My response to Michael Brown’s Charisma Article: Why I Never Drink Alcohol, 9/19/2017
Teachers who say Christians should never drink alcohol are going beyond what the Bible says, prohibiting something the Bible does not prohibit. The Bible handles the subject differently, giving guidelines on how to be wise about how much to drink. Also, many studies show that drinking alcohol in moderation can be healthy, which Paul said to Timothy, and as Michael said in the article: Jesus turned the water into wine.
“The lesson here is that we should put greater emphasis on helping weaker brothers and sisters than on enjoying our liberty.”
Michael derives this from a lesson that was about eating *food sacrificed to idols,* which the apostles concluded in Acts 15:20 was a sin — taboo. Michael then applies this to drinking alcohol, which is not in the Acts-15 list, implying we should be as he is, to not drink any alcohol at all.
The truth is we can also stumble others by calling something a sin that is not a sin, placing burdens on others that the Bible doesn’t place on them.
Why isn’t this mentioned anymore?:
Paul says in Galatians 5 that drunkenness will keep a person from inheriting the kingdom, and “Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts.”
The church needs to know that drunkenness is a sin by which many are going to hell, including those who have been born-again.
The fear of the Lord is to help us keep from sinning.
The fear of the Lord should be taught to help people decide how to treat alcohol.
True Christians are led by the Holy Spirit: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” (Rom. 8:14). The Holy Spirit will help us know what the balance is on many things, including alcohol, instead of teaching a prohibition that the Bible does not teach.
What the Bible really says about who goes to heaven needs to be again taught in the church, which I do here:
Who-Goes-To-Heaven Scriptures — Narrow is the Way | Who are the Children of God? — “There is therefore now *NO CONDEMNATION* to those who are IN CHRIST Jesus, who don’t WALK according to the flesh, but ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT”