Why I Do Not Drink Alcohol

Series: Q & A Sunday Night

Why I Don't Drink Alcoholic Beverages

1 Thes. 5:1-11


Hebrews 5:13-14 says we must be able to distinguish important matters. When most believe something is approved by God we must always go to God’s word to be sure which is what we will be doing tonight. I don’t drink alcoholic beverages because this is what I believe God’s word teaches. Here are 4 reasons why.


I. Because God Has                         Me To Be Sober.


A. Do Not Compromise Your Sobriety (Complete and total control) 1 Thes 5:1-11,1 Peter 5:8


B. Do Not Get Drunk- Luke 21:35, Ephesians 5:18


C. Do Even Give Yourself An Opportunity To Drink- I Peter 4:1-6 

  1. “Drunkenness” – oinphlugia
  2. “Carousing” – komos
  3. “Drinking Parties”  potos


D. Do Not Even Look At It- Proverbs 23:31-33



II. Because Alcohol                    Is Not The                         As Alcohol In The Bible.


A. Wine in the bible- Isaiah 65:8, 55:1, 5:11


B. Strong Drink- Judges 13:4,7, Isaiah 28:7


C. How Much Alcohol Content was in Bible Wines and Strong Drink?



III. Because There Are               Passages In The Bible That                  Drinking Alcohol.


  1. John 2:1-11 – Jesus turned water to wine. Argument: “If Jesus made wine, I can drink wine.”


  1. Romans 14:16,21 – Argument: “Drinking wine is “good” unless is causes another to stumble.”


  1. I Timothy 5:23-25 – Argument: “Timothy was told he could drink wine, and so can I.”



IV. Because Of My                         - 2 Cor. 6:3, 1 Peter 2:9, James 3:1





V. Because I’ve                     The                      It Does First Hand- Proverbs 20:1, Noah, Lot, Ect




Conclusion- I hope you will consider these things as we seek to examine ourselves daily. Have you done that recently to make sure you are serving God? 2 Cor. 13:12




For more information see the excellent article below by Kyle Pope.



By Kyle Pope


The saying, “Time changes all things,” certainly describes attitudes in religion. Once most religious people in America shunned alcohol. Now even brethren may argue that social drinking is acceptable. What should a Christian’s attitude be toward drinking alcohol? To answer this let’s consider a few questions:


1. What Does the Bible Condemn? Many answer that drunkenness is all that’s condemned. If that’s your answer I challenge you to look at 1 Peter 4:3 – “For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.” Although it’s not as apparent in English, the phrases “drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties,” all refer to types of drinking. All are condemned, but all do not involve drunkenness. This tells Christians to reject the extreme of drunkenness, and other types of drinking which don’t involve drunkenness.[1]


2. What Does the Bible Command? Scripture commands elders (1 Tim. 3:2) and others (1 Tim. 3:11; Titus 2:2) to be “temperate.” This word translates the Greek nephaleos, meaning, “sober, temperate, abstaining from wine” (Thayer). The Greeks used this of wineless offerings. The Jews used it of abstinence from drink practiced by priest during their service (Lev. 10:9-10). If elders are “examples” to the flock (1 Pet. 5:3), and Christians are priests serving God at all times (1 Pet. 2:4-5), then Scripture is commanding Christians to practice abstinence from intoxicating drink. 


3. But, Didn’t Jesus and the Disciples Drink? My wife’s grandfather used to talk about “cider.” By this he meant: 1) freshly pressed “juice” (i. e. “apple cider”), 2) juice that had fermented (i. e. “hard cider”), and even 3) apple cider vinegar. This parallels scriptural references to “wine.” There were, “all sorts of wine” (Neh. 5:18). There was “new wine” (Hos. 4:11), “sour wine” (Matt. 27:34), “red wine” (Is. 27:2), “sweet wine” (Is. 49:26), wine mixed with milk (So. 5:1), water (Is. 1:22), spices (So. 8:2), and myrrh (Mark 15:23). Words for wine apply to juice in the cluster (Is. 65:8), in the press (Is. 16:10), during fermentation (Prov. 23:31), and for medicinal use (1 Tim. 5:23). Bible “wine” refers to liquid from grapes at all stages from grape juice to vinegar.


So what did Jesus and the disciples drink? Let’s ask this—how would godly people, before the FDA, product labeling, and modern chemistry determine what they drank? They went to the market or winepress, and chose based on taste, smell, and appearance. If juice was fresh, they drank it or preserved it by boiling or filtering. If it wasn’t, they would purchase drink which would not impair their sobriety (and probably dilute it to prevent any possible intoxicating effects). There is no question that the Bible refers to “wine” that was alcoholic. However, it is a grave mistake to see in every reference to “wine” the alcoholic drink we find in modern liquor stores. That is not what Jesus drank, nor would He approve of those who do today.  

[1] To look closer at this text and the Gr. nephaleos see the study, “Is Drunkenness All the Bible Condemns About Drinking Alcohol?” Truth Magazine October 16, 2003 (18-20).