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Occasional Drinking

Is it a sin to have an occasional (one) glass of wine with dinner?

Thank you for your question. It is one that is on the heart of many people. The best short answer that I can give you is this:

Many people believe that it is not a sin to drink an alcoholic beverage and will site some old testament passages and even twist some passages and say that Jesus Christ himself drank alcoholic wine. In short, no, Christ did not drink alcoholic wine. When Christ came, many Old Testament practices changed.

Some people go to the passage in 1 Timothy 5:23 that says to take a little wine for you ailments, and say, "See, the bible says it is O.K. to drink." without looking at the context of the passage. He said to take some for ailing purposes, not for secular, personal enjoyment.

Since facts are supposed to be supported in the mouths of two or more witnesses, (John 8:17,18) I would like to give you two bible verses to keep in your heart for this issue.

  1. Proverbs 20:1 WINE is a MOCKER, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
  2. Proverbs 23:31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his color in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.

The most picturesque description of wine and its' attributes is found in Proverbs 23:29-35.

Paul Grady
Daily Proverb

Proverbs 22:29

Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.