Paul addresses a gamut of the typical idolatries and sin symptoms not worthy of those who have “put on the new self” (Ephesians 4:24): dishonesty (Ephesians 4:25), unwholesome talk (Ephesians 4:29), rage (Ephesians 5:31), and sexual sin (Ephesians 5:3). Also this passage contains what is likely the most used scripture for weddings in Bible-believing Protestant churches (Ephesians 5:22-23). Today, I note Paul’s emphasis that we should be led by the Spirit instead of the spirits (Ephesians 5:18). This is not the first time in scripture being filed with the Spirit is contrasted with being filled with booze (Acts 2:1-13). However today’s emphasis suggests that there is an impossibility in being led by both at the same time. If we reflect but a moment, we should understand why. The Holy Spirit is a person, and just as we have a harder time when filled with drink understanding anyone else or obeying what they say, so it is with God’s Holy Spirit. Obviously, at least to me, Paul isn’t commanding teetotalism. That doesn’t mean many people wouldn’t do well to do honest self-assessment when drinking wine, beer, or stronger beverages about whether they are intentionally placing themselves under the rule of some other power than the power of the Most High.