Thursday, October 29, 2015
Bible Questions Answered:
“If someone is an alcoholic but says he knows god, will he go to heaven?...”
Emma/ Red Deer, British Columbia Canada
The question before us is, may a alcoholic enter heaven? Yes, and No.
If a person who is an alcoholic repents of their sin and turns to The Lord Jesus as The Savior, Yes, they will enter heaven.
If a person who is an alcoholic does not repent (about face), of their sin, and does not turn to The Lord Jesus as The Savior, No, they will not enter heaven.
Speaking of heaven.....
Revelation 21:27 KJV
And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
Acts 17:30 NLT
God...commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to Him.
Is there a sin so evil, God will not forgive it, only the sin of absolute rejection.
Matthew 19:26 KJV
But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
Alcoholism is a growing problem, in our world. When this pastor grew up, in the 40's and 50's the drinker was a greasy questionable character that frequented the saloon at the end of town.
The enemy of our souls was far from content with that scene. Today, advertisement on TV, road signs, etc. show beautiful young people lifting a golden glass of intoxication. How happy they seem, what a great time they are having, unfortunately the things not seen are the lost jobs, the broken families and lost lives, alcohol has left its consumers.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Today alcohol is involved in 37% of all traffic deaths among persons aged 16 to 20.
Analysis by NIH scientists indicate that over 70% of people in crashes caused by alcohol met alcohol dependence criteria, but most have never been arrested or received treatment.
NIH studies revealed that young people who began drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence during their lifetime than those who began drinking at age 21 or later.
Those that drank before age 15 are also seven times more likely to report having been in a traffic crash because of drinking both during adolescence and adulthood.
Alcohol abuse kills some 75,000 Americans each year and shortens the lives of these people by an average of 30 years, a U.S. government study suggested Thursday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which published the study, estimated that 34,833 people in 2001 died from cirrhosis of the liver, cancer and other diseases linked to drinking too much beer, wine and spirits.
Another 40,933 died from car crashes and other mishaps caused by excessive alcohol use.
Researchers considered any man who averaged more than two drinks per day or more than four drinks per occasion to be an excessive drinker. For women it was more than one drink per day or more than three drinks per occasion.
What warning did the Apostle Paul give?
I Corinthians 6:9,10 NLT
9 Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality,
10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:21 NLT
19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures,
20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division,
21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
Hebrews 4:7 KJV
"...To day if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.
Isaiah 40:29 KJV
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength.
James 4:8-10 KJV
8 Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of The Lord, and He shall lift you up.