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Mary Fairchild

Is Drinking Beer and Wine a Sin?

By July 12, 2013

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Beer and Wine
We can all agree that drunkenness is a sin, right?

Different opinions arise, however, when we ask this question: Is it okay for a Christian to drink alcohol?

The Bible states plainly in Ephesians 5:18: "Don't be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit..." (NLT)

Yet, the Apostle Paul told Timothy, "Don't drink only water. You ought to drink a little wine for the sake of your stomach because you are sick so often." (1 Timothy 5:23, NLT) And, of course, we know that Jesus performed his first miracle by turning water into wine.

My opinion, which I believe Scripture supports, is that drinking alcohol is a matter of conscience—a personal decision for every believer to determine through prayer and study of God's Word. I firmly believe Christians should practice self-control and moderation if they choose to drink alcohol, and likewise, take care not to cause another believer to stumble.

Like other "disputable matters" that God leaves up to the individual to decide, it's important that we not pass judgment on brothers and sisters in Christ who take a stance that is different from our own.

This article explores Christian viewpoints on drinking alcohol and considers what the Bible says about the matter:

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Comments
July 16, 2013 at 9:14 am
(1) Diana says:

In Israel, grape juice is called as wine… It is not fermented.

July 18, 2013 at 8:48 pm
(2) Ngaire says:

Any drink from grapes was called wine often called “musth”. Greek writers said Jews often drank it. They boiled grapejuice to reduce it and that did 2 things- prevented alcohol forming !! And killed germs so it could be kept in”wineskins” for years. It was like gel and was mixed with water to form the drink when needed.

Jesus turned water to juice. Do you think he made 40 gallons of alcohol for a 3-day party?

Taking wine for stomachs sake was like saying “use orthodox medicine”.

It is an individual decision before God, but people need accurate information to base the decision on.

Also, WHY do people decide why or why not to drink alcohol. That is the real question we need to exercise our hearts on. i.e. To look cool- to go with the crowd- to fit in- to be an example to others – to keep a clear head – to be socially responsible – to not support a system that has overall negative social repercussions – to be holy (set apart). Think about it and be honest.

February 14, 2014 at 7:46 am
(3) Dadadi says:

“Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler; And whosoever erreth thereby is not wise.” Proverbs 20: 1[ASV]

“For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, And of the fields of Gomorrah: Their grapes are grapes of gall, Their clusters are bitter:
Their wine is the poison of serpents, And the cruel venom of asps.” Deutoronomy 32: 32-33 [ASV]

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