"Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise." (Prov. 20:1)
"Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who linger long at the wine, Those who go in search of mixed wine. Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it swirls around smoothly; At the last it bites like a serpent, And stings like a viper. Your eyes will see strange things, And your heart will utter perverse things. Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, Or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying: 'They have struck me, but I was not hurt; They have beaten me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?'" (Prov. 23:29-35) Do you even look at the wine?
"...The day of the Lord so comes as a thief... Let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober (nepho)..." (1 Thess. 5:2, 6-8) Nepho "to be free from the influence of intoxicants." (Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words)
God is not a killjoy. He is warning us for our own sakes!
Gen. 9:20-27; 19:30-36; Lev. 10:8-11; Num. 6:2-4; Deut. 32:32-33; Jud. 13:2-14; 1Sam. 1:11; Prov. 23:20-21; 31:4-7; Is. 5:11-12, 22; 28:7-8; 56:10-12; 65:8; Jer. 35; Ezek. 44:21; Dan. 1:8-17; 5; Hos. 4:11, 18; Hab. 2:5; Luke 1:13-15; 11:4; 12:45-47; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; 2Cor. 7:1; Tit. 1:7.
Unless otherwise stated, all Bible quotations are from the New King James Version.
Holiness, godliness, righteousness, and Christ-likeness in personal and church life