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

5.

d. Drunkenness destroys one's capacity to do right

It is not for kings, 0 Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink.

- Proverbs 31:4

For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.

- Proverbs 23:21

e. Drunkenness reduces man to socially-degrading behavior

Therefore thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Drink ye, and be drunken, and spue, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you.

- Jeremiah 25:27

They are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.
For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.

- Isaiah 28:7b-8

f. Drunkenness harms one's health

Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?
They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.

- Proverbs 23:29-30

Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.

- Proverbs 23:34-35

g. Drunkenness often leads to other sins

And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

- Genesis 9:21

Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

- Genesis 19:32

6. Being a negative influence upon others is forbidden, especially as Christian church attenders

Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!

- Habakkuk 2:15

It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.

- Romans 14:21

7. All that produces known evil and dangerous consequences must be avoided

Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

- Matthew 4:7

Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.

- Proverbs 23:31-32

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