Wine is a mocker and strong drink is raging, says pastor
Surviving the many challenges of 2015 was no easy task for many, but Pastor of the Boundbrook Seventh-day Adventist district of churches, Damion Clarke, told members of his flock that it was only the saving grace of Jesus Christ which saw them through.
Clarke, who has overall responsibility for approximately 11 churches, was in a militant mood when addressing church members and visitors during Sabbath-day service in front of a capacity turnout at the mother church at Boundbrook recently.
"If you think 2015 was rough, well, check 2016. It will be rougher. But there is one thing that we can be assured of, and that is, Jesus is large and still in charge. No doubt, many of you would have been lured into drinking a little wine and rum during the festive season, but bear this in mind that, even though your brother or sister might not see you, there is one that sits high and looks down low, and He is a witness to all our wrongdoings. Some of us put a little wine in the Christmas cake, but remember wine is a mocker and strong drink is raging," he added.
According to Clarke, too many Christians have been deceived by making the odd mistake that fruit cake or any other cake cannot be baked to perfection unless it contains wine or other form of alcoholic beverage. This deception, according to him, continues to captivate the mind and heart of many who have become entrenched in that belief, which, in fact, is leading them towards condemnation and doom.
The Sabbath midday service was the first for 2016 and was considered special as emphasis was placed on 'making lifestyle changes and accepting the teachings of the Bible'.
Clarke added: "Bad habits are easy to come by, but hard to relinquish. A taste of rum can lead to more drinking, and before long, one can be caught up in the habit of drinking. Your body is the temple of God, therefore, use it wisely. The food that we eat can be detrimental to us. As Christians, we need to set examples for others to follow. Your lifestyle will determine the outcome of your pathway to heaven and could attract other persons to serve and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour."