How do drinking, partying and drugs affect my walk with Christ?
“For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles – when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.” 1 Peter 4:3-5.
These things are regarded as sin in the Old Testament. The Tenth Commandment is “You shall not lust”, committing sexual immorality carried the death sentence, and there were many warnings about drunkenness. These things were practiced by the Canaanite tribes and God commanded His people to have nothing to do with them, otherwise they would be corrupted, which is just what happened.
Our body has been entrusted to us
It is even more important to stay away from these things in the New Covenant today, so that your spirit is free to serve Christ, to whom we must all give an account of how we have used our lives, our time and our money. A disciple of Christ is a steward over all that he has been entrusted with by his Master. A disciple gives up everything to follow Jesus and presents his body as an instrument of righteousness to do God’s good, acceptable and perfect will. (Romans 12: 1-2)
Our body is no longer to be an instrument of unrighteousness, serving sin and the lusts of the flesh. At the very least spending money to indulge in alcohol, drugs and tobacco is wasting what the Master has entrusted you with on pleasing yourself when it could have been used to much greater benefit. It is gross selfishness to indulge in wine to excess! Excessive alcohol, along with drugs and tobacco, causes harm to the body we have been given by God!
“You are not your own”
Paul wrote to the Christians in Corinth, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.” 1 Corinthians 3:16-17. He needed to repeat it in 1 Corinthians 6:19, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”
God gives grace to the humble so that they can overcome sin in all temptations but to deliberately indulge in alcohol, drugs or tobacco, and to go to drinking parties with unbelievers is the opposite of humility! To put oneself in peril and to reject God’s warnings is pride and He does not give grace to those who are proud and willful! They have to learn the hard way. Some have even damaged their bodies for the rest of their lives.
So take care of the body God has given you, and do not allow it to be damaged by misuse. It is more valuable than your most prized possession.
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