Christ would go into a bar pop a top and start a Bible study with a bunch of people under the influence? Such a picturing of Christ is outright blasphemy and anyone purporting to be a minister of the Lord also blasphemes His Holy Name by engaging in such activity. While the Christian is not to be holier than thou he is to be holy. And breaking the scriptures by going into a bar, drinking fermented drinks and giving or selling them to others is absolutely sinful. It is your choice. Will you follow the example of man, however well intentioned or follow the Word of God, and the example of Christ who never sinned?
Revelation 2:17 says “He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that recieveth it.”
In the Bible names are very important and often match the character of the person who receives it. God changed the name of Abram and Jacob and Jesus changed Simon’s name to Peter. So the thought I would like to leave with you is, based upon your character and life, what will your name on that white stone be? There is the title of a good soldier of Jesus Christ, true yoke fellow, and fellow prisoner. There is also the title of good and faithful servant, blessed of the Lord, and the disciple that Jesus loved. There is also the titles of slothful, proud, worldly, and cold which no one wants. But of all the titles of the Bible the one I think would be the highest honor is the one given to Abraham-the friend of God.
Think of this for a while then determine in your heart to live up to your future name -or change it