Do you drink alcohol? If so, as a Christian, do you feel good about this? What if anything do you use to justify your actions? What does the Bible say about it? Have you ever wondered? More than likely, as a Christian you have contemplated this question before. Thankfully, this video posted by THE BEAT addresses this pressing issue.
Is it a Sin to Drink Alcohol?
The short answer is no. However, people tend to go to one of two extremes with this issue. They either believe Christians aren’t permitted to drink alcohol at any time, in any amount. Others say they have the grace of God and they are free to drink, as long as they don’t get drunk. Let’s look at the what the Bible says…
What Does the Bible Say About Drinking?
There are many instances in the Bible where people are drinking wine as a way to celebrate an occasion. Jesus also drank wine with his disciples and of course famously turned the “water into wine” at a wedding feast. In Ephesians 9:7, the Bible says, “Go, eat your food, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved of what you do.” Therefore, drinking alcohol can’t be a sin in and of itself based on Jesus’ actions and the various instances in the Bible that showcase drinking alcohol as acceptable.
Though Acceptable, It’s Not Always Ideal
Just because drinking alcohol is permissible, doesn’t mean it’s always a great idea. 1 Corinthians 6:12 says “All things are permitted for me, but not all things are profitable.” Therefore, ask yourself the following questions before drinking:
- 1. Will drinking in this setting damage my Christian image? Check out 1 Peter 2:12, which explains the importance of living properly among unbelievers.
- 2. Will my drinking encourage another to sin? 1 Corinthians 8:13 Paul explains why he abstained from eating meat in front of other believers due to their personal conviction about meat.
Watch the video in its entirety to learn more about this controversial issues.