This is an open letter to my Christian friends who are pro-drinking or pro-alcohol. I have a sincere question and I would love to hear your responses. These are issues that I genuinely struggle with. First, a little about me. 


I was born into the family of a pastor. My mom and dad have loved and served the church my whole life. They were great examples to me. From a child I was told that alcohol, drugs, and tobacco had no place in the life of a Christian. My parents never did any of those things. 


I have personally seen how dramatically devastating alcohol can be. I had an uncle who was an alcoholic. As a child growing up, I saw firsthand the destructive nature of alcohol. It hurt me greatly as I watched my sweet cousins and their family struggle. 


The church is a place where people go when they hit rock bottom. So many times growing up, I watched and listened as my parents dealt with the victims of drugs and alcohol addiction. We also celebrated the victories of those addicted souls who gained their freedom as God set them free. 


In 1972, I turned eleven years old. That was the year my trouble began. I have always loved musicians. My father is an amazing musician. I grew up loving music. My heroes were musicians. One of my favorite people was our church bass player. He had long hair and some pretty serious swag. I loved being around him. He also had some pretty awesome sports cars. 


One day he pulled up behind the church where I was playing with my friends. He asked me to get in the car. I was thrilled. It was a white MG Midget with a black convertible top. I can still remember the smell of that car. After I got in and closed the door, he told me to open the glove compartment. Inside was a clear plastic bag, full of what looked like grass clippings or weeds. It was so big it was stuffed in there and the door would barely close.  


He asked me if I knew what it was. I said I didn't. He told me it was pot. I had no idea what that was. He started the car and we left the church parking lot. There was a cemetery across the road from the church. Shortly, we turned into the old abandoned section of the cemetery. Once we parked, he pulled out some rolling papers, began rolling up a joint, and started smoking it. I had smoked cigarettes but he was smoking this in a very strange way. While holding his breath he handed it to me. Talking as smoke was coming out of his mouth he said, "Go ahead, it's ok!" I can still see that huge buck-toothed smile on his face. 


I was scared to death. However, there was no way I was going to say no. I had to impress him. I very tentatively took a "hit" while he watched. As he exhaled he said, "Hold it in as long as you can!" I held it as long as I could. I was waiting for his approval. After what seemed like a long silence, he laughed with great satisfaction. I ended up coughing my head off. We finished the joint, and so began the hold addiction would have in my life. One week later he introduced me to alcohol. I feared this even more, but wasn't going to disappoint him. It took me almost eight years to stop what was started that day. 


I went on to become an alcoholic, and was addicted to marijuana and many other drugs. It nearly led to the end of my life many times. Only by God's grace was I able to break free. Once out of that dark, addicted pit, I never wanted to go back. I have spent my life trying to warn people about addiction, and help those in bondage find their freedom. 


This brings me to my confusion. There is a growing, pro-alcohol movement in the church. The promoters of this movement are so convinced that alcohol is harmless, they are even building breweries in their churches. I won't take the time to try and address their "logic." I am sure you know how I feel about it. 


Here is my question. If drinking alcohol is permissible, what about other drugs? I see no real difference in a couple of beers and a joint. If you can drink margaritas, can you snort coke or smoke crack? If you can fill up on wine, is it ok to smoke meth or shoot up heroin?


I am sure most Christians who are pro-alcohol are shouting "NO!"  I guess to them there is a difference. As for me, I can't see any difference. These are all drugs and all are addicting. In reality, some of those are much less refined than alcohol. So, if someone can be a Christian and consume alcohol, can they be a Christian and use other drugs? If the answer is no, please explain it to me. 


For me... they are all the same. All destructive! All addicting!

The Bottom Theory!

The Bottom Theory!

I have this little theory about human behavior. I call it “The Bottom Theory.” It goes like this. People hit bottom in there lives. It happens for most people. Usually, it is because of terrible mistakes of judgment or lack of character on their part. They are often greatly discouraged and broken. It is a perfect opportunity for them to make a change.

Born this Way!

Born this Way!

Human beings are always looking for a way to justify their behavior. The latest mantra of justification is called "Born this Way." It works like this, someone stands up and declares, "I can't help myself... I was born this way." Once that declaration is made, we are required to turn a deaf ear to what they are doing. We can no longer voice our opinion or our disgust. Since "God made them like this" we can't say anything. I beg to differ.

Adjusted to Darkness

Adjusted to Darkness

Have you ever gone to the movies in the middle of the day? Once you enter the theater, your eyes quickly adjust to being in the darkness. Your pupils instantly begin to dilate so that they can take in as much light as possible. When you first enter the room it is hard to see anything around you. You walk slowly to your seat and sit down. Within minutes everything changes. Details begin to emerge as you adjust. Before you know it, you can see almost like it was daytime. 


I am currently finishing up a book entitled "Three Ways to Absolutely, Positively, Definitely, Destroy Your Life." It is taken from a message the Lord gave me for the church that I pastor. The foundational passage for this book is found in Romans 1:18 through the end of the chapter. There are three steps hidden in these verses that the Lord revealed to me. Here is a sample from the section in the book entitled "Repeat."

"If we are anything, we are repeaters. Very few of us seem to be learners. I told my children as they were growing up, “a fool doesn’t learn from his mistakes, but a wise man learns from the mistakes of others!” The “Do not repeat” lesson is essential for living a successful life. One of the reasons Bible history is so critical is to demonstrate the failures and errors of days gone by."

Look around you and study the scriptures. If there is anything you will discover, it is that people repeat the same mistakes of those gone before them. It happens every day. Hopefully you and I will be different, smarter! If we use wisdom and investigate history, we can avoid repeat performances of historic blunders. I do not want to be ignorant! I do not what to stumble over things that should be obvious. I must walk circumspectly. That is what Paul said...

Eph 5:15  See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Eph 5:16  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Eph 5:17  Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Take some time today and consider your choices and decisions. Be careful not to repeat the same proven mistakes from the past!