Proverbs 23:19-21… “Hear, my son, and be wise; And guide your heart in the way. Do not mix with winebibbers, or with gluttonous eaters of meat; For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags” (NKJV).
I want to talk briefly about religious fads. The word “fad” means “the latest fashion that is taken up with enthusiasm for a brief period of time; a mania, craze, an interest followed for a time with exaggerated zeal.” Proverbs 11:1 says, “A false balance is an abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is His delight” (KJV). People can become drunk on a fad. Please note the characteristic of a drunk. A drunk loses reason, health, and balance. A drunk poisons his systems, makes himself drowsy, and eventually comes to poverty. A drunk endangers the lives of others. People who get caught up on religious fads unwittingly do the same things.
Proverbs 23:29-33… “Who has anguish? Who has sorrow? Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining? Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new drinks. Don’t gaze at the wine, seeing how red it is, how it sparkles in the cup, how smoothly it goes down. For in the end it bites like a poisonous snake; it stings like a viper. You will see hallucinations, and you will say crazy things” (NLT). These verses enforce the previous verses. It’s the looking glass for both the drunkard and the religious fad followers. A moment of joy accumulates a lot of woe, and at the end, it bites like a serpent. People get hallucinated on wrong doctrine. Wrong doctrine will embarrass you just as much as too much wine.
Very often when people pray, the Holy Spirit begins to move, and a message is birthed. Often many run with that message without first checking it out. Balance and understanding is lost. When fad escalates into a craze, the Lord is not exalted. Paul told Timothy, “Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things” (2 Timothy 2:7, KJV). Fads never lead you to fulfillment. They never lead to a satisfied life.
Pastor George Belobaba
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