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Is Drinking Beer and Wine a Sin?

What the Bible Says About Drinking Alcohol

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  • 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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