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Should Christians Drink Alcohol?

By Jarrid Wilson

I am pretty sure you know where this post is going. I am attempting to write a post on the topic of alcohol, and what Jesus thinks about drinking in the Bible. I need you to realize that my post will not be biased to one side or the other. This is a simple conversation among brothers and sisters. Let’s try and be civil.
 Non-negotiable
But, is drinking alcohol a sin?
  • Depending on how much you drink, and where your heart is while you do it is what can be the game changer. Even though I myself don’t drink, I have no problems stating scripturally that a glass of wine or beer for someone who is “of age” is not wrong. In fact, you’d be surprised to know that some historical texts show us that small doses of alcohol was once encouraged for certain health reasons.

  • Understand that the water Jesus turned into wine is not comparable to the alcoholic beverages we serve today. Big servings of alcohol in front of children would have deemed as “un-Godly,” and the potential of someone encountering a state of drunkenness is not something you’d want interfering with a “holy” union of marriage. Jesus is against sin, and drunkenness is not something he was looking to open the door to. Not to mention, some scholars believe the only reason alcohol was even served as a drink was to dilute the infections within one’s drinking water.
What does the Bible say about drinking alcohol?
  • What God commands Christians regarding alcohol is to avoid drunkenness (Ephesians 5:18).
  • Drinking alcohol in excess is unbelievably addictive. Scripture also forbids a Christian from doing anything that might offend other Christians or encourage them to sin against their conscience (1 Corinthians 8:9-13). In light of these principles, it would be extremely difficult for any Christ-follower to say he is drinking alcohol in excess to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). Ya, don’t try to justify that one.
Alcohol, consumed in small quantities, is neither harmful nor addictive. In fact, even today some doctors advocate drinking small amounts of red wine for its health benefits, especially for the heart. Consumption of small quantities of alcohol is a matter of Christian freedom. But, we need to understand that within these freedoms comes a personal responsibility to act accordingly, and to also not be a stumbling block for others. We can’t argue that drunkenness and addiction are sins. Why? Because within the confines of scripture it tells us so.
There are other questions we need to ask ourselves when taking part in much harder alcoholic beverages.
In the end, the presentation of your heart is what matters. The choice is up to you, but I pray through prayer and meditation you find peace with your decision. This post is not to encourage drinking nor condemn it.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” -Romans 12:2



2 comments:

  1. Pardon me , but I have to disagree with a few of ur comments here. That drunkenness is a sin? I beg to really disagree. I think it's time Christians started basing their lives on the word of God and not on religious/moral beliefs. In all you have said, self control is the key. Jesus says it's not what goes into a man that defiles him but what comes out of the man. I disagree with you quoting Ephesians 5: 18 because it was simply an admonition and not a law. If your heart does not condemn you, why would you bother? Most of what we practice in Nigeria as christians is simply Hypocrisy. Plain and simple!!!. Lets read the word of God as simply as it is written. Thank you

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