Every person has his or her own opinion about almost everything in this world. We have different opinions about life, about death, about heaven, about hell, about religion, about faith; we have different opinions about everything. As Christians, we turn to Jesus, we turn to the Word of God, we turn to God when we don’t know what else to do, we should turn to God first though, we should not turn to Him if all else fails.
The Psalmist says in chapter 121; I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth – he thus turned to God first, and that’s what we should do as well. When facing challenges in life, when looking for answers in life, when you are soul searching, turn to God, He speaks to us through His Word – we can thus study His Word, and it will be revealed to you in time.
If you have made the biggest and most important decision in your life by giving your life to the Lord and you have friends who have done the same, it is always good to encourage one another to press on to complete the race. It is good to encourage one another, but as I’ve mentioned earlier, we have different personalities, different opinions, different denominations, affiliations, doctrines, etc. Based on these differences, it may lead to clashes from time to time.
As born agains, we know that it is not our place or right to judge, and far too many are using this line to shift the focus away from what they are doing. If you should ask fellow siblings in Christ what their view is on the use of alcoholic beverages as Christians, many will indicate that it is fine to indulge. Many will shy away from the topic, while others will openly admit to their usage of such beverages, some will admit, but make an excuse that they are not getting drunk, not abusing it, only using it occasionally, or they only take ciders. It’s amazing how so many born- agains can do it and still sincerely believe it to be acceptable, many will even say that Jesus made wine, some will say Paul said not to drink water alone, but to add something stronger to help with the stomach. This is where spiritual wisdom comes in, discernment should apply.
Let us reason, let us examine, let us discern by looking at a few verses speaking about wine:
John 2: 3 – 8
And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him,
They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have
I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother
saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner
of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water.
And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith
unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor
of the feast. And they bare it.
Proverbs 20: 1
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
On many occasions throughout the bible, God speaks against the use of alcoholic drinks, but here in John, Jesus makes wine for the wedding guests. How weird is this? Even if you look at what Paul told Timothy, is this not contradictory to what God wants? We can now venture to the event where Jesus was having the last supper with His disciples, He poured wine for them while breaking bread, and He even told them that “this is my body”; “this is my blood”. If Jesus was having alcoholic drinks with His disciples over the Passover Festival, was He not going against the law? If you know your faith, if you know even a little about the bible, you would know that during the Passover Festival, everything had to be unleavened; bread had to be without yeast, while wine had to be non-alcoholic. If your stand is that Jesus had alcoholic beverage with His disciples, that would mean He was committing a sin. And the bible declares that He never sinned!( For we do not have a high priest who cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted just as we are, yet without sin. – Hebrew 4:15). My dear friend; as we go back to where Jesus turned water into wine, please do look at verse 10. Verse ten speaks of one holding back on the bad stuff until the guests are feeling the results of the “good stuff” – the “leader” posted a question, asking why they held back the “good stuff” until the guests was feeling tipsy/drunk/the results of having too many. Now by dwelling on this specific point, in collaboration with Proverbs 20 and many others – is it possible that Jesus would get them even more drunk than what they already were?
There are numerous indications to wine, drink and drinking in the King James Version of the Bible. A good number of people think in current terms, and accept as true that when wine is brought up it refers to alcoholic wine, essentially, that is not automatically true. The word wine has a broad array of meaning in the Bible, covering all from grape juice, to concentrated grape syrup to alcoholic wine. In Isaiah, God speaks of grapes, but refers to it as wine (Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants’ sakes, that I may not destroy them all- Isaiah 65:8)
God wants to reach out to us, and He wants us to reach out to Him (Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners; and purify your hearts, double-minded ones. – James 4: 8). When we reach out to God, we need to be of sober habits (Therefore girding up the loins of your mind, being sober, perfectly hope for the grace being brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ,… – 1 Peter 1: 3), the bible states that we should not get drunk of wine, but rather of the Spirit of God (And do not be drunk with wine, in which is excess, but be filled with the Spirit, …Ephesians 5:18) . If we indulge in alcoholic drinks, can we say that we are of sober mind, body, and soul? Do we not know that our bodies are temples of God? (Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God shall destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which you are. – 1Corinthians 3:16-17). Some will probably say they don’t partake when they intend to reach out to God, but I say this; the bible states that we should bring glory to God in and through whatever we do (And everything, whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him. – Colossians 3:17). So right there lays the answer, whatever you do, bring glory to God in and through it. Furthermore, please note that the bible also say we should not allow whatever it is we do to be a stumbling block to another person (But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours becomes a stumbling block to those who are weak.- 1 Corinthians 8:9).