Posted: May 15, 2010 in Drunkeness, Holy Spirit
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In a recent article a reader offered this piece of notable advice “You all need a drink from the Holy Spirit so that you can loosen up. God gave me an insatiable desire to drink from His pleasure and be close to Him”

This is the sort of advice you get from a rummy who thinks everyone is far too serious and should join him at the bar for a few extras.  Usually at that point the bar is holding him up more than he is the bar.  This is the song of the new mystics who like to drink and snort God.  They rise up to play and fall down with hilarity and joking.

1 COR 10:7 “Neither be ye idolaters, as [were] some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play”

The word PLAY means 1) to play like a child 2) to play, sport, jest 3) to give way to hilarity, esp. by joking singing, dancing

The question that should be asked does the Bible asked us to loosen up and drink at the fountain of pleasure.

1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

Can we acquaint the term “loosening up” with Peter’s advice to be “sober, and vigilant.”  Are we told just to let things drift us by?  Don’t take anything serious.  God is just a means to an end.  Just come down and join us at the Pleasure dome.  Bevy up to the bar although in this case God and go belly up.   That’s what the Israelites did when Moses was up the mountain.  Make for us Aaron a god we can worship.  Something like what we had in Egypt.  Something we can stick our own worship practices to.  Nothing too serious, something we can eat drink, get drunk and have a good time.  Is that not what we see today?  They want a party God.  A god that will not put too many demands on them, especially in the area the obedience.

2 Cor 12:10 “Therefore I take PLEASURE in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

No we can’t have that type of pleasure it would hurt.  No we want the feel good happy falling over in drunkenness type pleasure.  Suffering for the faith would demand being sober vigilant and fighting the good fight of faith.  The drunk does not want any demands on his time, his efforts and most all he only wants what he can get out of life. Persecution is for the other person. Trials no place in the rummies vocabulary.  Obedience as long as it makes him happy and contented.

Eph 1:5 “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good PLEASURE of his will,”

Phl 2:13  “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of [his] good pleasure.”

Scripture clearly says we are to be what God pleases us to be, not to please ourselves.  It is he that works in us and adopted us to the PLEASURE OF HIS WILL.

1 TIM 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

2 TIM 4:7 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith:”

The soldier never lets his guard down not for a minute.  He never relaxes lest the enemy pounces on him. Paul exhorts us to fight the good fight.  Where does loosening up and drinking come into that advice.  For those who wish to be close to God will train and be ready for the fight.  There desire as any good soldier is to be obedient to the one who called him.  He will not be seen being propped up by the bar.  The Christian is called to form ranks with his fellow soldiers.  Each depending on the other.  There is no place for self indulgence and drunkenness.  But we are called to a life that produces obedience, endurance and perseverance.  That God will get pleasure from us.  The true servants look to hear the words good and faithful servant and not sober up ye rummy.


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