QUESTION: IS IT A SIN FOR A CHRISTIAN TO DRINK ALCOHOL/WINE?
Study References: 1 Corinthians 6:12, Romans 13:13, Romans 14:14-21, Proverbs 20:1
Proverbs 20:1; "Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls. Those led astray by drink cannot be wise."(NLT)
Even a small amount of alcohol has an effect on your body. When you drink, alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream and distributed throughout your body. A tiny amount of alcohol exits your body in your urine and your breath.
How quickly alcohol is metabolized depends on your size, age, and gender, among other things. Alcohol consumption causes physical and emotional changes that can do great harm to your body. The long-term effects of alcohol abuse are many, putting your health in serious jeopardy and endangering your life. It’s also highly addictive.
Drinking Alchohol has been scientifically proven to harm almost every organ of the body. It causes Liver disease, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), Liver cancer, gum disease, tooth decay, Stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, pneumonia or tuberculosis.
When an alcoholic stops drinking abruptly, they’re likely to experience symptoms of withdrawal, such as; nausea, anxiety, nervousness, tremors
(Source: Healthline, The Effects of alcohol on the Body)
Can you imagine praying after drinking, it's like driving after drinking. Can you imagine the intoxication in the presence of the most high God. Those who drink often, do they also pray often? That is why the bible says in Ephesians 5:18; "Don't be drunk with wine; because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit."(NLT)
We are aware that the bible has not condemned drinking wine totally but in excess but as Christians we should have a mindset. Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 10:23; "“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up."(ESV)
Since the Above article has stated the effects of drinking alcohol, then we should not offer our bodies to alcohol. Romans 6:16 says; "Don't you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living."(NLT)
2 Corinthians 7:1 says; "Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God."(NLT)
Finally, Romans 14:14-21 says; "I know and am convinced on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong. And if another believer is distressed by what you eat, you are not acting in love if you eat it. Don't let your eating ruin someone for whom Christ died. Then you will not be criticized for doing something you believe is good For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too. So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up. Don’t tear apart the work of God over what you eat. Remember, all foods are acceptable, but it is wrong to eat something if it makes another person stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else if it might cause another believer to stumble."(NLT)
In summary, alcohol, consumed in small quantities, is neither harmful nor addictive. In fact, some doctors prescribe drinking small amounts of red wine for its health benefits, especially for the heart. Drunkenness and addiction are sin. However, due to the biblical concerns regarding alcohol and its effects, due to the easy temptation to consume alcohol in excess, and due to the possibility of causing offense and/or stumbling of others, it is best for a Christian to abstain from drinking alcohol