A common misconception is that abstinence from alcohol is a “sin” from God and that those who do not engage in such abstinence are not worthy of God’s grace. The Apostle Paul tells the Romans that alcohol is a sin (Romans 5:7), but he also explicitly states that he does not consider people who drink alcohol to be unworthy of salvation (Romans 5:10).
This is not correct, and alcohol is not a sin in itself. The idea that alcohol is a sin comes from the fact that Christ died for (and with) those who drank (Galatians 6:7) and that alcohol leads to lust (1 Corinthians 6:19), both of which are sinful. For the sake of convenience, let us make alcohol a “sin” in terms of the Scriptures. For the purposes of the discussion, we use the word “sin” instead of “infraction”.
To quote from the Bible “If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever”
(1 Corinthians 13:7-9)
This principle holds true today. Alcohol is sinful and so is the sexual act between a man and a woman (Romans 1:26), and drinking beer, wine, and whiskey is sin. However, “the sin of drinking alcohol may sometimes be pardoned by the grace of God” (1 Corinthians 13:8). Alcohol is not the only source of sexual sin. In fact, Paul mentions wine and “drinking to excess” (Romans 7:1) with a particular frequency (as far as we know) when discussing homosexuality and prostitution. Therefore, those who drink beer, wine, and whiskey to excess are not living their lives in God’s grace, and it is not part of God’s plan for them to turn from sin into righteousness. A person may have the privilege and privilege of drinking to excess and not become a sinner, but God does not use the privilege to bring them into Christ, and therefore they are not going to return to him as people of righteousness and have His Spirit in their lives, nor is the Spirit of drinking to excess a sin that can be forgiven.
Question: What is the answer to the question “What is the Christian teaching on alcohol?”
Answer: The Bible clearly speaks about the harmful effects of drinking
The first rule of Alcoholics Anonymous is that people should seek Jesus as
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