Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them – Isaiah 5:11.
In the Christian community, it has been a debate whether or not a Christian should drink. Some denominations say its okay to drink while other denominations have submitted to the instructions of God’s written Word.Spirit, a distilled alcoholic beverage that comes in different colors and strength. Alcoholic drinks are usually referred to as spirits when advertised, classified as spirits makes them seems more appealing and less harmful. Different alcoholic drinks have different affects. Drinking alcoholic beverages have been a debate in the Christian community for years whether or not as a believer should a Christian drink. Drinking of wine is mentioned in Scripture, but those who were called as the people of God or the servant of God was advised not to drink wine or strong drink. The priest in the Old Testament had restrictions in regards to drinking wine (And the Lord spake unto Aaron, saying, Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of congregation, lest ye die; it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generation – Leviticus 10:9).
God gave Moses the blessings of obedience and the curse of disobedience to give to the children Israel (Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shall neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them – Deuteronomy 28:39). John the Baptist was the forerunner, the announcer of the Christ, a prophet, and cousin to Jesus was not to drink wine or strong drink (For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb – Luke 1:15).
The reason why most believers are taught not to drink wine or alcoholic beverages because of its use of Scriptural negative note and because of its effect on people’s behavior and character. As well as the instructions are given by God to the people of God. Those called in ministerial position wasn’t to drink. Men give people titles, but God called all believers into minister positions (But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show for the praise of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light – 1st Peter 2:9). As priest our lifestyle should be different, we should live it according to the instructions God as given. King Solomon spoke of wine as a mocker (Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging, and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise – Proverbs 20:1).
God’s Word is His instructions for the people of God, but in order to know His instructions, the Bible must be read and then applied to the believer’s life. If God didn’t want us to learn His instructions, He never would have given it to man to write or interpret. It’s the believer’s choice to receive the instructions or reject them. We’re held accountable for what we read and what we don’t read (All scriptures is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instructions in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works – 2nd Timothy 3:16).
God no longer dwells in tents, but the believer is now the tabernacle God dwells in (For I know that if our earthly [physical body] house of this tabernacle [tent] were dissolved [destroyed], we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens – 2nd Corinthians 5:1). Just as the priest was instructed to not allow certain things to be in or not to be in the tabernacle, the principals haven’t changed for the physical body that is the tabernacle of God. As people of God, we can’t place anything in our bodies that will be detrimental to our physical or spiritual health.
As believers when we say or do actions that are contrary to the instructions of God, there should be a tug on our hearts to let us know we have strayed away from the instructions of God, but if the heart hasn’t been regenerated our old ways of living will seem right, but the Bible is our mirror to see if we’re living according to the principals of God (Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand – Revelation 1:3). God’s instructions are not about what we or others think, but what He has instructed for the believer who is the people of God. As a believer, we should take the time and read and study the Word of God. Allow His Words to penetrate our hearts and minds. Confirming our thoughts and actions to represent Him to the world! We should praying asking the Holy Spirit to remove from our heart and spirit everything that does not line up with the Word of God.!