You can accuse me of writing this because of the widespread abuse of alcohol by ministers—but that is not the case. You can call me judgmental and again you would be mistaken. I am certain I will be attacked by those who believe I have gone too far and by those who believe I have not gone far enough. Nevertheless, I must obey God.
I believe the Holy Spirit is raising this issue because America is teetering on the edge of disaster. We can all see that the Bible, Christianity, Israel, and American values—the values that keep us alive—are under an all-out attack. Time is running out for our nation.
Jesus is on the hunt for special vessels. He is looking for someone to demonstrate power on a level we have not yet seen. To have authority for miracles that are beyond what we have seen or heard.
I am convinced God is calling those who would be excellent, and powerful in the Spirit, to stop drinking alcohol…including beer. Not out of legalism—not out of condemnation but because of this one phrase: IT IS NOT FOR YOU.
Proverbs 31: 4,5 tells us, “It is not for kings, Lemuel—it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.”
Wait, what? Does it really say If you would be a king, or a ruler, then wine and beer are not for you? Yes, it does.
Can you drink? Of course, you can. You can live in the elementary level that says it’s okay so long as you don’t get drunk. However, in this hour—if you want all that God has for you—it is not for you.
Fine, be a casual drinker, but if you yearn for a deeper level of power and true revival—it is not for you.
It may be okay for others, but if you want to see the notable miracles—the ones that quake cities and alter generations—then it is not for you.
The clue to this new call to a higher personal purity is seen in the next verses: Proverbs 31:6 “Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish! 7 Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.”
Is the Bible telling us that alcohol is for death and misery? At the very least that should give us pause to ask, “why am I drinking?” Or, “do I really need this.” And finally, “what am I trying to prove by taking this liberty?” If you find you are defending it beyond reason, then you must consider the specter of a drinking habit growing out of control.
Many who oppose ministers who drink do make this salient point: “If one of my congregation is a recovering alcoholic and sees me having a glass of wine in public, it could trigger them to start drinking again. I may be able to handle it, but they can’t.”
While I totally agree with that, the real issue goes much deeper. That good argument does not address private drinking. You must give it up for Christ not public appearance.
Of course, there are many other issues we need to cover including nutrition, wholesome conversation, financial integrity, sexual purity to name a few…but right now, the enemy is capitalizing on the subtly of alcohol to plateau and even destroy the power of vessels of God.
You know you want power. You know you yearn for a greater presence of God on your life. Don’t let a crude habit sabotage your destiny. Remember, a real disciple gives up what they want now, for what they want most.