Many people involved in drinking alcohol would try to justify their works even knowing the consequences of it. They know that getting drunk is strongly prohibited by the Bible, but they try saying “it was just a social drinking that has not caused me to be drunk.” Then they say “Jesus made water into wine and so He condones drinking!” Apostle Paul also encouraged Timothy to drink a little wine for the sake of stomach. All these gathered reason people make, try to justify drinking wine as long as it doesn’t make you drunk.
- Starting from the Old Testament, Noah was shamed because of drunkenness in Genesis 9:21-23 “He drank of the wine and became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside. But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it upon both their shoulders and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father, and their faces were turned away so that they did not see their father’s nakedness.”(NASB) Considering another advice by the wisest man Solomon who knew how the effect of wine to man is by saying in Proverbs 20:1 “ Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.” (NASB) So, when will a man be intoxicated with wine and how small is small that won’t intoxicate man? The wisest man added the effect of wine even by not drinking by the warning;
“Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, (Then its effects) When it goes down smoothly; At the last, it bites like a serpent And stings like a viper. Your eyes will see strange things And your mind will utter perverse things.” (Proverbs 23:31-33). Looking at all these verses in the Old Testament, it strictly prohibits the “Holy” people of God to be indulging in it.
Remember, the young man Daniel who was so submissive to everything, but he drew a line at eating meat and drinking the King’s wine in Daniel 1:8. When we go through life with moral questions, we must be careful of what practices we adopt. If it fails these three tests to distinguish Right from Wrong, then this doubtful practice must be rejected. 1. Is it contrary to the scripture? (Is it expressly forbidden by the scripture or is it consistent with the moral principle based on Scripture?) 2. Is my motive pure? 3. Will I and others escape defilement? (Bible Studies at the Moorings) If wine defiles our body, why insist on being indulging in it?
In the New Testament, 1 Peter 4:3 “For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries.” In Ephesians 5:17-18; “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to reckless indiscretion. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.“ (Berean Study Bible) A person filled with the spirit is not under in any circumstances by “Little wine.” Galatians 5:19 warns us to avoid drunkenness as Apostle Paul said; “But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; idolatry and sorcery; hatred, discord, jealousy, and rage; rivalries, divisions, factions,” (Galatians 5:18-20 Berean Study Bible) Debauchery means crazy partying and wild nights, usually accompanied by a lot of alcohol. Debauchery is all about indulging in some of the life’s pleasures — overindulging, in fact.
Then justification comes by saying, “I am not going to get drunk. I am just socially drinking with friends.” The Bible speaks about the act of getting closer to the act prohibited. Apostle Paul said “but test all things. Hold fast to what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your entire spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.…” (1 Thessalonians 5:21-23 Berean Study Bible). Scripture is silent concerning many modern vices because they did not exist in Biblical times. But they are certainly inconsistent with moral principles based on Scripture. The Bible does say, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” Psalm 1:1
Christians are encouraged to avoid drinking wine that leads to drunkenness. No matter how people justify their “little drinking habits” to be accepted, let us look at ourselves under the influence of alcohol –whether it be small or large amount but “not drunk” if this is a presentable offer of ourselves to God. Romans 12:1-2 says “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (NASB)