I would like to know what the Bible says about drinking alcoholic beverages.
The only verse I could think of quickly was Rom 13:13
and Num 6:3
Proverbs 23:31-35 says.......Do not gaze at wine when it
is red, when it sparkles in the
cup, when it goes down smoothly! In the end it bites like a
snake and poisons like a viper. Your eyes will see strange
sights and your mind imagine confusing things. You will be
like one sleeping on the high seas lying on top of the
rigging. "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?"......................May you all be
Wine has been a topic in the bible since it was ever written. From the Old Testament to the New when Jesus changed water into wine. Paul talks ,however, avoid things of the flesh and to lead a holy life.
The following study is by the late Bruce Lackey:
The Bible is consistent on this, both in the Old and New
Testaments. The two previously quoted passages, Pr. 20:1 and
23:29-35, are good examples of scriptural warnings against
consuming alcohol. Pr. 23:32 says "at the last it biteth
like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder." Verse 33 shows
that it will cause one to look at strange women (that is,
not one's wife) and to say perverse things, or things which
he would not say if he were sober. Verse 34 predicts that it
will cause death, such as drowning, or loneliness, such as
lying upon the top of a mast. Verse 35 warns against
numbness ("they have beaten me and I felt it not") and
"addiction ("when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again").
By the social drinking of alcohol, one might encourage a person to start drinking, who would not be able to stop. Missionaries and tourists to foreign countries, where alcohol is a common table beverage, should remember this. We should also wake up and realize that, in such countries, alcoholism is also rampant. Let us totally abstain, so that we might not encourage someone to drink and go down the road to alcoholism.
The last consideration is 1 Co. 6:9-10. Here, the Bible teaches that drunkenness will send a person to hell. "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God."
This does not mean that a drunkard can never be saved, because the next verse says that some of the Corinthians committed these very acts before they were converted. A person can be gloriously set free from drunkenness, by receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and by following His teachings. Many people have experienced such a release! But the tragedy is that if a person continues in drunkenness, refusing to let Jesus be the Lord, preferring rather to let king alcohol rule, that one can look for nothing but a drunkard's grave and eternity in the lake of fire. "Be not deceived," the Bible says "the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God."
If you are having trouble with this sin, let me encourage you to realize that you can ask Jesus Christ to be the Lord of your life and Saviour from all your sins, and to set you free. You can know what it means to be free in Christ! The Bible says, "If the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed" (Jn. 8:36). Realize that you are a sinner in God's sight, "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Ro. 3:23). Repent of your rebellion against God, surrendering to His authority. "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" (Lk. 13:3). Receive Christ as your Lord and Saviour. "As many as received him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God" (Jn. 1:12).
WHAT ABOUT 1 TIMOTHY 5:23? "...drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities." Many insist that here the Bible gives the privilege, if not a command, of using alcoholic wine as a medicine. However, this cannot possibly be referring to alcoholic wine, because he specifically says that it is to be taken for Timothy's stomach. He obviously had some kind of stomach disease and any doctor will tell you that such a person must abstain from alcoholic beverage. This author has had much stomach trouble through the years and has consulted various doctors, observing various dietary restrictions. In every case, they warned against drinking any alcoholic beverage whatsoever. If we know that today, surely the Holy Spirit of God knew that when He inspired this verse!
We do not know what Timothy's specific infirmities were, nor do we know what kind of healing properties there were in grape juice. Maybe Paul was saying that Timothy should not drink the water, since in many parts of the world it is not pure and would cause a healthy person to have trouble from amoebas, etc.
One who already had stomach problems would only multiply them by drinking impure water. Paul might have been recommending that Timothy drink grape juice only. In any case, we can be positive that he was not telling him to put alcohol in a bad stomach!
IS IT ALRIGHT FOR A CHRISTIAN TO DRINK MODERATELY? (1)
No, even slight drinking impairs one's thinking and lowers
alertness to spiritual danger (1 Pe. 5:8,9). (2) No,
Christians are not to be controlled by liquor (Ep. 5:18).
(3) No, Christians are priests, and the Bible forbids
priests to drink (1 Pe. 2:9; Le. 10:8,11). (4) No,
Christians are not to touch the unclean thing (2 Co.
6:17--7:1). (5) No, Christians are to abstain from every
form of evil (1 Th. 5:22). (6) No, Christians who drink
cause others to stumble (Ro. 14:21). (7) No, wine is a
mocker and a deceiver (Pr. 20:1). No man who takes an
alcoholic beverage to his lips knows exactly where it will
WARNING: Before you read any further, I want you to be aware that you won't like my answer to this question about alcohol and the Bible! The Truth is not what anyone wants to hear in this world, not even among Christians. We all want everything to conform to our basic prejudices, to fit within our comfortable preconceptions, and will automatically and often angrily reject anything which does not so conform. Those people who are the most rigid and the least open to Truth are, I am sad to say - Christians That being said, here is the Truth about alcohol in Scripture:
(1) Wine and strong drink are spoken of very often in Scripture from Genesis to Revelation and not once is its normal use condemned, no not once. (2) Yes, over-use of alcohol is often condemned in God's Word, and overuse would a make an otherwise spiritually mature Christian ineligible to be and Elder/Bishop (Minister). (3) Almost every major biblical figure drank wine as a matter of everyday behavior, and sadly even some of them drank to excess on occasions (Noah and Lot are good examples). (4)
Overuse of alcohol would also be covered by the verse about treating the body as the Temple of the Holy Ghost, as abuse will harm both mind and body. (5) Jesus and the Apostles all drank wine daily, for one very good reason, it killed the bacteria in their lousy water, killed the bacteria transmitted in food by their poor personal hygiene, and was healthier for the body. Jesus at the very least drank wine in during the Last Supper. It was not on the table at the Last Supper just for communion purposes, but was conveniently there when Jesus used it to demonstrate His blood sacrifice.
There is no reason to believe that the Apostles were not
drinking wine during the meal - it was common in every
household, even the most righteous ones, and Jesus tells us
He will drink wine again at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
Wine is symbolic of the Joy of the Holy Spirit. (6) The
Apostle Paul encouraged Timothy to take wine for his
stomach, as it breaks up surface tension in gas bubbles and
can aid in digestion. (7) Jesus turned water into wine at
the wedding in Cana - His first recorded miracles was making
wine an alcoholic drink, and that it was wine of great
quality and alcoholic in nature was testified to by the
generous comments of the father of the groom. This wine
Jesus created out of water was not grape juice as some would
contend, it was "wine" a fermented grape juice.
It is a fact that until early in this century, almost no
leading theologian, even those obviously filled with the
Holy Spirit, avoided alcoholic drinks, thinking it sinful.
Until this century and in many parts of the world during
this century, wine in moderation was absolutely necessary
for health and good digestion. While I've spoken of wine,
there is no scriptural prohibition against any other kind of
alcoholic beverage, while abuse (drinking too much, getting
drunk) is clearly condemned. Lastly to this point, some
modern ministers have tried to construct prohibitions
against alcoholic drink, based on the widespread abuse in
the population at large. But sadly, they have absolutely no
scriptural or historical foundation to prohibit alcohol use
in moderation. They have carefully constructed phony
scriptural arguments against alcohol, thinking the ends
justify their suspect means.
If alcohol is a weakness for you, you should drink it
because it is not beneficial. Further, Paul by the Holy
Spirit tells us that if we think a thing is a sin and do it,
it is harmful to us because we are willingly committing a
sin. On the other hand, if we are not convicted in our
hearts that something is a sin, then it is not charged
against us as a sin. Therefore, let every Christian be
convinced in their own heart about the matter of alcohol; if
you feel alcohol is a sin then by all means abstain, but
that does not give us the right to force our anti-alcohol
convictions on a brother or sister in Christ who do not
believe it to be sin.
David R. Miser
I believe, in my own heart, that alcohol, when consumed in great quantities becomes a terrible stumbling block to others, and causes personality changes which come from a demon alcohol. When you drink, make sure you have maybe one and that's it. The bible says " Do not be drunk with wine, but filled with the spirit" One drink does not get you drunk, but more than that, you are asking for trouble. I think alcohol is definitely a tool in which the enemy destroys people. I know this because my sister died at the age of 41 due to alcoholism. when she drank, she cursed me out, said horrible things, became very sexual with men. when she was sober, she remembered doing none of those things. Do you see, the devil somehow gets hold of people through drinking. In Him,
I don't know what it says, but Jesus drank wine. From
what I remember it talks about not being drunken, but
drinking a couple of glasses of wine with dinner does not
make one drunken.....
Q: I would like to know what the Bible says about
drinking alcoholic beverages. A:." 15 Be careful then how
you live, not as unwise people but as wise, 16making the
most of the time, because the days are evil. 17So do not be
foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18Do
not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be
filled with the Spirit, 19as you sing psalms and hymns and
spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody
to the Lord in your hearts, 20giving thanks to God the
Father at all times and for everything in the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ.
The Bible does not condemn the drinking of alcohol if it is done responsibly. I am a recovered alcoholic of almost twenty years and I could not handle booze. In your heart you know if you are using the drink as a crutch. If so then you should not drink. Like Paul says if it is something that will affect you or someone around you do not do it. Just my thoughts , life has to be met head on with the help of the Lord not booze. You must have a clear mind to do God's will. Your brother in Christ,
The BIBLE says , do everything only in moderation do not abuse or overindulge, and the BIBLE also speaks of drinking wine,,,, so I do not believe you are a sinner if you have an alcoholic beverages in moderation, thank you
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