Apostle Paul has mentioned about such people in his epistles. In his epistles, he includes the drunkards with the list of many people who will not be able to enter into the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and Galatians 5:19-21). Ephesians 5:18 advises, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.” Drinking leads to indulging passions without limit, debauchery. We need to be filled with the Holy Spirit instead. It confuses our thoughts and reasoning messing with our minds and makes us vulnerable to sin. All drugs have these bad effects on our minds and bodies whether depressants or stimulants, psychedelic or dissociative. The New Testament teaches in unambiguous terms about the holy stewardship of our body, the material part, and the very part of our being that God created first of all—human body (Genesis 2). Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. God wants us to honour him in our bodies. It is what is directly affected by any kind of addiction. Paul, the apostle teaches that in clearest terms. Though primarily in the context of immoral sexual life Paul teaches us this he does this also to warn us against the evil that addiction can cause people (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). How can we honour our Creator and Master with our body if we waste it in whatever way or ways, including any kind of addiction? Among other references we can find the Pauline teachings like that in Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7, 2:3 and others that warn us about drinking alcoholic drinks. Addictions destroy lives. Addictions to money and wealth entrap people’s lives. St. Paul advised the young church leader Timothy: “People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil . . . (1Timothy 5: 9-10). The Bible teaches that we belong to God. The virtue of self-control is critically important for a true believer in and a follower of Jesus Christ. Addiction derails us from being on the path of God. We need to possess a clear mind, clear teaching, clear conscience and judgment if we wish to serve people and God.
In our country like many other countries of the world irrespective of cultures or climes or ideologies, thousands of young people, even teenagers are now helpless victims to these diverse kinds of addictions. They are becoming preys of dishonest people trading in drugs, alcohols, narcotics, et cetera and et cetera. There is a great need for senior people to give counseling to young and adolescent people. Religious leaders must take this issue with high priority in every society or community. Side by side with this, there must be high degree of vigilance on the part of the government and its relevant branch or branches to take appropriate measures against people who deal in the addictive substances.
The writer is a Christian Theology teacher and a Church leader