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!

Haggai 1:2-6 "Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the Lord's house should be built.
3 Then came the word of the Lord by Haggai the prophet, saying,
4 Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste?
5 Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.
6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; (Nothing wrong with eating AND nothing wrong with eating enough to get full, but GOD had made the food little because they were rebellious)
ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; (See note after this verse)
ye clothe you, but there is none warm; (Nothing wrong with putting on clothes)
and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes". (Nothing wrong with earning wages).
"drink" is Strong's H7937 - shakar which means drunk, intoxicated. In the context of this verse where there is nothing wrong with each of the things listed, there is also nothing wrong with drinking and nothing wrong with getting drunk, but GOD had made the alcohol useless. The bible speaks against alcohol abuse and warns against its consequences. It says the drunkard, which is an alcoholic, will not enter the Kingdom. But it does NOT forbid drinking and getting drunk. Noah got drunk and it never said anything against him for doing so. What happened afterwards was his son's fault/sin, NOT Noah's. I don't care how much that goes against everything that man's churches have taught you. The Bible clearly does NOT forbid getting drunk. This verse and other verses prove that it's not a sin to get drunk. It's only a sin to allow it to control your life and to let it cause you to make stupid mistakes which result in sin.

Objection: Lev.10:9 We are the priest today, so we should refrain from all alcohol.
Answer: Lev.10:9 "Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations"
This was applied specifically to the Levitcal priesthood which does NOT exist anymore. Although we are now kings and priest in the New Covenant, the Levitcal priesthood was replaced with the priesthood of Jesus Christ of the Melchizedek order. Also, it applied to the Levitcal priest only when they were going to the tabernacle. Not at any other time. Instead of proving that we should not drink, this verse actually proves that it is acceptable to drink. Why would the command be specified to only a specific people and only a specific location? Answer: Because there is absolutely NO Bible command that prohibits all use of 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 intoxication as alcohol is today. Noah got drunk. The Bible warns of the dangers of alcohol abuse. The alcohol in the bible was capable of causing drunkenness and rage. Therefore to try to claim that it was weak as water, is an absurd and useless claim.

Objection: Nothing good can ever come from drinking alcohol.
Answer: Actually, The modest consumption of alcohol has been repeatedly proven to help the heart, blood pressure, flushing of the kidneys and sleep. Of course alcohol abuse can be very damaging to a persons health. But alcohol abuse is a completely separate issue from whether or not alcohol in general in acceptable. We must completely distinguish between normal modest alcohol use and alcohol abuse. Good Health can be a good and acceptable fruit of the proper modest consumption of alcohol. It can also be used as a medical disinfectant as well as to make herb tonics.

Objection: Why would we allow the devil a foothold or door way into our lives? Why allow a way of temptation?
Answer: The same could be said about the internet, the radio, newspapers, etc. The devil uses all of those things. The internet is a major tool of satan to tempt people. There is more temptation on the internet than what there is in a 12 pack of beer. But if you CAN HANDLE being on the internet and can turn down every temptation that comes your way on the internet, Then a person can also do so with alcohol. It is a matter of whether or not someone can handle it. One adult beverage does not equal a foothold of the devil in your life, no more than reading one website on the internet. Of course, if you are an alcoholic, then yes one drink is a horrible temptation, just as also one website is also a horrible temptation for anyone with porn addition or who is so gullible that they fall for every internet hoax and conspiracy theory.

Objection: I wouldn't want to offend someone.
Answer: Of course we don't want to offend. We need to use commonsense and caution when drinking. We don't drink walking down the street. We don't drink while driving. We don't drink during church services or Sabbath gatherings. We don't drink around alcoholics. We don't drink around people who don't believe in drinking. But we can drink in the privacy of our own homes and at the restaurants, etc. We should NOT live in fear about who could possibly drop by unexpectedly or who might see us in the restaurant. We are not doing anything wrong and have no need of fear.

Objection: Why would a Christian need it?
Answer: It is not a matter of NEED. It's a matter of exercising our Liberty in Christ to enjoy the good and acceptable provisions that HE created.

Objection: I don't need alcohol. Jesus is my Joy and all I need.
Answer: The same is true for someone who KNOWS Christ enough that they are not burdened under legalism and men's doctrines and fears about alcohol. I would say that someone who knows Christ enough to exercise their right and freedom to drink is a person who has much more peace and joy than someone who is under the law of death.

Objection: The Bible says that we are to be sober.
Answer: The 3 Greek words for "sober" do NOT mean "to be without any influence of alcohol".
G3525 - nepho means to be in control of yourself, to be temperate, circumspect, calm and collected in spirit, to be of sound mind.
Strong's G4993 - sophroneo, same as above.
Strong's G4998 - sophron, Same as above.
It is possible to have a drink or two and still be in control of yourself, temperate, circumspect, calm, collected in spirit and of a sound mind. For some people, they can maintain these characteristics with several drinks. Everyone is different. GOD is not counting how many drinks you are having, as if 1 drink is okay but 2 drinks is a sin, or 3 drinks are okay but 4 drinks is a sin, But HE concerned with whether or not you are going to be in control of yourself. Are you going to become argumentative or violent or make foolish decisions? Those are the real sin. Not the drinking itself but rather what comes out of the man, not what goes in.

Objection: What about pot?
Answer: Pot and other illegal drugs are a completely different topic. They are not related in any way. GOD requires us to obey the laws of man except when they are in complete contrast to obeying GOD First. So we have the biblical responsibility to stay away from all illegal substances.
But even if we live in a state or nation where pot is legal, The smoking of pot, even in just modest amounts, is very harmful to our body. Although it is a natural weed, the nature of the marijuana plant is that it pulls out of the ground all the toxins and poisons that it can possibly pull up and become part of the plant. It is basically a trash can of the Earth. It works against pain and cancer by killing brain cells. It is a poison. Period. And I have never met a true follower of Christ who smoked pot. I have met a lot of weak Christians who smoked it. But never a true and strong follower of Jesus Christ. But I HAVE known true/strong followers of Jesus Christ who had a refreshing cold beer after work.


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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