Is alcohol a sin?

Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

It is very clear from these scriptures that alcohol can be dangerous. That is not debated. But what about drinking in moderation? Many ministers and christians believe one drop equals sin. However, let's continue to study this subject further:

1 Timothy 5:23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.

Paul would NOT tell Timothy to sin! Therefore, One drop cannot equal sin. But let's continue in our study:

John 2
1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
2And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
3And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
4Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
5His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
6And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
7Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
8And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
9When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
10And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

The words "wine" and "drunk" in verse 10 are the SAME words for wine and drunk found in 1 Tim. 5:23 AND Eph. 5:18!!! Also same as in Acts 2:15 AND Rev. 17:6

Acts 2:15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
Revelation 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

Yes the word "drunk" in John 2:10 is the same "drunk" that is undisputed to be intoxicated in Acts 2:15 and Rev. 17:6. Wine is the same word that is undisputed to be an intoxicant in Eph 5:18!!! Jesus would not have turned the water into wine, if drinking wine was a sin. John 2:10 is not saying that they got drunk off the wine that Jesus made, but rather that the ruler of the feast recognized it as true wine, not grape juice.

Ecclesiastes 9:7 Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine (H3196) with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.

Now let's look at Deut. 14:22-27
22 Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.
23And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.
24And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:
25Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose:
26And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine (H3196), or for strong drink (H7941), or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household,
27And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee.

The words in Deut. 14 for "strong drink" and "wine" are the same as in Prov. 20:1 "Wine (H3196) is a mocker, strong drink (H7941) is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise." But in Deut. 14 we see that we are told we CAN buy and partake of these things. BUT we know that we should NOT allow the alochol to gain control over us! That is common sense and not debated. Noah, Joseph and other righteous men of the Bible did drink alcohol!

Objection: Wine in the bible times was weak. It was watered down. It would take a whole lot of it to get drunk.
Answer: Some of it may have been watered down, but by no means was it weak!!! This is a very lame claim in an effort to try to say that biblical wine was not like the alcohol that we have today. The Bible is VERY clear that alcohol in ancient times was just as capable of causing intoxincation as alchohol is today. Noah got drunk. The Bible warns of the dangers of alcohol abuse. The alcohol in the bible was capable of causing drunkeness and rage. Therefore to try to claim that it was weak as water, is an absurd and useless claim.

Although, It is not a sin to drink in moderation, don't be deceived, if you drink daily or from morning to night or get drunk often, you need to beware. Alcohol in excess can and WILL destroy your life. Also, if you do believe it is a sin, then YES it is a sin to YOU. It also BECOMES a sin when the person has allowed the alcohol to have power over themselves. Philippians 4:5 "Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand."

1 Cor. 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards (alcoholics), nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
The alcoholic has allowed the alcohol to gain control over him/her. It has become a god to him/her. It has become a stumbling block and a hinderance, a burden, a sin. The Bible very clearly warns us of the dangers of abusing alcohol and tells us to NOT drink with the drunkard/alcoholic. (Matt. 24:29, 1 Cor. 5:11) We don't want to encourage/condone the alocholic to stay in his alcoholic abuse.

Galatians 5:21 Envyings, 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.

Isa. 5:11 Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!

Pro. 23:21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.

Facts on Alcohol Related Deaths

Facts and statistics show alcohol and some fatalities are intertwined.
Almost half of all traffic fatalities are alcohol related.
20 percent of alcohol-related traffic deaths involve blood alcohol concentration levels below .10 percent.
In 1991, a subway motorman was drinking just before his shift and derailed a train carrying hundreds of passengers, kill five and injuring more than two hundred.
If an alcoholic suddenly withdraws from alcohol, he or she may suffer delirium tremens. D.T.s sometimes end in death.
Many people who apparently die from overdoses of sleeping pills (barbiturates), actually die from a combination of alcohol and the medication.
One quarter of all emergency room admissions, one-third of all suicides, and more than half of all homicides and incidents of domestic violence are alcohol related.
Between 48 and 64 percent of people who die in fires have blood alcohol levels indicating intoxication.
Alcohol is abused by some 14 million Americans and contributes to the deaths of 100,000 each year.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 65 percent of fatal drunk-driving deaths involve drivers whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .15 or higher.
The risk of hemorrhagic stroke is three times higher among heavy drinkers.
Very large amounts of alcohol (such as a quart if drunk in five to thirty minutes) may occasionally cause death by anesthetizing the brain center that controls breathing.
About 20 percent of those people who commit suicide are alcohol abusers, according to the National Mental Health Association.
About 20 percent of suicide victims are alcoholics.
One thousand people die from alcohol overdoses each year. Many of them are young people who drank fast to show off for their friends.
Heavy drinking contributes to illness in each of the top three causes of death—heart disease, cancer and stroke.

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