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Some Thoughts on Drinking in This Holiday Season

December 3rd, 2012 Posted in sermons

Is it acceptable for a Christian to drink?
The Bible tells us the story of John the Baptist,who was set apart by God from the time he was in his mother’s womb. In Luke 1:15, the angel said of
John, “He will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also
be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb” (NKJV).

John gives us a good model for life: he drank neither wine nor strong drink. Personally, I don’t drink
at all. That is due, to some degree, to coming from an alcoholic home and seeing the devastation that
drinking can bring.

I can’t think of a single good thing that comes from drinking, but I can think of many bad things that
come from it: broken homes, violence, accidents, people killed on the road by drunk drivers, addiction,
destroying your health . . . the list goes on.

Drinking will never make anything better, only worse. Every illustration of drunkenness in the Bible is a
disaster:

Noah became drunk, and in his nakedness, he acted shamelessly.
Lot became drunk and his daughters committed incest with him.
Belshazzar, in Daniel 5, had a drunken feast and worshipped his false gods. He lost his
kingdom that night.

Many a kingdom, family, career, ministry, and life have been lost through drinking.

“But I have the liberty to drink, Greg!” some would say. I would not completely dispute that. I personally
drink as much as I want to, but I don’t want to drink!

As Paul told the Corinthian believers, “‘I have the right to do anything,’ you say—but not everything is
beneficial. ‘I have the right to do anything’—but I will not be mastered by anything” (1 Corinthians 6:12
NIV). I don’t want to be under the power of anyone or anything but Jesus Christ!

Here’s a revolutionary thought: If you don’t drink, you will never get drunk. If you do drink, you may get
drunk. Is it worth the risk?

But here’s another question for you: Could your so-called liberty ever cause another believer to stumble
in their faith? 1 Corinthians 8:9 says, “Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not
become a stumbling block to the weak.”

John never touched alcohol, but was instead “filled with the Spirit.” The Bible says, “Don’t be drunk with
wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18 NLT).

It’s better to be filled with the Spirit than with the spirits.

24 Responses to “Some Thoughts on Drinking in This Holiday Season”

  1. David Hauck says:

    The question is not whether alcohol is a sin or not, and not everything that one should not partake in is necessarily a sin. I personally do not drink because I feel a better connection to the Lord when I don’t. Why would I want to trade a “buzz” that will wear off for a connection with the Lord who will never leave or forsake me? Why would I want to try to quench my “thirst” with alcohol when I can drink the water of life?
    John 4:14, Revelation 21:1, 21:6, 22:17

  2. John Cummings says:

    Although Paul wrote that it is best to not be drunk with wine, he also wrote that it is better for a man to be like himself and not get married either. Paul also told us that what is sin for one may not be a sin for another, so it would be sin for an alcoholic to drink. The bible does tell us that wine is good for the stomach and doctors today have proven that red wine, in moderation, is good for our health. But the biggest thing in scripture, Jesus’ first public miracle was to turn water into wine. To say it is a sin to drink alcoholic beverages would be the same as saying that my Lord and Saviour caused hundreds of people to sin with the performing of his first miracle recorded in the bible.

  3. Lisa Knoth says:

    Thank you for this important article. I will sent this to my friends.

  4. Margaret Nahmias says:

    that´s true about drunkness. But nowhere does the Bible prohibit drinking in moderation. In those times they drank wine because the water was not potable. But I do understand the argument about things being premissble but not profitable. This 1 Corinthians 8 I apply to things not spefically prohibited in the Bible Would it call another believe to question my testonmony. Like Paul says it better to consider others rather than our desires. I personally don´t drink because it never intersted me. But me dad does in moderation and I never felt tempted by it.

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