Summary: There are addictions that destroy us, like too much wine or other intoxicants, and addictions that make us better. We need to become addicted to the good and throw away the bad, each of us becoming musicians for God

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18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord

Do Not & Do

Many recent studies have demonstrated the benefits of drinking a small amount of wine on a daily basis. It is best had with food, and in very small quantities. A slew of benefits including reduced chance of death by cardio vascular disease and stroke, lower colon cancer risk, reduced or slowed development of brain degenerative diseases, and reduction of risk of diabetes, depression, and even cataracts are all associated with imbibing about 2 or 3 ounces of wine for ladies and about 4-5 ounces a day for men. Any amount more than that and the benefits disappear and a collection of negative impacts on your health ensue. ( Jesus and His disciples drank wine on at least two occasions-both would have involved eating food as well. The problem is when you go beyond a few ounces. More than one glass of wine and your liver is no longer able to process the alcohol properly. Alcohol is a poison-it is toxic. More than a glass and the alcohol can actually enter your brain and change the way it functions, slowing response speed, reducing fine motor skills, and negatively impacting higher level reasoning. For this reason, a person who has had more than one glass of wine (or can of beer, or shot of hard liquor) is impaired to the point their driving skills are affected. With three or more glasses, most people are legally drunk ( But the negative health impacts start once you go past one glass a day.

Paul, here, is not talking about having one glass of wine a day, or one or two glasses on a special occasion. He is talking about going past that. Please see how serious the consequences are, it leads to debauchery.


I had to look up what debauchery means. Synonyms include wantonness, profligacy, and wastefulness. Wastefulness I can understand, but the others don’t help much. The Greek word is frightening, it is a-sotia. It means un-savable. Have you ever had a friend who had a problem with drinking too much? Some people have a genetic predisposition to addiction (

Once you are addicted, your brain is re-wired so that breaking the addiction is extremely difficult. You can actually get to the point that the addiction takes over your life. I think maybe this is not limited to wine.

Constructive Addiction

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