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
The question on the table is “should” not “can” Christians drink?
- There are 13 words translated from the original Hebrew and Greek to the word wine. They range in meaning from freshly squeezed grape juice to diluted wine to strong drink.
- Proverbs 23 outlines the effects that alcohol has on the body as well as how it affects us period. Plus it warns us to not even look at it or be around people who drink. (v.20 Be not among winebibbers, V.31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red…) That stuff will wreck your life!
- Drinking makes you forgetful (Proverbs 31:5), Drinking affects our judgment (Isaiah 28:7), Alcohol is addictive (Proverbs 23:35), It leads to drunkenness (Isaiah 5:11), It can lead to other sins (Isaiah 30:1).
- 1 Peter 2:9, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;”
- Most of the references in the Bible to drinking are negative.
- The Bible tells us that there may be three conditions where it MAY be permissible for a Christian to drink:
- Medicinal purposes (1 Timothy 5:23) Perhaps, today we have medications that work better.
- At a wedding or feast (John 2:1-11) Subjection! Were the people at the wedding Christians or godly?”
- Grieving the death of a loved one/poverty (Proverbs 31:6,7) In context however, this chapter forbids kings & priests to drink and talks about the consequences of drinking.
I would like to also point out that it is interesting how Paul specifically mentions drinking as something that will cause our brother to stumble in verse 21 Paul also uses the word drinking and not the word drunkenness. Interesting.
Social drinking cannot be legitimately supported by the Bible. Some people believe they have found this in Deuteronomy 14:26 (see my essay: Does Deuteronomy 14:26 support social drinking in 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.
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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.”
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