A Word to the Nightlifers – John Boruff

“Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality.”—Romans 13:13, NASB

Carousing is that sin which many of you are committing right now:–roaming around the night with friends from bar to bar, seeking a one night stand, seeking an immediate sexual fix, that you may gratify your intense hormonal impulses. I know it’s tough, but I urge you not to commit fornication (if you’re not married, don’t have sex), because it goes directly against the commandment of God: “You shall not commit adultery” (Exod. 20:4). Which means, not only sex with someone else’s spouse, but sex with anyone unmarried: adultery is unlawful, unholy sex—sex outside of marriage, sex outside of holy matrimony. When God says, “You shall not commit adultery,” He commands it for your good, to keep you clean, and undefiled, to keep you safe and protected from sexually transmitted diseases (or STDs):–for no condom will give you 100% protection from the ravages of an insidious STD. And once the STD has conceived, it gives birth to death, destruction, herpes, rashes, sores, bumps, discharges, bleeding, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, AIDS, and all manner of defilement, for which there is often no cure! Scripture says, There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel” (Deut. 23:17). So, “save yourselves from this crooked and perverted generation!” (Acts 2:40). Do not commit adultery! Christ said, You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to [feel sexual] lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matt. 5:27-28)…“Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts…adulteries, fornications…blasphemies…these are the things which defile a man” (Matt. 15:19-20). The consequences are far too severe to enjoy the pleasures of that sin for a short while (Heb. 11:25). God created sex so people can make babies! God created sex so married couples can be closer! (Gen. 1:28; Prov. 5:19). Are you planning on making babies!? Are you sex lovers planning on becoming mommies and daddies!? Think of your responsibility! Think of what will happen if your condom leaks tonight! And your lover becomes pregnant! You men:–are you ready to be faithful husbands, and fathers, and providers? And you women:–are you ready to be wives and mothers? Are you ready to cook, and clean house, and take care of the kids!? (1 Tim. 5:8; Titus 2:4-5).

If you have sex tonight, consider the cost! No act of sex is without consequences. Suppose you have sex tonight. Suppose your condom works; and you get by Scot-free without getting pregnant. Do you consider that a success? That’s a pretty messy, spotty form of success. But that is not success. You will permanently feel attached to the person you have sex with. Do you really love that person? Or do you just feel sexual urges? Where will those urges go when you’re all spent? Will you lie down in bed; and feel no real love for the person you had sex with? You enjoyed your orgasm; but do you two have nothing in common!? If you’re honest, I doubt most of you would dare to marry each other! WHY WASTE YOUR SEMEN, YOUR ORGASM, ON A STRANGER YOU WON’T MARRY!? YOUR BODY IS SUPPOSED TO BE A TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT! ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE IT A FILTHY PILE OF POOP? A DUNGEON OF UNCLEAN SPIRITS? A DWELLING PLACE FOR SATAN?[1] NO! “GLORIFY GOD IN YOUR BODY!” (1 Cor. 6:20). “If we are temples of the Holy Spirit, then how wrong it is to drive the Holy Spirit away from us through fornication, prostitution, and in His place allow wicked spirits of uncleanness and fornication to come in!”[2] “You shall not commit adultery” is a good commandment (Exod. 20:4), and God means it for your own good; it is meant to prevent babies from being aborted, to prevent men from becoming negligent fathers, to prevent young women from getting hurt, from feeling like they’ve been taken advantage of, or being date raped. Beware of date rape drugs! Watch out for your drinks! Ladies–don’t let any man put “Spanish flies” in your drinks! Watch out for yourselves! Beware of STDs! They can ruin your life! Ask Jesus to protect you from prowling, sex-hungry wolves! Seeking to gratify themselves for a moment, and then leave you all alone. Leave this place! Leave these bars right now! These are evil places! Go forth and “serve God without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of your life!” (Luke 1:74-75).

Drunkenness is that sin which, is not the forbidding of all alcohol, but of all “strong drinks” (Prov. 20:1)—those drinks which, upon gulping down their bitter and burning drafts, make you soon mentally hazy, sleepy, and out of touch with your surroundings. It is an alcohol-induced state of an impaired mind. It will last for one, two, three hours; and in the morning, you will have a hangover—a queasy, ungodly headache, that will not let up. Will you go to work with that hangover? Or to church? No! You will sleep in. You will sleep in with your so-called “lover,” guilty of your sins, asking yourself, “What have I done? I don’t even love this person!” Such is the result of impaired judgment, an impaired mind, a drunken mind. Then there’s drinking and driving. With all the talk of “designated drivers” these days, it almost sounds like there are some responsible nightlifers out here. But it’s all a sham. The beer companies just say that, to evade their responsibilities, from those who will get into car crashes, or kill people in hit-and-runs, caused by drunk drivers. Everyone wants to have their so-called “fun,” especially when they’re not making decisions based on the Bible, which says, Let us behave decently, as in the daytime (Rom. 13:13). If you killed someone by drunk driving…you will wake up from your drunk state, and realize that you’re standing before a judge in court, on trial, looking at several years in prison, or even the death penalty. And if soon executed for your crime, you will stand before God, the Judge of Heaven, and be cast into Hell: “Do not be deceived,” Scripture says, “the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God…FORNICATORS, homosexuals, DRUNKARDS…will not inherit the kingdom of God!” (1 Cor. 6:9-10). “In the days of Noah they were eating and drinking…then the flood came and destroyed them all”…so it was with the days of Lot in Sodom and Gomorrah, until “it rained fire and brimstone from Heaven and destroyed them all!” (Luke 17:26-29). “The cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, SEXUALLY IMMORAL, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in THE LAKE WHICH BURNS WITH FIRE AND BRIMSTONE, which is the second death” (Rev. 21:8). Wesley preached, long ago:

Do you drink for the sake of company? Do you do it to make your friends happy? “For company” you say? Why is this!? Will you take a dose of rat poison for your friends’ company? If twenty men were to do that in front of you, wouldn’t you say, “Excuse me” and leave? How much more would you want to leave their company if they were all going to Hell!? You say, “To make my friends happy:” What kind of friends are these who are happy to see you destroying yourself?:–who entice you to do so? THESE ARE YOUR WORST ENEMIES, NOT YOUR FRIENDS! These are the kind of friends, who may smile in your face, and just as well stab you in the heart![3]

A Final Call to Fornicators and Drunkards

Hell has enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure (Isa. 5:14). God will say to His angels, Cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matt. 24:51). Jesus warned, Fear Him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into Hell. Yes, I tell you, fear Him! (Luke 12:5). FEAR GOD, AND HIS HOLY JUDGMENTS! Change your lives! God loves you! Jesus wants to save you from Hell! But “God is angry with the wicked every day” (Ps. 7:11). He considers this wicked–drunkenness, fornication, sex outside of a godly Christian marriage–it’s all wicked in His sight. It rouses Him to fierce anger; and every moment His wrath increases. Like a boiling hot cauldron, God’s anger is about to tip over, and pour on top of you, except you repent (Jer. 1:13), make a u-turn to Jesus, and abandon your sinful practices, and seek God’s forgiveness for these evil things, while there is still time. Soon you will die, and it will be too late to repent! Time is running out! If we confess our sins,” God “is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Come before Him in faith and acknowledge your sins, pray, and confess your sins to Him; and hear His voice say, “Go, and sin no more” (John 8:11). Abandon this! Run away from this! Live for God! Live for Christ! This way of life is not for you! You are meant to be a Christian! You are meant to glorify God with your life! Let us “keep our hearts pure and clean from all evil thoughts and carnal lusts.”[4] Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). This bar does not bring any glory to God; it is shameful and degrading, putrid, and nauseating! You are trillions of times more valuable than this! You are of great worth in the sight of God, a precious pearl to your Creator, a piece of fine gold, a brilliant red ruby that no one can price. So, turn away from this sinful, ungodly place! Because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband” (1 Cor. 7:2). Wesley said:

Oh repent! See and feel what a wretch you are! Pray to God, to convince you of it within your soul. How often you have crucified the Son of God all over again, and put Him to an open shame! Pray that you may see yourself, inwardly and outwardly, all sin, all guilt, all helpless. Cry out: “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Lamb of God, take away my sins! Give me Your peace. “Justify the ungodly.” Sprinkle me with Your blood, that I may “go, and sin no more,” that “I may love much, having had so much forgiven!”[5]

Repent from this cesspool! “Repent” means change your heart; change your mind; change your life; turn your life around for good; give your life to God; turn away from your drunken sex-outside-of-marriage ways, and turn to righteousness by faith in Christ; forsake evil and be holy! God will forgive your sins if you put your faith in Jesus. RUN AWAY FROM EVIL, and TURN TO RIGHTEOUSNESS; enter into the “new life” in Christ you’ve heard about (Rom. 6:4). When it comes, the Holy Spirit will enter your heart, and will “make all things new” (Rev. 21:5). “The old things will pass away” (2 Cor. 5:17). You can be made a “new creature in Christ Jesus.” So, go home and repent from your sin. Read your Bible. Repent. Go to a good church. Repent. Become a Christian. Repent! Live your life in loving, humble obedience to God. Obey the words of Jesus, because it is He who will judge the world. The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple (Ps. 19:7). “I meditate on Your law day and night” (Ps. 1:2).

You say, “You can’t judge me; only God can judge me.” Do you realize what you’re saying? If “only God can judge you,” which is true (Rom. 14:10), then you should be all the more serious to obey His commandments; because it will be by that law, that Jesus will “judge the world in righteousness” (Acts 17:31); that law which requires love for God and man, repentance from all sin, and faith in the cross of Christ as the only sacrifice for sin before an angry God, that you may have FORGIVENESS FOR YOUR SINS (Eph. 1:7). “All who do not know God and obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thess. 1:8) will be cast into the “lake of fire and brimstone” (Rev. 20:10); on the “day of His wrath” (Rev. 6:17). So, turn to Christ before it’s too late! TIME IS RUNNING OUT!

Some say, “God is love, not judgment.” But that’s only half true. While God is love, God is also holy, perfect, just, and righteous, and He will judge the whole world through Jesus Christ, and execute His justice and power, against all His enemies with flaming fire, on the day He avenges the saints. So, the question is: Whose side are you on? The devil’s side or God’s side? The side of good or evil? Are you God’s friend or God’s enemy? “Choose this day whom you will serve!” (Josh. 24:15).


[1] Thomas Cranmer, Certain Sermons or Homilies, XI: “Against Whoredom and Adultery,” Part 1, paraphrased.

[2] Ibid., Part 2, paraphrased.

[3] John Wesley, “A Word to a Drunkard” 1.7, paraphrased.

[4] Thomas Cranmer, Certain Sermons or Homilies, XI: “Against Whoredom and Adultery,” Part 3, paraphrased.

[5] John Wesley, “A Word to a Drunkard” 1.11, paraphrased.

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About John Boruff

John Boruff is the founder of WesleyGospel.com, a husband, father, and sometimes an open air preacher. He graduated from UNC Pembroke in 2008 with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion and views himself as a Baptistic Pentecostal. As a Christian, he feels connected with all members of the body of Christ, but can identify the most with churches like the Assemblies of God and the Vineyard. In 2015, he released "The Gospel of Jesus Christ," which is meant to be a Bible study for open air preaching. For his other writings, search articles on this site or see the E-Books section.
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