Daniel P. Barron

Let him drink and forget his poverty.

Monday, May 18, 2020 

Do you agree with Scripture, or do you agree with this guy?


Is drinking alcohol a godly activity?

It can be.


So you should buy alcoholics more alcohol? Why would you give an alcoholic more alcohol?

So that he can "forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more."i It isn't wrong.


Not all alcoholics are in poverty, and if all alcoholics are, then that means that they are either in poverty because of their alcoholism or another common trait all alcoholics share. Why not figure out the traits that lead to alcoholism and try to help alcoholics recover instead of enabling them?

The trait is that they will not inherit the kingdom of God.ii


Exacerbating someone's drinking problem will not help them forget their misery. In fact, it will most likely push them towards making even worse decisions when drunk that make them feel horrible when sober and make them regret their alcoholism more.

God says otherwise.


You can say "Well they shouldn't have become an alcoholic in the first place," but addictions are incredibly hard to break for most people and anyone from any background/walk of life can be an alcoholic.

Everyone is a sinner in need of salvation,iii whether or not they are a drunkard.


By giving an alcoholic more alcohol, aren't you contributing to the issue of alcoholism? If you want to help an alcoholic "forget [their] poverty, and remember [their] misery no more," you should focus on attacking the alcoholism itself and not encourage and enable them to continue exhibiting harmful behaviors.

The issue is that they do not fear God.iv They need to repent and be an alcoholic no longer.


Of course this all hinges on your definition of the word "perishing," which could mean either those who are sinners and are going to hell (more likely based off of what you seem to believe), or those who suffer death in a typically violent, sudden, or untimely way, which is the dictionary definition. If you subscribe to the first definition, then all of this is moot. If you subscribe to the second definition, then I would say all of this is right. if you subscribe to both, then your interpretation of this could vary.

It can be both, but isn't necessarily.v

  1. Proverbs 31:

    6 Give strong drink to him who is perishing,
    And wine to those who are bitter of heart.
    7 Let him drink and forget his poverty,
    And remember his misery no more.

  2. 1 Corinthians 6:

    9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

  3. Acts 17:

    30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,

  4. Romans 3:

    18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

  5. Psalm 73:

    4 For there are no pangs in their death,
    But their strength is firm.

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