By: Leonard Henry Contributing columnist
September 6, 2013
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 “ Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you; but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the spirit of our God.”
It would be in your interest to look up these words in your study time so you can understand their true meaning.
I would like to talk about the “drunkards” part of this verse. Many Christians in today’s society feel that it’s OK to have a drink of alcohol every now and then. They feel know conviction, nor embarrassment about the confession that they have made towards Jesus. They are not concerned about their testimony towards people who have heard about them being a Christian.
Saints of God, we are supposed to be a witness to this lost, confused, dark world. Can Christ be seen in your life? If you consume alcohol whether it be a “sip” or a few drinks, can He be seen? If you confess to be a Christian, which means you are Christ like, then you should do what Christ would do. The word “sanctified” means to set apart; in others words we should not be like the world.
There should be something different about a Christian, not just in words, but in their “lifestyle.” This is the “Born Again” experience Jesus talked about in John 3:1-10 that some Christians may not understand. Allow me to share with you what God says about our bodies and how it should be use for his service and glory. In 1 Corinthians 3:16, it says “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwelleth in you? Also in 1 Corinthians 6:20 it says “For yea are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. This is what God says about you and I and how our bodies should be use to bring him honor and glory.