Overcoming Sin through Christ: Carousing


Overcoming Sin through Christ

A Comprehensive List of Sins

(Alphabetically Arranged)

Richard Hollerman

The plan of this study is simple.  We will look at a large number of sins, one by one, alphabetically.  We will define the sin, describe it, and comment on it, along with noticing Scripture references on the particular entry.  Some illustrations will be offered along with the description.


When we think of carousing, we probably have images of young people spending the night on the town. They may be teens who get drunk, go to parties, and live irresponsible lives with little thought of tomorrow.

Paul says that we are to “behave properly as in the day,” then he describes what life in the spiritual darkness of sin involves: “. . . not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy” (Romans 13:13).  Instead, we are to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts” (v. 14).  Part of this darkness that we must renounce when we put on Christ is a life of “carousing” (KJV: “rioting”).

Just what is carousing?  The English word carouse can mean “to drink deeply and frequently.”[1][1]  The Greek means “a revel,”[2][2] “carousing, revelry.”[3][3]  Barclay says, “Komos expresses a lustful excess in physical and sexual pleasure which is offensive to God and to man alike.”  He says that Wand translates it as “debauchery.”[4][4]

This is a sin that might be found in the ever-popular parties of the high school and especially college crowd.  The drinking, the drugs, the loose sex, the loud and bizarre music, the uncontrolled emotions, the lust, the utter worldliness—all of this expresses komos!  The dances, the discos, the orgies at the beach, the night clubs, the bars, and so much more fall under the condemnation of Romans 13:13.

We might also note that Galatians 5:19-21 says that “carousing” is a work of the flesh that will prevent one from inheriting the kingdom of God!  Let us forsake all carousing—and anything similar to it.


[1][1] Random House Webster’s College Dictionary.

[2][2] W. E. Vine, Expository Dictionary.

[3][3] Bauer, Arndt, Gingrich, Danker, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament.

[4][4] Flesh and Spirit, p. 62.


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