“Nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Cor. 6:10)
“Drunkard” is a harsh term, so it has been euphemized to “alcoholic” or “addicted to alcohol.” Both euphemisms attempt to remove some of the responsibility from the person.
There is a further euphemism: “disease.” This “disease” may be physical or psychological or both. Diseases are normally caused by the alien invasion of a virus or bacteria and the subsequent failure of the infected person’s immune system. We can combat a virus by shots and bacteria with antibiotics. Alcohol is the closest thing to a germ for the “disease” of alcohol.
The following is from Joe Thompson (now with the Lord).
Is Alcoholism a Disease?
The problem is not alcoholism, but alcohol. There could be no problem of alcoholism without alcohol. If it is a disease, it is a disease without germ or virus. If it is a disease, it is the only disease that is self-inflicted. If it is a disease, it is the only disease contracted by an act of the will. This is not true of any other sickness. If it is a disease, it is the only disease that is bottled and sold over the counter for a profit. If it is a disease, it is the only disease that brings in tax revenue for the government, state, country, and city. If it is disease, it is the only disease that takes thousands of outlets in every town and city to spread it. If it is a disease, it is the only disease that they spend four to five hundred million dollars a year to spread. If it is a disease, it is the only disease that provokes crime and corrupts our courts and law enforcement officials. If it is a disease, it is the only disease that turns our boys into criminals and our girls into prostitutes. If it is a disease, it is the only disease that will cause a father to go home and take his baby by the heels and beat its brains out. If it is a disease, it is the only disease that will cause a mother to desert her children and leave them on the mercy of the world. If it is a disease, it is the only disease that will take the clothes from their back, shoes from their feet, and bread from their mouths. If it is a disease, it is the only disease that is bottled and sold, causing our reform schools, jails, and mental institutions to be filled. If it is a disease, it is the only disease that is given for a Christmas present.
We know the liquor people could never tell the truth, but there is one advertisement that does tell the truth. “Our liquor leaves you breathless.” That is right; all you have to do is travel the highways and you will see those who have been left breathless by the drunken driver. Visit the morgue of our city and the funeral homes, and you will see these who have been “left breathless” by the liquor traffic.
Man calls “Alcoholism” a “Disease”—the Word of God calls it “Sin.” Which one do you consider correct? 1 Cor. 6:10
Decisions…decisions…decisions! And what is your decision???
A man may go to heaven without health, without wealth, without fame, without a great name, without learning, without big earnings, without beauty, without friends, without ten thousand other things, but he can NEVER go to heaven without Christ!
Not convinced? Call or write:
Great Falls Rescue Mission
326 Second Ave. S.
P.O. Box 127
Great Falls, MT 59403
Attention: Joe Thompson
So you are…convinced that alcoholism is a disease?
Jesus Christ solved the “sin problem.” Here is the truth:
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hearth My Word and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” (John 5:24)
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Eph. 2:8-9)
Thought: If polluted city water caused a disease, would you build more hospitals and continue to sell the pollution to pay for the new hospitals?
If alcoholism is a disease, why don’t they fight it like any other disease?
The other problem beside the germ is the immune system. Natural man does not have an immune system. He is a slave to sin.
“When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death!” (Rom. 6:20-21)
The only person with an immune system is someone who has passed from death to life.
“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 6:22-23)
“In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (1 Cor. 6:11)
In other words, Christians can handle alcohol in moderation.