This topic is perhaps one of the most dividing subjects there is in Christianity today. It is usually looked at with different supporting views. In order to address this hot topic properly, let’s see what the Bible has to say about it.
There are actually many passages mentioned in the Bible where drinking Beer and Wine are positive. Those scriptures include Ecclesiastes 9:7 “Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do”, Proverbs 104:14-15 “You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine and bread to strengthen man’s heart”, Amos 9:14 “I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine, and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit’ and Isaiah 55:1 ‘Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.”
So what does the Bible condemn? It is allowing ourself to be controlled or mastered by anything else that isn’t God. This includes being controlled by alcohol through addiction. We see Paul mention this in 1 Corinthians 6:12, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful for me,but I will not be dominated by anything.” We also read in 2 Peter 2:19 it reads, “They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.” Being overcome by anything is to be a slave to that object.
I do believe that people have addictive personalities and alcohol can be that trigger that causes that person to sin because they never had “control” and allow themself to be controlled by that substance. For the Christian, we are only to be controlled by the Holy Spirit, but for some, alcohol is both a physical and spiritual weakness. Let’s face it, we all have certain sins that we consider fun and enjoy in the moment, but later regret. We need to study ourself and ask ourself what our weaknesses are. Are they people? Materialism? Gossip? Selfishness? Lust? Pornography? Beer? Wine? Liquor? Drugs? We all have had some idol or struggle in our life. It is wisdom that shows us that this struggle is Satan’s weapon that he will use against us as often as he is able to. So be strong spiritually and overcome those struggles with Jesus, not alone.
Satan has watched and studied humans since Adam and Eve. He is a Master at finding each person’s weakness and will routinely come around to test that weakness. It is up to the Christian, not to rely upon themself, or their own strength, but in God’s! The act of drunkenness is condemned in the Bible. We see this in Ephesians 5:18, “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.”
For the Christian, we must realize that drunkenness, throws morality out the window!
As Christians, we could never say that we are drinking to the glory of God. We all have a choice and if any substance is a weakness for us, we should avoid it all together. It all comes down to putting our spiritual well-being above our physical state, but again, Satan knows what our weaknesses are and will give a convincing argument that the pleasing our physical side is “ no big deal” it’s all in “good fun!” But trust me, both he knows and God knows that when the physical side gives in, it has eternal consequences on the spiritual side of things! Just look at how sin came into the picture. Satan had to first convince Eve of the physical side and as soon as she “took the bait” the spiritual side of things turned upside down when sin entered the picture. The consequences were literally deadly! So much so, that it took the death of an innocent life and the funeral of God’s only Son, to make it right again.
When weaknesses creep up on us, it is a mixture of our old nature and Satan using it to stumble us. Instead, let’s do as Jesus commands us. “Then Jesus said to all of them, ‘If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” Jesus was literally saying we would have to deny our physical desires and crucify them to the cross before we could follow Him, correctly. So, if you’re warming yourself by the fire, please just walk away.
As a woman, I have seen many fellow Christian ladies and friends rely on alcohol for stress relief, instead of relying on Jesus. I myself, was included in this crazy sin that is almost even “trendy” and encouraged. I knew Christian women that had a glass of wine, nightly, to “unwind” from the stresses of the day. I also found myself facing difficulties and stress, but I was never a wine person, my like was beer. I found myself buying a six pack and only having one a day, to “take the edge off.” Then one day, Jesus convicted my heart and said, “What are you doing? You’re depending on this beer, when you should be depending on me!” Each time I would have a beer, I felt it was fine because I wasn’t getting drunk, it was just one. But when Jesus convicted me that drunkenness was not my sin, but idolatry was, I was cut to the core! I had literally made this object an object of worship because I had given it control over the physical and spiritual side of my life, without even realizing it! I had dethroned God and placed my beer bottle on His throne instead. I literally stopped right then and there because I knew Jesus was right, He always is because He’s God and because He is truth. So I dumped all the beers down the drain and repented, right then and there! Jesus was right! I definitely wasn’t asking Him for help. So, I remembered that the Holy Spirit is our helper and comforter. I begged Him to help me because the load I was bearing was too much for me to bear. He came through and I haven’t touched a beer since. I encourage you all that are reading this, if this story is familiar, stop and pray the same prayer for you. God will come through, He always does! Always.