Where There is No Self-Control, There is No Spirit
Among many Christians there is a fascination with the Holy Spirit. We ask many questions about the Holy Spirit’s role in the Christian life. Thankfully, the Bible gives us an answer. Galatians 5:22-24 says this:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Granted, the Spirit does a lot more than this, but these are the evidences of having the Spirit in your life. All of us fail at these, especially myself, but thankfully God continues to work in our lives to make us more like him. What bothers me is that there are churches and communities that openly reject one of these listed fruits of the Spirit. What is that fruit? Self-control. Don’t believe me? Check this video out:
This video does not represent Christianity. This video does not represent the working of the Holy Spirit. This video represents a lack of self-control. So, what is my point in bringing this up? Well, if the Spirit’s fruit is self-control then these people, and others in the same circles, do not have the Holy Spirit. God does not contradict himself because that would be lying. So, to claim that the Spirit is causing them to get drunk means they are saying that God is contradicting himself. This type of action is foolish. But when you say this drunkenness comes from the Spirit, you are blaspheming God.
Galatians 5:25 says:
If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
Where there is no self-control, there is no Spirit.
Thanks for reading.