Biblical AA: Alcohol Admonitions

super-bowl-guideThe recent Super Bowl season is another opportunity for maturing Christians to reflect on their personal convictions about lifestyle practices which the Bible may not specifically condemn or condone.

Both the Old and New Testaments give examples and admonitions about excessive consumption of alcohol, and condemns drunkenness among works of the flesh, which are not fitting for Christ-followers.

The Living Bible paraphrases the admonition of 1 Corinthians 6:12 this way: “I can do anything I want to, if Christ has not said no, but some of these things are not good for me. Even if I am allowed to do them, I’ll refuse to if I think they might get such a grip on me that I can’t easily stop when I want to.”

Some cautious Christians feel it is best to abstain from alcohol entirely, to fully protect themselves and their families, as well as their testimonies and their witness for the Lord. But, that personal limitation is a choice only mature, selfless and scripturally-sensitive* individuals can make.

* See Proverbs 20:1 and 23:29-35Romans 13:11-141 Corinthians 5:9-131 Corinthians 6:9-12Galatians 5:19-21;  1 Thessalonians 5:5-8;


About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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