Should Christians Drink Alcohol? Living right and In ministry

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Don’t these glasses look absolutely beautiful?

So here I am with my friend Geneva in her dorm room discussing an article that our friend posted on Facebook.
here’s the link: http://laurelmariekells.wordpress.com/2014/02/27/response-should-christians-drink-alcohol/

We were speaking about the impact the article had on us. After reading the article I felt like maybe I have been thinking differently. Since then I have been strongly praying and asking God to change me and my mindset if possible, as I was raised around no alcohol. I was ecstatic when I found out that the article had the same impact on Geneva. Here is my issue. Since reading the article I feel the same. After speaking over the article and how we sought God out in result of it, we had one conclusion: Conviction. At the end of the day, you are accountable for yourself and your doings. We just feel a significant conviction.

I do not wish to attack the article. You can read it yourself, form an inference, in a sense. I will say that the article has no biblical references, just opinion, which leaves me distraught. This is just her opinion, which is self centered and a lot of stuff in the article is solely her opinion. (4 stanza statements of I believe..) In fact, a lot of stuff in the article are actually very non-bibical.

Here are a few things from the blog that I just wanted to clear out.

-there’s no such thing as a powerful person, but someone powerful in God 

-you are called to separate yourself from sin, and that is that.

Where I stand (IN THE WORD):

Leviticus 10:9 states: “You and your sons are not to drink wine or other fermented drink whenever you go into the tent of meeting, or you will die. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come..” Call this verse ancient and say that a lot of stuff in Leviticus is too absurd to use in context. So why do we even keep Leviticus in the bible then? Just to whip it out for inspirational use? We might as well remove it.. I know that Leviticus is in the bible for a reason. It’s God’s unshaken word. I know that God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  Leviticus 10:8:-11: “Then the Lord said to Aaron, 9 “You and your sons are not to drink wine or other fermented drink whenever you go into the tent of meeting, or you will die. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, 10 so that you can distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean, 11 and so you can teach the Israelites all the decrees the Lord has given them through Moses.” ..We are descendants. God calls us to be set apart, and by be apart I mean from those who don’t know him.

If you believe that alcohol is not wrong, then I respect you. All we can do is pray for conviction and be led by the spirit. As far as Alcohol (as it is not my place anyway, but If you were interested): I will never condemn, but I will never condone.  

Jerry update: Please pray for Jerry. He has been basically bedridden from the pain. I’m praying for healing.

6 thoughts on “Should Christians Drink Alcohol? Living right and In ministry

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog. I never noticed that verse before. I was raised in a Christian family that uses alcohol in moderation (never getting drunk). However in recent years I have become convicted that I can not purchase any alcohol, as it is a waste of money, and also I do not want to support the brewing/wine industry that really does not care about people, only profit. These verses help confirm that it is part of being ‘set apart’.
    Will be praying for Jerry.
    God bless you.

  2. Great post and glad you checked out my blog recently, so I was able to find this site.
    I am speaking from a recovered (delivered) addict’s standpoint and as a social worker. I have a pretty good understanding of what the bible has to say about this issue,, as I searched over and over many years ago when I used alcohol, to either justify it, or find a reason to stop it.
    What I found is that the only mention of alcohol and Christians has to do with those who are called to be elders in the church, (cautioned they should not be partakers of strong drink ) and those who get drunk. There several scriptures referring to drunkenness that imply it is not pleasing to God. Jesus made wine from water, and they drank wine on occasion in the new Testament era, So the message I see is that if you partake in wine, and it does not lead to drunkenness, it is not wrong in the eyes of God.
    Strong drink, or ” spirits ‘ are another story. They are called spirits for a reason. They are to be avoided.

    The old testament was filled with rules and regulations, and we live under a new covenant since the messiah was born, one of grace not works. As a Christian, Paul said ” everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial for the Christian. This simply because we are not saved by how much we drink, but by the blood of the lamb. I believe if alcohol is an area of conviction for a person, they should not even mess with it. I don’t drink because it always led to drunkenness , which prohibits me from holding positions in the church or serving in different ways,.
    Also, remember, even Noah , whom God had great favor on, was found drunk and naked. So with all that said, I recommend people not bother to risk addiction or on going conviction by drinking. However if you enjoy a glass of wine with dinner, and it does not interfere with your life or walk with God, so be it. Either way, we are saved by grace and not works, so it is not a salvation issue. It is a ” what does God want me to do in this area ” thing. If you have a concern about using alcohol, I would obey that voice and assume God just wants you to abstain, We are all called to be witnesses and we cannot do this while drunk, so that is not an option. Some of us are unable to drink at all, due to the inability to drink in moderation. Its something each Christian needs to hear from God about, and it sounds like you already have!
    Good Post!

    TjP
    www,dontlabelmykid,com

  3. The Bible, mainly in Paul’s letters, councils against drinking to excess, where we become impaired through alcohol. Nowhere that I know of though in the Bible is alcohol proscribed. Jesus turned water into wine and apparently enjoyed a good party himself, so I can see no good reason why a Christian should not drink alcohol.

  4. Vince

    Paul said all things are acceptable but not all things are profitable. You have a strong conviction regarding alcohol. There is a reason for that and it is valid. I can’t watch some popular movies and television shows that other people have no issue with. I get convicted. Not because it is wrong and other people shouldn’t do it either , but because it mourns my Spirit. That’s what Laurel speaks of I believe. Freedom vs religious rules. Rules don’t work, that’s why Jesus had to die. He abolished the law. The problem happens when people base entire theology on a single issue like drinking alcohol or not. I believe Laurels motivation not to drink-so that she wouldn’t quench the Spirit of God in her is great. Remember this is not an issue about getting drunk–which is clearly wrong–but having a drink. I haven’t done a study on the books of the law in the Old Testament but there are obviously laws that have been abolished with the coming of Christ. Stoning to name one. So I just think that we shouldn’t blacket the entire bible or any one believer on one opinion or the other regarding having a drink. Let’s work out our own salvation as The Lord leads and love eachother toward that end, learning and growing together, We all have the same goal so let’s not give the enemy a stronghold by becoming divided on small issues.

  5. I applaud your convictions for you. I love your heart that wants to obey God and live for Him. It is inspiring. My favorite verse is the one in Ephesians 5 that says “Do not be drunk on wine which leads to debauchery – instead, be filled with the Spirit.” I like to enjoy wine. But when I start to feel that little happy buzz feeling, God reminds me that it is much more wonderful to “be drunk on Him.” May He be our only addiction, our ultimate intoxication. When He fills us up, we are changed for the better!

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