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Should Christians Drink Alcohol?

Should Christians Drink Alcohol?

A Biblical Study…

Reverend Kevin R. Airrington
December 10, 2011
Saturday Morning Bible Study
Community Bible Church

The World is a system opposed to God.   We profit from the Word when our eyes are opened to discern the true character of the world.

“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” Proverbs 20:1

There is a high death rate as a result of alcohol related accidents in this country.  Daily you can pick up a newspaper and read scads of stories of families that are destroyed due to a drunk driver.   According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a person dies every 33 minutes in an alcohol related accident.  And that’s not all.   There is an estimated alcohol related injury every two minutes.

Consider these additional statistics from the United States Justice Department: Nearly 4 in 10 violent victimizations involve the use of alcohol.  Also, victim reports show, on average each year about 183,000 rapes and sexual assaults involve alcohol use by the offender, as do just over 197,000 robberies, about 661,000 aggravated assaults, and nearly 1.7 million simple assaults.

Many people have told me that drinking has nothing to do with DUI’s or tragic deaths due to alcohol.  I beg to differ.  Say what?

The Scriptures are true! “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” Proverbs 20:1. 

Alcohol is at the root of all kinds of problems in our country today and it has been for hundreds of years.  Proverbs 23:31-32 is a powerful injunction against drinking alcoholic beverages. It says, Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.  At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.

There is clear evidence in the Scriptures that believers should not drink alcoholic beverages.

There are 637 references to wine, drink, and drinking in the King James Translation of the Bible.  Most people think in today’s terms, believing that when the word “wine” is mentioned in the Scriptures it refers to alcoholic wine.  Actually, that is not necessarily true. Thirteen different words are translated “wine” in the King James Version of the Bible.  The word “wine” has a wide range of meaning in the Bible, covering everything from grape juice to concentrated grape syrup to alcoholic wine.  To understand what the Bible has to say about drinking, we need to look at several of these words.  

OLD TESTAMENT HEBREW WORDS FOR WINE

“Yayin” — It is a general term for grape beverages and it includes all classes of wine, non-alcoholic or alcoholic; unfermented, in the process of fermentation and fermented. (Proverbs 31:4) Usually, the context will show whether it is alcoholic wine or not. Yayin, when used properly was always diluted with water.

“Shekar” — It is the word for strong drink, unmixed wine.  The 1901 edition of THE JEWISH ENCYCLOPEDIA says, “Yakin, wine, is to be distinguished from Shekar, or strong drink.  The former is diluted with water; the later is undiluted.”  Shekar was not diluted with water.” (see Numbers 28:7)

“Tirosh” — This word refers to fresh grape juice. It is referred to often as new wine or sweet wine. (see Proverbs 3:10; Deuteronomy 7:13)

NEW TESTAMENT GREEK WORDS FOR WINE

“Oinos” is the counterpart to the Old Testament word Yayin. It is a general term for grape beverages and includes all classes of wine, non-alcoholic or alcoholic; fermented or unfermented.  The context has to be used to determine whether the drink was intoxicating or not. (Luke 10:34; Ephesians 5:18).  Oinos, when used properly was always diluted with water.

“Sikera” is the counterpart to the Old Testament word Shekar.  It is the word for strong drink, unmixed wine. (Luke 1:15)

“Gleukos” is the counterpart to the Old Testament word Tirosh.  Dr. Paul Dixon says “It refers to fresh wine, a new wine” or freshly squeezed grape juice.

INTRODUCTION

And we know that we are ___ ________, and _______ ____________ ____________ lieth in wickedness.  1 John 5:19

And he said unto them, Ye are they which _____________ ____________ before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is ___________ ___ ____ _____ of God. Luke 16:15

The World is an enemy to be resisted and overcome.  As Christians, we are commanded to “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12) and to be a good testimony to the world.  THEY ARE WATCHING!  as there is the Holy Trinity The Father, The Son, and the Holy Ghost — so also there is an evil trinitythe flesh, the world and the devil (Not to be confused with the Holy Trinity discussed in the book of Revelation by Pastor Joh.

The world has turned its back on Jesus Christ, and through His Name is professed in many places (even church), the world will have nothing to do with Him.  All the desires and designs of worldliness distract us from Christ and can cause each of us to stumble.  Christians are in the world and cannot get out of it; we must live here until we die or Jesus returns to take us home.  While we are here we have to earn a living, support our families and attend our worldly business.  BUT WE ARE FORBIDDEN TO LOVE THE WORLD AND THE THINGS IN IT!

  1. Can I as a Christian, fraternize or seek pleasure in the things of this world? James 4:4, John 2:15

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  1. What did Jesus say about worldliness? Mathew 15: 8   ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    1. Mathew 16:26 For what a man profited, if he shall gain the ________ ________ and _________ _______ ______ _______? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
    2. Luke 21: 34-36 __________ __________ _________
  2. Can giving into the world mold our activities and plans of life? Ephesians 2:2

While there are many things in the world that can distract us from our walk with Christ; let’s look at just a couple.  We shouldn’t have to eat the whole pie to know it was made with rotten apples.  How big is your God? ____________________________________________________________________________

  1. Should Christians watch rared R movies? Psalm 101:3 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  2. As Christians is it important how the world looks at us? 1 Thessalonians 5:22  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    1. Why is this important? Matthew 5:13-16 ______________________________________

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  1. Pliny, a Roman Officer and historian said, “Without salt human life cannot be sustained.” How might this apply to our Christian Life and those around us?  _________

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There is clear evidence in the scriptures that Christians should not drink  Over the years I have heard all the arguments as to why it is ok to drink and to be honest…not one single case holds up to the Bible.   I have even heard that Jesus Himself drank.   In this study, we will discover that not only did Jesus not drinkHe refused it when it was offered to Him and as a king, He was forbidden to drink.   To say that Jesus drank alcohol is just heretical in its purest form!

I have said it before, “I am not the wine police.”  If I am at your house you have a six-pack of beer in your fridge or a jug of wine that is your business.   My job, just as your job is to show you what God’s Word has to say on the matter.  After, learning the truth if you wish to continue drinking…that is between you and God.

ONE THING I WILL ESTABLISH IN THIS STUDY IS THAT THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO BIBLICALLY SUPPORT FOR SOCIAL DRINKING IN THE BIBLE.  If you think you have found it…let’s look at the evidence together.

Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

 

  1. What does Jesus tell us people were involved with prior to the flood? Matthew 24: 38-39 _____

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Jesus is telling us that just as people before the flood…so shall people be caught off guard when he returns.

 

  1. Proverbs 20:1, “________ is a ___________, __________ _____________ is ___________: and whosoever is ___________ thereby is not _________.”
    1. What are some of the affects on the human body? Proverbs 23:29-35

v.29 _______________________________________________________________

v.30_______________________________________________________________

v.31_______________________________________________________________

v.32 _______________________________________________________________

v.33 _______________________________________________________________

v.34 _______________________________________________________________

v.35 _______________________________________________________________

The first effects of alcohol on the brain is to dull the capacity for self-criticism and the sense of caution.  A lessening of care and anxiety follows this.  The checks on irresponsibility and unreasonable behavior are also curtailed.  Actions follow impulses, which is dangerous.  Reaction time becomes slower; coordination is disturbed; drowsiness follows.

  1. Does drinking make you forgetful? Proverbs 31:5 ______________________________________

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  1. Does drinking affect our judgment? Isaiah 28:7 ______________________________________
  2. Is it okay for Christians to drink one or two beers or a

glass of wine (in moderation)?  *Ephesians 5:18 ______________________________________________________________________________

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  1. Why does Paul tell us not to drink wine? Romans 14:21 _________________________________

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Some Christians claim their “Christian Liberty” when it comes to social drinking.  In order to do that, they must turn their backs on this portion of scripture.  It is a fact that drinking causes some to stumble; others to be influenced, some to be offended and many to be weakened.  The number one reason teenagers drink is their parents drink.  What kind of example are you setting for your kids?  One day, I called one of my older children, I think he was 18 or 19 at the time, a jackass.  As in a goofy donkey.   Definitely, not a bad word…but perhaps a word, as Christians we should not make it a part of our regular vernacular.   My youngest, 5 year old Joshua, heard his daddy say this abouot his brother.  A few weeks later, Joshua called his sister, Leila a jackass.  Our children are watching and so is the world!

  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 True or False, Paul warns us to abstain from evil? ___________________

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  1. 1 Corinthians 6:12d, “…but I will not be ______________________________________________

of any.”  (The only exception is the Holy Ghost, Ephesians 5:18)

 

  1. Is alcohol addictive? Proverbs 23:35 _________________________________________________
  2. Does drinking lead to drunkenness? Isaiah 5:11 _______________________________________
  3. It is clear from scripture that drinking sets off a domino effect; if we give the devil a foothold and we rebel against God and drink what is the effect?  Isaiah 30:1 ________________________

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  1. Why else are Christians forbidden to drink? 1 Peter 2:9 _________________________________

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  1. Should we even look at wine (Alcohol)? Proverbs 23:31 _________________________________
  2. I have a little wine left over; I will just give it to a friend of mine who is not a Christian, after all this stuff is expensive so I will just pass it on. Habakkuk 2:15  ____________________________

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Drinking, even social drinking cannot be legitimately supported by the Bible.  Every drink that is available today, even beer, falls into the category of unmixed or strong drink.  Drinking socially is a worldly activity and in light of the fact that believers are neither to be conformed to the world (Romans 12:2) nor love the world (1 John 2:15), our choice should be clear.  Perhaps social drinking has enhanced the acceptability of Christians in society, but it has not advanced the cause of Christ, and it does not glorify God!  Social drinking is simply a means which the devil uses to blunt our testimony for Christ and squeeze us into his mold.

 

MEMORIZE   1 John 2:15, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

 

* The word excess is translated from the Greek word asootia which means “Riot”.

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