My Pastor preached a message Sunday night that really hit home for me. The part that really stood out to me was the last part of Ephesians 6:4, talking about our children: "...bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." It's not enough to just take them to church...we have to do a lot more, and I've been failing at that. God really convicted me about making the time to have family devotions. I really want to start, but I really don't know where to start. I have kids from 3-8 years old and of course a wife that I need to find something that will fit everyone and everyone can get something out of.
Just needing some advice on something that is KJV based and a little more structured than just opening the Bible and winging it....
I signed up a while ago, but never really spent much time on here. Tonight I decided to poke around here and found a lot of interesting things and I've been missing out! I am looking forward to place to discuss God and His Word with like minded people. That's very hard to find online!
It's simply amazing how people can twist Scripture to justify whatever their favorite sin is. It's no wonder that our country and our churches are in the shape they're in when people would rather attempt to make themselves feel less guilty for doing something God would not want us doing(and makes it quite clear in His Word) than to just live for God and tell others about Jesus Christ.
Go try and hand someone a Gospel tract with a beer in your hand and see how serious someone will take you. Go try and talk to someone about Christ while sipping on a Jack and Coke. I'm sure they'll take you seriously....
The Bible has been quoted quite a bit about this topic, and people would rather wallow in their pet sins than to gain wisdom from God's Word. But without those verses in play, these two should be enough to stay away from alcohol:
Abstain from all appearance of evil.
(1 Thessalonians 5:22)
It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
I can think of A L OT of evil things that are caused by the very existence of alcohol. I've been a part of them, and I've seen them first hand. There is a lot of evil surrounding the use of alcohol. God is not a part of it, and God is certainly not glorified by it, and to assert as much is foolish. So yes, we should abstain from alcohol just on the basis of the appearance of evil.
I know several alcoholics and several who are trying to stay away from drinking. If they see another Christian man drinking...we're doing nothing but giving them the occasion to stumble.
Again....for this to even be a question is silly, IMHO.