Question: Would you please give a definition of “spiritually drunk?” Also, how can we tell if a individual or an entire group of people or congregation, if you will, is spiritually drunk?
Answer: The Bible uses drunkenness as a way of describing those who are not sober of mind. Just as a person who is literally drunk is unreasonable, yet unaware of their impairment, a person who is spiritually drunk is unwilling to reason upon the truth – cocksure in their own understanding and self-assured in their standing before God.
In contrast, consider Christ, who even though perfect always relied upon God; and in fact, beseeched God for his blessing and continual guidance.
The 17th chapter of Revelation refers to all the inhabitants of the earth being made drunk by the wine of Babylon the Great’s immoral relations. Their impairment is exhibited in many ways; for example, their willingness to fight and kill each other, imagining in their stupefied state of mind that they are doing the work of God.
But the same phenomena of spiritual inebriation also afflicts those who are not necessarily drunk on Babylon’s wine. The 28th chapter of Isaiah addresses the leading men of the nation of Israel – Jehovah’s nation – as “the drunkards of Ephraim,” saying of them: “And these also go astray because of wine; their alcoholic beverages make them stagger. Priest and prophet go astray because of alcohol; the wine confuses them, and they stagger from their alcohol; their vision makes them go astray, and they stumble in judgment. For their tables are full of filthy vomit —There is no place without it.”
First, it should be noted that the contextual message of the prophecy centers on the coming of Christ. Ancient Ephraim is only the prophetic setting of a much more relevant issue.
In the case of the “drunkards of Ephraim” the “alcohol” they are indulging in is not literal alcoholic spirits, but the heady spirits of God’s word. The priests and prophets go astray as to the true vision. It might be said that they can’t handle their “alcohol.” They allow the word to go to their head and instead of soberly looking to God for understanding they indulge in their own visions.
This is exactly the situation the leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses find themselves in presently. They have drunk deeply of God’s word and it has made them “high” with a feeling of exaltation – call it spiritual intoxication. Because of their inebriated condition they imagine they have God’s irrevocable favor.
Take last year’s celebration of “100 years of Kingdom rule.” Call it the Watchtower’s year-long version of St. Patrick’s Day. Although any sober individual can easily discern the falsity of the 1914 doctrine, not only has the Governing Body not repudiated it, they rolled out the 1914 barrel, so-to-speak, indulging in a centennial revelry – oblivious to the unseemliness of their celebrating what has to be one of the greatest hoaxes ever perpetrated.
As an embarrassing example of happy hour braggadocio, one Governing Body celebrant recently stated in a public talk that there is more evidence for the validity of 1914 than there is proof of the existence of electricity, gravity and the wind! It is only natural to wonder what he has been drinking and how much?
As a result of their intoxicated condition they “stumble in judgment.” How so?
Well, because they imagine the Watchtower organization is the Kingdom on earth they will do anything to protect the reputation of the organization and especially its coffers. (Their confusing the organization for the Kingdom is sort of like the story of the drunk guy staggering home from the local tavern and walking into the wrong house.)
Although they are fully aware that God has solemnly charged them to uphold the legal interests of the proverbial widow and orphan, in their gloriously drunken state they have “gone astray,” declaring publicly that they have no obligation to protect children from being raped and molested by pedophiles who lurk within the very congregations they oversee.
As demonstrated in the latest public expose’ a Watchtower representative declared on a witness stand that elders are only responsible to protect children spiritually. But how does an elder protect a child spiritually from being physically molested? Surely, no spiritually sober person would accept this as sound reasoning. But to a spiritually intoxicated person apparently it makes perfect sense. Thus, we have been served with another disgusting spectacle of their filthy vomit. Truly, there is no place without it.
Furthermore, the Watchtower’s rep stated for the legal record that it is the sole responsibility of the state to deal with criminals in the congregations.
In spite of that position, the elders are under orders restricting them from assisting the state in their investigation or prosecution. (Unless otherwise specifically instructed to do so). The Legal Department has used the Scriptures to imply that when a crime is committed against a child it is a time to be quiet, when their words should be few. All the while the drunkards of Bethel keep muttering, with increasingly slurred speech: “We abhor child abuse.”
Try arguing with some stone-drunk father about his legal obligation to make child support payments and he might actually make a more coherent argument than a Watchtower representative who is defending their child abuse policy. Shouldn’t it be a time for speaking out when a crime has been committed against one of Jehovah’s little ones? Only an unreasonable, belligerent, spiritual drunkard would insist otherwise.
As for a group, Jehovah’s Witnesses are obviously drinking the same “alcohol” and under the influence of the “drunkards of Ephraim,” and so their reasoning is somewhat impaired too, although perhaps not to the same degree of drunkenness exhibited by those that are quaffing down 100-proof kingdom hootch straight from Bethel’s distillery.
What is the solution? Jehovah intends to blast them out of their stupor. Considering they are as drunk as they can be it will probably require something at least in the intermediate megaton range of nuclear yield to effectively do the job.
Woe to the showy crown of the drunkards of Ephraim and the fading blossom of its glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fertile valley of those overcome with wine!
has someone strong and mighty.
Like a thundering hailstorm, a destructive windstorm,
Like a thunderstorm of powerful floodwaters,
He will forcefully hurl it down to the earth.
The showy crowns of the drunkards of Ephraim
Will be trampled underfoot.
Wake up, you drunkards, and weep!
Wail, all you wine drinkers,
Because the sweet wine has been taken from your mouths.
For a nation has come up into my land, mighty and without number.
Its teeth are the teeth of a lion, and its jaws are those of a lion.