Why Should We Not Drink Alcohol

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Danylle Payne # 4713
Christian Lifestyle
Midterm Essay

Our Christian life is based on the word of God and nothing else. As a Christian we are held to a higher standard. We should abstain from alcoholic drink. The bible clearly shows that drinking alcoholic beverages result in cheating, hypocrisy, pride, and blasphemy. The spiritual damage caused is not worth it, not only that but the physical health problems as well. Christians should act responsibly concerning their personal testimony and influence. Romans 14:21 “Do not do anything that will hurt your testimony as a believer.” Alcoholic beverages today are much stronger than those of the biblical era and much more likely to produce imperilment of judgment and drunkenness. Today, 5 ounces of wine equals 12 ounces of beer which equals 1.5 ounces of whiskey, such drinks are approximately three times the alcohol contained in an 8-ounce cup of diluted wine in biblical times. Luke 12:45, “Drunkenness will cause a person not to be ready for the Lord’s return.” This is bad because we must be ready for no one knows the day or hour. Alcoholic beverages today provide no spiritual benefit but have the realistic potential for harm to many people spiritual and physically. Habakkuk 2:15, “woe to him that gives his neighbor drink.” Paul cites the Corinthian motto, “Everything is permissible,” and then counters, “but all things are not beneficial” 1 Corinthians 10: 23-24. Paul is condemning that which we do, that which is spiritually beneficial, constructive, and good. As a matter of Christian witness we should not do anything that could seriously jeopardize our witness to others. Many lost people expect that Christians should not drink. Others who have been victimized by alcohol-related crimes are extremely sensitive to this issue. They might think that social drinking Christians are heartless and out of touch with the real world. Our concept of freedom should not allow us to participate in this activity that has been so...
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