Should Christians Drink Alcohol?

Should Christians Drink Alcohol?

Should Christians Drink Alcohol?

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.


  • Getting drunk is a sin. (Ephesians 5:18) 

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. In You’d be surprised to know that some historical texts show us that small doses of alcohol was once encouraged for certain health reasons. I myself love the taste of wine, and even like trying the local brewery’s in my area. You’d be surprised to know how many of them are owned by Bible-believing Christians.
  • We must understand that the water Jesus turned into wine is not comparable to the alcoholic beverages we serve today. Some scholars say that 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. I’m not saying I believe this to be true, but it is something to postulate.

What does the Bible say about drinking alcohol?

  • What God commands Christians regarding alcohol is to avoid drunkenness (Ephesians 5:18).
  • The Bible condemns drunkenness and its effects (Proverbs 23:29-35). Christians are also commanded to not allow their bodies to be “mastered” by anything (1 Corinthians 6:12; 2 Peter 2:19).
  • 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.

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

We are called to be living examples of Christ. I pray that we would continue to resemble that reflection as Christ-followers, especially when it comes to topics such as “drinking alcoholic beverages.” Alcohol has destroyed way too many lives, and I pray that your decision will come with much prayer and meditation.

—Jarrid Wilson


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  • Beatrice Sosa June 13, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    This is a blessing to read, having myself having a glass of wine on occassion and seeked confirmation of it. Case in point, being told in the past that drinking is sin. Yes.. Not drunken. God bless!

  • Chris gunson January 18, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Great discussion. As always, we have to look to the Bible for the answer.
    1. Drinking is not a sin. Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine. Many people try to dismiss this. The wedding party had drank all the wine and needed more, getting drunk is a sin. Drinking in the company of an alcoholic is a sin. Compare it to eating. Eating is not a sin. But gluttony is a sin. Would you eat 5 deserts? Likewise don’t have five drinks.

  • Geoff June 28, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Alcohol causes a massage amount of death, injury, cancer, rape, child abuse, and other loss and damage. Buying alcohol provides more profit to the alcohol industry so they can pay for more advertising to promote alcohol and thereby cause even more damage and destruction. Therefore we shouldn’t use alcohol, end of story. Further, the Bible is very emphatic that we should love our neighbour as ourselves. That means not supporting an industry that increases the risk our neighbour will be killed or injured in a drink driving accident. It also means not wasting our money on unnecessary drinks when we could use it to pay for life saving vaccines for children in third world countries. If a Biblical interpretation is inconsistent with doing everything possible to help others, then it’s going to be wrong. The references to wine in the Bible shouldn’t be taken literally. Changing water into wine isn’t about literal water and wine. What’s the point of that? Anyone can make literal wine. When we give, we receive, and believe. Our ordinary lives will become better and more meaningful, and we’ll probably feel better. That’s the change.

  • Sarah Kirk June 21, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    As someone who lost a family member to a drunk driver, I am totally against drunkenness. Getting drunk has serious consequences for more than just the person getting drunk. It hurts other people too. Because drunkenness exists, my dad will never see me get married or see my children!
    However, after some years of healing and thought, I am not against drinking a small amount of alcohol. I occasionally taste wine or cook with it. There is nothing wrong with that scripturally.
    Still, we must be sensitive to those who have lost loved ones because of someone else’s drunkenness. If I were with such a person, or a former alcoholic, I would want to make sure I did not hurt them by drinking any alcohol myself.
    Alcohol is ok in moderation only. God does not want us to hurt others. That is why he condemns the use of alcohol in excess.

  • Jeremy June 18, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    I think its dangerous to try to set a higher standard of what it looks like to “love our brothers” than Jesus did. There were just as many lives being destroyed by alcohol when Jesus turned water into wine (I would love to see where you found information supporting wine being different in those times. All the research I’ve found actually supports that it was stronger then), or when they served wine at the last supper. If we’re going to put alcohol into its context, celebrations are a very biblical reason to enjoy alcohol in moderation. It may be the more radical thing to give the biblical example of moderation given the scrutiny you’ll receive from both extremes of “lets get drunk for Jesus” and “any drop of alcohol is causing your brother to sin”.

  • May 29, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    I think we should factor in that many of the verses used to support drinking are from the Old Testament – Prior to the arrival of the indwelling Spirit. With no well of indwelling joy, God made provision for the responsible drinking of a substance that coursed through a person with mysterious influencing power and brief relief from the burdens of life.

    What was Jesus’ first miracle? Yes. It was the introduction into the lifeless religion of Israel a foretaste of the Spirit through the transformation of water to wine.

    What does Paul compare fullness of the Spirit to? Yes. Wine. And his call is a declaration that say yes to the new celebrative resource that God has provided.

  • Wife of Alcoholic May 18, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    As one married to an alcoholic, I am 100% against alcolhol for Christians. We were both Christian (or so he said) and also neither of us drank (again, another lie) before we married. Once married the truth came out, but I made a vow, so I stayed. 15 years later the alcohol has comsumed him, and he lives in a world all to himself in the same house. There are too many emotions to address in this post, but it is just horrible. We have sought help, but when the topic gets to alcohol it is all off. As long as we can blame me for all out ails, he is right there. He stopped going to church, but still lives an appearance of a godly man, husband and father fooling just enough people to make him think he has it all under control. I oft wonder when his bottom will hit, and will he take us with him? Certainly, only God knows. But, nothing good comes from alcohol (spirits that ar not of God). Don’t make excuses. Just don’t drink alcohol.

    • TI October 7, 2014 at 5:06 AM

      Amen! I too come from a family and culture of drunkeness and violence. I grew up hearing and seeing the impact of alcohol in one’s life. I am saved and have had the occasional drink – of which I condemn myself for. Alcohol is nothing less of an attempt to lose yourself and forget your worries and troubles, I see it as an escape from sorrow, but I know that only God can take your heavy burden and give you rest. ( i speak from personal experience). Alcohol has destroyed many of my loved ones and I know when I have a family I will do everything In my power to forbid alcohol consumption. I dont want my family to suffer or end up broken and hopeless. Constantly trying something a little bit will lead you wanting more and more until youve become so immune you fail to see you’ve gone off the rails, and its so difficult to undo the damage.

  • David Crouse March 8, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    I’m sure Mr. Wilson’s words come from God’s wisdom. The scripture you speak of Mr. Think Rationally apparently applies to those on their deathbeds and those that are truly suffering. I am sure Mr. Wilson was not applying his wisdom to those in such circumstances as so the bible was also pertaining the scriptures of drunkenness to those who were alive, healthy and not suffering so much. That proverb and situations as this one calls for wisdom and discernment which God repeatedly tells us to have in order to properly understand the bible and what his words meant and to ask for with prayer and fasting.

  • ThinkRationally March 7, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Ummmm…. Proverbs 31:6-7?? “Give beer to one who is dying and wine to one who’s life is bitter. Let him drink so that he can forget his poverty and remember his misery no more.” If you want to talk about a subject, discuss both sides of the issue, not just your biased beliefs.

    • DJB March 10, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      I think you should read the entire passage. Think about the context of what is being said and I think you will come to a different understanding of the verse you quote.

  • Lisa March 7, 2014 at 6:45 AM

    I don’t drink at all but I used to before I was saved. Here is what I don’t get. It’s obviously non-negotiable that getting drunk is a sin. So, which sip gets you drunk. I know when I used to drink, there were times based on what I’d eaten, how stressed I was, etc…where one drink and I could feel it. For me, I’d just rather not risk crossing that line into sin. I’m past trying to find reasons to do things that are questionable, just for the sake of pleasing my flesh. Great article, Pastor.

    • Robert Harrell June 20, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      Very good response. We are to be filled with His Spirit.

  • Alex Gilbertson February 28, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Should I not eat food because I might become a glutton?
    I think Christians should be able to drink but I also think they should practice self control, just like in every other area of life. I think that we have really made a bigger deal out of it than it needs to be. If you don’t want to drink great, if you drink a little wine or a beer every once in a while cool. I think drinking out of rebellion is wrong, but I think there is freedom to drink. Maybe it’s easier for me to say this because I didn’t grow up in America, and I don’t have any family members who are Alcoholics.

  • Pstr Marty February 27, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Hey, great article, great conversation. I did a little study and asked different pastors from different denominations, (cause you know they all believe a little different on this issue) what their thoughts were. What I learned was that it was not a denominational issue or a scriptural issue, it was personal. Every pastor who had a family member or themselves that had a current or past problem with alcohol, they themselves were stone cold against it and would try to use scripture to stand on. Those that didn’t have past issues or family involved, had a stance of balance which was wine was not a bad thing in and of itself. Like most pleasures in life the enemy has perverted and distorted. Paul tells how all food ans drink is good and ok, except when it causes a brother to stumble. Who is brother? Those in Christ not those in the world. I can say this from experience, if you don’t drink wine or if you would not have a beer….good luck on having a conversation (sharing the Gospel) with certain people in certain countries. Paul said I became all to all without forsaking the Gospel! And to the wine at the wedding. I was a caterer for many years in the most prestigious homes of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. The host would have us serve the best wine first, and then later once the guest had a few glasses they would have us break out the “cheaper” wine and poor it into the “more expensive” wine bottles. The guest would never know because the alcohol has changed their pallet and they usually are sightly inebriated. This was almost on every occasion. That’s why the master of the ceremony said what he did to the host providing the best wine last. Grapes only take a few days to ferment, approx 90. Then it is a strong wine. :) Many warnings against drunkenness as well as wine is good for the tummy. Grape juice is NOT good for a sour tummy. Thanks for the post

  • Terry Fowden February 26, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    If you do choose to drink, does it interfere in anyway with your role as a christian, a husband or wife, a father or mother, or your own physical or mental well being? That question I believe you would need to honestly reckon with.

    • Jadene March 9, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      Love this! I think you worded this question perfectly :)

  • Allen February 26, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

  • Rick February 26, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    1) God made alcohol. In the OT, when God’s people were disobedient, one of the things he did was curse the grape crops/wine. When they obeyed, the grape crop was bountiful.

    2) Drunkenness is not a “new” or “modern” problem. The first mention of alcohol in the Bible is in Genesis 9 where it tells of Noah’s drunkenness and sin.

    3) Try to keep fresh grape juice or grapes from fermenting without refrigeration in a warm climate (or Mr. Welch) and get back to me.

    4) One of the offerings prescribed in the OT was the Drink offering… alcohol. Does it make sense that God would require production of something bad to offer to Him?

    5) I have always been taught… Don’t drink, you don’t want to be a stumbling block to others. Isn’t it a sin to LABEL something a sin that is not, cause someone to have guilt?

    6) There are documented health benefits to moderate consumption.

    7) I don’t drink; I was raised to think it was wrong and never acquired the taste.

  • Lorenzo Reyna February 26, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Why do anything that compels you to defend it against God. If I have to defend myself there must be something to battle. So win the battle by submitting to Jesus!

  • Laura Connell (@laurakimconnell) February 26, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Romans 15:22-23

  • Donna February 26, 2014 at 5:15 AM

    Simple “opinion”. If you can have a glass or two of wine or if you’re able to have a drink to relax in the evening and you don’t beat your wife, molest your children, cuss out your neighbor, drive your vehicle in an altered state of mind injure yourself or someone else and if you still are able to function on your job and do your everyday necessary task then I “personally” see no harm in that beverage. It’s not the beverage that is harmful it’s the over indulgence to the point of altering your life or other’s lives where the harm comes in. So if your life is based around that next drink to fill a void, to party like a fool or to escape the realities of your past or because you need that high to help you cope then I think you may need to find your strength in the Word of God and be “filled” with the Holy Spirit. Grab a cup of “the Living Water” and thirst no more. So sad the “church” has to spend so much time on this issue. btw, some of the things I mentioned at the top or also done by people who don’t partake of alcohol. Some of those things have even been done by pastors and church leaders. So, to conclude I think the enemy has a hold on Christians in many areas of their lives not just with strong drink. We probably need to be working on the mote in our own eye and concentrate on 1 Corinthians chapter 13 a whole lot more. Great article Pastor.

    • nansommer March 4, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Your opinion Ms. Donna is absolutely true, at least for me. Why drink and get drunk in the first place?

  • G Alex February 25, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Something to consider is alcohol also effects different according to ethnicity. Makes perfect sense why some would hate alcohol and avoid it completely.

  • mankind February 25, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Firstly we should understand that our body is God’s Temple as Believers, 1 Peter 5:8 says be sober and vigilant always! Because your enemy the devil,roams round like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. In other words, the moment we are not sober we become the devil’s prey. So guide your heart jealously and live according to God’s will. Mind you anything that destruct mankind is ungodly.

  • Laura Connell (@laurakimconnell) February 25, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    As a recovered alcoholic I can’t understand why Christians would drink. I’ve only known alcohol as a way to escape reality and for me it was always sin. I don’t know why if you are drinking for the taste you wouldn’t just drink something else that tastes good. Since being sober I’ve been to Christian weddings and I saw people being intoxicated with the consumption of alcohol. They also seemed to look forward to that drink of wine in much the same way I did as an alcoholic. For many, it only takes one glass or two. Alcohol is extremely addictive and is used to alter the mental state and “loosen up”. This is sin and really primes you for Satan’s pump, so to speak.

    • TI October 7, 2014 at 5:12 AM

      Thanks for sharing, very encouraging!

  • Grace February 25, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Amen! :)

  • Jayma February 25, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Completely agree. Intentions are everything…..

  • Kelly February 25, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    It makes me so sad to see all the comments condemning alcohol and those who choose to partake in a drink once in a while. Jarrid made many quotes available for an adult discussion, yet many feel the need to jump on and force their strict view of Christianity on others. The bible is available in almost 50 different versions and translations. The arguments both for and against alcohol can be made by pulling different quotes from the bible. They also used to pull quotes from the bible to justify segregation in America. Do you also want to bring back bathrooms for “colored” people? To live your life by a strict word captured by man cannot be what God intended. If it were, no one would eat bacon, mayonnaise, or shellfish; and we would all be sacrificing lambs everytime we sinned. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to see a massive lamb-pocolypse. Use some common sense people! Don’t want to drink? Then don’t! Want to drink? Do, but have one or two; don’t be a drunken idiot. Life’s rules are simple, no need to complicate them with minor details like a glass of wine: Love God, love others, love yourself…

    • ninasantrea February 26, 2014 at 8:41 AM


    • Daniel February 26, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      That is how I feel

  • Dennis Gable February 25, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    What about in Luke 7 where Jesus openly tells the pharisees, “I drink, yet you call him the drunkard”.

  • Nicole Cato February 25, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    You shouldn’t drink even a little bit because then you run the risk of getting addicted, and repeated drunkenness of addiction is a sin.

  • Kim February 25, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Thanks for your insight

  • SillyOldMe February 25, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Joshua Isaac. No one is born an addict. And if you do think it is genetic than let me tell you a story. My whole family, mom, dad, grandpa, grandma, cousins, aunts, uncles, they are all addicts. So really it is in my genes to be an addict like you say. In 2010 I got addicted to oxy for two weeks. I was taking 15-20 pills a day. After two weeks I looked at myself in the mirror and told myself I had to stop. I made a CHOICE. Even years later I had the opportunity to relapse. I actually had the bottle in my hand, but than I realized something. All I have to do is not move my hand. All I have to do is not move my hand to open the bottle! No one is physically forcing me to open the bottle! So what did I do, I simply did not open it! I put the bottle down! We all have a CHOICE. You say I was born an addict? Well guess what, I am, got addicted, than made a CHOICE to never do it again. And by the way, my mom has had cancer for 6 years, family members around me went through addictions, and basically my whole life was put on hold and turned upside down. Buddy, I have every right to do drugs, but guess what, I make a CHOICE, not to.

  • lisa February 25, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    I love this.

  • Rachel February 25, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    My pastor has been leading our church through a series on the book of Ephesians. While the Bible does not say as Christians we can not drink, it strongly states that we shall not be drunk. I think as Christians we need to know our limits and know what puts us in positions that do not glorify God.

  • donna February 25, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    point blank i think Christians should not drink ever…but dont think just b/c someone does have an occassional drink makes them not a christian and/or back slider..i dont believe the wine Jesus made had alcohol…before term grape juice was used..there was either firmented (not sure if i spelled that right) or unfirmented wine..ppl need to realize that and being (just my peronal view mind ya) that they did not have refrigeration back then i can see “wine” (grape juice) turning into wine/alcohol real quick back then…as for my personal experience i have never ever seen a person drink any alcohol drink and not act different..even before the 1st sip..even the way the hold the drink before drinking..there is a difference in their mannerism..thus i havent seen a christian drink and still act Christlike! dont think ya could of done a better job of trying to be clear and objective about it..well written

  • luke smart February 25, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    My view on this always opened up the larger question of our time on the planet and if we are using it wisely and as it won’t last forever how can we fully give the life we have been given by God for God, and yes I agree that going to pubs clubs and bars can be so quickly justified (wrongly) by saying well Jesus had to go to the sick not to the healthy but the the. Flip side to this is organisations like ibiza mission were the objective is to go to the clubs and bars and bringing light to that . If your motive is simply to get as drunk as possible as fast as possible then yes you can’t glorify God on bring light to that place in that state , but I do agree that alcoholics that have come through that can be amazing disiples with great influence as it is a common problem but I myself think that drinking wuth the motives and the right end goal e.g to be able to socailise with family were drink is involved (note family first with drink second on purpose )
    Then it is ok but then as long we realise that there is no end to it and we can only find ultimate satisfaction in Jesus.

  • Megan February 24, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Those who linger long at the wine, Those who go in search of mixed wine. Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it swirls around smoothly; At the last it bites like a serpent, And stings like a viper. Your eyes will see strange things, And your heart will utter perverse things. (Proverbs 23:30-33 NKJV) The proverbs writer tells us not to even look upon alcohol. The wine that Jesus turned from water in the New Testament was not alcoholic, yet it was referring simply to the fruit of the vine. If the Bible tells me not to even look upon wine, I believe we should stay completely away from all alcohol, even a sip. This would diminish the reputation we must uphold in the world as Christians and takes away from the purity we should have in our lives. The world says that there is nothing wrong with alcohol, yet the Bible says we should be set apart from the world. The Bible never says that drinking is okay on ANY level. It never sets limits saying that social drinking is okay. Instead it says DO NOT even LOOK upon it. I’m going to follow the Bible’s specific instructions, not rely on the world saying that it is okay to have a little drink.

    • Jayne February 25, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      ‘Lingering long’ are the key words here. Not to be mastered by wordly influences is the understanding. Enjoying a glass of wine is not harmful. Know yourself well. If you are an alcoholic then of course it makes sense to stay away from alcohol. God has respectfully given man free will. His intention for us to attain a balanced understanding of His will. It’s not what goes into a man which makes him impure, rather what comes ‘out’ that gives the Lord pause for us all. Balance is key.

    • Lori Miller February 25, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      Megan, can you explain how you come to the understanding that the water Jesus turned to wine was not alcohol?

  • Joshua Isaac February 24, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    I don’t think you have a frame of reference to deem addiction a sin. Do you think individuals choose to be addicted to drugs? Have you ever suffered from addiction? Well I have and have gotten clean. You speak ignorantly on this topic and is best you leave this out of your future commentary. Addiction is something one is born with, not a conscious choice someone makes. Who decides do get addicted to drugs and lose everything? Nobody. Get your information straight and do proper research before speaking blindly on a topic you are obviously unfamiliar. Addiction is not a sin, indulgence is. Understand the difference.

    • R February 24, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      Um, you aren’t born with an addiction. You may have a greater chance of developing an addiction like a drug addiction for example, but you certainly aren’t born with one (unless the mother was smoking or drinking while the baby was in the womb). Your paragraph mostly doesn’t make sense. Everyone has suffered with an addiction at some point and everyone knows how hard it is to break free so don’t assume Jarrid doesn’t know what it’s like. I really don’t get what you said. If I have a porn addiction, are you saying I was born with one? If I’m addicted to biting my nails it’s not my fault because I was born that way? What? If you’re going to accuse someone of being ignorant, at least explain yourself properly.

    • Rolland February 24, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      I am a recovering alcoholic, sober 26 years now, and no I didn’t intend to be an alcoholic but it was the excess and frame of mind in which I drank that I became one. I was not born that way. That is an excuse not to take responsibility for ones own actions. Alcohol and drugs are cunning, baffling, and powerful. Scripture does say not to get drunk on wine, or any thing else, which makes it a sin. Should a Christian drink? I think Jarrid Wilson put it well.

    • Jun February 25, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      My bro. We are born with sin. Sin is the addiction. But, Jesus has broken that chain not us. He said it is finished. End of Sin.

    • Manuel February 25, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      In no offense but how can you say you are born with an addiction, that’s like saying yeah I was born addicted to porn even though I’m a baby and no nothing of my genital area or that of a woman’s, it’s like saying yeah I’m addicted to drugs even though I have no idea what drugs are, you aren’t born with addictions you become addicted to the things you put more focus on in life

    • Nate February 25, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      Good job getting clean! I bet a lot of addicts including yourself wish someone would have shared this sound advice with you before losing everything. Why discourage someone from talking about the very thing that could have saved you from years of heartache and loss if someone only had the gumption to speak out?

    • Unmoved February 25, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      @Joshua Isaac. Being an addict doesn’t automatically make u an expert. At some point u chose to interact with the drug or alcohol of ur choice. Then it was downhill from there. I’m glad, however, that u have recovered. Plz consider this. U said addiction isn’t a sin. So so I believe there will be any addiction(s) in Heaven?

    • Unmoved February 25, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      So do u believe…

  • Lorinda Buelow February 24, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    I firmly believe that anything in excess is bad for you. It is the “excess”, not the thing itself. This can be a behavior as well as something like alcohol or even sweets. It is the psychological dependency that creates chaos in ones life and spirit. When the drive for something takes precedence over the rest of an individual’s needs in life and interferes with being responsible, it is wrong.

    • Jayne February 25, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      Great response here.

    • Lori Miller February 25, 2014 at 6:44 PM


  • Morgan February 24, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    1 Corinthians 8:9
    “But be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.”

    1. You could become addicted without meaning to, so why even take the first drink?
    2. Maybe you can handle a couple beers, but do you want to be a stumbling block for someone who can’t?
    3. Do you want your children to be tempted by the case of beers in the refrigerator?

    Don’t be a stumbling block.
    You can’t hold a beer in one hand and a Bible in the other.

  • Joshua Byrd February 23, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Joshua; and new subscriber! my dad is also a Baptist long pastor, and believes any alcohol consumption is a sin, but thinks I am an alkiy “my fault growing up I did not help this belief but supported it!:( but only when with friends now that I am grown and married I can drink at home with the wife or socially!;)

  • Annonymouse February 23, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Dear Jarrid,
    Thought Id share this with you, my ex-fiancé was blind to the fact that alcohol was a sin and it clearly says so in the Bible but denied and rejected the scriptures because he is selfish and self seeking. We are no longer together due to the fact that he continued to drink 2 or 3 bottles of wine a night, destroying the connection that a couple should have.
    His excuse was that I needed to accept him with his faults and addictions and I had to adapt and change to suit him. In the beginning of the relationship you don’t really see the dangers but eventually the veil is removed and I couldn’t live a life based on what I saw and opening doors to the enemy every night.
    Now we are both single, however, he has his wine to comfort him I have Jesus.

    • David Clinkscales February 24, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      Annonymouse: My heart breaks for your experience, as it’s unfortunately quite common in today’s culture, and has many different manifestations. Nevertheless, I have to say that you have not brought the authority of scripture to bear on your opinion. Given what the scriptures say (Pr 23:29ff, Matt 9:17, 26:27, Jn. 19:30, Eph 5:18, 1 Tim 3:8, 5:23, etc.), your experience (though tragic) has error on both sides. Your ex was not right to justify his behavior or ask you to change; you are not right to marry your feelings with the authority of God’s Word (or consider them to be the same), especially when unsupported. That being said, I’m glad you avoided what could have been a bad married situation.

  • Annonymous :) February 23, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    I needed to read this! I’ve even struggling wondering if it’s ok, if it’s not, am I being a bad example. After reading this I realize it’s ok as long as it’s done in moderation, but for me I have come to the conclusion that it’s not something I want as a Christian, others seeing me do. Even if it is just a glass. I want to be an example and don’t want anyone to doubt whether or not I’m conforming to this world. Thank you!

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  • Michael February 23, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    How much can one drink of modern day alcohol and be defined as drunk? Would two drinks classify you as drunk if you got in an automobile and were pulled over by an officer? Can one drink possibly make someone drunk? Paul said “be not drunk…” How would you define drunk? I would define drunk as having the mind altered by a mind altering substance. For some that may very well be one drink. My first experience with alcohol was a large Budweiser as a teenager; and it made me drunk.

  • Clyde Sandford February 23, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Hello Jarrid,
    Thanks for addressing this delicate topic. I believe you did an admirable job of avoiding condemnation, yet accurately supporting your points with scripture. Would you say the privilege you have in serving as a pastor impacts your personal choice not to drink? That is more of where I am as a pastor. I appreciate even old testament principles which encouraged a careful view towards alcohol for those in spiritual authority. This principle is also supported within the new testament as well. So I am more careful in not drinking, in part, by my role. Your thoughts?

  • Deserae P February 23, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Very well put!

  • Sue February 23, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    This is a topic I can speak to. Struggled with alcohol as a very young person. Went through the 12-Step program in my early 20’s and became a “recovering” alcoholic for close to 25 years. Today, by the blood of Jesus, I am now a recovered alcoholic, thanks be to God! I think you approached this subject beautifully. It imparts freedom and wisdom that each individual must be accountable to their own choices.

  • lesley February 23, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Pastor Jarrid,
    I am very embarrassed to ask this, but could this also apply to medical marijuana? I haven’t asked any other Christian that question. I find that it helps with my anxiety and I smoke it in private, not recreationally with friends or to be “cool”I have obtained a prescription legally and follow the laws in regards to it. I used to be on pills prescribed by doctor but those didn’t work. They made my anxiety and depression worse.

  • Bob February 23, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    While I, as a Christian, don’t think taking a drink of alcohol is wrong, today there are “Diet” juices (Ocean Spray) that are far healthier. They provide the antioxidants and provide less risk of weight gain (4 grams of sugar per. drink etc.). I had my share in college and not proud of that but frankly, alcohol is not something I crave, or need, in my life. It makes me tired and exercise is a much better stress reliever, for me personally. If people ask themselves why they think they need it they may find better alternatives. -MS in Health

  • Garry Gaspard February 23, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Appreciate your open letter on alcohol. I agree that alcohol in and of itself is not a sin. Their is a line that can be crossed for it to become a sin which is why abstinence is the best approach. It reminds me of a story Dietrich Bonhoeffer told while ministering in Spain. An elderly woman approached him wanting him to come and visit her son. He asked if her son lived with her and she replied only that his bed was at her house but that he spent most of his time at the saloon. If he wanted to see him he would have to come to her house early afternoon. To which he responded, ‘ Your son likes to , eh.’ She responded, ‘It’s not a matter anymore of liking it or not liking it, it’s simply what he does.’ It’s difficult for the person drinking to ‘ see the line.’ One thing to remember, let’s first deal with our own ‘sin’ before we damage our brother. Deal gently.

  • Priscila February 23, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Drinking small doses of alcohol is not a medical recomendation at all! In fact, alcohol is responsible for more deaths and diseases I can say! We only say to patients that ALREADY drink, that small doses of dry red wine are good for the heart. We NEVER encourage alcohol consumption.

    Great post! =)

  • Rebecca Mischke February 23, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Jesus turning water into wine: The scripture states the these people were well drunk at this point. Would Jesus turn water into wine and serve already drunk people more wine? I think not. That would be sinful, and Jesus did not sin. Your thoughts?

  • Amy morris February 23, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Beautifully written.

  • Bianca February 23, 2014 at 6:55 AM

    I don’t drink, no desire, but I still needed this reminder about not becoming mastered by anything. Nice post.

  • Jennifer February 23, 2014 at 5:15 AM

    I say that it is fine to drink in small amounts. Not meaning hard alcoholic drinks. However, there are some that get addicted very easily. If someone has a tendency to become addicted then they should stay away from alcohol.

  • ttlblogcommon February 23, 2014 at 4:56 AM

    This is something i completely agree with. A lot of people misread scriptures and get drunk!

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  • Gio February 22, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Agree with this post love how you said don’t do it in front of a bro if it causes them to stumble. I myself don’t drink but it’s sad that instead of basing it on our opinion we should pray and ask The Lord and see what his scripture says instead of basing it on personal opinion that it’s not Christian. You did an amazing job on this post on addressing it! So brothers and sisters remember instead of having church problems like this lets preach Christ and Christ crucified! Do one on cigarets if you may because I know brothers and sisters that smoke

  • Bert N. February 22, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Well written. Let’s remember that being “christian” is not only for our own benefit. We should seek to glorify Christ, not our ideas or our desires, even if those ideas are not blatantly sinful. My educated and experienced opinion about small amounts is that no one can tell me exactly what they believe a small amount of alcohol looks like. There are.actual legal definitions fyi, which is helpful. Let’s face it, most.human beings compromise on the issue.

  • jim February 22, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    “Understand that the water Jesus turned into wine is not comparable to the alcoholic beverages we serve today.” Where do you get that ‘fact’? It was noted by the steward to be the best wine.

  • Daniel Sinclair February 22, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    My summary is ‘buzzed ok, drunk no way.’

    • Becca February 23, 2014 at 6:29 AM

      Even buzzed is too far, as your mind isn’t right. Lots of people drink to get “buzzed”, which is not a good reason. And once their tolerance goes up, they are more apt to become drunk.

  • The Mrs. February 22, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Jarrid: Very well worded and scriptures used. My husband & I are believers, and I came from a church that discouraged drinking alcohol so that is what I did. I met my husband and knew he enjoyed a drink with his food but has never gotten drunk (at least while we dated and married). He also agrees that being drunk is not being Christ like. I struggled going to a church that allowed drinking alcohol (although half of the congregation do Not drink) but staying God’s Word and Prayer has really helped me to not be so judgemental and allow God to speak to each person individually. Even though I’m not a drinker, we have a great relationship and walk with God (always allowing the Holy Spirit to speak and minister to us through HIS Word).

  • Gloria Bahruth February 22, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    John the Babtist was to be brought up without having consumed strong or fermented drink that he might be of a HOLY service unto the LORD. Therefore, I consider alcohol must be unholy. It is used for medicinal purposes and also they say some wine is good for you. I know an elderly lady that drinking some whiskey is the ONLY thing that seems to help her break up and get rid of a chest cold. I think if it is drank with that intent and purpose, it is not wrong because it is healing to the physical body of which houses the HOLY SPIRIT. But, to just drink~~~No I do not think it is intended for us to do so

  • Judy February 22, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    I like and agree with your post. I in no way saw it as a “pick and choose your scripture” kind of post intended to beat another over the head. It was written with much love, grace, and concern for our choices in life as Christians. Thank you for your post, your time and most of all for your wisdom and knowledge. It is all about helping others to understand and you are doing a great job of that. Keep it up and keep the posts coming!

  • Stan February 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    There is a great feast coming. At that feast, the Lord Himself will be at our service. And guess what? “And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined” ( Isaiah 25:6). I have chosen to wait for that feast and its wines.

  • Drew February 22, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    There is a fine line between drunk and not drunk when consuming alcohol. Who determines what drunk is 1 glass, 2 glasses, 6 glasses? Is being buzzed considered drunk? If you don’t drink to get drunk then why drink? Some thoughts, love the post!

  • Daniel Sinclair February 22, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    The idea that the wine of Jesus day was non alcoholic is an old canard. Here’s my take.

  • Michael February 22, 2014 at 6:34 PM


    Getting drunk is a sin. (Ephesians 5:18)

    that verse does not say its a sin, it says don’t be drunk with wine. (your leading the witness as they would say in court).

    is eating fast food a sin? It’ll make you fat and give you many other health issues.

    why do we Christian’s get so wrapped up into the topics? Paul said I preach Christ and Him crucified. Every other topic is a trap, something to divide the body. you option, my option, his option….it will never stop.

    What the “church” needs to do is pull back a bit and re-focus. Actually pull WAY back. The church, us, need to find a common goal with in our culture and take it back. Here’s a few ideas; marriage, UN-wanted babies, government, our country, and so on. Our country is dying just like our churches already have. the stronger the church the stronger the people. if the enemy is advancing then no one is on the battlefield.

    Your blog is written well, no stones!

    I hope the Lord gives you more challenging questions to post to the body, questions to make people think and not just listen.


  • Elizabeth February 22, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    I really appreciate that you put specific scriptural references in this post. A very good perspective on such a controversial subject. Thank you for sharing. May God bless you abundantly! :)

  • Rachel February 22, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    I speak as someone who has dealt with alcohol abuse and addiction tendencies towards it. But ive said many times that if i could go back in time, it would be to stop myself from that first drink- to shut down that option immediately. I know it can be said that if you take anything to an extreme, it can be detrimental but, I, as a struggling Christian, don’t condone it on any level. I can’t agree with doing something that has the ability to ruin lives like it does. Getting drunk is a line that can be innocently crossed for a Christian who is just socially drinking. It’s all about opening gateways and doors to error. It’s playing with fire. Something that has such a hold on you can’t possibly be good for you in any dose. I know that is a relatively vague statement but, drinking is a sin that sneaks up on you and has a hold of your heart and mind in a blink of the eye. It’s one not easily shaken.

  • Sam February 22, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    I was drunk once in my life… wasn’t very fun. But i do enjoy a bottle of craft cider about once a week.

  • Sheryl Lynn February 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    I think we should not give the appearance of evil, it could lead someone struggling astray. For example someone who is not a Christian but sees a “christian” he admires drinking and thinks it is “ok”. Yet he then goes on to drink to the point of drunkenness. People have also been know to do things they “regret” when drunk, although that may very well be an excuse for doing something that would otherwise be unacceptable. BEst to err on the side of caution and not drink.

  • Yak February 22, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Drink if you want.. DON’T IDOLIZE IT.. Simple. But even better.. Just DON’T drink. Smoke gods greatest natural gift to the earth that has been here since the beginning of time. Lovely Cannabis.. don’t idolize it or use it as a crutch. Have your Priorities first then enjoy life.

  • Sue Scholl February 22, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    I agree 100% ! My husband struggles with drinking and is frustrated when others who call themselves Christians openly drink in front of him and even offer him some knowing of his struggles….it’s a heart matter for sure….

  • Betsy McBride February 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    I think one of the things we have to think about as Christians IF we drink is the perception of others who are looking in from the outside. You might have the greatest of control when it comes to alcohol but does that person looking at you see you and think differently of Christians. Have you placed a stumbling block in the path of the unbeliever? The Bible does clearly state that you should not place a stumbling block before anyone. I don’t drink for that one reason. Only you can answer your intentions and whether it’s right or wrong.

    • Scott February 22, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      Agree 100%

  • sergio chapa February 22, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    No we shouldn’t.

  • Jim Lex February 22, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    The Bible says much more about alcohol than what is listed under this title. After reading the content, I think a more accurate title would be “What does the Bible say about drinking too much alcohol” as this is what is addressed in that paragraph.

    What the Bible says about alcohol in the area of not overdoing it isn’t contained herein.

    That being said, great article. And please consider writing an article on OVEREATING as that is the number one SIN often seen among Christians, some pastors even brag about it after a potluck dinner. Gluttony is wrong and obesity is the result. America’s kids are now becoming obese. How sad.

    • Kelly February 23, 2014 at 6:57 PM

      Coffee is a “drug” and is addictive as well. What about cigarettes?
      And relying on modern medicine, pills, vaccines, etc. But God given herbs that have been used for centuries are looked down upon.

  • Cephas Da Rock Peter February 22, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Proverbs 23:31 – Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.

    Simply put, don’t even look at alcoholic beverages. It is important to note that the bible seems to advocate consumption of wine in some scriptures but this wine(English) may not have been the original meaning of scripture when taking the language of origin into account. The word wine in the OT had many different Hebrew translations and in similar manner, the same word wine in the NT had several Greek translations. Also, God never contradicts himself on anything (1 Cor 14:33) so He wouldn’t tell you to stay away from alcohol and then go and drink it.

    In Jesus’ time, water supplies were not all that clean so since agriculture was the order of the day, people often drank grape juice, the harvest of their labor.
    Paul advised Timothy to have some wine for stomach problems (1 Timi 5:23), medical science proves that alcohol prolongs stomach problems so Paul was referring to grape juice which has excellent medical benefits. Doctors recommend wine for heart issues but medical science has advanced far enough to have heart treatment medicine.
    I hardly think that God would allow us to consume moderate amounts of alcohol when we all have a sinful nature to overcome. Medically speaking, it is a fact that alcohol goes straight to the brain and kills brain cells. Aren’t our bodies supposed to be temples of the Holy Spirit? (1 Cor 3:16-17)

    When Jesus turned water into wine, it was considered to be the best wine. What is the best wine? According to world standards, that is finely aged wine with the highest alcohol concentration wine could have but Jesus was teaching standards in line with Kingdom thinking. It should also be noted that Jesus fulfilled the Law and the Prophets, nothing could be found to accuse Him with but the prophet Habakkuk in 2:15 says woe to any man who gives strong drink to his neighbor. So would Jesus give strong wine to the wedding guests?

    Finally concerning communion, Jesus and his disciples drank grape juice, simple. Mark 14:23-25, Jesus talks about the fruit of the vine. The fruit of an apple tree is the apple although you can make apple juice, the fruit of a corn plant is corn although you can used corn to make bread. The fruit of the vine is grapes though you can squeeze them and extract juice. Strong wine is the product of man’s imaginations (Gen 8:21)

    I myself am a Christian and used to casually drink alcohol before being saved. I wasn’t an alcoholic but drank on occasion, sometimes a little and sometimes to the point of drunkenness. However now, 6 years later without ever touching alcohol again, I am so ashamed of those days. Christians who continue to have the casual drink(i.e are not alcoholics) are those who cannot stand wholeheartedly for Christ because of fear of persecution by peers/family/coworkers. They are bible clutching, tongues speaking Christians on Sunday mornings but in the presence of the ungodly they cannot stand out for Jesus, they prefer to have one foot in the world and one foot for Christ but I am sorry for them!!

    • Cephas Da Rock Peter February 25, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      As I was reading my bible, meditating on scripture, I came upon the parable of the wineskins, Matt 9:14-17, Mark 2:21-22 and Luke 5:33-39, it says that New wine is placed into New wineskins and both are preserved. Jesus wasn’t merely talking about wine but he used this common knowledge of the people to speak about the New Covenant/testament. It basically means in order to to live in the new covenant you need to change your hearts(new wine in New wineskins). You cannot put the new covenant in the old heart(old wineskins) and he explains why. If New wine, which I believe everyone should understand is freshly squeezed grape juice, is used to represent the better covenant then in John 2:1-10 when Jesus turned water into wine and it was found to be good wine, that good wine was indeed fresh grape juice. God does not have double standard, so he will not encourage the drinking of alcoholic wine and then in several scriptures condemn it and its effects. So people who say that Jesus drank alcoholic wine should indeed become familiar with God’s word. God says “My people perish for a lack of knowledge.”

  • adam February 22, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    I dont drink anymore as i had a problem with drinking, God took that problem away, i dont wish to slap him in the face by getting back into that problem, also im a much better person without it.

  • Tianna February 22, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    I enjoyed this post. But a little off topic, what about when it comes to premarital sex?

  • IBelong2Jesus February 22, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Proverbs 31: 1-9 Says:

    1 The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.

    2 What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?

    3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.

    4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:

    5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.

    6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.

    7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.

    8 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.

    9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

    In verses 1 through 9 when taken together king Lemuel’s mother is warning him about the dangers of alcohol, specifically in verses 4 and 5. Verse 6 is simply saying that if someone insists on drinking to forget their problems then let them do it but he as a king is told not to. Verses 8 and 9 explain to the king that he should focus on being a righteous judge to his people.

    I believe as a Christian who has asked Jesus to come into their life to save them from thier sins and to be their Savior should stay away from alcohol.. as sinners we might fall sometimes but you should want to strive to do what the Lord wants you to do and He doesn’t want to see His children drinking. Alcohol is a poison used of the devil.. if you taste the devils drink just one time, he plants a stronghold over you… it’s best to stay away from alcohol and cling to Jesus.

    • Matthew Miller February 22, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      “…you should want to strive to do what the Lord wants you to do and He doesn’t want to see His children drinking. Alcohol is a poison used of the devil.. if you taste the devils drink just one time, he plants a stronghold over you… it’s best to stay away from alcohol and cling to Jesus.”

      God does not want to see His children drunk, because then alcohol has become their master instead of Jesus. The abuse of alcohol in today’s society is hardly news, and yet when we address the issue, we run to the opposite extreme, teetotalism. Balance is what is called for here. We as fallible human beings find it uncomfortable to maintain a balanced view of issues. We tend to run to one extreme or another. We are creatures of extremes. However, by being totally devoted to God, and with the help of the local body of believers, we can maintain victory over alcohol, if we happen to be abusers instead of users.

    • Matthew Miller February 22, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      Something else to think about…if alcohol were truly the ‘devil’s drink’, as you refer to it, Jesus would not have turned the water into wine. Last time I looked, wine is alcohol.

    • Chris Zemka February 22, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      Why is alcohol such an issue with the church when most church folk endulge in over eating to the pint of gluttony and are so over weight that they end up with serious health problems? Attend a church supper and note the way some feed their face with no regard for the sin of gluttony! If I am not mistaken it is mentioned right in the same context as drunkeness.

  • Izu CYprian February 22, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    May God continue to increase you. thanks for posting this…

  • david February 22, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Sir,I am 100% with what you said.I pray that the Lord will increase you in knowledge & wisdom.remain blessed sir.

  • Evin Shinn February 22, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    My only concern about a post like this is that people continually choose to use Scripture to beat someone else over the head with and yet, refuse to give grace with an issue like this — a non-essential in the Christian Faith Tradition. Jesus was all about love the sinner and hate YOUR OWN sin, but we pick and choose verses to throw ‘Bible Bombs’ at brothers and sisters in Christ.

    It’s about grace and life — life abundantly. Not judgment.

  • Brooklyn February 22, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    This is a great reiteration of agency. We really are supposed to make our own choices. I think some people think “religion” limits choices. In my opinion, you have more of a choice of what happens with and to your body by choosing not to drink alcohol.
    I agree with what you have said. To each their own, please be responsible and consistently think of how your choices affect others.
    Thanks for the great posts, I really enjoy reading them!

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