For some young Muslims, Islam refers to a cultural identity much more than to strict adherence to particular beliefs or practices. In France in 2001, some 85 percent of young Muslims followed very few of the five pillars, the practices formally prescribed by Islam. Islamic identity mainly took the form of avoiding pork and ham and hostility toward alcohol. Yet in some countries, this latter belief marked quite a radical step in itself, since by the 1990s mainstream youth culture was associated with heavy drinking and, in England, with a disturbing tendency to binge drinking and the associated violence. Just by staying aloof from this world, young Muslims are making a powerful statement of faith.21
I am sometimes criticized for the type of people I attract as my clientele -- the customers who come into my store are often adulterers, drug-addicts, alcoholics, thieves, liars, -- you know REGULAR PEOPLE. But, I have been sent to them. From this number of sinful people, Yahushua is calling forth Children of YHWH. I understand Paul, because I am sent to the same kind of people -- all kinds. I talk to observant Yahudim who don't know that Mashiach has come. They are under the law , which according to Deut. 2830 only promises blessings for obedience, and curses for disobedience. Paul sees this as very narrow with his eternal perpectives, given to him by the New Covenant. Paul has much to teach us all, but sadly few seem to understand him -- that's why Peter warned us in his letter about misinterpreting Paul lawlessly . While we put forth our greatest efforts to meet with the saved, perhaps we should put forth as much effort to reach the lost. As seen today, the 2-tiered system of...
Faith Works is a faith-based organization that ministers to prison inmates, providing treatment and rehabilitation for those addicted to alcohol and illegal drugs. The Wisconsin Department of Correction's parole conditions sometime include attending treatment programs for drug or alcohol abuse. Faith Works is one of six organizations (the other five are secular) that the department of corrections may recommend for an inmate, but an inmate is free to choose whichever one he wants. Standing against Faith Works is FFRF, which strongly objected to the use of state funds to pay for the treatment programs of those prisoners who chose Faith Works-which, incidentally, has established a successful track record. In filing suit in federal court to prevent Faith Works' alleged violation of the Establishment Clause, FFRF was challenging two funding streams to Faith Works-a grant from the Department of Workforce Development and a contract with the Department of Corrections. On January 7, 2002,...
Note The last section of this passage speaks of God visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children's children. Some might want to stop short of this part in memorizing the passage, but we should remember that this, too, is Scripture and is written for our edification. This statement shows the horrible nature of sin in the way it has effects far beyond the individual sinner, also harming those around the sinner and harming future generations as well. We see this in tragic ways in ordinary life, where the children of alcoholics often become alcoholics and the children of abusive parents often become abusive parents.
Why is it easier for most Christians to take the first two steps of the three we have dealt with so far Is it because forgiveness and conversion are largely accomplished for us and in us by the power of God in response to our faith alone, while sanctification demands strong effort in addition to our faith It is entirely possible. For that reason, I want to share, in the next few paragraphs, the greatest secret I ever learned about living the Christian life. How does one turn away from sins that are rooted in strong physical or psychological addiction What about smoking, alcoholism, and drugs
Pharisees frequently accused lesus of being a winebibber, drunkard and glutton. They also said He had a devil and blasphemed God, among other things. We know He wasn't a glutton or demon-possessed blasphemer So if these things are not true, why should we assume that our Lord was a drinker as indicated by the Pharisees, a group of lesus' most-outward adversaries well known for their questionable theology
Galatians 6 7, 8 Be not deceived God is not mocked for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth unto his own flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption Revelations 21 11 He that is unrighteous, let him do unrighteousness still and he that is filthy, let him be made filthy still. Dr. Heman Lincoln, in an article on Future Retribution (Examiner, April 2, 1885) speaks of two great laws of nature, which confirm the Scripture doctrine of retribution. The first is that the tendency of habit is towards a permanent state. The occasional drinker becomes a confirmed drunkard. One who indulges in oaths passes into a reckless blasphemer. The gambler who has wasted a fortune and ruined his family is a slave to the card-table. The Scripture doctrine of retribution is only an extension of this well-known law to the future life.
It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak (Romans 14 21). Because one out of seven people who drink wine will become problem drinkers or alcoholics, how can a Christian support an industry that encourages more people to stumble than any other legal substance drinking alcohol in any degree Paul said he would neither eat flesh or drink wine or do anything that caused offense to a brother (Romans 14 21). With so many alcoholics struggling to be saved from their addictions, we must never cause them to stumble again by being even slightly inconsistent in our example.
Christians who drink alcohol have tarnished their testimonies to the outside world as well as to those in the church. And the ones who are hurt the most by these compromised testimonies are the children. We are commanded to Come out from among them And be separate Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you (2 Corinthians 6 17). But when a Christian begins to drink alcohol, they show that they are not separated from worldly things.
Concerning your question about Christianity's perceived judgmentalism, it reminds me of when I was down on skid row in Tampa, shortly after I became a Christian. I had been invited down there to preach the gospel to the people on the streets. The streets were mostly made up of alcoholics who were staggering around and one thing I heard from virtually every one of them that I tried to talk to was this The Bible says take a little wine for your stomach. They all knew that verse. It's the same thing with the people who believe in relativity. The one verse they know is Judge not lest ye be judged. You might ask them, Well, what do you think of Christ's
Beat The Battle With The Bottle
Alcoholism is something that can't be formed in easy terms. Alcoholism as a whole refers to the circumstance whereby there's an obsession in man to keep ingesting beverages with alcohol content which is injurious to health. The circumstance of alcoholism doesn't let the person addicted have any command over ingestion despite being cognizant of the damaging consequences ensuing from it.