Topic: alcohol & Christianity; milk & honey, or cold water and hot grease?
My approach in this broadcast is more along the lines of one’s inner thoughts and heart because that’s usually the problem when dealing with this topic.
- This session is not going to address the mild and moderate consumption of alcohol for medical reasons. The Bible allows one’s judgment, conscience, and opinion on that matter. Though in this age there are many other alternatives one should consider. Simply saying, if the doctor recommends you consume one small drink of alcohol for your *insert wtv ailment, then it’s totally up to you what you wish to do that. God is your judge. Not I, or any other man.
- This podcast will, however, be dealing with the social consumption of alcohol in moderation, whether in the secrecy of your home or collectively with friends for the purpose of softening your wits and “fitting in” with the world.
- Example, having a glass or two of alcohol at events such as Xmas, birthday parties, hangouts, dinners, etc. For the strict reason of fleshly fulfillment, just because you think "there’s nothing wrong with it and besides Jesus said it was ok, right?" Well, let’s look into that, shall we?
First and foremost, if you are an honest student of the Bible, you need to understand that the word “wine” in the Bible is described by its context. Simply saying that the context in which the word is found will determine if it is speaking of an intoxicant, or non-alcoholic beverage (juice).
Second, you have to erase your current modern definition of wine, and/or being drunk. Why? Well because we’re reading a 2000-year-old literature which had a completely different language, nuance, and environment than we do this day. Though mankind remains the same, some choose to do good and some choose to do bad. There’s no new sinful practice under the sun.
- Now know this, pay close attention, never will you find a contradiction in the Bible regarding what alcoholic wine is, and what non-alcoholic wine is. If you find contradiction we assure you, the fault is on your shoulders. You need to work it out, read some more, study further, ask questions to trusted sources (like myself *wink wink).
Ok, before diving into the text of this episode. We first quote a few inspired writers regarding the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
- "Wine is a mocker, Strong drink and/or beer is a brawler, And whoever is led astray (deceived) by it is not wise, hence, is a foolish person."
The Levitical law also gives us insight and principle as to this now spiritual Israel we citizens of the church currently inhabit during the Messianic age, the age of Christianity.
And King James says "the Lord spake unto Aaron, saying, Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations: And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the Lord hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses." – Lev. 10:8-11
- Don’t drink booze because booze is unholy, unclean, and will hinder your ability to teach your children about the law of Christ which extends to us His grace and mercy. Don’t do this because the body is the temple of God.
And what of old Habakkuk who says, “Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!” – Hab. 2:15
And what of Ezekiel who says: “No priest shall drink wine when he enters the inner court.” – Ez. 44:21
- And don’t you know that from "Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood— has made us to be a kingdom (His church), priests therein, to His God and Father.” – Rev. 1:5-6
- Peter, and inspired man, following the instructions of His Master Jesus Christ, told the Christians of the day that they were priests. "And so are all who obey the gospel. We are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that we may declare the praises of him who called us out of darkness into his wonderful light.” – 1 Pt. 2:9
And so, now we peak into the text of Ephesians 5 with some groundwork established.
Context, Paul speaking to Christians in Ephesus, exhorting them (encouraging with command that must be obeyed) to imitate Jesus Christ and not the world, and he will give us insight and accuracy as to how that very thing is possible.
Vs. 1 – imitate God: who is good and righteous
Vs. 2 – imitate Christ: who is love & sacrifice
Vs. 3 – and Christians who do good and righteous things, who love and sacrifice self, will not participate in any immoral activity. For such is not allowed in a faithful child of God. Such things come when we are softened, dulled of wits.
Vs. 4 – a faithful Christian who does good and righteous things (benevolence, evangelism, offering), will stay away from sinful activities that come when our minds become softened, dull.
Vs. 5 – you see, Christians who aren’t faithful will participate in sinful endeavors, resulting in an eternal punishment away from the God the Father and His Son the Christ.
Vs. 6 – a faithful Christian will not allow the intoxicating lure of deception, capture his or her mind into the disobedience of the sons of this age.
* Bad company corrupts good morals (1 Cor. 15:33)
* Be not deceived by the world and its sinful practices (1 Cor. 6:9-10)
Vs. 7 – faithful Christians walking in the Light will not fellowship, participate, defend, and walk according to the ways of this dying world.
Vs. 8 – For what was once dying, your eternal soul, is now made alive in Christ. Free from sin you no longer walk in wickedness but righteousness.
Vs. 9 – what is good is from God, and so do what is good.
Vs. 10 – a faithful Christian seeks to learn what the Bible says instead of what the world does.
Vs. 11 – Don’t do what the world does, rather point out what the world does and exhort them unto repentance. That they may turn from evil and foolish things so as to return to God who is good.
Vs. 12 – The world is filled with sinful practice and behavior. It wants to lurk in the dark as children of the night, where drinking parties, sensuality, and lasciviousness, fornication, immodesty, and dances are taking place. Christians are not to imitate them, but rather imitate God who is good.
Vs. 13 – God is a God of Light, and when His Light shines in us, of its own nature what is dark will be exposed.
Vs. 14 – and so we were made to awake, arise, and shine. This very moment happens to all repentant believers confessing Christ, being immersed in water with His authority, in order to be washed of sins by the power of the blood and resurrection of our Lord and Master, King and Ruler, the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Vs. 15, 16 – Pay attention to the things you think, say, do, listen, watch, assume. Because those who don’t, waste their days in useless and unproductive activities which allow their minds to become foolish.
Vs. 17 – so don’t be a fool, instead be smart, wise, productive, ready, prepared, sober.
Vs. 18 - 21 – don’t drink alcohol, because in alcohol when consumed in any amount for any other reason than medical use, will cause you to lose influence, imitation of God, morality, wisdom, righteousness, melody, thanks, and subjection to one another. It will keep you in the filth and deception of the world.
- You cannot be filled with the Spirit, complete in Christ, if you consume alcoholic beverages for worldly pursuits and pleasures.
No, Christ did not turn water into alcohol.
No, Paul never told Timothy to drink alcohol for worldly reasons.
No, deacons are not to drink wine to be softened.
No, old testament characters were not told to drink alcohol for pleasure.
No, gluttony is not an excuse of drinking alcohol. Two sins don’t make a saint.
No, the word “drunk” is not judged by man’s standards. It is not a word describing the amount in which a person has consumed, but rather the moment, and worldly heart behind it, in which he begins to consume. In other words, the language, grammar, context of the word therein describes one who begins to be softened.
- “For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do--living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.” – 1 Pt. 4:3
No, Christians are not to consume alcoholic beverages in any amount at any time, socially. That belongs to the dying world.
Whispering Wine, Paul warned us not to be deceived. Because deception is what will have you miss-interpreting the Bible in order to remain practicing sinful activities. And it will have you speaking the language of disobedience and doctrinal compromise. It will have you justifying your consumption of alcohol. It masquerades as an angel of light guiding you to eternal punishment. Everything bad in this chapter is related in some way to alcohol consumption at any worldly level.
Be busy doing what the text says, and you won’t be busy socializing with the world and/or its practices.
When we don’t drink alcohol we can worship God properly. I think Nadab and Abihu would attest to that fact.
You may not agree with the Bible, and in turn, point the finger at me. You have the free-will to do so on this earth. Yet remember these words you’ve heard. For on the Day of Judgment you surely will.
Alcohol & Christianity; milk & honey, or cold water and hot grease? Friends, cold water and hot grease. It just doesn’t mix.
Stay positive. Stay focused.