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Drinking Alcohol


 

Many people have their own ideas about drinking, and what means “drunk” and where to draw the line. Some people go by the law and follow the .08 limited BAC for driving. In the OT God did not want the priests to drink any wine when they came into His presence, or they would die (Leviticus 10:8-11). Drinking alcohol is not wrong. In fact, a beer with every meal, or even one a day is good for your digestive system. Some people swear by ginger brandy to help a cold, whiskey used to be used, and may still be by some, for teething infants, and a glass of wine a day is supposed to be good for you. Drinking becomes wrong when you drink to get drunk. No one drinks a bottle of wine, a six pack of beer, or a glass of hard liquor because it is good for them, they drink to get drunk. As a Christian, your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit. You are to take care of your body and live Holy.

Jesus is recorded drinking wine, and he even turned water into wine. That does not mean he was giving others an excuse to get drunk. Jesus and his disciples condemned drunkards. Wine was a common drink and possibly drank with almost every meal, and most likely it was drank responsibly by Jesus and those who followed Him. If drinking was a past problem before you became a Christian, then you should stay away from drinking period in fear that you may again become entangled in your old ways. DO NOT try to control it. Trying to control it will soon prove itself impossible.

Drunkenness, in scripture, is usually condemned alongside the sins associated with the rituals performed during idol worshipping. Nothing good comes from drunkenness. Alcoholism affects many people, it ruins lives and destroys families. Drunkenness helps instigate violence in many forms including spousal abuse, and child abuse. There is a difference between drinking a glass of wine, or a beer, and drinking until you get drunk. So I will conclude with what Paul wrote in Romans 14:17 "For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,"


Leviticus 10:8-10

Then the Lord said to Aaron, 9"You and your sons are not to drink wine or other fermented drink whenever you go into the Tent of Meeting, or you will die. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. 10 You must distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean.

(The Lord was not forbidding Aaron and his sons to drink alcohol, He was forbidding Aaron, his sons, and his descendants in the priesthood to drink alcohol, so as not to dull their senses. They were to have a clear mind when teaching and when performing the rituals that they were called to perform.)


 

 

Deuteronomy 14:22-26

Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. 23 Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the Lord your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the Lord your God always. 24But if that place is too distant and you have been blessed by the Lord your God and cannot carry your tithe (because the place where the Lord will choose to put his Name is so far away), 25 then exchange your tithe for silver to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented drink, or anything you wish. Then you and your household shall eat there in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice.

(This is not encouraging overindulgence or drunkenness. Moses taught to rejoice and come together before the Lord and to praise Him with the things that we have been blessed with.)


 

1 Corinthians 11:20-22

When you come together, it is not the Lord's Supper you eat, 21 for as you eat, each of you goes ahead without waiting for anybody else. One remains hungry, another gets drunk. 22 Don't you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you for this? Certainly not!

(Unity was obviously a problem in the early church. Paul writes that people were even getting drunk when they came together. Many have little self control to restrain themselves, and when people get together and see one person do something, others begin to follow. Be careful of what you do before others, you may lead someone astray.)


 

Galatians 6:19-21

19The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

(Paul labels drunkenness as an act of the sinful nature. Not only does he label it as a sin, but he says that it is obvious that it is sinful. Nothing good comes from drunkenness. Overindulgence in alcohol can cause not only problems to your own body but it can hurt others. Drinking and driving can get others killed, and alcohol also leads many to commit violent acts.)


 

1 Timothy 5:23

23 Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.

(When writing to Timothy, Paul encourages him to drink wine. Wine when drank responsibly is healthy. Paul was not encouraging Timothy or others to get drunk on wine, he was encouraging healthy living.)


 

Isaiah 5:11

11Woe to those who rise early in the morning to run after their drinks, who stay up late at night till they are inflamed with wine.

(Anyone who indulges in drinking that much needs help. They are purely an alcoholic. It would not be good to associate with someone like this for fear that you might fall into thier ways.)


Isaiah 5:22

22Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks.

(Being praised for drinking a lot of alcohol makes it difficult to get out of the drinking and partying lifestyle because of the high standing that one might recieve among peers. All over the world, for some illogical and ungodly reason, people are praised for being able to drink a lot of alcohol. Not only are they praised but they are proud of it and they boast about their heroism of drinking.)


Ephesians 5:18

18Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.

(Most people that drink have a planned night to drink during the week, or a planned time every day. A good way to quit drinking is to replace your drinking time with a Godly activity. Reading the bible, prayer, bible study, or a hobby, like excercise are some good ways to replace your drinking time.)


Proverbs 20:1

1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.

(Alcohol is the leading cause for domestic violence. It is definately the leading cause of bar fights. For some reason people think that they get stronger when they get drunk, and some people become violent and quick tempered.)


Proverbs 23:19-21

19Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path. 20 Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, 21for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.


Proverbs 23:29-35

29Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? 30Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine. 31Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! 32In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper. 33Your eyes will see strange sights and your mind imagine confusing things. 34You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging. 35 “They hit me,” you will say, “ but I’m not hurt! They beat me, but I don’t feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?”


Proverbs 31:4-5

4 “It is not for kings, O Lemuel-not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, 5 Lest they drink and forget what the law decrees and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.

(We as children of a king, and representing a king, should not drink to get drunk or we may deprive someone of the salvation that the Lord sent us to witness about.)