Q. What did Jesus say about drinking?
A. Matthew, chapter 11 - Jesus said: 15Anyone
who is willing to hear should listen and understand!
According to that statement made by Jesus (if the translation is correct) He drank wine. However, did you catch that last sentence? Wisdom is shown to be right by what results from it. I take that to mean, If you abuse alcohol ~ get drunk and hurt someone ~ that's a sin. Not the act of indulgence but what results from it.
I can tell you from experience ~ overindulgence in alcohol is bad and usually bad things result from it. Some folks can't handle it at all.
Q. What was the first miracle Jesus performed?
A. At the request of his mother Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding feast. Gospel Of John, chapter 2.
And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of
Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
REMEMBER WHAT JESUS SAID...
"Wisdom is shown to be right by what results from it."
Usually bad things can be attributed to alcohol. Drive by the typical bar or lounge. You can see a lot of wrong-doing and sin as a result of drinking. Accidents, fights, adultery, illicit sex, bad language, drunkenness. It's not good. It's hard on your body, costs a lot of money that many drinkers can't afford. Worst of all, excessive drinking breaks up families. At this point... IT HAS BECOME A SIN! Because that's what results from it. Did you catch the key word? "EXCESSIVE." It has been said; "all things in moderation." The problem; most drinkers abuse it. No, drinking is not a sin. Only if you drink to excess and sin results from it.
I can't find in the scriptures where the indulgence (short of drunkenness) is a sin... however, bad things that may result from it is a sin! Just that simple.
Man-Made Doctrines Deny The Scriptures...
I have heard it preached that the wine of those days contained no alcohol. If your Pastor preaches that kind of falsehood ~ What else is he/she teaching that is non scriptural?
Here's one of many examples ~
Genesis 9th chapter:
Sounds like Noah's wine had some alcohol.
According to scripture: Drunkards will NOT enter the Kingdom of God but there is a vast difference between partaking of wine (or alcohol) and being a drunkard.
In the book of 1st Timothy, Paul instructs the churches on the requirements of selecting the Pastor and Deacons of the church. He spells out who may be allowed to drink wine and who may not. The Pastor may not drink at all. The Deacons must not be heavy drinkers. That would imply that Deacons may drink moderately. It also says that the wives of Deacons should not be heavy drinkers. If it (the wine) were harmless grape juice, I don't believe there would have been any restrictions on it. Read it for yourself and fill yourself with the truth.
You don't need to twist the scriptures to your liking to raise good Christians!
Don't be a drunk! However, don't condemn a son, daughter, friend, relative or church member for the occasional imbibing of alcohol. It ain't scriptural! I've seen responsible, reasonable Christian people have wine with or without food. They didn't get drunk, fight, commit adultery or have a car wreck and kill a family. Simply use good judgement and be responsible for your conduct. Some people do not tolerate alcohol and they go crazy... if that describes you then DO NOT DRINK. I have seen lives ruined by alcohol! Remember what The Son of God Said: "But wisdom is shown to be right by what results from it."
Be Careful, there seems to be a fine line between (drinking) it being a sin and non-sin. The real danger may be that it prevents you from association with the right people so you can be (saved) born-again. I apologize for that weak answer but it is a possibility... The problem I have with that answer is that I believe God has the power to bring whomever HE chooses to the truth of salvation... BUT... if you make it so hard that the Creator directly brings you into HIS truth it may be pretty traumatic and TOUGH! Try to cooperate.
I know of a two year-old child who is truly a blessed child of God. The things she says and does are straight from the Spirit of God. Her father drinks a little beer. I find no fault with that. However! This will send mixed messages to this little child and may cause her to go off track and experiment on her own. Well, I also know that God is in control and will (no doubt) bring her back into perfect example but why take the chance? Why not simply be the role model this baby needs to not have any conflicting messages in her life. Besides, we may not have the required time to allow her to take a wrong turn and find her way back. I pray that her Dad simply quits drinking! He is a fine father and a fine man and I would never say these things to him but I pray for it. Hope that helps you see my point about drinking. Better not to drink if you can arrange that:)
You know we need air to live but if you get too much (as in hyperventilating) you'll pass out. We need food to live but if you become obese it can kill you. Too much golf can ruin a marriage. So... On... And... On.... You get the idea. OKAY! I'm through.
Be careful out there! Sadly enough ~ There's hell to pay.
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