I believe in the ENTIRE Bible, not just bits and pieces. Would you wear your swimsuit in church? Would you crack open a beer or light up a smoke in church? Then what’s the difference in bringing the church IN the bar?
If you are Catholic and espouse drinking alcohol while discussing theology, this is NOT the article for you. Quickly find another blog to read because this will probably offend you….this ex-catholic has NEVER believed that alcohol and the Bible mixes in any situation, setting or venue…even when I was Catholic.
LET ME DISCLAIM: Yes, I was once Catholic. I was born into a Sicilian/Irish family so it was kind of a law. I saw my family go further away from the Faith and more toward sin because they said (quoting), “The Church doesn’t care about [put your particular sin here] anymore.” ‘That’ meant drinking, gambling, pornography, sexual sin, abortion, etc. [Romans 1:18-32*]. The opinion of many Catholics (including my own family) is that they don’t sin as bad as others and do better works. It’s like you’re being graded ona curve. However, being excommunicated because I got divorced only solidified my feeling of what the Faith had become…stagnant and unforgiving to those that really needed the shoulder. But don’t let my hard-luck story waive you, let facts do that. I am now a follower of JESUS CHRIST, the ONE who died for ME.
Alrighty then, on to the rest of my expected response to mixing the Bible with sin…
Is there room at the Inn for sin mixed with ‘theology’? Of course not…the doctrine of the Bible would never let anyone believe that sin EVER solved anything. Theology on Tap is damnable false doctrine on its best day.
The Apostle Paul said, ‘I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some’ [1Corinthians 9:19-23]. EVERYONE wants to quote this scripture – out of context, of course – to mean that the Apostle Paul would actually go into a bar, have a few beers to win people to Christ. How can it be in the best interest of the Gospel to sin with sinners where they sin? The great Apostle Paul meant that he went to them as a sinful man, not a drug addict, drinker, adulterer, etc. In other words, only one is Perfect, the LORD Jesus Christ.
One of my first thoughts was this: What happens when you get pulled over after imbibing while discussing theology? Tell the cop that it’s okay…it was a church thing? Seriously – explain that while in front of a judge for DUI.
Can you remember EVER making a great decision while having a brew or two?
I can give you TONS of scripture of what the Bible says about drinking and sin, but I’ll let the Scripture speak for itself. But if you don’t think what you are doing is sin, it means nothing. Making Scripture bend to your way of thinking or living is AT BEST a gross misjudgment…at best.
Proverbs 20:1, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.”
Ephesians 5:17-21, “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.”
Using your human mind instead of your Spirit-Man will lead you to sin with other sinners. And what I mean is this: If I want to win a prostitute to the LORD, do I go to her as a prostitute or as a sinner saved by Grace? James, the brother of Jesus Christ said, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
How can you take someone seriously with a lit Marlboro and a longneck in his/her hand standing in a bar/pub? How does that exemplify Christ in any situation or venue? Did the outward sin of others in the Faith make me ‘stray’ from the Faith? NO. I RAN from it and eventually found myself in the arms of the LORD Jesus Christ giving my life, soul and heart to him and promised to spread His Good News. No longnecks or Marlboros involved.
1Corinthians 8:9, “But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.”
YOU ARE NOT BEING GRADED ON A CURVE. There is no middle ground for better works. You will be judged, not graded, on that day for either accepting Jesus Christ as LORD or not.
* All Scripture stated is NKJV