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Should Christians Drink Alcohol?

Should Christians Drink Alcohol?

Should Christians Drink Alcohol?

Should Christians drink alcohol? This is a question that has plagued Christian culture for quite some time, and the discussion has valid points from both sides. What I’ll try to do in this post is truly discuss the ideology behind drink alcohol, and then unpack whether or not the act of drinking without the intention of getting drunk is, in fact, wrong theologically.

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 tasting different types of wine, and I 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.

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 says 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 to be civil.

What God commands Christians regarding alcohol is to avoid drunkenness (Ephesians 5:18). Why? Because the Bible states that drunkenness is a sin against God.

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.

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.

Drunkenness Is A Sin

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.

The Heart Matters

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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  • 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.

      • Wranthye February 2, 2016 at 2:38 AM

        Drunkeness may not merely cause by alcoholic beverages… It can also be cause by other things such as ego, pride etc.

        • Bob February 9, 2016 at 1:25 PM

          Thank you for staying in the confines of scripture. It’s very easy for some to drift off into opinions. Titus 1:15

    • 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.

      • Jill Barlow February 1, 2016 at 1:28 PM

        Where did you see that quote? Was this article changed? I don’t see anything that says it the devil’s drink.

        • Jarrid Wilson Author February 1, 2016 at 2:33 PM

          Yeah, I’ve never used Devil’s Drink LOL!

          • Rhona February 2, 2016 at 4:12 AM

            IBelong2Jesus commented and referred to alcohol as the devil’s drink, not you. That is what Matthew was responding to.

    • 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.

      • shasta November 13, 2015 at 12:20 PM

        yes!

      • Janice Christensen February 1, 2016 at 5:00 PM

        You’re 100% right! I think there are a couple of reasons. One is that it’s easier to cut out alcohol completely (we can’t cut out food completely!) And secondly, drunkenness tends to cause more relationship problems than over-eating. But you’re absolutely right; nothing should take the place of God in our lives: not alcohol, not food.

      • Shirley Simpson October 28, 2016 at 12:37 PM

        Overeating, gluttony is definitely a problem but doesn’t lead people to do other things that drinking can and often does.Before getting saved when I drank it was not hard to become flirty and end up with someone and somewhere that I should not be.It would cause me to “black out”, get into fights and make terrible decisions. Yes gluttony is wrong but doesn’t lead you down the path of destroying other lives as well. It;s called “wine and spirits” for a reason. When we are not in control of ourselves we best believe that something else will gladly take over

  • 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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