75 BIBLE REFERENCES ON DRINKING

The Following is a posting of a Tract (no date; no  copyright) printed by Signal Press

1730 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Ill, 60201.

It was based on a compilation by

W. Albert Smith,  Pastor

First Baptist Church, Sheffield, Alabama.

“TOO LONG have we listened to the pious expression from many quarters, “Let the preacher stick to his Bible and leave the liquor question to laymen and politicians.”

“One has only to examine the Bible to find abundant references condemning the use of alcoholic beverages.  In fact, if the preacher is to “stick to his Bible“, preach the whole truth and be fair to the Word of God, he must preach against alcohol.”In the following list are scores of direct references, comprising a total of one hundred and sixty two verses.  This is more Scripture than will be found on the subjects of lying, adultery, swearing, stealing, Sabbath breaking, cheating, hypocrisy, pride or even blasphemy.  (Those passages which use the word “wine” in reference to sweet grape juice or other juices or to the grape itself are not included  here.)                                                    

All these words have the same Greek name, although the Hebrew names distinguish between the fermented and the unfermented wine.  From this fact has arisen the confusion in our English translations which has puzzled the minds of Christians as to the apparent sanctions of alcohol in certain verses.  In all, there are 627 references to drink and drinking in the Bible. (See “The Bible and the use of the Word ‘Wine,’ ” by Bertha Rachel Palmer , (re ‘Signal Press’ as above; emphasis added) .

1-10

1. Gen. 9:20-26.     The first drunkenness and the attendant immoral behaviour. 

2. Gen. 19:30-38.     Drinking results in Lot’s debauchery of his own daughters.

3. Gen. 27:25.           Isaac was drinking when he mistakenly blessed Jacob. **

4. Lev. 10:9.             An express command not to drink.

5. Num.  6:3.        The vow of the Nazarite.  

6. Deut. 21:20         Drinking leads to stubbornness, rebellion, gluttony, and brings dishonour to parents.

7. Deut. 29:2-6.       Abstinence assures a closer walk with God. 

8. Judges 13:4, 7, 14.    Samson’s mother, an example of all womanhood, was commanded not to drink.  Was alcohol recognized even then as a protoplasmic poison, injuring posterity?

9. 1 Sam. 1:14-15.     Hannah, an example of honoured motherhood, refrained from drinking wine. 

10. 1 Sam. 25:32-38.   Nabal, a rich but churlish man, who opposed David, died after a drunken spree.  He had already lost the lost respect of his wife.

11-20

11. 11 Sam. 11-13.    By having Uriah plied with strong drink, David attempted to cover his own sin.                 

12. II Sam. 13:28-29.   Amnon, in a drunken brawl, was murdered by his brotehr, Absalom.                    

13. 1 Kings 16:8-10.   While a king was “drinking himself drunk” in his own home, one of his captains conspired against him and slew him.

14. 1 Kings 20:12-21.   Drink and war.  While Ben Hadad and thirty two other kings were drinking in their pavillions, a small band of Israel’s men fell upon the Syrians and put them to flight.

15. Esther 1:5-12.  Drink wrecks homes and separates man and wife.  At a week’s feast of food and wine, King Ahasuerus drunkenly tried to subject his queen to the beastly gaze of inebriated nobles, causing separation of the husband and wife.

16. Job 1:18-19.  The children of Job were feasting and drinking when blown away in a cyclone.

17. Pro. 4:17.  Violence results from drinking.

18. Pro. 20:1.  No wise man will indulge.

19. Pro. 21:17.  He that loveth wine is not rich.

20. Pro. 23:21.  Drinking leads to poverty.

21-30

21. Pro. 23:29-30.  Strong drink produces sorrow, contentions, wounds without cause, bubblings, redness of eyes.

22. Pro. 23:31.  Do not be tempted by intoxicants.

23. Pro. 23:32.   God’s Word warns that liquor eventually harms all who drink.

24. Pro. 23:33.   It fills men’s minds with adulterous and impure thoughts.

25. Pro. 23:31.  It produces wilfullness and prevents reformation.

26. Pro. 23:34.  It brings on insecurity.

27. Pro. 23:35.  Insensibility follows drinking, rendering a  man as a clod.

28. Pro.23: 35.  Habit forming.  One drink calls for another.

29. Pro. 31:4-5.  Kings and all othe rulers or officials with the weight of human lives in their control should not indulge.

30. Pro. 31:6-7.   The only sanction for the use of strong drink was a medicine or anesthetic for those about to do.  We now know better medicines and anesthetics than whiskey, wine or beer.

31-40

31. Eccl. 2:3.  Eccl. 12:8.  The writer of Ecclestiastes tried strong drink, but in the end was forced to admit that it too was vanity.

32. Eccl. 10:17.  Blessings are promised to the temperate and abstaining nation.

33. Isa. 5: 11-12.Woe to the drunkards.

34. Isa. 5:22.    More woes to them that drink.

35. Isa. 22:13.   Drinking and carnality go together.  Leaves men hopeless.

36. Isa. 24:9.   Drink is bitter to them that drink it.

37. Isa. 28:1.   Woe to the drunkards of Ephraim.

38. Isa. 28:3.   The pride of drunkards will be trodden down.

39. Isa. 28:7  Prophets and priests erred through drink.

40. Isa. 28:7 Those who drink are set aside as useless.

41-50

41. Isa. 28:7.  Prophets and priests finally swallowed up by drink.

42. Isa. 28:7 Drinking brings on spiritual blindness.

43. Isa. 56:9-12.   Rebuke to drinking church members, His watchmen.

44. Jer. 35:5, 6, 8, 14.   Total abstinence to the Rechabites cited as an example of obedience on the part of God’s people.

45. Eze. 44:21.   Priests are not to drink wine.

46. Dan. 1:5, 8, 16; 10:3.   God honoured Daniel because he abstained from the king’s wine.  Daniel, the man,  was  true to the home training he received as a boy.

47. Dan. 5:1.   Belshazzar exhibited as an example of a leader who drank and taught his people to drink.

48. Dan. 5:2: 23.    A nation whose women drink.

49. Dan. 5:59, 25-28.   Ruin and downfall for nations whose rulers and leaders cause them to drink.

50. Dan. 5:3.  Belshazzar’s sacrilege in using sacred temple vessels for liquor.

51-60

51. Hos. 3:1.   Part of degradation of Hosea’s wife induced by drink.  (King James Ver.) **

52. Hos. 4:11.   Strong drink and immorality go hand in hand.

53. Hos. 7:5.   King and people reproved because of drinking.

54. Joel. 1:5.   Drunkards to awake from their drinking.

55. Joel  3:3.   Young virtue sold for the price of drink.

56. Amos 2:8.   Wine of the condemned.

57. Amos 2:12.   Pollution of the innocent.

58. Amos 4:1.   Dissolute women, oppressors of the poor, call for their liquor.

59. Amos 6:6  Drinkers not concerned about God nor the welfare of others.

60. Nah. 1:10.   Drunkards to be destroyed.

61-70

61. Hab. 2:5.   Arrogance inflamed by drink.

62. Hab . 2:15.   Wrong to give one’s neighbour drink. Social drinking.

63. Hab. 2:16.    Drink leads to shame and humiliation.

64. Matt. 24:48-51.   Drunkards warned about the about the return of Christ and His judgment.

65. Luke 1:15.    Greatness of John the baptist linked with his total abstinence.

66. Luke 12:45  Christ warns about being enmeshed in drink evils.

67. Luke 21:34.   Warning against drunkenness and the cares of this life which follow, keeping one occupied to the exclusion of the Spirit.

68. Rom. 13:13.   All are admonished to walk honestly, not in rioting and drunkenness.  It is not honest to be less than men, created in the image of God.

69. Rom. 14:21.   Drinking causes a brother to stumble.  Importance of example.

70. 1 Cor. 6:10.   No drunkard shall inherit the kingdom of God. (Therefore the preaching of the gospel must include alcohol education.)

71-75

71. 1 Cor. 11:25.   The Lord’s supper no place for wine.  Word “wine” not even used.  Instead all accounts say “the cup” or “fruit of the vine”.

72. Gal. 5:21.   Revelers in drunkenness shall not inherit the Kingdom of God.

73. Eph. 5:18.   Direct command that exhilaration shall be of the Spirit and not by wine.

74. 1 Thess. 5:7.   Sobriety enjoined upon the Thessalonians.  Children of light must not be overcome by darkness.

75. 1 Tim. 3:3, 8, 11, 12.   Church officers must not drink: neither should their families.     (end)

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Note:

‘ Drink’ used in this tract refers to alcoholic drink.  To this day, it is used commonly in such phrases as: Have a drink; Let’s have a drink; Going to have a drink with the boys: Do you drink? etc.  And those who so drink socially or get a bit tipsy or worse, often flatter themselves and each other about how much they or others drank.  It promotes boasting, forgetfulness, lack of cordination, shamelessness, brain damage, and it dos not stop there.  Although the body produces its own alcohol – a small amount, the body has its own God given  mechanism for safe usage  of what it produces, alcohol imbibed, ingested makes its way to the brain cells and  damages them to a greater or lesser degree.  Some may justfiy themselves, in their social or mealtime drinking which may promote a subconcious element of pride.

There are many Christians who drink a little alcohol – because: of tradition or upbringing; “no harm” in it; the Bible doesn’t condemns it; all things in moderation; God knows my heart; and for other reasons.

3. **  – Isaac although drinking after or with the meal Jacob provided, and then blessing the younger son rather than the elder who was his favourite, nonetheless was only fulfilling unintentionally, the prophecy of God for Jacob.  Isaac had meant to bless  Esau, but God used circumstances to bring to pass His word.

51. **  – According to Strong’s, the Greek word allows for wine, as well as ‘raisin cakes’ as some translations render  Raisin cakes would not be likely to produce intoxication, although they were no doubt used by the Jews in unlawful – ungodly offerings to a “Queen of Heaven” goddess – an abomination to God  Hosea’s wife may well have offered raisin cakes to some idolatrous thing, but wine would have intoxicated her, and is very much linked with sexual perversion – fornication, adultery and worse.  Jeremiah 7 and 44 have a number of references about “drink offerings” to the queen of heaven they were worshipping as well as Yehovah the one true God, to whom they were pouring out these ‘drink offerings’ – and wine is meant; no doubt all the wine did not go to their idol either.

For those of you who do not know it, the human person is more than a physical body with a load of functioning chemistry.  According to God’s own Word, the Bible, every living person that God has formed, has a soul and spirit.  How God works this miracle cannot be measured by scientific means..  This is God’s work.

You will notice that the children, that is the human children, are said to be partakers of FLESH and BLOOD, and then speaking of Jesus it says that He “himself likewise took part of the same.” The Word “took part” as applying to Christ is an entirely different word then (than) “partakers” as applied to the children. In the margin of my Bible, I read the word translated “took part” implies “taking part in something outside one’s self.” The Greek word for partakers is “KOYNONEHO” and means “to share fully,” so that all of Adam’s children share fully in Adam’s flesh and blood. When we read that Jesus “took part of the same” the word is “METECHO” which means to take “part” but not all. The Children take both flesh and blood of Adam but Christ took only part, that is the flesh part, while the blood was the result of supernatural conception.”  (See – The Chemistry Of The Blood; – ‘The Life is In The Blood‘, M. R. De Haan  MD)

  The soul and spirit of a person is the real person hidden  to the naked eye, inside the mortal frame, and is essentially the same in appearance.; like a hand in the glove.  the glove is ‘dead’ without the active hand, but once the hand is inside the glove, the glove appears to come to life.  The soul and spirit is not a cloud or a blob, but has real form and substance but of a totally different kind; and cannot die physically.  The spirit is the part of the person that is made to communicate with God directly; the soul is the part that connects directly to the flesh and by which we relate to this physical world.  Our 5 senses though physically discerned are actually the work of our soul.  As you read the Bible, ask God to give you understanding (after all it is His book), He will help you as you search honestly and diligently.

And what has this got to do with alcohol

When the human brain does not function as it should, as happens with alcohol, and other substances, it has repercussions for the emotions, will and intellect, the soul area of the person, for they are all inter-connected.  Many of the Bible examples above actually portray this truth.  People, ignorantly or otherwise, open themselves up to demonic (the devil and his demons) attack – who go about as a roaring lion seeking whom they may devour, or steal from, kill the body, and destroy (torment)  the soul in Hell.

Because mankind has a enemy he knows little about, a spiritual enemy, God calls the devil, who also has many other names, man if he goes against God’s express will and wisdom, ignorantly or otherwise, opens himself up to the ploys of this devil.  Many will scoff at this concept.  But this is a most serious matter, which can have devastating consequences, not only in the natural realm but also in the spiritual realm.  Again, if you will search God’s Word about these matters, prayerfully, before the one true living holy God, asking humbly for His help, He will show you.  God willing, some of these matters will be posted on this site www.endofharvest.com  in due course.

The collective wisdom of God is to leave alcohol alone.  It is not worth playing with something that may at the beginning have no real bad effects on the person, but, in times of severe trial one may easily fall prey to alcohol, and become its servant and eventaully its slave.  Very few if any ever wanted to be enslaved to alcohol; or, ever wanted to be opened to demonic trouble.  It usually starts off with a little. Any one who becomes or is already a slave to sin, is actually a slave of the devil.   Only Jesus Christ has power to set you free.  Call upon Him with all your heart and strength.  You MUST be saved from sin and the devil.  Hell is no place for you.  Jesus Christ is ready and more than able to deliver you.  Enslavement to alcohol has happened toboth mighty and weak, the rich and poor, the healthy and sick, the wise and the simple, to believer and unbeliever alike.  Do not be fooled.  God is not mocked.  What you sow, you will reap.

One of the glories of the sevenfold Spirit of God is wisdom, Isaiah 11:2 ‘the Spirit of wisdom’.  The Holy Spirit has wisdom as one of His attributes, as does Jesus and the Father.  If we indeed have the Lord Jesus Christ dwelling in us because we have repented and submitted to His Lordship, His Word and His working in us, the Holy Spirit of wisdom is resident too.  Will we submit to His wisdom?  In Jesus Christ is hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col. 2:2, 3) .  Any wisdom outside of Jesus Christ is not worth much, except to this world.

We pray: “Our Father, which art in Heaven.  Holy (hallowed) is Your name. Your kingdom come; Your will be done…”  But do we truly understand what the will of God is for us concerning alcohol?  It is all in His Word.  Alcohol does not make us holy nor does it promote the holiness of God in us.  We are to be filled with the Holy Spirit of God as Jesus was, not with alcohol; not even a scratch of it.

…..More Scriptural statements on the matter of ‘drink’ than on many other moral issues? ? Shoud we ignore or dismiss this fact?

God will bring every work into judgment.  Let us fear God (Jesus Christ) and keep His commands.  Eccl. 12:14; Rev 22:14.

There are many believers in Jesus who are praying for you that you will come to know Jesus the Messiah of God.

Seek the Lord – Yehovah,

while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. 

Let the wicked forsake his (own) ways

and the unrighteous man his (own) thoughts;

and let him return unto the Lord (Yehovah – Yehoshua – Jesus),

and he will have mercy upon him,

and to our God,

for He will abundantly pardon.  Isaiah 55:7