A post you won’t like

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I know most of you will disagree with me on this post. Well sorry.

“Drinking alcohol is not a sin if you don’t get drunk. I don’t drink more than 2 bottles of beer”. I heard this again. And again from a Christian. And again I disagree.

This makes me thinking. Maybe I was trained wrongly. Maybe its normal to drink beer several times a week or sometimes drink strong alcoholic drinks.

As a Christian that live by word of God. I went straight to Bible to find the answer. I kept digging in Bible to find answers. So this is what I got.

On one side we have:

1. Wine is a blessings from God that He gave his children to enjoy life.

He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;
And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.    Psalms 104:14-15

2. We can drink wine when it is necessary for health.

Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.   1 Timothy 5:23

And this is all verses that actually justifies use of alcohol in the Bible. On other side we have:

1. Alcohol distorts the perception of reality and Christian can go wrong way. 

But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.    Isaiah 28:7

2. Alcohol corrupts morally and makes people vulnerable to sin.

Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!   Habakkuk 2:15

3. Drinking destroys health and leads to poverty.

Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:
For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.  Proverbs 23:20-21

4. Christian that drink alcohol can not fully participate in Church ministry.

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
Not given to wine     1 Timothy 3:2-3

These are 4 main negative effects of drinking alcohol that I identified. But these are not all we have in Bible. Looking at these 2 sides of drinking alcohol I see clear answer. It is a sin. I am sure that God does not condemn drinking wine as a result of peoples creation. But only to use it as for gastronomic pleasure. For example once a month eat Roquefort with a glass of Sauternes. Or drink it with some medical purpose. Yes, God does not say that drinking alcohol is a sin. But we find many verses that alcoholism is a sin.

God gives us grapes and we are free to decide that to “do” with them. Something that is right and useful for us or alcohol drinks that are bad for health and don’t let us fully serve God. Bible says a lot about bread. Eating bread it good. But we all know if we eat a lot of white bread it will not make us healthier.

Why on Friday night people can not relax with a glass of lemonade? Because with bottle of beer or wine they are finding relaxation.

God has given His people everything to be happy. He gave us freedom to choose how to live the life we have. And only He as our creator can give us real fun, relaxation and peace.

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

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20 thoughts on “A post you won’t like

  1. I agree with you. Alcohol can lead to terrible desires, and desires when fully conceived gives birth to sin. If your drinking to get high that’s wrong. We are supposed to get a high off promoting the Kingdom. Drinking in and of itself isn’t wrong biblically. But the intentions behind the bottle and uncontrollable drinking brings not the kingdom of God, but instead opens us up to temptation and sin.

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  2. My dad was an alcoholic and a professed Christian. He was tormented most of his life. Needless to say, I heartedly agree with you. We’re not “popular” or invited to many functions because we don’t drink. And that’s ok. We don’t even like to be around it!

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    1. Sorry for your dad. Its so sad to see when your loved ones are on wrong way. “We are not popular” well said Debbie. Its better to be unpopular in eyes of people then being a sinner.

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      1. Yes, it was sad. But I’m so thankful he is enjoying eternity with our Lord and his savior.
        And we don’t mind our “status!” We want to please God, not men.

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    1. No, I dont talk about excess. The issue here is that drinking alcohol does not help us serve God. Although God does not prohibit the use of wine. I can clearly see in Bible that person under the influence of alcohol can not fully serve God.

      …nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
      And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
      All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
      (1 Corinthians 6:10-12)

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      1. I didn’t say you talked about excess, I said I think the ISSUE here is excess. The excessive use of alcohol is what causes the poor behaviour, or the unacceptable practices, not the alcohol per se. In my opinion anyway.

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      2. Well I wasnt expecting many people to agree with me. The excess for someone one glass for others 2 bottles each day. I was only talking from the Biblical point of wiev as I see it.

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      3. Julia, please don’t worry about whether people agree with you or not. I thought your post was very well written, and judging by your many responses, this view is shared by a great number of people. I look forward to more of your writing

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  3. As a person who has a propensity towards addictions (eating, sleeping, depression, drinking…you name it) and sense gratification, I have to agree with you that the Bible is clear on this subject. St. Augustine said: “Total abstinence is easier than moderation.” On the other hand, wine is intrinsic to Holy Communion- therefore we must conclude that the use of wine is not a sin. The sin comes from within our hearts (Mark 7:21), but a heart that strives to love the Lord will do everything for the glory of Christ. (1Cor. 10:31) We should question our motives when we give excuses in order to satisfy our palate (I am guilty of this) and/or in order to get a “buzz.” What we eat and drink should glorify God- for we no longer live unto ourselves, but for the Christ who saved us. (2Cor. 5:15)

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  4. I do like your post – especially the verse you used at the end. It reminds us of the difference between what God has given us and done for us – versus what Satan has done to corrupt those things. Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine. And not just “any” wine, but the best wine. Given that – can wine itself be evil? Or is it not what Satan has done to influence our use of wine that is evil?

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  5. Hi Julia! I agree with most all of what you have said here. I do not see harm in a taste of wine on occasion but never to excess. I believe that is what the scriptures are driving at concerning alcohol consumption. And if it may offend another of the faith should we have the opportunity to drink at all, we should not do it.

    Besides, there can be some health benefits to a bit of wine as Paul gave Timothy instruction to partake of a taste of wine to settle his stomach…(1 Timothy 5:23).

    Good post, Julia!

    Steve

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  6. God’s good creation is filled with good things that can be misused. Water is necessary for life, but it can drown; fire is essential for many things, but it can harm and destroy. Alcohol has a place in creation, but it is easily misused. Our Lord provided additional wine for the wedding feast at Cana, but his prophets and apostles do warn against the misuse of wine. It is hard to write a balanced approach to drinking alcohol, but you have done a good job. J.

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