Social Issues (Part 6): Drug Abuse

Social Issues

Drug abuse is a broad topic. It includes illicit drugs (marijuana, cocaine, heroin, etc.), legal drugs (alcohol and tobacco), and even prescription drugs. This lesson is not about the medicinal use of drugs but the recreational use of such substances.

Those who argue in favor of recreational drug use (including “social drinking”) will often argue that as long as they remain in control and do not use these substances in excess or to the point of harming themselves or others, it is perfectly fine. As a way to justify their behavior, it is common for those who want to defend drug and alcohol use to liken it to eating unhealthy foods.Continue Reading

Drug Abuse (Season 13, Episode 7)

Drug Abuse (Season 13, Episode 7)

 
 
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Drug Abuse (Season 13, Episode 7)

In this season, we’re discussing social issues – problems that are facing our society and what the Bible has to say about these issues.

Drug abuse is a broad topic. It includes illicit drugs (marijuana, cocaine, heroine, etc.), legal drugs (alcohol and tobacco), and even prescription drugs. This lesson is not about the medicinal use of drugs but the recreational use of such substances.

Those who argue in favor of recreational drug use (including “social drinking”) will often argue that as long as they remain in control and do not use these substances in excess or to the point of harming themselves or others, it is perfectly fine. As a way to justify their behavior, it is common for those who want to defend drug and alcohol use to liken it to eating unhealthy foods.

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Do Not Look at the Wine When It Is Red (Season 11, Episode 7)

Do Not Look at the Wine When It Is Red (Season 11, Episode 7)

 
 
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Do Not Look at the Wine When it Is Red (Season 11, Episode 7)

In this season, we’re discussing some lessons from the book of Proverbs.

In Proverbs 23:29-35, Solomon has some strong warnings about the use of alcohol. While many want to justify the casual use of alcohol (“social drinking”), Solomon made it clear that the way of wisdom is to avoid even the first drink because of the destructive, deceptive, and addictive nature of alcohol.

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Elders in Every Church (Part 2): Character Qualifications for Elders #1

Elders in Every Church (Part 2): Character Qualifications for Elders #1

First, a word about the qualifications in general. Some have attempted to say that the qualifications for elders are not really qualifications, but are only meant to present a general description of those who can serve as elders. This argument is made to defend the appointment of a man who does not fit all of the qualifications. Those who argue this will often say that since the list of qualifications in 1 Timothy 3 does not match the list in Titus 1, then we cannot combine the passages and strictly follow them because Timothy and Titus were able to appoint elders without having the other list.

There are two problems with this argument. First, it assumes that Paul was writing to Timothy and Titus about something he had not discussed with them previously. This cannot be the case. Paul told Titus he was to appoint elders “as I directed you” (Titus 1:5). The things that Paul taught, he taught “everywhere in every church” (1 Corinthians 4:17). Therefore, he had given uniform instructions to both Timothy and Titus about the qualifications for elders. Second, it is difficult to imagine anyone who would qualify using one list but not the other. We must see these qualifications as exactly that – qualifications that must be met for one to serve as an elder.
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Robert Milligan: Rather Die Than Be a Stumbling Block

In the nineteenth century, Robert Milligan (1814-1875) was influential as a preacher, writer, and professor. He did much work in each of these areas despite physical infirmities that plagued him throughout his life. As can be seen in the following quote, he was deeply concerned as a professor for his students, even going so far as to refuse certain treatments for his sickness so as not to be a stumbling block to his students.
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The Evils of Alcohol

Alcoholic

Many have questions about the use of alcohol – whether or not a Christian can or should drink and whether we should condone (or even advocate for) the practice. While many might have different opinions about this, we need to know what the Bible says about it. So in this article, we are going to consider what the Bible says about the evils of alcohol.
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Mediocre Christianity

Swamp

The church in Laodicea was condemned for being “lukewarm” (Revelation 3:16). They thought they were in “need of nothing” (Revelation 3:17), but they were not healthy spiritually. Jesus told them they needed to “be zealous and repent” (Revelation 3:19).

At times, we may be like the Laodiceans – not what we should be as Christians, but not completely unfaithful either. We may not be zealously serving God, but are also not willfully rejecting Him either. Instead, we are in a state of spiritual mediocrity. What does this look like in our individual lives? When we find ourselves in such a state, how can we change it? That is what we will consider in this article.
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