Scripture says a lot about alcohol. Today we look at some things and talk about it, not from a human perspective but through a Biblical lens to see what scripture says about it.
Scripture Isn’t Silent on Alcohol:
- Proverbs 20: 1
- Proverbs 23: 21
- Psalm 104:14-15
- Romans 14:21
- 1 Timothy 5:23
- Ephesians 5:18
A few things we know:
- Drunkenness is sin.
- Alcohol is dangerous.
- 1/3 of all traffic deaths are alcohol related.
- It leads to addiction.
- 1 in 10 people who drink socially will become addicts.
- It contributes to spouse and child abuse.
- It causes 27,000 deaths a year by liver disease.
- An estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
- Scripture speaks both positively and negatively about alcohol.
Christians and Alcohol – 4 positions:
- Teetotaler – Never touch an alcoholic drink, its always a sin.
- Moderation – Drink, but do so in moderation, never to drunkenness.
- Liberty – Eat, drink and be merry. God made it, it’s good, go for it.
- Wisdom – In our current context, given the dangers, other believers, our community, and for the sake of the gospel, its wise to abstain.
Principles for the “Gray Areas” – taken from Danny Akin, President of SEBTS:
- Will this action be helpful to me? – 1 Corinthians 6:12
- Will this action potentially enslave me? – 1 Corinthians 6:12
- Will this action encourage my brother or sister in Christ? – Romans 14:19-21
- Will this action help or hinder my gospel witness? – 1 Corinthians 9:19-23