What Does GOD Say About DRINKING?
What Does GOD Say About DRINKING?
(Galatians 5:19-21) “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, Fornicators, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envying’s, murders, (DRUNKENNESS), revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things (SHALL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD)”
(1 Corinthians 6:9-10) “Do you not know that the unrighteous (WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD?) Do not be deceived. Neither Fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor (DRUNKARDS), nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”
(Matthew 24:48-51) “But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming’ and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and (DRINK WITH THE DRUNKARDS), the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth”
(Judges 13:4) “Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and (DRINK NOT WINE NOR STRONG DRINK), and eat not any unclean thing”
(Ephesians 5:18) “And (BE NOT DRUNK WITH WINE), wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit”
(Habakkuk 2:15) “Woe unto him that (GIVETH HIS NEIGHBOR DRINK, THAT PUTTEST THY BOTTLE TO HIM, AND MAKEST HIM DRUNKEN ALSO), that thou mayest look on their nakedness!”
(Isaiah 5:22) “Woe to men mighty at (DRINKING WINE), Woe to men valiant for (MIXING INTOXICATING DRINK)”
(Proverbs 20:1) “(WINE IS A MOCKER, STRONG DRINK IS A BRAWLER), And whoever is led astray by it is not wise”
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20) “What? know ye not that (YOUR BODY IS THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY GHOST) which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore (GLORIFY GOD IN YOUR BODY, AND IN YOUR SPIRIT), which are God’s”
(Romans 8:1) “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, (WHO WALK NOT AFTER THE FLESH), but after the Spirit.”
(2 Corinthians 5:17) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, (HE IS A NEW CREATION; OLD THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY); behold, all things have become new”
(Mark 9:43-48) “If (YOUR HAND CAUSES YOU TO SIN), cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’ And if (YOUR FOOT CAUSES YOU TO SIN), cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched where ‘Their worm does not die, And the fire is not quenched.’ And if (YOUR EYE CAUSES YOU TO SIN), pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.”
It’s true that we often find people drinking alcohol in the Bible and that Scripture speaks of alcoholic beverages, but we need to be careful not to read too much into a superficial look at such texts. When our English Old Testaments refer to alcohol, they generally use the words wine or strong drink. So any examination of the Old Testament’s attitude toward alcohol must take into account the different Hebrew words translated into these two English terms. The term strong drink presents no major translation problems because only one Hebrew word, shekar, lies behind it. But even so, the translation strong drink is more general than it ought to be. Modern readers may well think of strong drink as distilled liquor. But that is not what the Bible means by the term shekar. Since the process of distilling alcohol did not develop until around A.D. 500, the strongest alcoholic beverage people could make in Bible times contained only 14 percent alcohol by volume, approximately the maximum produced by natural fermentation. This fact tells us that the scriptural term strong drink certainly gives us no license to drink what we know today as hard liquor.
Both the main Hebrew word for wine and the Greek word for wine can mean either fermented grape juice or intoxicating wine. The English word wine originally had two meanings also unfermented juice or alcoholic drink. In the Bible, verses that show God approves of wine are speaking about unfermented juice. Verses that expose the evils of wine are speaking about intoxicating wine. The Bible says the strong drink is evil. It is not just the amount one drinks that makes drinking a sin. God condemns the drink itself. As a disciple of Christ which is also known as a Christian; living for God Is all about dying to one self & crucifying the flesh daily so that we are living our lives holy & righteous to be pleasing to him in this sinful & wicked world. We are to live in complete obedience to Him & His word. This is the (STRAIGHT & NARROW PATH) which is being referred to that only a (FEW) find. God’s word makes it crystal clear that if one continues to live in willful, un-repented sin they will perish. It doesn’t matter if one claims to be a Christian or even a good person. Sin is sin & it separates us from God. Jesus commands us as Christians to repent & to stop sinning when we become saved & accept him into our hearts making him the Lord of our life. Our lives as Christians are to be a living witness to others. We cannot break the laws of God without hindering others from coming to Christ.
(Matthew 7:13-14) “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and (DIFFICULT IS THE WAY) which leads to life, and there are (FEW) who find it.”
(Luke 13:24) “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in (MEANING HEAVEN), and shall not be able”
Full Definition of STRIVE 1 : to devote serious effort or energy : endeavor <strive to finish a project> 2 : to struggle in opposition : contend
(Matthew 7:21) “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, (BUT HE WHO DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER) which is in heaven”
(Romans 12:2) “And (DO NOT BE CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD), but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
(John 15:19) “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because (YOU ARE NOT OF THE WORLD), but I chose you out of the world, (THEREFORE THE WORLD HATES YOU).”
(James 4:4) “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that (FRIENDSHIP WITH THE WORLD IS ENMITY WITH GOD?) Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world (MAKES HIMSELF AN ENEMY OF GOD).”
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