of Not Using Self-Control
Evil Effects of Alcohol
Wine is a mocker
and beer a brawler, whoever is led
astray by them is not wise
Proverbs 20:1. .
Note All intoxicating
drinks are deceptive. They seem to give strength,
but in reality cause weakness; they seem to
create heat, but in fact lower the general
temperature; they seem to impart vitality, but
really destroy life; they seem to promote
happiness, but cause the greatest unhappiness and
misery. To not be in self-control, may have
attributed much of the worlds sorrow.
With what sins is
The acts of the sinful
nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity
and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred,
discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish
ambition, dissensions, factions, and envy; drunkenness,
orgies, and the like. I warn you as I did before,
that those who live like this will not inherit
the kingdom of God.
What is one of the evil
results of not having self-control?
Do not join those who
drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat,
for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and
drowsiness clothes them in rags.
What are other evil
effects on not having self-control?
To prostitution, to
old wine and new, which take away the
understanding. Hosea 4:11.
And those also stagger
from wine and reel from beer; Priest and prophets
stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine;
they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing
visions, they stumble when rendering decisions.
What are common
accompaniments of not having self-control?
Who has woes?
Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who
has complaints? Who has needless bruises?
Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who linger
after wine, who go to the sample bowls of
mixed wine. Proverbs 23:29,30.
How do intoxicants serve
one in the end?
Do not gaze at wine
when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when
it goes down smoothly! In the end it bites
like a snake and poisons like a viper. Verses
Note The effects of
alcoholic liquors do not decrease with the
passing of the years. These effects are well
described in the American Prohibition Year
Book of 1912.
To what extent is the
lack of self-control the cause of crime?
Phillip L. Griffin,
chief probation officer of the Municipal Court of
Minneapolis says, Practically 90 per cent
of the cases that come through the court
are a result of drinking. Listen
October-December, 1948, p. 34.
Nature and Effect of Tobacco
Being a rank poison, tobacco
is highly injurious.
Note Tobacco is
the most subtle poison known to chemists, except
the deadly prussic acid. M. Academy.
Tobacco slows up
reflexes, lowers morale; any advertisement that
says smoking helps an athlete is a falsehood and
a fraud. Knute Rockne.
Innocent Beginning and Sad
Where does the lack of
Lack of self-control begins
in the home.
Note The quick
pick me ups of sweets in childhood, the
dependence of many youths on the influence of
caffeine in tea, coffee, and chocolate,
reinforced today from puberty on by increasing
concentrated absorption of nicotine, early result
in the acquiring of an hourly need for drugged
foods. From these milder drug-helps it is an easy
step to light drinks, then to the essence of
false hope-hard liquor. Robert S.
Carroll, What Price Alcohol? Pp. 278,279.
What will drunkards, with
other workers of iniquity, never inherit?
Do you know that the
wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do
not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor
idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor
homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy
nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will
inherit the kingdom of God. 1
Christs Warning and
What admonition against
the lack of self-control did Christ give that is
especially applicable at the present time?
Be careful, or your
hearts will be weighted down with
dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of
life, and that day will close on you
unexpectedly like a trap.
Thoughts to Think
killed more people than grape-shot.
O that man should put
an enemy in their mouths, to steal away their
The liquor traffic is
the most degrading and ruinous of all human
- William McKinley
In every community three things always
work together the grog-shop, the jail, and
the gallows an infernal trinity.
Henry Ward Beecher.
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