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Should Christians drink wine?

Although the Bible does not teach us that Christians should not drink alcohol, there are many verses throughout the Bible that warn us of the dangers of drinking too much alcohol and getting drunk (for example – Proverbs 23:19-21 which tells us Do not join those who drink too much wine, or Romans 13:13 which warns us not to get drunk).

The facts about alcohol are these;

  1. We know that many people cannot drink only a little, but feel compelled to drink so much that they endanger both themselves and those around them.
  2. Many people carry psychological scars from alcohol related stress and abuse.
  3. There are links between alcohol abuse and other drug use.
  4. People waste a tremendous amount of money on alcohol that could be better used to help both themselves and those around them.
  5. There is a tendency for people to find refuge in the next bottle rather than to go to God.

Romans 12:1-2 tells us that we should offer ourselves as living sacrifices holy and pleasing to God, and that this is our spiritual act of worship. We are told not to conform to the pattern of this world, but to renew our ways of thinking so that we can be transformed. It is clear that the way in which we live our lives is worship to God, and alcohol (a part of this world’s pattern) can only have a negative influence on our lives and witness.

1 Corinthians 10:31-33 tells us to be careful in everything that we do, so that God is glorified, and so that we do not cause anyone else to stumble in their walk with God. If others watch us drinking alcohol, and so start drinking themselves and become addicted, then we carry responsibility for their falling into sin.

All these factors mean that we must be careful about drinking any kind of alcohol, whether beer, wine or spirits, and we must always consider the consequences of our actions.