Can a practicing alcoholic be born again?
All repentant sinners can be born again. The problem with alcoholism or any other addiction is, the substance or behavior becomes the afflicted’s God. This may seem a bit extreme, but when a person is suffering with alcoholism, he/she thinks about drinking and protecting his/her ability to drink first and foremost. The addicted become a slave to the alcohol. When we are born again, we receive the Holy Spirit, which is from God who helps us want to obey God’s laws and love with a pure heart. If an alcoholic goes back to drinking after being born again, they are convicted in their hearts of their sin, but often still unable to quit. We are all sinners. One sin is no worse then another. I believe Alcoholics can be born again, go back to drinking and still be saved. Yet, if they go back to drinking they will not have the freedom and peace in their hearts, that Jesus died to give them. All Born Again Christians continue to sin. It is not our behavior that saves us it is what Jesus did for us on the cross, which saves us.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill and to destroy; I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it abundantly.”
John 14:26-27 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Be fit and be blessed,