Confession of a Minister: 'I Get Drunk'

They say, "Confession is good for the soul." So this article is my confession to the world about a personal thing that I do. This confession wouldn't matter so much if it were coming from someone else, but I am a licensed and ordained minister. I believe those I minister to should know about this confession. Also, I believe I would feel much better if people knew my secret. What is my secret that I feel I must tell? Read my confession about my secret in my own words.

I have been a licensed an ordained minister for over three decades. I am a Bible teacher and have taught thousands of people how to live the Christian life. I have facilitated hundreds of workshops and seminars, but there is a habit I started long ago, and there has not been a long period when I have gone without doing this thing I am about to share with you.

I own over 38 Bibles in various versions and have read the Bible more than 20 times. I teach the Bible over and over from Genesis 1:1 through Revelation 22:21, and I must make this confession about what I have been doing.

I have designed and taught more than 30 courses in biblical and theological studies. I must admit I do not have the courage and stamina to do it in my own strength. So in the middle of designing the curriculum, writing lesson plans and preparing to teach other ministers and those going into the ministry, I need extra help. What is this extra help? And what does it have to do with the secret I am about to confess?

My secret is this: I GET DRUNK.

So there, I've said it!

Who I Want to Know My Secret

  • I want my students whom I teach to know I get drunk.
  • I want my congregation to know I get drunk.
  • I want my listeners on Blog Talk Radio to know that when they hear me every Wednesday morning it is after having being drunk on Tuesday night.
  • I want my large family to know when I dismiss myself away from the table during special dinners, it is because I need to get drunk.
  • I want my friends to know that I can't socialize with them whenever they want me to because I am somewhere else getting drunk.

I teach online courses but when I am overwhelmed and frustrated, I stop and get drunk to help me make it through the night. I post on Faceback throughout the day to over 3,000 friends and fans. I can do it easily by first getting drunk.

In order to come up with so many articles for other hubbers to read on, I need extra courage. The best way to come up with that courage is to get drunk.


Like On the Day of Pentecost

Oh, yes even though it might just be nine o'clock in the morning, I get drunk because I am following the examples of the people on the Day of Pentecost when they were so filled with the Holy Spirit that they got drunk in the Spirit. Yes, I get drunk often, but it is not because of new wine or any other alcoholic beverage. I get drunk on the anointing power of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:15)

Like Hannah

Those who see me praying might think I am drunk like Eli thought Hannah was drunk when she was moving her lips and no words were coming out. Hannah was praying for a male child. Like Hannah, I sometimes pray so fervently for something that one would think I was drunk. (1 Samuel 1:12-16)

Like David

Sometimes my praise and worship lead me into a dance like David who danced before the Lord with such energy that his wife called him a fool and said his dance was vulgar. (2 Samuel 6:14-20) I sometimes go into a dancing frenzy just like David. Why? Because I am drunk. The power of God has overpowered me to the point that I can barely stand. I fall down on my knees and pray to the living God who has been so good to me.

Why Do I Get Drunk?

I get drunk not to make my flesh feel good. I get drunk because so that my spirit can be renewed, revived and restored. I get drunk because I want to experience the presence of God every chance I can. There is absolutely no way I could do all I have been called to do in the Kingdom of God if I didn't get drunk . . . if I didn't get drunk because of the power of the Holy Spirit.


I've learned that the best way to get drunk is to be drunk with the Holy Spirit! Won't you join me in getting drunk?

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Dr. Wendy 6 years ago from Kentucky


Great hub. I think sometimes people forget that even though our relationship with God is very serious, it shouldn't be so stuffy that we don't really worship Him. There is so much power, and healing, in worship.

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revmjm 6 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Dr. Wendy, thanks for reading and for commenting. Did you know where I was going with this when you first starting reading?

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Treasuresofheaven 6 years ago from Michigan

I knew this was a set up! I believe that the Holy Spirit resides in you. In order to do the extraordinary - we need extraordinary power and that is the Holy Spirit!!!

Yes, you have done well - 50 Hubs is quite an accomplishment!

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revmjm 6 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Treasuresofheaven, you are getting to know me pretty well. The title tuner didn't know what to do with that title. I hope this article will get a lot of reads for the message that it conveys. However, money coming in for it would be icing on the cake.

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jagandelight 6 years ago from Florida

revmjm, I must admit you had me going there for awhile but then i saw where you were going.

Being full of the Holy Spirit is very intoxicating, I love His power and what you learn and can do under the anointing.

God bless you.

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Dr. Wendy 6 years ago from Kentucky

I was pretty sure I knew where you were going. I know you are honest but I've read enough of your hubs to know you weren't about to tell us you need AA!

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revmjm 6 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

jagandelight and Dr. Wendy: Yep! I set you up for this one. A person at church discussed this with me today. She said she just knew it was a set up.

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create a page 6 years ago from Maryland, USA

It is great to meet you revmjm and I love this hub. I thought you were referring to being drunk in the Spirit, because I knew you would not bring disgrace on the Kingdom of God by proudly making a declaration of being drunk with strong drink in public. However, if you were making a confession of willingly sinning, I am sure the hub would have a good ending stating deliverance and victory. Good job. Welcome to hubpages.

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revmjm 6 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

create a page, thanks for reading and responding. I had a lot of fun writing that article. It was a set up. I wrote a similiar article that you might enjoy reading when you get a chance.

By the way, I am following you so I can begin enjoy reading your articles.

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skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

All Glory to God. I was asking the Holy Spirit to work through me as I typed a comment. You got me at first sister. I love to be drunk in the Holy Spirit. It is the most wonderful High I have ever experienced and from days past I had many of them. I just love your humor and the Holy Spirit movement is on sista. We are in the end of days and God is calling His Children to step up. May You continue to be Drunk in the Holy Spirit I myself am on fire for the Lord. I live in the wine!! It seems the more I love God, the more I want to know Him, and the more I know Him, the more I want to know Him and share Him and live for Him. It is a continuous snowball of love growing and growing. I am forever grateful to be a Child of the most High God. Amen sister You keep on. Love and Peace In Him

up and awesome.

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revmjm 6 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

skye2day, thanks for reading and commenting on this article. I know I really had you going at first. Yes, it was a set up, but the bottom line is that it is all right to get drunk in the power of the Holy Spirit.

By the way, I am now following you; so I will be reading and commenting on your articles as well.

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mattmilamii 6 years ago from Chicago - Be A Blessing... Become A Hand Of God

Dear revmjm,

We celebrated “Friends and Family Day” and I decided to have some fun with the sermon. I confessed to the congregation that I had a Drug Problem growing up… my grandfather “Drug” me to everything the Church did. Sunday Service, Bible Study, Conventions, Revivals, and Prayer Meetings; you name it and I was “Drug” to it. It was a good thing, and I’m glad I had the problem. More of our children need to have the same problem today. Incidentally, I knew it was a set up from the title.


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revmjm 6 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

mattmilamii: That's real cute. Why don't you write a hub about that? I am sure it will get a good rating. Thanks for reading and commenting on my article.

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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

revmjm: I knew where this hub was going even before i read the first paragraph. No respecting minister of The Lord Almighty, such as yourself would openly admit to substance abuse so I knew it had to be drunk in the spirit. Glory to God and His Holy Spirit.

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revmjm 6 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Dave, you are so smart. Thanks for having faith in me not to be involved in substance abuse. I had a lot of fun with that article. I had to be careful not to say, "I drink" or "I had a drink" because the whole meaning would have changed. I was cautious to always say "I got drunk."

sroberts9 6 years ago

God bless you for opening your heart and freeing what bonds you down. Amen.

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revmjm 6 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

sroberts9, I hope you read the end of the article to get its full meaning. Then you will see that it has a different meaning than first meets the eye. No way was I in bondage.

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ahostagesituation 6 years ago

Very well written. Funny, I use the same account of Eli and Hannah to explain some of the failings of religious leadership. Eli, was a prophet, but really he was only an imperfect human being. His judgment of Hannah was completely off, and harsh, and could have really messed with her faith if she didn't already have a strong relationship with God. I think the account helps take attention back to God Himself, showing us that errors in leadership take us back to the point that really, God should be in charge. A very smart guy taught me that one, :-). I really love that account. Nice work.

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revmjm 6 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

ahostagesituation: Yes, I often teach about Eli, the priest at Shiloh who thought Hannah was drunk when she was praying. I will begin to follow you to check out some of your articles.

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Eunice Stuhlhofer 6 years ago

Interesting and captivating...I couldn't stop reading cos I wanted to find out what gets you drunk. Praise the Lord for the Holy Spirit. Great Hub!!!!!

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revmjm 6 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Eunice, I probably had you going at first until you found out what got me drunk. Thanks for reading and responding. I am going to follow you to see what you are writing about.

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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.


Great hub.

I believe we would be much more effective in the kingdom if we all got drunk more often. Today, we have built bridges over Pentecost, where Jesus told them to tarry until they received the holy spirit. Today we want to rush out, in our own power, under an assumed anointing, to teach and preach the word of God, and have never been Drunk.

God Bless

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revmjm 6 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

godpreacher: You have said it well. It would be much more effective in the kingdom if we got drunk more often. I confess that I do!

Alma 6 years ago

When I sayw the article I must admit, it drew my attention because I have a coworker who is "Getting Drunk" and coming to work. So "naturall" I viewed the article in light of the aforementioned situation. However, I became both excited and releived that it was a set up! I sent the article to the coworker with this part attached.

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revmjm 6 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Alma, that article has gotten more attention in such a short period of time than many of my earlier articles. I knew it was a set up but was hoping people would read the entire article to find that out. Yes, I get drunk; not with alcoholic beverages but with the Holy Spirit.


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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

Revmjm, how did I miss this one? You are funny. I liked your metaphor and your spontaneous nature in writing this wonderful piece.

Consider this a toast to you my friend, enjoy the drink.

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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

FaithDream, thanks for reading and responding. I wrote this one about 3 weeks ago. I had a lot of fun writing it and bringing out the punch line at the end of the article. profile image 2 months ago from upstate, NY

It's OK to be drunk when you've been rocked by the Spirit of God. The fact is we need to be highly intoxicated frequently for God to work powerfully through us! Good word!

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revmjm 2 months ago from Richmond, VA Author

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