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Can A Drunk Get Saved

In your opinion can a drunk, while being drunk, be saved? receive the Lord Jesus Christ? Be forgiven and granted salvation?

Moderator - A big yes as well as any other types of sins God can save us.

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People can be saved from any type of sin if they truly repent. Some even fall into sin after conversion which is even harder to understand but being related to a man who became an alcoholic AFTER being saved I know it is a fact.

This man is now fully restored but must never have even one small taste of alcohol for the rest of his life.

God really can bring people back from the brink.
---Rita_H on 7/21/14


yes. i am living proof of it. In 2006 I was trying to quit drinking and had relapsed due to with drawls for the 5th or 6th time. I felt there was no hope for me and that I was going to die a drunk. I was half way through a bottle when the words my husband once told me came into my mind " God loves you and he will help you" So I poured my heart out to God and yes I was drunk. i drank and talked to God tell I passed out.
the next morning I woke up free from withdrawls and the addiction that had enslaved me for 25 years. that morning I ended my walk with booze and began my walk with Jesus.

Yes Jesus saves the drunks too :D
---kelly_louthan on 5/4/10


As the fiancee of a struggling alcoholic, I'm sure glad that God doesn't see them as any less than any other one of us. :)
---Mary on 2/23/10


Mima, glad I could be of assistance. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever(Heb. 13:8).
---Fay on 2/23/10


The answer is simple: Yes
---Lindam on 2/23/10




"Those that tell us that Jesus came to save us from our sins, not in them truly know little about the doctrines of Sanctification and Glorification. They say grace is simply that which gives the capability to obey the law, effectively a salvation by works soteriology."
---Lee1538 on 2/22/10

That is a farce which makes nothing of the Lord teaching daily and the command to go and make disciples. 1 Peter 2:21: "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:..."
---Nana on 2/22/10


" I have seen crack addicts so out of it they couldn't stand still or be quiet for one minute, come to church,ask for healing, receive the prayer of faith, and be sober in an instant. Jesus is still in the miracle business."
---Fay on 2/19/1o

Esther says,"No a drunk, while being drunk cannot be saved, forgiven and granted salvation" Hummmm somebody is wrong.


---mima on 2/23/10


No a drunk, while being drunk cannot be saved, forgiven and granted salvation. You have to be in your right mind and have an open heart to receive Jesus Christ and be willing to confess your sins loudly (Zacheus) or silently like the lady with the alabaster oil.
Noah got drunk with wine and cursed his son for seeing his nakedness and Lots daughters went in and lay with their father without him knowing it. Genesis: 9: 21 & 19:33.
---Esther on 2/22/10


mima -//how may I ask is that statement true if your statement that God does not save us in our sins is correcy?

Ellen White and her followers held no one can believe they are saved until they face what they refer to as the Investigative Judgment - when one must show they merit eternal life.

Of course such belief makes a liar out of Jesus since He promised that everyone who believes in Him will no perish (John 3:16) and that those in Christ will not be judged as 'I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.' John 5:24.

The Bible does not say there will be a judgment for those in Christ except for the rewards. 1 Cor. 3:13
---Lee1538 on 2/22/10


---Fay on 2/19/10, thanks so much for post it was very encouraging.
---mima on 2/22/10




mima - if we were to study Romans 7, we would that even the Apostle Paul still had problems with sin. The things I would not do are the evil that I do. (7:20)

Also John tells us that the truth is not in us, if we say we have no sin. 1 John 1:8

Our sins are covered by the blood of Jesus and it is His righteousness not our own that is credited to our account.

Those that tell us that Jesus came to save us from our sins, not in them truly know little about the doctrines of Sanctification and Glorification. They say grace is simply that which gives the capability to obey the law, effectively a salvation by works soteriology.
---Lee1538 on 2/22/10


"//God came to save us FROM our sins, and not IN our sins." This statement by Lee causes me to ask questions. If Christ does not save us in our sins then must we be sinless to be saved? Christ died for us while we were yet sinners, how may I ask is that statement true if your statement that God does not save us in our sins is correct?
---mima on 2/22/10


The Moderator is right: for God is Almighty.
---Eloy on 2/22/10


Mima, I have seen crack addicts so out of it they couldn't stand still or be quiet for one minute, come to church,ask for healing, receive the prayer of faith, and be sober in an instant. Jesus is still in the miracle business.
---Fay on 2/19/10


Romans 1:32: "Though they know God's decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them."
Galatians 5:19 "Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, [4] drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God."

A false humility will not cut the mustard when the Lord comes calling.
---Nana on 2/17/10


//God came to save us FROM our sins, and not IN our sins.

Those who say this reject the doctrine of sanctification and spiritual growth. They seem to believe once a person believes & accepts Christ they become sinfree.

When a person becomes a true believer in Christ, that person is placed into the body of Christ. it is His righteousness that counts,not our own.

1 Cor. 1:30-31 30 He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption.

Those that seek their own sanctification are of the flesh, and the flesh loves loves to be religious in observing dietary law, keeping the Sabbath and other rites not commanded of the church.
---lee on 2/15/10


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Although this could foster a brain-ache on steroids, ya still gotta wonder--

If God can create the heaven and the earth AND divide the light from the darkness... the three, in one day:

and if God can raise someone from the dead AND change them from corruptible to incorruptible... in a moment, in the the twinking of an eye...

...then, could God actually just up and snatch someone out of a full-blown demon-juice death-grip, AND forgive them AND save them... all at the same time? (Give or take, of course.)
---BruceB on 2/10/10


GOD CAN SAVE YOU. If He chooses to. Anyplace, anywhere, anyhow, Under any conditions. Ahhh.
---catherine on 2/8/10


Francis--God came to save us FROM our sins, and not IN our sins

If this is so, then NO ONE can be saved!
SINNERS are the only ones who need saving!

Luk 18:11- The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men [are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

Luk 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as [his] eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

Luk 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified [rather] than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased, and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted
---Donna66 on 2/8/10


God came to save us FROM our sins, and not IN our sins.

We are called and giving the spirit of God so that we mau be OVERCOMERS of the world.

11He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

12And, behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
---francis on 2/8/10


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I suggest you direct your question to the only authority on this particular question...our lord and saviour Jesus Christ. I found that asking the opinion of others before delving in the Holy Bible along with prayer, can be a short cut and offer unfulfilling results. If you are comitted enough to spend quite a bit of time reading scripture and praying to God for exactly what you want and need, then the answer is probably already on its way.
---Cody on 2/8/10


"By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace" Because God saved Rahab from the destruction of Jericho, does not mean that God condoned her past sexual sins. Because Peter called Lot righteous does not mean that Lot was perfect.

Peters statements about Lots righteousness is similar to how Noah was surrounded by a sea of iniquity 2 Peter 2:5, Lot was surrounded by extremely wicked, filthy, lawless citizens of Sodom.

Lot was far from perfect, but he was not a wicked man. Lot separated himself from the unlawfulness of the inhabitants of Sodom and was even tormented "day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds" 2 Peter 2:8.
---Ralph on 11/16/09


Mima, that is correct. You are right on. This context also tells us in v. 5 "did not spare the ancient world" it is the second illustration Peter gives, the first been the fallen angels in v. 4, now he talks about God serving as precedent for God's future judgment on false teachers is the judgment on the ancient world through the world wide flood. The human race was reduced to 8 people by that judgment, and the third illustration is Sodom and Gommorah. This distruction destroyed every person in the area by incineration, and hear this, to make them an example. Yet delivered righteous Lot.
---MarkV. on 11/16/09


Jody, your answer was right on the money.
God can save anyone. He has saved millions of drunks, yet many He hasn't. He can permit you to hit bottom before He brings you up to salvation. While drunk you could meet someone that God placed to bring His word to you, or you could go to jail and lose everything, job, wife, kids, before He turns you towards Christ and bring you back to your family through some ministry or friends who love you and witness to you.
Whether a drunk or not, none of us are worthy of salvation for everyone deserves death. We have all sinned against God and owe that penalty of sin, that only Christ works through His death can take care of.
---MarkV. on 11/16/09


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---MarkV concerning Lot, I believe Lot to be a perfect illustration of OSAS. And I believe Lot was called just by God before he made mistakes and after he made mistakes.
What do you believe MarkV?
---mima on 11/16/09


I agree with the Moderator. No soil is too fallow, no heart to hard, that the Almighty cannot save.
---Eloy on 11/16/09


Mima, as to your question on Lot, you seem to not agree with God making him righteous. In your understanding how can God continue to call him righteous when he did what he did.
I figured you believed that when God saves someone he is for sure saved if his faith is true faith.
In 2 Peter 2:7-10 God gives the reasons why Lot sinned the way he did. He was overwhelmed by all the immorality. Lot was troubled deeply and tortured (tormented) with immoral outrageous behavior of the people. Peter is tells us that God's people are always rescued. God's plan in this case is to rescue the righteous before His judgment falls on the wicked. He will not let them fall.
---MarkV. on 11/16/09


Jody, I could kiss you. Very nicely put!
---JackB on 11/15/09


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Jesus told us that He came to save the sick/lost. God can save anyone and deliver anyone He chooses. Our sins are forgiven when we are saved and we are all sinners. Even after we are saved, we contend with a sinful nature (read Romans 7). Our salvation is through faith is Jesus Christ only because we will never be good enough no matter how hard we try. The bottom line is faith working through love. When we love Jesus and others, we become more like Jesus. Our eyes/minds must be fixed upon Jesus and not the law. Jesus is the fulfillment of the law.
---jody on 11/15/09


With God, nothing shall be impossible.
---Anne on 10/22/09


Actually, the question was:
" can a drunk, while being drunk, be saved? receive the Lord Jesus Christ? Be forgiven and granted salvation?"
It was NOT
"will someone who remains a drunk be saved."

Two different questions.
Possibly two different answers.
---Donna66 on 10/22/09


Actually, I THOUGHT the question was:
" can a drunk, while being drunk, be saved? receive the Lord Jesus Christ?"
not
"will someone who remains a drunk be saved?"
Somebody must just have wanted to answer that question instead.
---Donna66 on 10/22/09


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Truth tells us the evidence (the way you can have assurance that you're GENUINELY saved), is that you do as a style of life the will of the Father. This is not works, but the evidence of true saving faith.

True evidence of being born-again/regenerated is that you can know a Christian by their fruit. It will show in the way you talk, walk in life, and in the passions of your heart. The fruits are seen in that we won't talk, dress, or speak like this world...we're born-again of God.

A drunk can be saved, through the life changing conviction of the Holy Spirit. But, that Spirit will remain, and change that man.
---Anne on 10/21/09


Oh Boy! I'm REALLY hoping somebody will address Mima's question! Who will be brave enough to give it a try?

(I'll likely not find out-- I'm about to get a new knee...with surgery and rehab, I may not see my computer for a while).
---Donna66 on 10/20/09


---Francis as I read the first two lines of your answer,"I think we are asking, will someone who remains a drunk be saved.

The answer is NO

I was reminded of Lot and what the Bible says about him in second Peter 2:7,
" And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:" notice that lot is called just. I remind you that this is the same lot that got drunk and committed incest with his daughters(he might've been drunk but I still believe he had some concept of the act of sexual intercourse) yet he is called just. Is there a problem here? Can you clear this up?
---mima on 10/20/09


I think we are asking, will someone who remains a drunk be saved.

The answer is NO!

1 Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

1 Corinthians 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, NOR DRUNKARDS, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

We all had one or more sinfull issues before we came to christ, but we MUST BE BORN AGAIN
---Francis on 10/20/09


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Yes, indeed. The Lord God knows a person's heart. To think that a person in a state of drunkeness is too muddled to understand the truth of the Gospel, is foolish. You will see in time, after the person sobers up, how genuine his confession is.

And sometimes it takes the Lord awhile to clean someone up. So don't assume that a new Christian with a drinking habit will NEVER drink again! Some may not, but some may stumble. Don't write somebody off just because they don't meet your expectations.
We ALL try the patience of God!
---Donna66 on 10/19/09


Are you asking if someone who IS drunk can repent of their former life and follow Christ?

someone in a state of intoxication would not comprehend what is happening ...knowing many evangelists believe they call many to God I'm sure many would believe someone who is in a state of drunkenness could be saved but that would be a lie

someone who is an alcoholic who drinks to be drunk often and is in a state of soberness could most certainly repent of their former life of drunkenness and with prayer and help they can overcome with time
---Rhonda on 10/17/09


Yes a person can receive Christ while being drunk, but they must repent with a sincere heart and ask God to forgive them. Once they do this, God will save them. Before that person leaves the altar, they will be sober and saved.

Robyn: God can save anybody as long as they come to him wanting to change, wanting to be saved. A person doesn't have to be sober in order for them to receive Christ. I've seen a really drunk man stagger inside the church, he reaked of alchol. The Pastor was giving an altar call, the man staggered to the altar and fell on his knees and became very humble. When he left that altar, he was sober and saved. The smell was gone. Never hinder or deny a person from going to the altar.
---Rebecca_D on 10/15/09


Absolutely! Anybody can be saved.
---helen on 10/13/09


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Yes. It can & does happen.
---Betty on 10/13/09


hey, if an drunkard is able to pray and asked to be save, heck yea, Christ died for all.
---larry on 10/13/09


God can do anything but fail but I think the drunk needs to be aware of what he/she is doing before he or she can make a life changing decision like that. Deciding to follow Christ is a very serious decision. The most important decision we will ever make in our lives.If one has ever been in a drunken stupor(really drunk) we can't do much in that shape. Nothing,really. We don't even know our own names. Drunkenness is a terrible sin and character defect. We must be ble to sincerely repent and invite Jesus into our hearts, in order to be born again. I don't think a drunk is able to do that until soberness sets in.
I would not try to take a drunk person to an altar call or get him or her to receive Christ at that time.
---Robyn on 10/10/09


I think it would be safe to say that the God who can cast out demons on the spot can also cast out the infliuence of alcohol or drugs and bring that sinner to repentance. NOTHING is impossible with God.
---tommy3007 on 10/6/09


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Yes. We were all in sin when God saved us. This person is sure to need some follow up and discipling though. When he sobers up, Satan will undoubtedly try to make him doubt.
---Donna66 on 10/5/09


I think that my dad was drunk when he received the Lord Jesus Christ.
---amand6348 on 10/5/09


Let me paraphrase your question to see if I understand you, mima:

Can a person in a state of intoxication or otherwise mentally befuddled, make an act of saving faith and say the totally unbiblical "sinner's prayer" to achieve pop-evangelical salvation?

Is this what you are asking?
---Cluny on 10/5/09


Salvation has already been accomplished (made available) for everyone on earth (but "ETERNAL LIFE" is the goal).

The "guarantee" of eternal life will come only from a "mature" LOVE devotion.

In time, spiritual growth will cause maturity (The Lord will tarry with them while they conquer their weakness).

Ephesians 1:14
"which is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it".

Romans 8:16
"it is the Spirit Himself bearing witness with OUR SPIRIT"....as The Lord leads, they will conquer their weakness.
---more_excellent_way on 10/5/09


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Why yes, if he/she is repentant! God once ministered to me when I went to church badly hung over, He was soooo merciful to me! I was already a believer but I was a sick one at the time, nonethless "His mercies are new every morning"! :) Praise God!
---Mary on 10/5/09


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