Q&A – Drunkard?

Q:        I heard Perry mention a bible verse that has me and my husband puzzled.  The verse stated something about “drunkards” not being allowed in Heaven.  Can you tell me what it means to be a drunkard?  Does this mean alcohol is completely off limits?  Is there a difference between someone who drinks almost daily but doesn’t get drunk and someone who drinks and gets drunk daily?
A:        In Ephesians 5:18 it says – “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.”  In light of this passage, my definition of a drunkard would be someone who is controlled by alcohol instead of the Holy Spirit.  Drinking alcohol is not prohibited in scripture but being drunk is considered a sin.  A lifestyle of getting drunk and letting alcohol consume your life is what I would consider being a drunkard. 

There are many people that struggle with alcohol and are hindered in being who God has called them to be.  God’s desire is that they be healed and set free to live out the purposes He has for them.

Galatians 5:1 says – “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

God desires for us to live in freedom, and this includes freedom from being controlled by a substance.  Anyone who is controlled by alcohol in this way needs to get help.  Our care staff would love to meet with you if you ever need to talk.  We also have an addiction recovery meeting every Monday night at 6:30 that is open to anyone that needs help.  If I can help you in any way, or answer any more questions for you, please let me know.

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