Several subjects echo in Christianity. So think about Christians and alcohol. On the one hand, we find a group of believers who argue that the Christian can touch alcohol, but that he must not become intoxicated. These supporters, therefore, back the alcohol industry. On the opposite side, we meet some believers who are strictly against the touch or even the surety of the alcohol industry.
In this atmosphere, everyone has their say. Each defends his point of view as he can. However, the Bible, in one way or another, approaches the subject between its lines.
Faced with this crucial theme: “CHRISTIAN AND ALCOHOL: Is it right or wrong? ”, Several questions open to us: What is alcohol? What does the Bible say about this? Can a Christian consume alcohol? Can Christian market alcohol? What attitude should the Christian adopt towards the alcoholic? What are the dangers of alcohol? These are the questions around which our thinking will turn.
What Does the Term ‘Christian and Alcohol’ Mean According to the Bible?
Alcohol according to biblical writings describes alcohol as an intoxicating drink, intoxicating fermented drink. Alcohol is derived from wine (grape juice) or cider. As a result, we find alcoholic wines, strong drinks, and liquors.
The Bible condemns any use of fermented drink, or strong drink, or strong liquor or intoxicating drink. Do not confuse the grape juice and the wine drawn from the reason juice. Although often in the Bible, the same word is sometimes used for grape juice, sometimes for fermented grape juice (so alcoholic). This distinction is one of the problems posed in the scene of Jesus at the wedding of Cana.
A Look at the Scene of Jesus at the Wedding of Cana
As part of our reflection, we cannot address the topic of the Christian and the alcohol – not to mention the scene in which Jesus changed the water in wine. The water that Jesus changed into wine at the wedding of Cana was pure grape juice. It was’ ‘that juice of the bunch which Scripture says:’ Do not destroy it, for there is a blessing there.’ (Isaiah 65: 8)
It was the Spirit of the Lord who gave this warning to the Israelites in Proverbs 20: 1 in these words: “The wine is mocking, the strong drinks are tumultuous; Anyone who makes the excess is not wise. ”
Satan leads men to pleasures that obscure reason and moral sense, but Christ teaches us to control ourselves. Jesus never gives alcohol.
The Lord Jesus Christ never places before men what could be an object of temptation. His entire life was an example of self-denial. During his forty-day fast, he put himself to the most terrible test that the man could endure, and that to break the power of the appetite. Note that Jesus never contradicted his teachings. The unfermented wine he made at the wedding of Cana was a healthy and refreshing drink. It is this kind of wine that he and his disciples used at the First Supper. It is this same wine (pure reason juice, not fermented, nor alcoholic) that should always be placed on the holy table, to symbolize the blood of the Savior. Since this sacrament is meant to vivify the soul, the symbols employed must be above reproach.
A Poison Used by Satan: Alcohol Reduces Man to Servitude
When the man satisfies his desire for alcohol, he voluntarily brings to his lips the beverage that makes it more horrible. His reason is lost, his intelligence weakens, his animal passions are exacerbated, and he is still led to commit the most abominable crimes. Once under the influence of the liquid fish, Satan is their master. He governs them, and they become his associates. Satan then takes possession of body, mind, and soul, and man acts only from his intermediary. Men who use alcohol become slaves of Satan.
The perverted desires of the drunkard will be transmitted to his posterity and, through him, to future generations.
When you drink alcohol, you open the door to moral decay. Thoughts, allowed to linger over matters of degrading interest, soon pervert all the faculties of being. The use of alcohol helps to make carnal passions prevail.
Alcohol promotes the most abominable debauchery and strengthens diabolical propensities. The Christian and the alcohol are two opposed terms. Because indeed, God wants us to be lucid. God wishes us to have a healthy conscience, faculties in good condition. God can never encourage his children to become slaves to such a dangerous and deadly poison as alcohol.
The Christian Must Not Manufacture, Produce, Market or Consume Alcohol.
Let’s read Habacuc 2: 15: “Woe to him who makes his neighbor drink, to you who pour out yours and make him drunk …”
It is also necessary to practice total abstinence from any alcoholic drink. Alcohol should not be taken in moderation, but rather it must be strictly excluded from our diet (consumption).
Each year there are hectoliters of alcoholic beverages that are consumed around the world. Strong and large sums of money spent on misery, poverty, sickness, degradation, debauchery, crime and death. For the sake of gain, the liquor dealer gives his victims something to corrupt their minds and bodies and condemns the drinker’s family to poverty and ruin … […]
The houses of debauchery, the lairs of vice, the courts of assizes, the prisons, the hospices, the insane asylums, the hospitals are filled in large part because of the trade of the beverage shop.
Is it reasonable that a Christian offers poison to another? We think no! We must be wise, intelligent and above all, spiritually. In what way do alcohol and its industry bring us closer to God?
Even if the Church or men approve the manufacture, marketing, and consumption of Alcohol, this is not the case for God. For God cannot guarantee that man destroys his body, his soul, and his spirit.
God never condones poison in the life of a human being. His holiness, the wisdom, the love and the mercy of God can never contradict each other by allowing men to touch alcohol. Never, even in the Bible, has God given his approval to intoxicating drinks. There is, therefore, no connection between the Christian and the alcohol, neither friendship nor compromise.
In the light of scripture, nature, and reason, how can Christians cultivate hops for beer, how can they make wine or cider?
If they loved their neighbor as themselves, would they dare to place in the path products that will become for him an ambush?
If the Christian is aware that his body, his soul, his spirit belong to God and that they should neither defile nor destroy them – then he will know that his Lord and Savior expressly forbids him to touch alcohol or to contribute to the alcohol industry.
Is it not said in the scriptures, moreover, that those who defile themselves and destroy the temple of God (their body, their soul, their spirit) will they also be destroyed? (1 Corinthians 3: 16-17) And that even drunkards will not inherit the kingdom of heaven.
Consider the following verses: Romans 13: 13/1 Corinthians 5: 11/1 Corinthians 6: 10 / Galatians 5: 21/1 Peter 4: 3.
That the so-called stop reasoning because they consume alcohol. On the contrary, that they seek to repent and not to blaspheme the name of God among the non-Christians …
Christians! We are the Temple of God
“Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit that is in you, that you have received from God, and that you are not your own? Because you have been bought at a great price. So glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which belongs to God. 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20.
“Who’s the hell for? For whom the alas? For whom the arguments? For whom the complaints? For whom injuries without reason? Who’s red-eyed? For those who linger with wine, For those who will enjoy mixed wine. Do not look at the wine that looks beautiful red that makes pearls in the cup, and that flows easily. He ends up biting like a snake, and stinging like a basilisk ’’. Proverbs 23: 29-32.
The Alcoholic sacrifices his reason for a glass of poison. Satan thus takes control of his mind, his affections and his conscience. Such a man destroys the temple of God. Alcohol defiles the soul. Since when is defilement acceptable to God? Alcohol alienates the one who consumes it. It is easy to drink, but difficult to avoid, and especially to limit the damage and the ruin that it generates in the life of the one who consumes it and that of his entourage …
Consider this passage: “… All that is true, all that is honorable, all that is right, all that is pure, all that is kind, all that deserves approval, which is virtuous and worthy of praise, the object of your thoughts. ’’ Philippians 4: 8. This exhortation of the Lord challenges us not to indulge in anything that could make us lose meaning. It is said that ‘wine’ [fermented and therefore alcoholic wine] makes sense lose (see Hosea 4:11).
A Dark Picture of the Damage of Alcohol…
Who can depict the misery, the anguish, and the despair that lurks in the drunkard’s hearth? Think of the woman, often intelligent, sometimes cultivated, united to a man that the drinks transform into a devil.
Think of children, deprived of comfort and education, living in the terror of the one who was to be their support and their joy, and thrown into the world with the stigmata of shame or the hereditary blemish of the drinker. Think of the frightening accidents that happen every day, due to the drink. It is a way employee to do that neglects a signal or misunderstands an order: it’s a collision happens, mowing down many lives. Or it is a ship that is wrecked and is lost.
Let’s note that wine, beer, and cider only really add up to strong drinks. Their use gives rise to a taste for stronger spirits, and so is the habit of drinking liqueurs. The moderate use of fermented drinks is the school where drunkards. The influence of these beverages is so insidious that their victims engage in the path of alcoholism even before they suspect the danger.
Alcohol, a Cure? No, an Illusion …
Many people justify the fact that they drink alcohol for their health or either to relieve themselves of a situation they are going through or to recover from a shock. Since when has poison provided health? On the contrary, in addition to damaging the health of the individual, does it not cause other diseases again?
Alcohol has never been the real solution to stress or depression … On the contrary, it is an illusion. After being left under the influence of alcohol the realities are presented again to you (you face the situation because of which you got intoxicated). And often even go from bad to worse! Intoxicating drinks do not solve the worries of life; on the contrary, they make them worse. Alcohol is deceiving!
Christian Advice on Alcoholic
In our dealings with the victims of alcohol, let’s not forget that we are dealing temporarily with beings under the domination of a demon. Let us be patient and indulgent with them. Do not think of their repulsive appearance, but of the precious life that Christ has come to redeem with his blood. When the drinker understands the state of degradation in which he has fallen, give him proof of your love for him. Do not blame him or show him any aversion. The unfortunate man curses himself enough. Help him to regain courage. Strive to bring hope back to your heart. Look to highlight the good sides of his character. Show him that he can regain the respect of his fellows. Bring him to understand the value of the talents that God has entrusted to him, and that he neglected to assert. […]
Read the scripture to those who are prey to temptation and struggle; emphasize the divine promises. These will be for them as the leaves of the tree of life that is spoken of in the book of Revelation. Continue your efforts patiently, until they gratefully seize the hope of redemption through Christ. Persevere with them, if not you will never succeed. They will continue to be the toys of temptation, and they will fall back very often. But continue your efforts without discouraging yourself.
These unfortunate people may have the desire to live Christianly, but their will is weak. Alcohol weakens the human faculties.
Be understanding of those who depend on alcohol. It is not the Christian’s duty to judge or condemn alcoholics. However, the Christian must display his position against alcohol. He must himself show by his conduct that it is not good to touch alcohol – he must also openly maintain his abstinence from the manufacture, production, marketing, and consumption of alcohol.
If the alcoholic agrees to come to Christ and humbly decides with determination to cut off the bonds with alcohol, he can be sure and certain that he can count on the grace, strength, and assistance of God to his deliverance. Without Christ, no one can leave the grip of the devil.
Our Position on the Subject: Christian and Alcohol
Given all the above, we can say that alcohol is not advisable for a Christian who wants to be a fervent believer, faithful, wise and intelligent.
And above all who wants to stay in the real Christian ethic. God never commanded men to get drunk.
Certainly, some will evoke the fact that there exist in the biblical stories believing people who have indulged in fermented wine or mixed or intoxicating. It’s the case of Noah. We do not disagree.
The Bible is a trustworthy story in which the weaknesses, qualities of even influential characters are exposed without distinction. But the fact that they drank alcohol does not mean that it must be an example for us. No. They are also men of sinful nature, subject to error.
Judiciously then, it is not our duty to imitate them when they have had not to glorify God by an unpleasant act to God such as to get drunk, to consume alcohol.