Should Pastors Drink Alcohol?

I’ve chosen to refrain from even social drinking for these reasons.

Should Pastors Drink Alcohol?

I grew up in the south and in a denomination where drinking alcohol was frowned upon for the average church attender and definitely considered taboo for pastors. I served in the central valley of California where I could drive to several wineries within five minutes and where the church didn’t frown upon social drinking. I served in another part of the country when at my first board meeting the elder host literally provided an open bar. I was offered a choice of about a half dozen alcoholic beverages that night. So, who’s right? Should pastors abstain from drinking alcohol or should pastors not even think about it?

I’ve noticed that in the past few years several leaders in the emerging church movement seem to portray through their teaching, blogs and twitter profiles an “I drink and that makes me really cool” attitude. I heard one well-known teacher play off the popularity of the WWJD craze by changing ‘What Would Jesus Do’ to ‘What Would Jesus Drink.’ He then spent several minutes talking about how much he enjoyed alcohol.

On the other hand, I know a guy who won’t even go into a restaurant if it serves alcohol.

I’ve never preached a message against alcohol and I don’t believe the Bible prohibits drinking in moderation. After all, Jesus turned water into wine and Paul encouraged Timothy to drink a little wine for his stomach.

I even occasionally went to a bar with my improv class friends to hang out after class. I ordered a beer of the non-alcoholic root variety.

However, I’ve chosen to refrain from even social drinking for these reasons.

  1. I want to maximize my health and keep my brain humming at maximum efficiency. A recent meta-study has shown a linkage of even moderate alcohol drinking to a heightened risk of some cancers. And, I hope to keep my ‘senior moments’ down to a minimum as I get older. Alcohol has been shown to have negative effects on the brain.
  2. I don’t want to play Russian roulette. A quarter of people who drink are considered problem drinkers and almost 10 percent are considered alcoholics. I don’t want to risk becoming one of those statistics.
  3. I want to practice the principle of deference as best I can. Based on Paul’s admonition in Romans 14.21, I would not want a behavior such as drinking to potentially cause a weaker brother to stumble.
    • It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else if it might cause another believer to stumble. (NLT)
  4. As a leader, I’ve chosen a higher standard for my leadership life. Proverbs 31.4 has influenced my thinking.
    • Kings and leaders should not get drunk or even want to drink. (CEV)
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I recognize that pastors and church people hold multiple views on this subject.

  •  If you are a pastor, do you think a pastor should refrain or not?
  •  If you are not a pastor, what do you think about pastors who do drink socially?

Here’s another thoughtful post on this subject.

Charles Stone
Dr. Charles Stone is the founder of StoneWell Ministries, a pastor coaching and church consulting ministry. He is the author of three books, inlcuding his latest: People Pleasing Pastors: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Approval Motivated Leadership (IVP).
  • MARIA

    A very well thought out argument for abstaining. Scriptural as well. My reason for not drinking as a Pastor is this: Am I preaching what I would like to do at the risk of stumbling someone who cannot handle alcohol? As God’s representative to the people am I an example of Him to them?

  • H. L. Ellison

    Drinking Alcohol (mind altering drug) for Christians, yes or no (Note that we are to love Everyone)

    If Alcohol is ok to drink, in moderation why not any other mind altering drugs in moderation, as many “Christians also believe is ok, because the scripture says nothing about NOT taking drugs. Why not
    take into our bodies anything that we cannot prove (directly) is unacceptable in the Bible?

    The internet and many street corners offer several concoctions that the bible does not speak of (i.e. using LSD, tobacco, etc.).

    “Come on Christians. If it looks bad, smells bad, alters your mind at any level, and is done most of the time in secret places, why do it. Hasn’t God called us to something higher than taking mild drugs, even if it didn’t lead to drunkenness?

    There are many principles in the Bible that make it extremely difficult to argue that a Christian drinking alcohol in any quantity is pleasing to God. Let’s stop looking for how much we think we can get by with and start pressing into a higher calling in Christ Jesus.

    Prov. 20:1 Millions are deceived by it daily so why even touch it?
    Prov. 31:4-6 Avoid it as men of wisdom. Only the perishing will find comfort in it.
    Lev. 10:8-11 (Are we priest who desire to enter the Holy place? How are we to instruct those who we lead and would desire to be holy and enter into the holy place. Do we teach right from wrong or teach do what you think you can get by with?)
    Lk. 1:15 Where an angel of God instructed one called of God to not drink wine or strong drink. Well, there must be something to one called of God. Are you?
    1Cor. 6:20 How will you treat your body (the dwelling place of God). You may have treated it one way before you allowed Jesus to rule your heart as King but what about now that we are to be pure and holy avoiding even the appearance of evil.
    Christians are also commanded to not allow their bodies to be “mastered” by anything (1 Corinthians 6:12; 2 Peter 2:19). Scripture also forbids a Christian from doing anything that might offend other Christians or might encourage them to sin against their conscience (1 Corinthians 8:9-13). In light of these principles, it would be extremely difficult for any Christian to say they are drinking alcohol to the
    glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

    Would you say that alcohol is good for you as the Holy Temple when regarding the facts below?

    The Danger: The Effects of Alcohol on the Body

    Alcohol is a sedative hypnotic. It is a powerful drug available to virtually anyone who wants to try it. Buzzed: The straight facts about the most used and abused drugs from alcohol to ecstasy describes the effects of alcohol on the body:

    About 20 percent of alcohol is absorbed through stomach, and most of the rest is absorbed through the
    small intestine. Alcohol molecules are carried through the bloodstream and come into contact with the cells of virtually all the organs. When someone drinks on an empty stomach, the blood absorbs the alcohol rapidly. The body also absorbs higher concentrations of alcohol, such as mixed drinks
    or shots, very quickly

    Read: Buzzed: the straight facts about the most used and abused drugs from alcohol to ecstasy by Cynthia Kuhn, Scott Swartzwelder and Wilkie Wilson

  • Barry Vaughn

    Thanks for your thoughtful comments. It’s good to hear such a balanced discussion from the evangelical side of the aisle. I’m an Episcopal priest and of course, there are lots of jokes about Whiskey-palians and “wherever there are 4 Episcopalians there’s always a fifth.” I drink wine fairly frequently and occasionally have something stronger, but it’s so important for us to be aware of the problem of addiction. I recently received a letter from the Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church, and it reminded me to encourage people with an addiction to alcohol to receive only the bread at communion and always to have non-alcoholic drinks available at functions. On the other hand, when I’m socializing with friends and parishioners who are in recovery, I always ask them if they mind if I drink a glass of wine, and they have always told me that it’s not a problem for them if I do that.

    I would just add that I firmly believe that wine is God’s good gift, just like food and sexual pleasure and many, many other things, but there is no gift so good that it cannot be abused. There are many churches that preach against alcohol but say nothing about the abuse of food. The only difference between food and alcohol is that food addiction is socially acceptable and alcohol abuse is not.

    • Russell Turley

      i have lost my beautiful daughter-in-law to alcoholism at age 29 leaving 2 beautiful children behind, a cousin killed himself, also an alcoholic. I have seen alcohol ruin marriages. I have witnessed broken families because of drunk drivers and the wrecks they cause. (I never seen an over-eater crash their car into innocents) I have seen Christians that have become dependent on alcohol to soothe their troubled lives only to sober up and have the same issues to deal with. Instead of turning to alcohol they should turn to Christ where our hope comes from. I think these and more I can’t think of now are reasons enough for me to be against anyone drinking alcohol, Why give the enemy another tool to damage our testimony and risk our lives and the lives of others?

  • Danny Soles

    As a youth pastor of many years, I would not think of alcohol except the rubbing kind and even though as a young adult, I thought I liked the taste, but after coming to the knowledge that I have been bought at a great price and no longer belong to myself and later called into a ministry of youth, I could never see me hurting my testimony or being a stumbling block to one young person or anyone for that matter. After all these years somewhere along the way my Lord has removed the taste and desire from me. The other part of that conviction for me is that the Bible is the final authority in my life as I believe it to be not only the heart of God but His very Word and for me, realizing that we have to work out our own Salvation, number 2 (sober) number 3 (not given to wine, which differs from a deacon (not given to much wine) and number 7 ( must have a good report of them which are without) That pretty well nails it for me. God Bless!
    1 Timothy 3:1-7King James Version (KJV)

    3 This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

    2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

    3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

    4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

    5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

    6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

    7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

  • Tim Nussbaumer

    So, just to be clear, number 3(Romans 14:21) doesn’t mean what we typically think it means. This is Paul talking about the ‘stronger’ and the ‘weaker.’ The context is about how much freedom a Christian believes they have “in Christ.” So, to be a stumbling block, isn’t about tempting someone to drink or not drink. It means that we should seek peace if someone doesn’t believe they are free to do certain things. Obviously, this still means that it could be a reason to not drink, but the context of the situation makes a big difference here. For example, if you are in a fairly legalistic church, then it would be foolish to drink as you might be a stumbling block to others. If you are in a church where they isn’t the problem, then this verse doesn’t necessarily apply. There are plenty of other good reasons not to drink, but I wanted to make sure we dont’ use this verse out of context. Good points below too!

  • Leandro Dimitrio

    Proverbs 31:4 (as mentioned towards the end of the artcle) is actually continued by verse 5, “Drinking makes you forget your responsibilities, and you mistreat the poor.”, so it’s obviously talking about someone getting drunk, and not as a commandment to completely abstain from it.

    Psalms 104:14-15, “You let the earth produce grass for cattle, plants for our food, wine to cheer us up, olive oil for our skin, and grain for our health.”

    So I don’t see it as black and white like Dr Stone. As long as it is drank responsibly, within boundaries and under the freedom we have in Christ, I would never see a problem with it. I guess it’s easier to build up rules and prohibitions to avoid as many issues as we can than to actually teach our church members to count the cost and make a wise (and free) decision.

    Unlike European countries like Germany and Portugal, here in Brazil drinking alcohol (especially beer) is very often seen as something vulgar. Just see from the TV commercials we have here: 99% depict men in bars, parties or at the beach, willing to score as many women as they can. Half-naked models are mandatory in these cases. It’s not the case with wine, though. Drinking wine is considered classy, something you would drink in a special occasion, at a dinner table.

    My opinion is: this is a best-judgement scenario. If we do have the Spirit of the Lord living in us, and we take into account the possible consequences of such act (what will others think, will I have to drive a car later, will I possibly be misjudged if I do drink) and there is no apostolic commandment NOT to do it (I guess Paul is very clear on our freedom to eat or drink with thanksgiving), I don’t see a reason not to do it.

    “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.” – 1 Timothy 4:1-4 (“everything” and “nothing” are very strong and clear words)

    “Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats. It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble. The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” – Romans 14:20-23

  • alhatesreligion

    My position has always been if you don’t drink don’t start if you do moderation and if it becomes a problem seek help

  • Jonathan Kamakahi

    My shepherd did, and his name is Jesus Christ. and he said in Luke 7:33-35 For John the Baptist came neither eating nor drinking wine: and ye say, He hath a devil. The Son of man is come eating and drinking: and ye say, Behold a glutton man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners! But wisdom is justified of all her children. No matter what, you won’t please everyone and you shouldn’t be a man pleaser, Jesus drank wine in public and he didn’t seem concerned about someone with a drinking problem falling off the wagon and theres no higher standard than that of Jesus. You can also see that Jesus was persecuted for it and so will you, and to will come from religious people, like who it came from when it came to Jesus. The main thing is that you walk in the obedience and submission of the Holy Spirit, having the fruit of the Spirit like self control as Jesus did, having Godly character, for the proof is in the pudding. As of Paul’s admonishment in Romans 14:21 thats exactly what it is, it is a admonishment not a command and not bro blow it out of its purpose and turn it from a word of wisdom to a strap or chain of legalism and bondage. When you are walking in the Spirit you will always know if you are about to cause someone to stumble or not and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh as a alcoholic does. Ps I don’t drink, I don’t like the way it tastes and how it makes me feel and thats my reason why I don’t drink.

  • shayne

    4 FAULTY POSITIONS rebutted here.

    I’m a pastor of 15 years w/a similar “alcohol-is-evil-dogma” raising. Note: I admit that the Holy Spirit can instruct each of us in these areas differently–depending on our calling, situation, and personal weaknesses. This subject has nothing to do with an absolute, Scriptural-foundational doctrine so it is somewhat subjective to the individual:

    in this essay, Charles Stone has used:

    1. FAULTY SCIENCE/RESEARCH: Obviously Paul the Apostle (and the Spirit of God) knew of the medicinal benefits of wine (telling Timothy to drink a little for his stomach issue), while David and Solomon’s mother knew of the emotional benefits; its abuse is warned against in Scripture of course, while its medicinal use is prescribed, leading us to accept the position of moderation. (Ps. 104:15; Prov 31:6-7; Duet 14 – God instructs a portion of the tithe to be used for wine and strong drink; etc.) The medical world knows that wine is great for your heart and blood and mood, and beer is great for your skin, for preventing kidney stones, etc. The “meta-study” cited is faulty. Google it.

    2. FAULTY HOLINESS: …and 30% of people who eat food are gluttons (PRov 23:21). Sugar is more addictive than many drugs (look it up). The Spirit of God is our true and only defense against addiction (Gal 5:16).

    3. FAULTY EXPOSITION: Context my brother! Yes, Paul warned us not to make a weaker brother stumble, but he also encouraged the Christian in verse 22 of Rom 14 to… “keep [it] between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves.” BTW: Paul says a pastor should not be a drunkard (“much wine” — KJV translated literally in 1 Tim 3:3)

    4. FAULTY STANDARD: to say that not using alcohol is a “higher standard”, puts you at odds with Christ (who turned 180 gallons of water to wine to keep the feast going in New Covenant joy, as opposed to the ceremonial cleansing water of the Law). Mat 11:19 –JESUS said: “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”

    All in all: I support any person (not just PASTORS) who abstain for reasons of conviction or prudence. But to use the 4 reasons above has no weight for your argument. Just say, “I abstain b/c I am convinced the Holy Spirit wants me to and am convicted that such is right for me and/or my ministry.”

    Pastor Shayne Powell

    • Alan Victor Woodroffe

      Great article Shayne, I agree with every word of it. I have been a Pastor for 35 years. I rarely drink except on the occasional social event. I would not on principle though sign a pledge if it was a requirement for a Pastoral position as I would consider that selling out the Freedom that I have in Christ to follow my conscience and placing myself back under the Law. 1 Cor says “The power of sin is the Law” I understand all of the biblical caveats regarding not making a weaker brother stumble and would always seek to be sensitive to a ‘true’ weaker brother. So good for you for having the courage of your convictions not to capitulate to please religious people. I have no problems with those whose conscience tells them not to partake. I do have a problem with those who espouse the same as a theologically sound biblical position, which it certainly is not.. Ptr Alan Woodroffe

    • J.C. Hurtado-Prater

      Thank you, Shayne, for this educated response. This is such a tired, needs-to-be-put-to-bed, non-issue, in my opinion. I am tired of hearing pastors get on their soap box about drinking…many of whom are overweight and pitiful to look at on Sunday mornings. As you shared, sugar (and butter and oil and greasy food) is so much more addictive and harmful to the body – and to the broader community – and than alcohol in moderation. (Anything done in excess is harmful to the body and to the community)

      I know many, many great leaders who drink alcohol and have the sense to hold their own appropriately and maturely. If a pastor does not want to drink, then so be it. However, stop blaming God – or the Bible – for your decision. Simply own it and say “I choose not to because it is not right for me.”

      Great response.

  • Philip Vaden

    The decision to partake or abstain are manifold. Alcohol, like many other social scenarios can be detrimental to one’s witness, health and, our leadership. Do not allow a “wedge” to separate, impede or taint our first love, namely, God. Jesus said, he would not partake of the vine until… therefore, what are we to do.

  • EdTechWiz

    Having seen firsthand the damage caused by alcohol (wrecked lives, ruined marriages, lost jobs, fatherless children, etc.), I really could care less whether the Bible “permits” or “prohibits” drinking alcohol. That’s a cop-out looking for justification, and it simply isn’t something a responsible leader should do…EVER.

    If you’re in any form of leadership capacity, it is simply untenable to model behavior that can ruin your follower’s lives. It sends a powerful message to those who look up to you, and in response they will either (1) consider you a hypocrite and reject your leadership, (2) accept your leadership but seriously think twice about whether you’re an example to follow in matters of self-control and social acceptability, (3) follow you with reservation, but leave when they see evidence of other areas of blindness, or (4) follow your example…and have a very good chance of becoming another statistic. Religion or not, is that really the way you want to lead the people you serve?

    Even if we were to conclude the Bible “permits” it in moderation, it would still be wholly unacceptable for ministers/pastors and other leaders to participate because we have a responsiblity to live by a higher calling with greater responsibility for those we serve.

    • Flip Chipper

      The Bible outlines responsible use of alcohol, just as it does sex. Neither is evil. Both can be enjoyable and productive. Both can be abstained from. Both can lead to addiction.

      To suggest that abstinence is the best model is to suggest that good Christian leaders should also abstain from sex for all the same reasons. Personally, I’m more impressed with a pastor who models responsible drinking and sex than one who pretends he’s holier than others and that his great sacrifice will keep some from abusing either.

    • Susan Soucoup

      So, do you care a little or care a lot? You said you could care less. Perhaps you meant you couldn’t care less.

      • EdTechWiz

        No, I said exactly what I meant. “I couldn’t care less” may be a more popular and common expression, but it means something entirely different. It is an idiom which both literally and euphemistically ranks the speaker’s caring at the very bottom of a scale, meaning that they care nothing whatsoever. That is not what I mean, and that is why I did not use it (it’s also an implied double-negative, which I try to avoid in writing because meaning can be confusing if it’s read literally instead of idiomatically).

        People often presume that “I could care less” is just a sloppy and illogical variant of the above, but that is a false presumption and mistaken correlation. It means exactly what it conveys (that I could care less whether A or B). I’m using it as an expression of indifference. As to the level of care, yes, “I could care less” implies that “I care more than I might seem to,” and that’s potentially accurate because it does matter and I do care very much what the Bible has to say about this topic. But the level of care I have on this is completely irrelevant. I could have said, “I do not care whether” but that does not convey what I mean, either. So I said exactly what I meant, and my follow-up comment explaining this should have made this clear.

        Context is the key. My point was that it makes zero difference whatsoever whether the Bible permits or prohibits because that isn’t the issue that should matter here. My whole post was about how modeling behavior that can ruin lives is bad leadership, regardless of whether the Bible permits or prohibits it (which I said was a cop-out looking for justification).

        http://www.learnersdictionary.com/qa/I-COULDN-T-care-less-or-I-COULD-care-less

        • David Foster

          it makes zero difference whatsoever whether the Bible permits or prohibits because that isn’t the issue that should matter here.

          Though your writing in the subject is clear and concise, as well as appreciated, I do get concerned when one sets Scripture aside for any discussion.
          Supra Scriptural positions as well as Subtraca (my word) Scriptural positions make me nervous.
          Teaching people to be mature believers and to rightly divide the Word is essential .

  • Mike Traupman

    I was Christened Roman Catholic and grew up near St. Mary’s Catholic Church. I can remember the priest walking down Ferry Street to the Ram’s Head Tavern on Main.
    He would have a drink or two and a cigar then go to Becker’s and get some White Owls and a Jameson. It never bothered me.
    When I got saved in 1998, I went straight religious and legalistic, and I had no joy!
    Paul said that all things are permissible, not all things are profitable.
    These days, I let G-D be G-D and I’ll be happy following His Son.
    I’d rather know that my pastor drinks a cold beer with his steak dinner and loves people, than for him to act pious and self righteous while turning away the poor in spirit.

  • dixmaestro

    I think pastors should make their own choices regarding alcohol. I personally do not drink anything alcoholic due to alcohol abuse in my own life many years ago. There is nothing in Scripture saying believers should not have any alcohol, in fact Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding feast. Wine was on the table for the last supper, not just poured so He could share the cup with the disciples. There are many references about not becoming drunk with too much – that is the key point. It has been shown many times by roadside test that even 2 drinks can raise blood alcohol to above legal allowance. I don’t know why any pastor, or Christian believer would want to take that kind of chance, and have any amount of alcohol if necessary to be driving somewhere.

  • Aaron

    Even if Jesus turned water into wine, I doubt drinking at a wedding was the same back then as it is now. People go to weddings to get wasted. Forget about your love for the bride and groom, if they don’t provide an open bar…they don’t love us guests!
    But would Jesus who was going to die on the cross to conquer alcoholism basically tell the wedding guests, “here, get drunk?”
    Yet “drunkers” shall not inherit the kingdom of God will get twisted by people saying, “I’m just getting buzzed.” “Whoops, didn’t mean to get drunk, but hey, Noah did…so cheers!” “If I get drunk once a week, i am not a drunkard. A drunkard gives up their family and homes..that’s not me.”
    Lastly, an ex-Satanist who believed Satan was his Father, preyed on Christians at clubs. Reason being, “if a Christian has a drink in their hand, they are already compromising and already half ours.”
    So no thanks, why walk the fine line of social drinking to sin? If it’s illegal to do until a certain age, why is it for me?
    Hold a beer or “spirit” in your hand and ask yourself what does it represent. Only the Spirit will lead, guide, convict in all truth, so this decision of wrong or right lies in your personal relationship.

  • Linda Todd Ward

    I think your personal conviction to maintain a higher standard is exactly what Jesus has called you to do. Too often the church gets pulled into “gray” areas instead of choosing to set a higher standard. How many lives are destroyed by alcohol? Wives and children abused because of alcohol? Spouses cheat because they overendulged? Those who became alcoholics because they took the first drink? How many drive and take the lives of others when they thought they were still in control? For many, it is a temptation that is not worth the risk. Dare to be set apart!!! Yes, Jesus drank wine…I believe this referred to non fermented wine. (grape juice) I also understand that they drank wine because they were not blessed with safe drinking water…..The Bible as mentioned above advises against strong drink….in more than one place. I don’t believe it is the “can I”…. that is the issue as much as the “Why Would I”…condone something that plays such a huge part in the destruction of homes, family and self.

  • Mar Bundalian

    During Apostles’ time and beyond that period safe drinking water was somewhat scarce , wine made from grapes then was the best alternative after meal but consuming a pitcher or more make one drunk we know too much of it make ones brain go haywire and make a person do a lot of mistakes. At present day we have clean even distilled drinking water for a safe stomach. A glass of grape red wine after eating red meat or a glass of grape white wine after eating fish and side dishes can be taken when a person (believer or not) decides so. But drinking too much of those for pastors in some social activities even Paul would not permit. Who would want to see a drunk pastor after all?

  • Angela N Tom Dooley

    I believe the best position is abstaining. The term wine in the Bible is generic. It doesn’t always refer to an alcoholic beverage. It’s like the word dog. I could say there is a dog over there. I didn’t say what kind of dog. I think to compare the wines of today with wine in biblical days is apple and oranges. I really struggle with the idea that Jesus produced anything (water to wine) that would have caused anyone harm…. especially in the context of that story it appears a great deal of wine had already been consumed. Someone commented below that alcohol use is justified because some people eat too much. People have to eat. No one has to drink alcohol. The Bible never said that food is a mocker and those deceived by it are not wise. It does say that about wine. The equivalent of a plane load of people die every day (google it) in the USA because of alcohol related issues (accidents and multiple health issues). Seems to me Christians should have some concern about supporting an industry that so much death and so many other problems can be traced to. They are not going to get any money from me. Christians should be concerned about drinking because they want to fit in with the culture… that is called worldliness… which Christians are to avoid. Recently articles have been published …even the New York Times… which confirms that there are….. no ….. health benefits to consuming alcohol. Bottom line…. Christians need to be concerned about their example. Non of my kids or grandbabies will ever be able to accuse me of encouraging the use of a very dangerous drug by my behavior. Christians should also be sure they do “all to the glory of God.” Don’t argue with me. I choose to abstain and would encourage all to do the same, but if you disagree… it is your choice, your testimony, your health, your life. Here’s to you.

  • Fredrick Samoita Omari

    May God guide and answer the prayers as per His will.
    A pastor should be good example to his church{believers}.
    We need scriptural and spiritual guide all the way as we lead our churches.