Should/Can A Christian Drink Alcohol?

Written by my cousin, Edward Jeffries

Please be advised, I am writing a post/thread on the topic of alcohol, and what Jesus thinks about drinking in the Bible. I need for all who read this post/thread to know that my post/thread WILL NOT be biased to one side or the other.

Non-negotiable: Getting drunk is a sin.

Ephesians 5:18 KJV And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess

Ephesians 5:28 NKJV And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation

Ephesians 5:18 Holman And don’t get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless actions.

1. Is it sin for a Christian to drink alcohol?
2. Can believers drink wine, beer, or hard liquor?
3. What does the Bible say about consuming alcohol?

SHOULD CHRISTIANS DRINK ALCOHOL?
This question has been a divisive issue for as many years as Christianity has been around. Many denominations forbid any consumption of alcohol at all and you can be dis-fellowshipped in some churches.

WHAT ABOUT THE ALCOHOL FOUND IN SOME COUGH MEDICINES?
Some churches have divided over this issue. It is a STUMBLING BLOCK for some believers while others they see no problem at all with having a beer once in a while or a glass of wine at dinner.

In the Old Testament and the New Testament there are many Scriptures about alcohol and I COULD NOT FIND EVEN ONE SCRIPTURE that STRICTLY PROHIBITS the drinking of alcohol. Even strong drink is mentioned but this may refer to something that is more fermented than wine, much like that of hard liquor.

I. DO NOT BE DRUNK
The Bible is clear that drunkards will not inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, not adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, NOR DRUNKARDS, nor revilers, nor extortionists will inherit the kingdom of God.

Romans 13:13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and DRUNKENNESS, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.

The problem of drinking alcohol is not the alcohol itself because Apostle Paul tells Timothy to: 1 Timothy 5:23 No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities.

Drinking anything in excess is nothing but trouble. Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise. (Bar fights)

Isaiah 28:7 But they also have erred through wine, and through intoxicating drink are out of the way.

Read Genesis 9:20-23; Proverbs 23:29-33; Habakkuk 2:15,
II. DRINK BUT NOT TO DRUNKENNESS

You and I have read and know that strong drink or wine in excessive amounts is sin and leads to poor decisions and sometimes to immorality, but this does not mean God forbids wine and strong drink altogether
Please read Deuteronomy 14:24-26 This does not mean that you and I can get drunk but alcohol in moderation is permissible, just as Apostle Paul told Timothy to drink “a little wine” NOTE THAT PAUL SAID A LITTLE 1 Timothy 5:23
Please Read Psalm 104:14-15 and Ecclesiastes 9:7
III. NO STUMBLING BLOCKS I do not believe that Paul was against drinking wine because he recommends to Timothy to drink some for medicinal purposes but You and I know that he called drunkenness sin.

For those who have had problems with alcohol or are alcoholics we (You and I) should not drink (if we do drink) in their
presence because we (You and I) can put a STUMBLING BLOCK of offense before them

2 Corinthians 6:3 We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed.
Offense means “an occasion of stumbling.”

Other Christians who do not believe in drinking alcohol should be given the same respect for their abstinence. Apostle Paul wrote about creating a stumbling block before those whose conscience does not allow them to eat meat sacrificed to idols but I believe the same principle can be applied to drinking alcohol. 1 Corinthians 8:9-13
I am not recommending that (You and I) Christians drink or that you should not drink, but consider the conscience of others who might be offended by your drinking. Some are recovering alcoholics and are overwhelmed by the urge to take a drink even as they see it or smell it. A key issue is to know where your Christian friends stand on the issue of alcohol and if you do drink, do so on moderation only.

Nothing good ever comes from drunkenness, never try to encourage others to drink Habakkuk 2:15.

Brothers and Sisters, You and I are free to do what our own conscience allows us to do. If you feel it is sin to you , leave it at that and don’t make an issue out of it.
If it makes my brother or sister stumble, I will not drink in front of them. If they do drink, I will not keep filling their glass against their will. Let all things be done in moderation and all things for the glory of God.

Accept Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not have tomorrow. Have a Blessed Day.

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