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“…envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”



“Drunkenness” is an intoxication that causes a person to become drugged and deranged (Luke 21:34; Romans 13:13). A drunken person is a dissipated person who participates in drinking bouts; this is a person who vanquishes or wastes himself. The Bible condemns the state of inebriation throughout its pages (Genesis 9:20-27; 19:32–38) because it renders people insensible to even their values, making them a social nuisance. Beyond moral degeneration, drunkenness also causes economic ruin to the self and family.


Drunkenness puts people in a condition where they step outside their system of values.


The Bible has a lot to say about drunkenness. It is not so much drunkenness itself but what drunkenness produces. We cannot trust an intoxicated person. People will do things drunk that they would not do otherwise. We would not say that a drunk is moral or honest.

Drunkenness produces poverty (Proverbs 21:17; 23:21), strife (Proverbs 23:29,30), error (Isaiah 28:7), contempt of God (Isaiah 5:12), scorning (Hosea 7:5), rioting, and wantonness (Romans 13:13). Lot had sex with his own daughters because of his drunkenness (Genesis 9). That would have never happened had he been sober.

How many drunken drivers have dashed people into eternity? Drunk drivers go to jail, but that does not help those who are left behind. There is no remedial help for them.

Some people might be alcoholics but not drunkards. We all know the devastating effects of alcoholism. Alcoholism is not a “disease,” as modern society likes to claim. We have a way of renaming things today, and more to be pitied and censured. God does not gloss over this sin as our society does.