As a new artist in Nashville, TN and student of God’s Word, you run into many Christians and non-Christians who have their own understanding on what scriptures are actually in the Bible. It’s unbelievable how many people who say they read the Bible, and have no idea what scripture says or that certain scriptures even exist. Two of the most common scripture myths I hear alot that people will say the Bible doesn’t talk about, or isn’t clear about is homosexuality and alcoholism. Let’s begin…
Let’s address drinking first. Without the Bible, we can see how alcohol can destroy lives. Am I saying that all people who have a glass of wine are evil and destroying their life? Of course not, be smart. So what DOES the Bible say about drinking alcohol? First, is alcohol bad? Let’s ask this differently- is alcohol good? Is there any good in alcohol spiritually? Paul addresses this very well (for those of you that don’t know Paul, he wrote most of the New Testament and is one of the reasons we have Christianity still today).
1 Corinthians 10:23
All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable All things are lawful, but not all things edify.
What does this mean? It means that just because it is not illegal or bad to do something, it doesn’t make it profitable to your life or lift you up spiritually. So second, it might be okay to have a glass of wine for dinner, but is it wrong to get drunk? Yes.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor DRUNKARDS nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
What is a drunkard? A person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually; a chronic drinker; a person who drinks to get drunk.Yes it is a sin to your body, and to God.
Here we see God saying it is not wise to look at an alcoholic drink…
Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! 32 In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper. 33 Your eyes will see strange sights, and your mind will imagine confusing things.
The whole chapter 23 of Proverbs addresses how sinful and unwise being drunk is. Here is a link showing 75 scriptures on the warning of being drunk. http://www.scionofzion.com/drinking.htm
1 Corinthians 5:11
11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.
We can clearly see that being drunk, or being a “drunkard” is sinful. So is just drinking a sin? Let’s go back to what Paul says- just because it is lawful doesn’t make it profitable. Having a drink is much different than drinking habitually. But it is obvious that drinking can lead many people down a road of sin. Not only is being drunk a sin, but scripture strictly points out that it leads to immorality. So lets talk about sexual immorality now.
Is homosexuality a sin? And is it addressed in the Bible? Yes, and yes.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
This is the same verse as above. But it also addresses many sins. That’s all I need folks. I don’t need every verse in the Bible to tell me that homosexuality is a sin. It’s not confusing to me, the Bible talks about it straight forward.
If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
We need to know these facts as Christians. Not to bash, but to love and show people what sin is so that we may be able to enlighten a sinner and bring them to Christ. I’ve seen it too many times on TV where a pastor or Christian will try to stand up for what is right and have no scriptural foundation in which to speak.
Many people will say that there are so many Christians falling on the media these days for homosexuality and other immoral sin. It seems that, in the media, that the Christian church is falling apart because so many Christian leaders are falling from their integrity and faith. But that’s not the case. Yes, Christian leaders fall, but Christian leaders have always fallen since the birth of Christ. It’s not that the Christian church is falling apart- the Christian church is rising and getting stronger because God is revealing sin in the lives of sinners in leadership.
7 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
When God reveals the sin, then the sinner will usually repent and ask God for forgiveness, or try to convince the world that their sin is justified.
So why do you hear reporters on the news and talk shows say that these issues are not addressed in the Bible? Simple, people who watch these reporters and celebrities either believe everything they say or believe what they want to hear. Any reporter that will tell you that homosexuality isn’t addressed in the Bible knows that most of their viewers are not Christian, and most of those who are Christian don’t read the Word of God. It is written. Read it.
One mistake that the media makes on PURPOSE and that we make as Christians is that we focus on homosexuality as THE sexual sin. All immoral conduct is a sin, not just homosexuality.
Let me also point out that I am passionate about these two sins myself because there have been many strong Christian leaders in my personal extended family tree that have had affairs with members of their church, come out as homosexual, struggle with alcoholism, and even incest. These sins are real and effect everyone. The product of all sin is death and destruction. We as Christians should wake up a little and see all the people around us dying in sin. We get so caught up in pointing fingers at sinners and gossiping about their sinful ways, but where is our true love for these people? WWJD?