For PDF of the lesson PowerPoint, click here: Drinking The Spiritual Response To A Carnal World
The Spiritual Response to a Carnal World:
10 Facts Regarding Alcoholic Beverages in the Bible:
- All “alcohol” is NOT condemned in the Bible.
- Drunkenness is condemned in the Bible.
- 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
- Galatians 5:19-20
- “Wine” in the Bible refers to both fermented and unfermented beverages.
- Isaiah 65:8
- Isaiah 16:10
- Proverbs 23:31
- The maximum alcoholic content was 10-12%.
- Without distillation, the highest alcohol content is about 5% for beer and about 10 to 12% for wine.
- Above these levels the yeasts no longer produce fermentation.
- “Strong drink” is condemned in the Bible.
- Proverbs 20:1; 31:4-7
- Proverbs 23:29-35
- “Wine” was (generally) mixed with water at a 2:1-4:1 ratio.
- “Sobriety” is commanded in the Bible.
- 1 Peter 5:8
- Ephesians 5:15-16
- “Am I Drunk?” or “Have I sacrificed sobriety?”
- The first “impairment” is on judgment/inhibitions.
- Alcohol impairs your ability to choose right over wrong before it affects anything else.
- “Revelries” and “drinking parties” are also condemned.
- 1 Peter 4:1-5 (Galatians 5:21; Romans 13:13)
- “A little wine” for medicinal use is explicitly permitted.
- 1 Timothy 5:23
7 Questions to Determine "Carnality":
1. Does this appeal to my spirituality or carnality?
2. Is this an unfruitful work of darkness (what good and/or bad fruit could come from it)?
3. How could I glorify God while doing this?
4. How would this affect my influence in a positive or negative way?
5. Could this harm another in some way (brother/sister in Christ/family/non-Christian)?
6. Where do I find authority in the scriptures to participate in this activity?
7. Would Christ involve Himself in this activity?