Should a Christian Drink Alcohol?

Bill Brinkworth

Today, possibly because the Word of God is not obeyed and is considered not relevant, many Christians have no conviction about what the Bible says about many things, including the drinking of alcohol.

Much is said in the Bible about the dangers and effects that alcohol will have on one and his Christian testimony. Indulgence in alcohol is never recommended in God’s Word. Its use is usually negatively spoken about. Here are some reasons why a Christian should avoid alcoholic beverages:


These verses, and many more, show we should not drink, especially if we are concerned about keeping the “temple” that God gave us clean (I Cor. 6:19) from temptations and sin. However, what confuses many, and is often used as a way to justify drinking, is the Bible’s usage of the word "wine". In the New Testament, that one word is used to describe both alcoholic and non-alcoholic wine. The Greek word "oinos" is used to reference fermented and unfermented “wines”. The context of the verse usually reveals which type of "wine" it is referring to.

What is non-alcoholic “wine”? We call it grape juice. Sometimes the Bible refers to it as "new wine" (Mat. 9:17, Luke 5:39). Understand that in biblical days there was no refrigeration, and that it was hot, which would quickly ferment the "new wine". To keep this from happening, the new “wine” was often simmered, so that the water would leave the "wine". What would result would be a thick, grape syrup that would keep for a long time. It also was called “wine”. Before it was drunk, water would be added to it again. An ancient shipwreck was recovered that had a cargo of containers of this grape syrup, and it was found to still be preserved.

There are other reasons why a Christian should not drink, even wine. They include:


Christians are to be led and guided by the Spirit of God, not the spirit of drunkedness. It is interesting that the old time drunkards knew that drinking was not of God, and users of it were influenced by the wrong spirits. To prove that look at a bottle of booze, and it will still be identified as 50% (or another number) spirits. Drinking it leads one to follow the wrong spirit, and it will not be the Spirit of God.

A Christian should be “Christ-like”, as the name implies. He should not even be close to the edge of the godless world, from which he was saved. He should be as far from temptation and sin as he can get. One cannot lose his salvation, but he can lose his Christian testimony and be ensnared by many of the same pitfalls the unsaved fall into when they indulge in alcohol   All lose when they drink booze!
“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;” Eph. 5:18


“Alcohol is a very effective dissolving agent.  It dissolves families, marriages, friendships, jobs, bank accounts and neurons, but never problems.”

This article was featured in The Bible View #610.

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