It’s true that some believers are not convinced that it is wrong for them to partake in recreational drinking of alcohol, and they have the backing of some Scriptures to support their stance. For instance, Eph 5:8 tells us “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to reckless indiscretion…”; from this, some believers deduce that what the Bible is saying is that, believers can actually drink alcohol but should not get drunk on it. Right?
In Lev 10:9, God specifically commanded the priests that “Do not drink wine or strong drink, neither you nor your sons with you, when you come into the tent of meeting, so that you will not die; this is a permanent statue throughout your generations”. From here, we got the stance of God on drinking in relation to dealings with Him. What God is saying in essence is that, when you’re coming to serve Me or take up duties in my house, you’ve got to put away wine and beer completely in all its percentages! So, will anyone tell us when a true Christian believer is off-duty in his/her dealings or service with God in any of the 24-hours of the day? Anyone?
Some may argue that since they are not pastors or Church ministers, but are just ‘serious’ born-again members of the Church, therefore, they are exempted. No. The Bible says “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness…”(1Pt2:9; Rev 1:5,6; Pro 31:4,5). You see, you’re a holy priest, a royal one at that, therefore, in all fronts, you’re very much included in the ban! Remember God said throughout your ‘generations’ (Old or New Testament).
Paul says, “I am free to do all things; but not all things are wise. I am free to do all things; but I will not let myself come under the power of any. Food is for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will put an end to them together. But the body is not for the desires of the flesh, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body:”
In another place he says, “We are free to do all things, but there are things which it is not wise to do. We are free to do all things, but not all things are for the common good.” (1Cor 6:12,13; 10:23). You may say “I’m disciplined, I can control myself”, but are you sure about that? Or, aren’t you concerned about the not-so-strong Christians your decision to continue to drink will embolden to engage in drinking and thereby cause them to go astray? “Therefore, if food that I eat causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, in order to keep my brother from stumbling”. (1Cor 8:13).
At a point in the Bible, God became so angry that He pronounces, “Cursed are those who are strong to take wine, and great in making mixed drinks!” (Is 5:22). I pray that some children of God will give serious thought to quitting drinking altogether before it’s too late, in Jesus Name. Amen-Bro Raphael