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Is Drinking Alcohol A Sin?
by Wayne Blank
"For we have not an High Priest [see also High Priest to King of The World] which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." (Hebrews 4:15 KJV)
Fact: The first recorded miracle of Jesus Christ was changing water into wine, for people to drink:
"And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth His glory; and His disciples believed on Him" (John 2:10-11 KJV)
Fact: Jesus Christ drank wine, not only at the Passover observance every year (and, as He said, will do again in the future after His return), but at other times as well, as stated in the Scriptures:
"And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is My blood of the New Testament [see also Covenant and Testament], which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's Kingdom" (Matthew 26:27-29 KJV) [see also "Thy Kingdom Come" - When?]
Question: Jesus Christ never sinned, but moderately drank wine, even miraculously produced wine for others to consume on one occasion. How then can drinking alcohol be a sin?
When Is It A Sin? When Isn't It A Sin?
Some people choose to totally abstain from alcohol, and the Scriptures don't say that they should start.
Some other people should totally abstain from alcohol, or remain totally abstinent from alcohol, because the Scriptures make plain why excessive alcohol consumption (i.e. "alcoholism") is very damaging, not just for the individual who can't control their behavior, but for their families and society as a whole who are hurt by them.
Still other people do drink, very moderately, and the Scriptures say that it's not wrong.
There is no one answer to the question "Is drinking alcohol a sin?" - for some people, in some ways, it is a sin, for others, in other ways, it's not a sin.
John the Baptist did not drink alcohol; Jesus Christ did drink alcohol in moderation (as explained further below, getting drunk is a sin, but Jesus Christ never sinned - therefore Jesus drank, but never got drunk) - and both were criticized for it, either way:
"For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!" (Luke 7:33-34 KJV)
Those who use the term "demon alcohol," or terms like it, may wish to reconsider how they express it when it comes to Christianity. Jesus Christ did consume alcohol, but was absolutely spiritually pure - He warned about blaspheming the Holy Spirit in any way:
"And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come" (Matthew 12:32 KJV)
Alcohol consumption becomes a sin when it corrupts righteous thought or behavior, harms health, or violates any civil law:
"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" (Proverbs 23:29-30 KJV)
Fact Finder: Jesus Christ plainly stated that He will drink wine, at the very least for Passover (which will still be observed in the future) i.e. "But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's Kingdom." (Matthew 26:29 KJV). Do the Scriptures also say that drunkards will be among those who will not be in the Kingdom of God?