Be that as it may, we think your observation is accurate: we too have noticed signs of a growing trend toward acceptance of the casual use of alcohol in evangelical circles, especially among young adults. It's not our place to "lay down the law" for anyone in this respect. As we understand it, this is one of those "gray areas" of Christian life and conduct where everyone needs to be "fully convinced in his own mind" Romans But we do have a few thoughts that may prove helpful as you attempt to come to your own conclusions.
- 1. The Bible allows Christians to drink alcohol for medical reasons.;
- What About Moderate Social Drinking?.
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The Bible never gives us detailed instructions regarding the consumption of alcohol. It does , however, provide principles that every Christian should consider.
Most notably, Ephesians prohibits intoxication, contrasting it with being controlled by the Holy Spirit: "Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. That is clearly sinful. On the other hand, though the Bible denounces drunkenness, it does not say that all alcoholic consumption is wrong. On the contrary, Jesus did not hesitate to turn water into wine at the wedding in Cana John And Paul actually exhorted Timothy, "No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach's sake and your frequent infirmities" I Timothy What is plain is that if a Christian does choose to consume alcohol, it should be done with moderation and self-control.
That said, in our view, this is a matter that ought to be handled with prayer and careful consideration. We would also add that if a person does decide to exercise liberty in this area, they must take steps to guard against the progressive nature of alcoholism the tendency to move from a free choice to a chemical addiction. We know the purpose of wine at weddings — social consumption. And, if we look at the passage honestly, we know that this is a fermented beverage; for when the host tasted it he was confused that the best wine there was served last.
If it were grape juice or non-fermented drink, I am sure that there would have been no concern over the amount consumed?
Alcohol in the Bible
Are they talking about grape juice? So, if alcohol consumption was and is a sin, He would not have created it at all. Paul, inspired of God, understood the nature of God, and what was or was not pleasing to Him, and would not have advised his disciple to sin consume alcohol even for health purposes.
In this case, however — because of the prevalent interest in the theme, and due to the common erroneous conclusions drawn — we are prepared to make an exception. Hence we respond to the paragraphs above in order.
The juice of the grape was a common drink in that land of many vineyards. Finally, the fact that the ruler of the feast could still distinguish the quality of the latter beverage from the former, suggests that his senses were not dull as a result of previous guzzling! First, it suggests that the young evangelist had been reticent to drink the wine prior to the admonition.
If drinking fermented wine was common for the primitive Christians, the exhortation would scarcely have been needed. Second, Timothy obviously suffered from a stomach ailment which required medicinal remedy.
Is drinking alcohol a sin?
To read into that some sort of license for moderate drinking is an irresponsible stretch. Would such a warning be interpreted as a license for the moderate use of cocaine? It is mentioned specifically, however, because it was commonly eaten at meals. It is interesting how certain terms appear to balance one another. The New Testament represents the abuses of wine in a series of words that depict stages in transgression.