Liquid Devil!

The Bible AndThe Bottle

By Dr. Hugh Pyle


III. Disaster to Character

   In Isaiah 5:11 God pronounces a "woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night till wine inflame them!" But verse 12 says, "They regard not the work of the Lord, neither consider the operation of his hand." Thus strong drink brings disaster to character regardless of the devious ways by which men attempt to "call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:20). Thus men are "wise in their own eyes" (vs. 21) and "mighty to drink wine, and to mingle strong drink" (vs. 22) But their little "eye openers" and "night caps" often lead them to become chronic boozers; therefore they are "soon gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge" (vs. 13) and "Hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure" (vs. 14). Isaiah also tells us in verse 1 of the 28th chapter that the glorious beauty of the drunkards of Ephraim soon becomes a fading flower and that the crown of pride shall be trodden under feet" (vs. 3).
   Unless a man is born again, a strict abstainer, he may be very religious and still become a slave to strong drink, for in verse 7 of Isaiah 28 the prophet reminds us of those who "have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment."
   How ridiculous, then, that a federally financed study on alcoholism and other alcoholic problems says it should be a national policy to promote drinking in a family setting to help to prevent the development of problems. The report entitled "Alcohol Problems--a Report to the Nation" also recommends that the legal age for buying and drinking alcoholic beverages be lowered to eighteen throughout the country. The National Council of Churches has strongly endorsed the proposals which are part of a "Total Alcoholic Program" aimed at including deliberate "changes in American drinking patterns"!
   We need voices of wisdom today like Gladstone who in 1898 said, "The ravages of drink are greater then those of war, pestilence and famine combined."
   In verse 8 of Isaiah 28 the prophet described the tables "full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean."
   A new fancy seafood house has recently opened up here which is supposed to tickle the appetite of all lovers of exotic seafood dishes. One of the words they used to advertise the place is "clean"--and yet there are beer signs all over the place! Anyone that has seen the ravages of drink and the filthy sloppiness of beer-heads as often as I have in my work would not call a beer joint "clean"!
   John the Baptist was to set a good example as the forerunner of Christ and thus the angel said, "He shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost" (Luke 1:15). He was a man of character. Spiritual Christians are never drinking Christians.
   The character of a drinking man cannot be what it ought to be even for his brain cannot be all that it should be. A medical report recently stated that an alcoholic dying at the age of twenty-six would have a brain as defective as a man of seventy!


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