Question: Is It Okay For Christians To Drink Alcohol?
Donald Bohanon: Yes, it is. That’s another big misconception that false unlearned ministers teach. That it’s a sin to drink alcohol. But it’s okay to steal, lie, bear false witness against your neighbor, commit adultery, commit fornication, etc, in their eyes. But God forbid you should drink a beer every now and then. This is their backward unbiblical rationale. The Bible tells us in 1 Timothy 5:23, we are to have no longer water but a little wine for our stomach’s sake and oft infirmities.
Christ also drank wine. The Bible says the Jews even referred to Christ as a winebibber or a wino because he fancied wine so much. Luke 7:33. But yet Christ is considered the epitome of an example of righteousness. Paul says all things are lawful for him but he won’t be brought under the power of anything 1 Corinthians 6:12. Which means he can do what he wants to do including drink ( which includes drinking alcohol) and eat what he wants but he won’t be brought under the power of anything.
In other words, what he’s saying is he can do what he wants but he won’t be controlled by anything. Moderation and self-control are what is being emphasized in all things by Paul. There is an account in Genesis 9:20–21 of Noah being drunk. But yet he is said to be one of the most righteous men in the Bible.
Christ tells us in Matthew 15:16-19 that it’s not what goes into the man that corrupts or defiles him but what he says, does, and thinks and whether those things are contrary to the Bible and the commandments that corrupt the man.
In other words, it’s not what you eat, drink, or even smoke for that matter (as long as those things don’t result in you breaking God’s word and commandments) that corrupt the man or woman but what he or she says does, and thinks, and whether those things are contrary to the Bible and the commandments that corrupt the man or woman spiritually. The emphasis is on spiritual corruption.
But obviously, I would advise against certain indulgences like hard drug usage for instance, etc. Although these things can’t corrupt you spiritually in and of themselves they can certainly wreck you physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually because they can result in you transgressing God’s word and commandments to feed addictions.
Which will defile you spiritually. And spiritual corruption is what leads to death spiritually when you are judged. God doesn’t define righteousness by what you eat or drink but by what you say, do, and think, in relation to his word and the ten commandments.