Concerning Vows


Does anyone have scriptures for when someone fails trials?
I promised God I would never drink for my entire life. I went to a party and drank and got drunk. This happened a while ago and I still can’t get over it. I keep asking God for forgiveness. I feel extra guilty because it was an actual serious promise I broke.
I would like some scripture and guidance on this topic.

Jack Danyá Kemplin:

A few weeks ago I was reading the life of Abraham, and he kept disobeying God again and again, and he kept paying for it, but every time he would turn back to God and honour God, and he would be forgiven.

Then there is King David who sinned regarding Bathsheba, yet he was restored to God. And the nation of Israel, who fell so deeply into idol worship and disobeying God that they were conquered multiple times, but they would return to God and would be restored.


Thank’s Mr. Kemplin. I was hoping you would reply to this, you know the word really well.

Do you think I should still keep the promise? Have any scripture on that?

Jack Danyá Kemplin:

“Dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end and receive the heavenly prize for which God is calling us through HaMashiach Yahshua (Christ Jesus)” — Philippians 3:13–14

Drinking is not a sin, but getting drunk is. Putting oneself in situations which could be physically or spiritually dangerous, is unwise, and can lead to partial responsibility for the ills that happen to one. We all make mistakes, but if we ever hope for peace, to be delivered in salvation and be reunited with God, we must turn away from ways which are counter to God’s way, turn towards God again, and continue in his way, his path of Salvation, his Living Word which always bares good fruit and is the Bread of Life.

So I am not saying that you should never drink again (1 Timothy 5:23, Ecclesiastes 9:7, Psalm 104:14-15, Amos 9:14), but you should refrain from drunkenness, and from dangerous situations that can lead to sin. (Proverbs 23:19-21, Proverbs 23:29-32, Proverbs 31:4-7, Deuteronomy 22:23-27)

If you do sin, repent, turn towards God, and try your best again. It doesn’t matter how many times we fall, as long as we get back on the horse and learn to ride it; it doesn’t matter how many times we drop the balls, as long as we pick them back up and learn to juggle them: we are only failures if we give up.


So should I unbind my vow?

Jack Danyá Kemplin:

I recommend, that even if you made a small error, returning to God and keeping your vows. That being said, if one does find themselves unable to keep it, and it is a vow that was not commanded by God and is therefore optional, there is an ancient prayer for removing ones’ vows, called Kol Nidre:
“All vows, and prohibitions, and oaths, and consecrations, and synonymous terms, that we may vow, or swear, or consecrate, or prohibit upon ourselves-from the previous Day of Atonement until this Day of Atonement and from this Day of Atonement until the next Day of Atonement that will come for our benefit. Regarding all of them, we repudiate them. All of them are undone, abandoned, cancelled, null and void, not in force, and not in effect. Our vows are no longer vows, and our prohibitions are no longer prohibitions, and our oaths are no longer oaths.”

There are many things which God does command that we do and not do (613 things); so before you make any vows which He did not command, such as no drinking of anything ever; I suggest studying His Word, his Instruction, and trying your best to do what He says to do, and not do what He says not to do. Once you have a pretty good grasp of that, if you want to do more, you can, but getting the basics down first, having a solid foundation, is good, that way you are not tossed and blown about in the wind-like trends of the world and others around you; you shall be set firm in a solid foundation, and saved from ruin.

A good way to study his word, is every Friday night or Saturday day, reading and studying His Word in Bible readings called Parasha, where in one year we go through the entire Bible. I host one every Friday night, you are welcome to come, if you wish to join us.

Just remember, that it doesn’t matter how many times we fall or drop the ball, as long as we get up and continue going towards YHVH The Lord. We are only failures if we give up.

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