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What does God say on the subject of Alcohol?

Many professing Christians today have embraced the social drinking of alcoholic beverages. The question each must answer is this acceptable according to the Word of God and his standards?

Those who have embraced it use a couple of passages to justify their belief.

First is in John 2 the miracle where Jesus made wine for the wedding party host  

Second is  in Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine wherein is excess;  but be filled with the Spirit;

 First question to be answered is, did the wine Jesus made at the wedding feast that could cause intoxication?  First we must acknowledge that Jesus would never tell one not to drink wine  then to provide the wine that was to be drunk at the feast that could lead to intoxication. We must assume that there are two types of wine based on Proverbs 23:31. Wine that moveth itself aright and a wine that does not move itself. Fermentation causes movement as the juice naturally ferments.  There is in the Bible wine that is fermented and wine that is not fermented. The character of Jesus/God would never start someone on a path that could lead to sin. Context of the passage will clarify which type of wine is referred to.

Second  question to be answered is, what is the passage in Ephesians talking about in its context?  The statement is using being drunk, that is under the  control of wine where decisions and actions are controlled by the wine. But  a believer’s walk, decisions and actions are to be controlled by the Holy Spirit.   

What God says on the subject.

Proverbs 20:1

 “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” Deception is simply promising or indicating one thing to be true when the opposite is the truth.  Satan promised Adam and Eve in the garden one thing to be for their good when in reality it was not good for them and would have consequences for all that would come after them.

 The following verses give the truth of what can follow those that start to socially drink.

Proverbs 23:29-35

29 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?

30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.

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

32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.

33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.

34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.

35 They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.

 

Proverbs 31:4 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.

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

 

The wine spoken of here would not be fermented and would not cause intoxication.

Isa 65:8   Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants sakes that I may not destroy them all.

Isa 16:10   And gladness is taken away, and joy out of the plentiful field; and in the vineyards there shall be no singing, neither shall there be shouting: the treaders shall tread out no wine in their presses: I have made their vintage shouting to cease.

 

The first generation that starts to drink socially may not experience the  visible consequence, except in disobeying God’s Word. The real visible tragedies may not show until the next generation they have set the example for. Some say I just take a social drink and don’t get drunk so I am not doing anything wrong. They have fallen for Satan’s great deception because of pride. They think they would never have a problem with alcohol.  That is wine’s great deception.  No one ever thinks they will go that far. .  Everyone has a choice of what they will justify and do, but they cannot control the consequences of a wrong choice. There is always forgiveness available with repentance but that may not eliminate the consequences.

 I could give several examples of  people and the results of alcohol use.  None of them thought they would end up where they did when they began. Shootings, jobs lost, homes lost, families lost, extra martial affairs. Love onesat home wondering where they were, had they been beaten and laying on the streets or  passed out. Some being picked up by police after  being found laying on one rairoad track as a train passed by on the other track. Having to drag one passed out into a house so they would not freeze in the coming night. Some drank a lot and were often drunk but managed to hold down jobs.

I Corinthians 6:10 clearly states a that drunkard shall not enter heaven. States and set limits of what determines drunkenness, what are God’s limits for drunkenness.

Satan’s great deception is to have many examples of people that do not become addicted, so he can snare many others in this sin. If every one that started to drink became addicted then most would never touch it. Some statistics show one in six who start will have problems with it. It’s like playing Russian roulette with a revolver. Each one has a choice to make their own decision to follow God’s standards or not. It all depends on how you want to live your life, whether you follow the world’s standards or God’s standards. We each have the choice to make.

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