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Are Drugs & Alcohol Sin?

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Intro

We are starting our discussion back up tonight!
Let’s talk about drugs and alcohol.
First, Alcohol. Is drinking alcohol evil or bad?
What about “drugs”? Is smoking a little weed bad or evil?
Do you think it’s okay to smoke or drink a little?

POLL

Sticky Pad (Yes vs. No)
Know someone who smokes something
Know someone who deals something
Know someone who drinks
Blue Sheets of Paper (Yes or No)
I’ve tried alcohol
I’ve tried weed
I’ve tried something else
So, there are people on both sides...
Do you believe that it’s okay to drink or even try a little drugs here in there?
Can you back up your beliefs Biblically?

Back it Up

You know I like asking why do you believe what you believe.... So...
What do you think the Bible has to say about all this?
Do you think Scripture says anything about alcohol or drugs being bad? Or, maybe saying the opposite?
Show me where...

The Scripture For Alcohol

1 Timothy 5:23 ESV
(No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.)
Ecclesiastes 9:7 ESV
Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.
Psalm 104:
Psalm 104:23–24 ESV
Man goes out to his work and to his labor until the evening. O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
John 2:3–11 ESV
When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

Truth Behind Alcohol

Proverbs 20:1 ESV
Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.

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Isaiah 5:11–12 ESV
Woe to those who rise early in the morning, that they may run after strong drink, who tarry late into the evening as wine inflames them! They have lyre and harp, tambourine and flute and wine at their feasts, but they do not regard the deeds of the Lord, or see the work of his hands.
Luke 21:34 ESV
“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.
Ephesians 5:18 ESV
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
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The Scripture For Drugs

Genesis 1:29–31 ESV
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Genesis 1:
Notes on
6th day of creation
everything is perfect
The Book of Genesis, Chapters 1–17 7. The Sixth Day (1:24–31)

What God creates he preserves. What he brings into being he provides for. Man is to have as his food the seed and fruit of plants. Animals and birds are to have the leaves. (The latter point accords with the description of the eschatological age when “the lion shall eat straw like the ox,” Isa. 11:7; 65:25.) At no point is anything (human beings, animals, birds) allowed to take the life of another living being and consume it for food. The dominion assigned to the human couple over the animal world does not include the prerogative to butcher. Instead, humankind survives on a vegetarian diet. What is strange, and probably unexplainable (from a scientific position), is the fact that the animals too are not carnivores but also vegetarians. The text of Gen. 1 does not state whether human beings and animals had the wherewithal to take the life of another living being, or whether they possessed such strength but held it in check.

Ezekiel
Ezekiel 34:29 ESV
And I will provide for them renowned plantations so that they shall no more be consumed with hunger in the land, and no longer suffer the reproach of the nations.
Notes on
There is famine
God is reminding his people of the blessings in the old covenant

In place of famine, plague, drought, and the sword, they will see a new level of peace and prosperity so that they will no longer bear the reproach of the nations (Ezek. 34:29). Then indeed they will know that the Lord their God is with them—for blessing and not for curse—and that they are his people. They will be his sheep and he will be their God, the harmonious relationship celebrated in Psalm 100:3.

Revelation 22:1–2 ESV
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
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Notes on
This is in Heaven… not Earth
This is of the future not the present
There is a lot of Imagery
The Book of Revelation C. Eden Restored (22:1–5)

The crystal river is bordered on either side by the tree of life, which bears fruit continually throughout the year and whose leaves bring healing to the nations. The exact placement of river, street, and trees is less than clear. If the initial phrase (“down the middle of the great street”) goes with the preceding verse, then the river would flow down the center of a wide avenue. If it is taken with what follows, then the street and river probably run side by side, with the trees in between. Other possibilities have been suggested,6 but the specific geographical layout is of no particular importance in understanding the symbolism of the verse.

The imagery has a double source. In the early chapters of Genesis we read that if Adam had eaten of the tree of life he would have received immortality (Gen 2:9; 3:22). In Ezekiel there is the picture of healing water flowing from the temple to form a river along whose banks are trees that bring forth new fruit each month and whose leaves are for healing (Ezek 47:12). The tree of life was a regular feature in Jewish portrayals of Paradise (cf. 2 Esdr 8:52; 2 Enoch 8:3–4). To eat of its fruit would be to live forever. In John’s vision the tree “produced twelve kinds of fruit, yielding a fresh crop month by month” (Weymouth). Both the abundance and the variety of fruit are being emphasized. God’s provision is ever new and always more than adequate.

Not only does the tree provide fruit to be eaten, but its leaves are therapeutic and bring about healing. But why would healing be required in the eternal city? Here we find evocative language of the most potent kind. In the restored Eden all has been reversed: eating of one tree brought the curse—eating of this tree eternal life. Although John speaks of “the healing of the nations,” we are not to infer that nations will continue to exist outside the New Jerusalem. As in 21:24ff., imagery borrowed from the present state of affairs is carried over into the description of the eternal state. The glory of the age to come is necessarily portrayed by means of imagery belonging to the present age. The healing leaves indicate the complete absence of physical and spiritual want. The life to come will be a life of abundance and perfection.

SO is it wrong for me to drink or smoke a little weed?

After going through the Scripture, what do you think?
Now, to conclude we know the following:
Jesus drank wine… wine has alcohol
God created all plants… and commanded us to only eat plants
So, to answer the questions: I believe there are 3 requirements found in Scripture to drink and smoke whatever you want:
1. We must have Self-control
Galatians 5:22–23 ESV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
2 Timothy 1:7 ESV
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
timothy
It is God’s will for us to have Self-control!
2. We must bend to the authority placed over us
Romans 13:1–7 ESV
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
3. We must glorify God in all that we do
Philippians 4:8 ESV
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Conclusion

You can smoke whatever you want and drink whatever you want… as long as you:
Are in control of every thought and every action
Follow the laws of the authority over you
This includes parents and Government
Glorify God in every decision and action you take
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