Posted by: Joe Palmer | August 18, 2009

Can a Christian Drink?


“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
Matthew 5:13

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33

Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 – 22

14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”
“Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”
18 “I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the LORD Almighty.”
2 Corinthians 6:14 – 18

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. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. 1 Peter 4:3 – 4

Wine is a mocker,
Strong drink is a brawler,
And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
Proverbs 20:1

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

Do not look on the wine when it is red,
When it sparkles in the cup,
When it swirls around smoothly;
Proverbs 23:31



  1. Lots of info on being drunk, good stuff. I haven’t read through it all, but did you ever come to a conclusion?

  2. One ofthe great problems we get into is approaching the Bible as if it were written to answer, “Where exactly must I change my behavior in order to avoid sin… ie. “Where is the line?’.” The question scripture is written to answer is “God, what are you like, and what kind of life can I live that will please you?” The first can be a very difficult question to answer… the second is much easier. The versesyou lsit sho the kind of values God wantsus to live by. In the sermon on the mount when Jesus says, “You’ve heard it said… but I tell you….” He wasn’t moving the line where sin starts. He is telling them they are measuring in the wrong direction. The proper measure of righteousness is not “How far am I from sin?” but rather the other direction, “What kind of life is most like you God; what will please you best?”
    This is good information, and a clear picture of the heart of God on the issue.

  3. “verses you list show”… the previous was my bad typing, not some interesting new accent I’m picking up.

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