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By: David Lyda (From: Volume 2 - Issue 3)

How has alcohol affected your family?

Alcohol is a drug that has impacted nearly every family on earth. It has brought destruction directly and often indirectly to somebody you love. Think about your parents, your grandparents, your aunts, your uncles, your cousins, or yourself. All the misery and pain is obvious, but many Christians are wishy washy on their position when it comes to alcohol. Most would agree that you shouldn’t get drunk, but a variety of opinions flow from there.

What does the Bible say about alcohol?

Proverbs 23:29-35 says, “29 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? 30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. 31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, [when] it moveth itself aright. 32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. 33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. 34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. 35 They have stricken me, [shalt thou say, and] I was not sick; they have beaten me, [and] I felt [it] not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.”

What human being would desire woes, sorrows, contentions, babbling (complaints), wounds, or red eyes? Christians should most definitely not represent themselves with these results. You are a reflection of God to the world! Some might bring the defense, “Oh, this passage is just about getting drunk.” If that is the case, then why does verse 31 command that we not even “look” at the wine? It doesn’t say “drink”; it says don’t “look” at it. We should not even desire intoxicating drink! It distorts your perception, brings ruin, and will make you sick. Why would anybody want something that “biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder”? If you just bring alcohol into your life, that snake is going to bite you.

Is it not ok to drink alcohol in moderation?

Thoughtful reason should be applied to every choice we make. Why would you even bring the temptation of alcohol into your life? It is like bringing fire into your bosom, and you are going to get burnt. It only takes an ounce of alcohol to feel the effects of intoxication. Think about this analogy in regards to adultery. Would you be ok with your spouse kissing another possible suitor? They don’t plan on doing anything but kissing. This goes on day after day. Surely, their inhibitions lower as time goes on. Do you not think that sexual intercourse could easily take place? Would it not be safer and wiser not to allow this kissing at all? This comparison may seem ridiculous, but thinking that you can drink in moderation is ridiculous too. Who is to say when a little alcohol becomes too much? By the point you realize it, are you not already drunk?


Alcohol addiction, I think, is a modern day demon that dwells within, as is drug addiction. It is something Satan uses to pull you in gradually; until one day you wake up with full blown addiction. It is something that I struggled with for years, as did many generations on both sides of my family. It is a destroyer; if not sooner, then definitely later. But know this, we are all born sinners. We all have a decision to make each day whether or not to live in that sin. God can deliver you from addiction, just as He expelled demons when He walked this earth. He will then take the testimony that started out as addiction and sin and turn it around to be used against Satan and to encourage others.
Tony Cox
Drummer for Reckless Mercy

Should Christians drink alcohol?

Alcohol will only pervert your witness and ministry. In 1 Corinthians 5:11, Paul states that we shouldn’t even eat with a drunkard who claims to be a brother. Why? That brother is bringing shame to the name of Christ, and Paul calls them a wicked person. He even goes on to say in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 that drunkards will not inherit eternal life. We have a standard that we must strive towards as Christian people. What example are we setting by even drinking alcohol in “moderation”?

The Bible explicitly commands abstaining from alcohol in the roles of a king (Proverbs 31:4-5), priest (Leviticus 10:9-11), or leader (Titus 1:6-9). This is because those people are to make their decisions with clarity, and they represent God. They are not to even take the chance of corrupting their judgment with drinking alcohol in moderation. What does this mean for you? Well, the Bible states that Christians will be heirs with the King of Kings (Romans 8:17), they are in a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9), and we are all called to be leaders and examples (Matthew 5:13-16).

Ephesians 5:15-18 states “15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord [is]. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;”

Are we acting as fools when we invite alcohol into our lives? Is it in your home, at your parties, your dinners, or your weddings? Don’t take the chance of excess, but be filled with the Holy Ghost! Alcohol is made to intoxicate. What is found in the stores today is also very different from the alcohol of the Bible.

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