Our emphasis today will be on Proverbs 23:15-35, in which a
godly father warns his son against the sin of drunkenness. There are
more than ten million alcoholics in our nation, and millions more
that are problem drinkers. According to statistics, we are
manufacturing alcoholics at the rate of more than 50 an hour, 24
hours a day. At least 70% of the problem drinkers started drinking
when they were in their teens. It is no wonder that breweries and
distilleries focus a large part of their more than $250 million
annual advertising budget on winning the young people.
The Bible warns against strong drink. In today’s reading the
concerned father tells his son of the evil results that will take
place in his life as a result of drinking. For example, verses 20
and 21 say that drinking will lead to poverty. Americans spend more
than $13 billion a year on alcohol; money that often should be used
to purchase clothing, food, and an education for families of the
drinkers. The average alcoholic loses at least 25 days of work a
year because of his drinking. This costs industries millions of
dollars in man hours, and causes price increases for the non-
In verses 29-33 we see that alcohol causes misery. Alcohol
is a great deceiver–it promises joy but brings sorrow; it pretends
to bring life, but it really brings death. Many people die each year
as a result of alcoholism. It is the number three health problem in
the United States, surpassed only by heart disease and cancer; yet
the intellects tell us that alcoholism is a disease. If it is a
disease, then it is the only disease that we advertise and promote.
We never see an advertisement recommending heart disease or cancer;
but in newspapers, magazines, on television and radio, we hear
alcohol advertised every few minutes. Alcohol is the cause of some
55% of all the fatal automobile accidents.
Verse 29 tells us that drinking results in woe, sorrow,
contentions (arguments and brawls), babblings (drinkers like to
talk), wounds, and redness of eyes.
Verses 26-28 tell us that drink causes immorality. Many men
and women have lost their virtue and character because of drink.
Alcohol is not a stimulant; it is a narcotic that affects the brain
and causes a person to lose his control. Neither is it a food; it is
a poison. When a person loses control of himself, his fallen nature
naturally leads him to do all kinds of evil deeds.
What should your position be concerning strong drink? The
Bible teaches total abstinence. Do not take the first drink! Refuse
it, and keep refusing it for the rest of your life!