by Maurice M. Johnson

Girls and women drink beer, wine, or whiskey today because they are thirsty. Not thirsty for booze, but thirsty or dissatisfied like their grandmother Eve was after that first, smooth "salesman" got through talking with her in the garden.

"That old serpent, the Devil and Satan," convinced Eve that her God-ordered diet was lacking in some "vitamin." Thus, while listening to his subtle talk, she became thirsty for the forbidden and deadly.

NOW PLEASE DON'T MISUNDERSTAND ME! I'm not against your drinking. I read in the Bible that Christ said: "I thirst!" When did He say that, and for what was He thirsty? On the cross, He cried: "I THIRST!" He was thirsty like every sinner is; for at that moment, Christ was a horrible "sinner" in that all of the sins of all the world had been laid upon Him. They gave Him sour wine ( vinegar ) to drink, but He refused to drink that. He was thirsting for something far different from wine or whiskey. He was a poor, lonely, and God-forsaken "sinner" at that moment, and His thirst was soul thirst. Hear His pitiful cry as it pierces all earth and all heaven. "My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God. . . . As the deer panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, oh God!"

Oh no, I am not opposing your drinking. He is a miserable quack who wastes his time doctoring symptoms. The reason you are a drinker is that you are a dissatisfied soul. You do not know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. Therefore, you run here and there, you try this and that, ever hoping to find satisfaction for your deeper self, and you do not know that Christ suffered all of those pangs of heart hunger for you. He perfectly substituted for you and me before the court of Heaven when He cried: "I thirst!" Then He uttered the cry of a lost soul — a God-forsaken sinner ( 2 Cor. 5:21) : "MY GOD! MY GOD! WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME?" The last statement made by this Gracious Substitute there on that accursed tree was:


All who have bowed their grateful hearts in surrender to this Saviour Who arose from the dead have a super-natural peace and joy in their lives and are no longer running around seeking satisfaction in a bottle or by shows or clothes. To these saved souls, God says: "Be not drunk with wine wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit." Eph. 5:17-19. As long as a girl or boy, man or woman is a heart rejecter of Christ's shed blood and resurrection, it makes no difference in God's sight whether he or she drinks whiskey or steals or murders, or is a strictly "moral" person. He or she is a doomed and damned soul for rejecting the perfect, substitutionary work of Christ.

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