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Is drinking Alcohol Really A Sin And Why Does God Object To Drunkenness?

from: 20 . 03 . 16

People drink for various reasons — some of them are good and some of them are destructive. There are those who drink for the health benefits, the flavor and the experience, and then there are those who say they drink for those reasons but really just want to get drunk.

Alcoholics build a habit of getting drunk to experience the numbness, ecstasy and euphoria, thinking that these are the solution to their problems.

But God has bigger plans for you, and it’s not part of His plan for anyone to have to stay intoxicated. In John 10:10, Jesus said that He has come to “give life and life more abundantly.” And a part of his list is to get you off intoxication.

Why does God disapprove of drunkenness?

1. It destroys His will for you.

When 1 Corinthians 6:10 says, “Nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God,” God is not in the business of hatefully condemning anyone. He is rather looking to compassionately pull people back into His kingdom so that He will win back His children from the lies of self-satisfcation.

God has so much in store for us, but we must first seek His will and allow Him to be our number one source of meaning and identity.

2. It’s breaking your relationships.

Proverbs 20:1 says, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.” You probably already know just how many relationships drunkenness can ruin. It can ruin families, friendships, reputations, business deals, work relationships and almost every known relationship there is.

3. It’s ruining your body.

In regulated doses, beer and wine can be good for your body, but just like anything, too much of alcohol can destroy your body.

There’s a reason why alcohol is such a good disinfectant — because it kills living cells including brain cells, skin cells and blood cells. 1 Corinthians 3:16 gives us a gentle reminder: “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?”

4. It removes any sense of satisfaction.

The biggest lie today is that we can satisfy ourselves by getting more money, cars, clothes, drugs and alcohol. While these things may bring temporary stimulations, we will all hit the bottom at some point and just want more the next time around.

True and undamaging satisfaction comes from wanting more and more of God’s presence. Just like alcohol, we’ll just keep wanting more. However, unlike alcohol, God’s presence makes us whole and healthy. Ephesians 5:18 says, “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.”

By Patrick Mabilog

21 Comments to “Is drinking Alcohol Really A Sin And Why Does God Object To Drunkenness?”
Pls i will like you to establish a fact, can a child of God take wine or beer in regulated doses. Am a child of God & I am personally convinced its ok for me to take bottle of guiness stout or wine once in a while because according to what I read in the bible and how I interpreted it that its only when u take it in excess that its a sin,it read" and do not be filled with wine where in its in excess". And according to the writer of this article,you said "In regulated doses, beer and wine can be good for your body, but just like anything, too much of alcohol can destroy your body. But where I got confused over this issue is that whenever a man of God is talking about alcohol,they all categorised anyone that drinks alcohol as a sinner. My question is, someone that take a wine or beer once in a while in regulated doses,is he or she a sinner.
Whether a bottle or three it is the same. Somebody that stole one dollar and with the person that stole hundred dollars what is the different. Let me tell you l have been to ministries for ten years now and never one day of fever or headache have not you read where He said you shall be transformed by renewing of your mind so, your drinking state is as a result of will if you ask God for a change His capable to give you health without adding beer to it...
Psalm 104 v 15
No you are not a sinner... people can stay off alcohol for various spiritual reasons but the drinking is not what pollutes you...not at all. These things are mostly man made regulations that aims to help them get closer to God and that's all fine but its not to be classified as a sin because man said so...the Bible talks of drunkenness and being given to much wine. I am a Christian...I have also long held these beliefs and I still do observe them but not because I don't know better...sometimes of something contributes to weakening the faith of others .. stay away from it, if something will obstruct your ability to hear from God...stay away from it, in an environment where various doctrines and man made laws have turned I to a basis for measuring spirituality... then its best to stay away from certain things... not because they are wrong but because of the way it has become perceived due to so much self righteousness. I have lived at many other places around the world and still first shock was to attend a church event having recently arrived another country and we were served Champagne at the door...but it wasn't much shock cos I already understood the scripture better having been a Christians over a long coworkers who are Christians will go out for relaxation after work and we all will chat over a bottle of beers each.( well, I wasn't drinking beer but I enjoyed a glass of wine where possible). What's the point gloating over drinking wine yet same people will falsify age declaration and fill in a different arrival time at the office or keep excess expenses funds from office errands yet pay tithe or offering. more thing...when our Lord turned water into wine as a wedding event, it was not a Christian wedding, it was just a wedding and I don't assume they served fruit wine... even tho hewasnt recorded as drinking the wine...he still provided it for them and they said it was better than the one that went out...I don't think he gave them fruit wine for a proper one would have drank it and said it was better. Excessiveness is wrong, due to all reasons in the article and more...and if your conviction asks you to not even touch the alcohol bottle...please don't. Most importantly...walk in the spirit and you won't fulfil the desires of the flesh. God bless.
God bless you for your insightful comments... You've said virtually everything I believe about drinking.
I think you have hit it right! The thing there to watch is whether what you are doing is bringing down or uplifting the faith of others. We all can do away with things that dont uplift us and others. If eating meat will cause another to backslide, then dont eat it at all ( strong message from Bro. Paul). At a time ( years back though) I worked with a christian grouo that abhor wering of jean trousers, and i had to do without it. For the same reason, I dont take alcoholic drinks. Love should be what drives us....May God help us all. Bless you.
Profound balance, Sen!
Well said
OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL DATE: SUNDAY 20 MARCH 2016 THEME: BEWARE OF ENTICING MOCKERS Memorise: Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. Proverbs 20:1 Read: Genesis 19:30-38 30 And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters. 31 And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth: 32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. 33 And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. 34 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. 35 And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. 36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father. 37 And the first born bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day. 38 And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day. Message There are many people who argue as to whether it is a sin to take alcohol or not. This is amazing; simply have to look at the fruit of an action before you know whether it is good or not. In our Bible reading, the acts of the children of Lot wouldn’t have been possible if their father had not been drunk. So in his senseless state of mind, both daughters laid with him and conceived from his seed. The children born through this means became the Moabites and the Ammonites who become sworn-enemies of the children of Israel. Wine is a mocker that leads to uncontrollable behaviour. I have seen very quite people who will never, under normal circumstances, say anything that will put them into trouble. But the moment these people come under the influence of strong drink, they become someone else. There are many people who have lost precious things under the influence of alcohol. Many have lost their wives as a result of alcohol. With a ‘little shot’ many have been poisoned through alcohol. There are people who have experienced fatal accidents because they were not in control of themselves. Some were duped because they were under the influence of alcohol. Unfortunately, the devil is always waiting for such times when people are out of their senses to strike. He allows some of them to suffer damages which they may never recover from. “Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts” Proverbs 31:6 Those who cannot stay away from alcohol will always be victims of wrong decisions. They will never be able to judge well. Men of integrity who value the life that God has given to them will control themselves and not allow the desire of the flesh to derail them. Alcohol is an instrument of unrighteousness and you should not yield to it. If you love God, it will show in your attitude to such things. God wants you to abstain from the old wine of sin and embrace the new wine of life in the Spirit of God. This is the wine of the Holy Spirit which is totally devoid of the input of man. There is no addition of chemical that will do your harm. The new wine produces joy and happiness in the Holy Ghost, while the old wine of flesh produces death and shame. You will not be a victim of mockery in Jesus’ name. Key Point: It is a sin to engage in what destroys you. BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Judges 3:7-4:24 and Job 39:13-25 AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
Sex is Sex but when one is done before marriage is called fornication which is a sin, do you now say that sex in it self is a sin? their is a clear caught between drinking wine and getting drunk, their is also a clear cut between eating and gluttony. if being drunk is a sin and for that reason you shouldn't drink, then gluttony is a sin and then you should as well not eat.
My preolbm was a wall until I read this, then I smashed it.
Every thing that is done in excess is a sin! If u can drink one glass it's OK! But how many among you will stop after the first glass??? If u can it's OK! If you cannot better not to start it!! Everyone must know himself before getting involved in something! God bless u all
I love this exposition, it recandles the fire in me. But, on thing troubling is this, while modern Churches, particularlly pentecostals preach against drunkenness, fornication and the ilks, they left out 1 Corinthians 11:1-16. Paul, whose words on prosperity, fornication, drunkenness and the mores every preacher preached, is the same paul that smash against unveilled women's head in prayers and prophecy. It opens with a slam that it's not good for a woman praying to God with her head uncovered. That, as it's shameful for woman to shave her hair, so it is with not veiling the head at worships. In vs13, he pose a rhetoric question condemning leaving the hair uncovered while praying or prophesying. In vs14-16, he puts it that man is not suppose to have long hair but, long hair is her glory before men. A covering for her; ie, she can decorate the hair and shine it outside the church, it's for men's glory. Women have to cover their heads while at worships for the sake of the Angels, vs10. You inconvenient the Angels when woman prays uncovered. Any where inconvinient for Holy Angels who else do you think is there with you as you worship. In vs 16,"if any man seem contentious, we have no such custom, neither the church of God". Are you for fashion or having eternity in fucos? Let's tell ourselves the gospel truth. The whole world was destroyed and only Noah and his family were saved because God saw righteousness in the house. You claim prosperity, healing and blessing, yes, but to cover heads as women, ahh, no problem. What does it takes to cover your head as a woman in worships, if you trully believe in Christ Jesus? It doesn't reduce your womanhood, rather, you receive a symbol of authority before Angels(in God's presence). God have mercy!
When jesus said "GO IN MY NAME" that waz a deligation of his authority given to us as believers also d bible called d angels ministring spirits in other word angels are our servants....I don't tink a normal man needs authority to command his servants.... Plz go 2ru dat scripture again u will find out dat d passage said d hair waz giving 4 covering. Nw the question is dis, if hair waz to a woman for covering den wat is it actually covering, if it is covering the HEAD then wat else do want to cover again seeing dat her head is already covered. The old time religion made all dis doctrines some due to self rightousness n tins like that. Stay blessed.
Wonderful discussion! Thanks for bringing it up!
This TOPIC has really caused a lot of controversies in our today church. I remembered going for morning cry one morning with my colleague, we preached about smoking and drinking. A guy spoking passed us. when he heared us talked against smoking, he waited for us till we were done an he called on us and said show me a strait place in the BIBLE where the BIBLE talks against smoking. Though the BIBLE may not be clear concerning this issue( i just said may not and not it is not) it is very obvious. In response to that question let me ask can you also show me a place in the BIBLE where the BIBLE says dont stand in front of a moving TRAILER? There is a place to make use of our Human brain. what is harmful is not ok for human consumption .
The risk alcohol poses outweigh the claimed benefits.
thank you pastor, God bless and strengthen you too.
Thank you for ur analysis. However, we should not add nor take away from the scripture thinking you are maling God happy not knowing that you are insulting him. Never in anywhere in the new testament does the bible condemn drink or wine. What the bible or God condemns is drunkeness. How do you reconcile the advise of paul to timothy to "take a little wine for ur health sake". So, it is not sin to take wine nor is money the root of all evil. It is the LOVE of money and TOO much of wine that is evil.

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