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SEVEN SCRIPTURAL PRINCIPLES REGARDING
THE USE OF WINE AND ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
Principle Example Texts

1. Non-fermented wines may be used as all nourishing, healthy drinks may. Moderate, tightly-controlled use of fermented wines is not strictly forbidden; however, numerous warnings against its misuse are given

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.

- Ephesians 5:18

Blessed art thou, 0 land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!

- Ecclesiastes 10:17

2. Strong drinks - beer, whiskey, rum, vodka, and all other alcoholic beverages produced specifically for their alcoholic content - should be avoided

Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!

- Isaiah 5:11

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

- Proverbs 20:1

3. Places or gatherings built or planned specifically for alcoholic consumption (bars, pubs, taverns, nightclubs, beer parties, etc.) must be avoided

Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh.

- Proverbs 23:20

For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries.

- I Peter 4:3

4. Any breaking of local liquor laws (liquor licenses, age requirements, selling restrictions, etc.) are forbidden as a transgression of God's fifth commandment

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
For he is the minister of God

to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

- Romans 13:3-4

5. All forms of drunkenness (and "beginning to be drunk") are strictly forbidden for the following reasons:

Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

- I Corinthians 6:10

Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

- Galatians 5:21

 

a. Drunkenness is condemned by God

b. Drunkenness is referred to as a judgment of God upon sinful man

Then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land, even the kings that sit upon David's throne, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with drunkenness.

- Jeremiah 13:13

Thou shalt be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, with the cup of astonishment and desolation, with the cup of thy sister Samaria.

- Ezekiel 23:33

c. Drunkenness distorts one's perceptions of God's reality and dangerously stifles a person's voice of conscience

But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.

- Isaiah 28:7

Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?
Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.

- Proverbs 23:29,33

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