The air is getting freaky. The days are getting shorter. Halloween is around the corner. Americans are expected to spend $9.1 billion on Halloween. Costumers will spend $86.13 on average to gear up. According to World Book Encyclopedia, “Halloween developed from an ancient pagan festival celebrated by Celtic people over 2,000 years ago in the area that is now the U.K., Ireland, and Northern France. The festival was called ‘Samhain’ (pronounced SOW ehn), which means ‘summer’s end,’ and it marked the beginning of the dark winter season. It was celebrated around Nov. 1. In the ninth century, the Catholic Church established a new holiday‚ All Saint’s Day, also called All Hallows. ‘Hallow’ means ‘saint’ or ‘one who is holy.’ The evening before All Hallows was known as All Hallow’s Eve, which was eventually shortened to Halloween.”
The founder of the church of satan, Anton Szandor LaVey, who is now deceased said, “Two major holidays, HALLOWEEN and Walpurgisnacht are celebrated by the Church of Satan. I am glad that Christian parents let their children worship the devil at least one night out of the year. Welcome to Halloween.”
Wiccans celebrate 8 holidays. Most important one is Samhain (Halloween). Those who practice voodoo and other witchcraft see this event as sacred. What Easter and Christmas are to Christians, Halloween is to the occult world.
After seeing people get delivered from demons on a regular basis and the damage demons cause to people, I don’t understand how anyone in their right mind can celebrate that.
Why don’t I celebrate Halloween? Because it…
According to a study conducted by JAMA Psychiatry; “A new study shows that 32 million Americans, nearly one in seven adults, have struggled with a serious alcohol problem in the last year alone” (1). This goes to show how much of an impact alcohol is having on Americans today. Yet, Ephesians 5:18 says “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
We are to only be controlled by the Spirit of the Lord, not by any substances such as alcohol. The devil uses alcohol as the worldly substitute for a Spirit-filled life. We have greater influence than alcohol it’s the Holy Spirit. Alcohol is devil in liquid form. When you take it, you lose control. When you get filled with the Holy Spirit you find control over your emotions and life.
Alcohol doesn't deliver what it promises, the following was sent by a member of Alcoholics Anonymous to columnist Ann Landers:
Proverbs 23:29-35 speaks clearly of the dangers of alcohol and those who abuse it. The destruction caused by alcohol brings sorrow, contention, foolishness, mutilation, mental anguish, poor health, and more.
If we are to break down verse 29 alone, we see sorrow, contention, complaints or babbling, mutilation, and mental anguish as symptoms of alcohol consumption.
Sorrow is seen through people getting lost after turning to alcohol. It is seen time and again that even born-again Christians become different. People become angry, rebellious, and violent, which often leads to divorce, abuse, and neglect of those near and dear.
Contention creeps into once happy and thriving relationships and families. Fighting, arguing, and violence bring a wedge into relationships, leading to the separation of families.
Complaining and babbling is something we are all guilty of at times; however, while intoxicated all inhibitions leave. This leaves a person to make foolish decisions that last forever.
The mutilation factor is associated with the huge death toll that is associated with alcohol abuse. Over 200,000 people are victims to alcohol related deaths each year. This includes car accidents, domestic accidents, homicides, etc. To put this number in perspective, the casualties of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs were roughly 115,000 lives lost.
“Redness of the eyes” is associated with mental anguish. When one weeps or lacks sleep, their eyes are red. Sadly, people are drinking trying to find happiness and in the end it is the one thing they have the least of! While they might have fun while drinking and partying, the joy is temporary, and often forgotten.
Verse 32 speaks of the bite of a serpent. Alcohol is associated as a caused for 7 cancers, in addition to high blood pressure, depression, and dementia. Why do people vomit after lots of drinking? Their stomach has more sense than the brain to rid itself of this toxin, like it does with food poisoning.
Verse 33 is scary in that alcohol causes hallucinations and immorality. Hallucinations speak for themselves, but the immortality comes from the perverse uttering of one’s heart. These lead to lowered inhibitions and self control, often leading directly to sin.
Verse 35 speaks of insensibility of dulled senses and the addiction that seeks the next drink above sleep.
Regardless of personal convictions, the Bible is clear in its stance on alcohol. The Word condemns the drink itself in Proverbs 20:1. We are the children of God, and He wants his children to be free of the hold and oppression of alcohol. On the contrary, He desires us to be under the influence of the Spirit.
Wine is called a mocker in Proverbs 20:1, and it deceives those who drink of it. It promises happiness, friendship, joy, strength, confident, and free, but it actually causes one to be unhappy, lonely, miserable, weak, afraid, and slaves.
The Bible is also clear that mature Christians should avoid causing others to stumble by drinking (Romans 14:21). Many people in our church have been freed from this bondage. This addiction cost them a lot of money, time from family and even some went to jail for that. The last thing we need to do is to cause them stumble by drinking socially.
Leaders ought to avoid drinking alcohol (Proverbs 31:4-7) and cannot be given to drunkenness (1 Timothy 3:3, 8 Titus 1:7). Those leaders who say, well we will drink in moderation.
First of all, it's very hard to do with alcohol.
Secondly, what you do in moderation as a leader, people will do in excess. One beer might not send me to hell, but it could lead ten people there who saw me, and followed my example.
Drinking ruins our Christian testimony. Max Lucado said, “One thing for sure, I have never heard anyone say, ‘A beer makes me feel more Christlike . . . Fact of the matter is this: People don’t associate beer with Christian behavior.”
It's time to stop being sipping saints.
It's time to stop being slipping saints.
It's time to stop being sleeping saints.
It's time to be sanctified saints.
What about the wine that Jesus made at the marriage feast? Was it alcoholic?
The Greek word used here is "oinos," a variation of the Hebrew word "yayin." This word can refer to grape juice in any stage, either fermented, or unfermented. Regardless of your opinion of casual drinking, I’m sure most of you will agree that drunkenness is definitely a sin. In light of this, would Jesus contribute to drunkenness? At the time Jesus had arrived at the feast, the guests had "well drunk" of whatever they were drinking (verse 10). Jesus knew the warnings of Habakkuk 2:15, "Woe to him who gives his neighbor intoxicating drink.". Note: If it is a sin to put alcohol to our neighbor’s lips, would it not also be a sin to put it to our own? With this in mind, we can be sure that the beverage Jesus made was a refreshing, nonalcoholic grape drink. To do otherwise would have been totally incompatible with His nature. (2)
The Bible says alcoholic drink is evil. It is not just the amount one drinks that makes drinking a sin. God condemns the drink itself. Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. (Proverbs 20:1 KJV)
God does not lead us into evil; He delivers us from it. He does not teach us to practice evil in moderation. Jesus did not make, use, approve, commend, or tell us to use intoxicating wine. God made man to have fellowship with Him. Alcohol goes directly to the brain, the communication center of the body. It interferes with God’s purpose for mankind.
Few examples of what alcohol did to people in the Bible:
Genesis 9:20-26 - Noah became drunk; the result was immorality and family trouble.
Genesis 19:30-38 - Lot was so drunk he did not know what he was doing; this led to immorality
Leviticus 10:9-11 - God commanded priests not to drink so that they could tell the difference between the holy and the unholy.
Numbers 6:3 - The Nazarites were told to eat or drink nothing from the grape vine.
Deuteronomy 21:20 - A drunken son was stubborn and rebellious.
Deuteronomy 29:5-6 - God gave no grape juice to Israel nor did they have intoxicating drink in the wilderness.
Deuteronomy 32:33 - Intoxicating wine is like the poison of serpents, the cruel venom of asps.
Judges 13:4, 7, 14 - Samson was to be a Nazarite for life. His mother was told not to drink wine or strong drink.
1 Samuel 1:14-15 - Accused, Hannah said she drank no wine.
1 Samuel 25:32-38 - Nabal died after a drunken spree.
2 Samuel 11:13 - By getting Uriah drunk, David hoped to cover his sin.
2 Samuel 13:28-29 - Amnon was drunk when he was killed.
1 Kings 16:8-10 - The king was drinking himself into drunkenness when he was assassinated
1 Kings 20:12-21 - Ben-Hadad and 32 other kings were drinking when they were attacked and defeated by the Israelites.
Esther 1:5-12 - The king gave each one all the drink he wanted. The king was intoxicated when he commanded the queen to come.
Proverbs 4:17 - Alcoholic drink is called the wine of violence.
Proverb 31:4-5 - Kings, Princes, and others who rule and judge must not drink alcohol. Alcohol perverts good judgment.
Proverbs 31:6-7 - Strong drink could be given to those about to perish or those in pain. Better anesthetics are available today.
Isaiah 5:11-12 - Woe to those who get up early to drink and stay up late at night to get drunk.
Jeremiah 35:2-14 - The Rechabites drank no grape juice or intoxicating wine and were blessed.
Matthew 24:48-51 - A drinking servant is unprepared for his Lord’s return.
Romans 13:13 - Do not walk in drunkenness or immorality.
Romans 14:21 - Do not do anything that will hurt your testimony as a believer.
Galatians 5:21 - Acts of the sinful nature, such as drunkenness, will prohibit a person from inheriting the kingdom of God.
1 Thessalonians 5:6-7 - Christians are to be alert and self-controlled, belonging to the day. Drunkards belong to the night and darkness.
1 Peter 4:3-4 - The past life of drunkenness and carousing has no place in the Christian’s life.
What do you think about Christians drinking alcohol?
(1) Main, Douglas. “30 Percent of Americans Have Had an Alcohol-Use Disorder.” Newsweek, 1 Apr. 2016, www.newsweek.com/30-percent-americans-have-had-alcohol-use-disorder-339085.
(2) Jennings, Roger. Alcohol and God, members.tripod.com/bro_roger/id58.html.
Some people are afraid to walk in God-given authority because of traditional religious teaching. This teaching causes fear in the hearts of Christians. This teaching is not in the Bible, and it benefits the devil very much. Traditional teaching says that if you are going to embark on the work of spiritual warfare, there will be repercussions and negative consequences for doing deliverances. They say that accidents, depression, heaviness, and nightmares are the devil’s way of fighting back for walking in authority. I have heard some people warn young believers to be careful with doing spiritual warfare due to a dreadful backlash that might occur. I know all this sounds spiritual, but it is not scriptural. Jesus declared, “Behold I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19). That is a promise of protection for those who will “trample on serpents and scorpions.”
Jesus didn’t warn his disciples about a possible backlash or that some hidden sin can cause the enemy to come and attack them. The early followers of Jesus weren’t perfect, yet they had authority. The only warning Jesus gave was to not rejoice in our victories due to our authority but to rejoice in our eternal salvation which is the foundation of that authority.
When I was a teenager, I believed in this tradition more than in Jesus’ teaching. I remember that before any big youth meeting where we would expect a huge harvest of souls and prayer for deliverance, we would pray fervently to cover ourselves with the blood of Jesus against potential attacks of the devil. Our problem was that we sincerely expected the devil to hit us back because of what we were about to do. We even told our leaders that we are going to cause damage to the kingdom of darkness and the devil will not just sit there idly, he will fight back. We thought that after great revivals, great attacks would follow. We used the stories of Jesus’ temptation after his baptism at the Jordan River and Elijah’s battle with depression after attacking the prophets of Jezebel as our proof that the enemy would attack us afterward.
The interesting part is that what we expected is what happened. Sometimes before conferences, our people would get into bad accidents like flipping on the highway while driving to the event, or singers would get so sick that they would have to be admitted to the hospital, or after the events, our team would get physically sick. All of that confirmed to us that what we were saying was really true. All those things were repercussions by the devil for causing damage to his kingdom, so we thought. That’s what we believed, but it was totally contrary to what Jesus promised. He said that “nothing by any means shall hurt you” if we trample on the enemy. Jesus’ words clearly carry more weight than traditional teaching on warfare. Ever since then, we have been teaching and standing on what Jesus promised us, and we have done more deliverances in one weekend than we used to do in one entire year.
It’s not that the enemy does not attack us, but we carry an invisible shield of faith in the spiritual world that quenches all fiery darts of the devil (Ephesians 6:16). If our faith is in what Jesus promised us, then that faith becomes a shield in the realm of the spirit. And if the devil decides to attack back in retribution, the shield of faith will stop that attack. Now, this doesn’t mean that bad times won’t happen to those who walk in authority. What I am saying is that we must not be afraid to exercise the authority of Jesus, expecting the devil to fire back and cause us to get wounded by his shots.
This is an excerpt from "Fight Back" book.