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Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you" (James 4:7).

It is also a well-documented fact that drinking even the smallest quantity of alcohol impairs reactions and weakens normal inhibitions.

Put simply: It lowers a Christian's resolve to resist temptation. Why would any Christian want to make it easier for the devil to snare them? Many men and women have awaken after a night baptized by a few glasses of wine or bottles of beer to discover they have violated the Seventh Commandment and forever scarred their lives and reputations.

This is why Peter charges us to be "sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8). The devil is already bent on getting us! Let's not make it any easier for him by diluting with alcohol our God-given resistance!

Remember, even when Jesus was hanging on the cross, with acute thirst, He refused to drink the wine they offered Him. "They gave Him sour wine mingled with gall to drink. But when He has tasted it, He would not drink" (Matthew 27:34). With the redemption of the planet hanging in the balance, He would not risk His judgment being impaired by receiving even a mouthful of wine, which might have made His suffering for us a little more bearable. Does He expect less of us?

Tarnished Testimonies

The great Canadian physician Sir William Osier was lecturing one day on alcohol. "Is it true," asked a student, "that alcohol makes people do some things better?"

"No," replied Sir William. "It just makes them less ashamed of doing them badly."

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.

Surely, it must be confusing to children to see their mothers or fathers praying—and then have a few beers. Jesus condemned this hypocrisy with the very strongest language: But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea" (Matthew 18:6).

An anxious father approached his pastor and said, "Preacher, talk to my boy about drinking. He came home last night and fell sprawling on the floor—too drunk to get up. His mother cried the rest of the night."

"Why don't you talk to your own boy yourself?" the preacher questioned.

But the father said, "Pastor, I can't talk to my son about it, because I am to blame. I wanted him to be a man, so I gave him his first glass of liquor. I didn't dream that he'd ever become a drunkard. Please speak to my boy. I can't talk to him."

It is a sad fact that all over this nation many fathers and mothers are re-living this exact same scenario.

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.

Many Christians then wonder why God does not use them more to do great things. God will not use a compromised Christian for any great work. God only uses clean vessels for such amazing endeavors.

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