Is Drinking Alcohol a Sin? What the Bible Says.

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Many people wonder if the Bible teaches that drinking alcohol is a sin. It is not a sin to drink alcohol, but it is a sin to get drunk with alcohol. Furthermore, a person should consider other people when deciding whether to drink alcohol or not.

Bible Passages About Drinking Alcohol

18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,

Ephesians 5:18

Ephesians 5:18 teaches that we should not get drunk with alcohol.

12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.

1 Corinthians 6:12

19 They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.

2 Peter 2:19

1 Corinthians 6:12 and 2 Peter 2:19 teaches that although it is not a sin to drink alcohol, we should not let alcohol control us.

9 But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? 11 And so by your …

1 Corinthians 8:9-13

1 Corinthians 8:9-13 teaches that we should not drink alcohol if it will cause another person to stumble.

23 (No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.)

1 Timothy 5:23

In 1 Timothy 5:23, Paul instructs Timothy to drink a little wine for health purposes.

Also, in John 2:1-11, Jesus turns the water into wine, and the master of the feast says to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.”

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