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Can Christians Drink A Little Wine

Can a christian have a bit of wine now and then? Not getting drunk but say a glass every so often, maybe once or twice a month? I mean the bible says drink a bit of wine to settle the stomach. And Christ 1st miricle was turning water to wine. Would He do that if it was forbiden to drink?

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Luke 7:33-34

33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, 'He has a demon.' 34 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, 'Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and "sinners"'.

So much for avoiding all "appearances of evil". Way to go, Jesus.
---Adam on 11/20/07


I personally do not drink alcohol but the Bible never says to REFRAIN from drinking. It says it's wrong to be DRUNK. There is a difference. That's why Paul got on to the Corinthians because they were drunk. Everything should be done in moderation.
---Christy on 11/11/07


1 Corinthians 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.Please people, get true knowledge before its too late....God Bless.........
---elijah on 10/23/07


Christians in Europe drink alcohol while eating and fellowshipping regularly. It's seen as taboo in the church in our country (especially among evangelicals, Pentecostals, Charismatics, Word of Faith, etc.) because we are a nation of excess. We are the fattest people, the drunkest people, and so on, statistically. Christians need to show that we can practice wisdom and moderation otherwise we place undue burden on ourselves and others for the sake of "appearances".
---j._the_nomad on 10/23/07


lorra8574: "God invented alcohol..."

On the contrary, man invented alcohol.

Besides, if it were wrong, Jesus wouldn't have turned the water into wine. Paul says "not to drink" because it might lead to misusing it. The same way Christians misuse the verses of the Bible.
---Steveng on 10/23/07




God's Word for practical everyday living!

Deuteronomy 14:26 Take your money and go purchase a side of beef or a rack of lamb and few bottles of wine and/or a case of beer and then have friends and family over for a cookout and celebrate, right here in front of the Lord your God and everybody.

Ecclesiastes 9:7 Go on and enjoy life, celebrate good food and drink your Wine with a joyful heart, for now is the time of the favor of God.
---mickey on 10/23/07


This is one thing that really bothers me, I myself don't drink one drop of alcohol, because I believe that nothing good comes from it, because a lot of people that I have met, do not know where to draw the line/when they've had enough, but what about people that don't get drunk and do know where to draw the line, I also don't know where in God's word He says that you should not drink, I only know that he says you should not get drunk.
---Elma_Retief on 10/23/07


I believe a christian can drink in moderation, the bible never once says DO NOT DRINK. but rather it says do not drink in excess or give into drunkeness.

For people who say the bible is misinterpreted jesus turns water into wine for the people to drink. Do you think he would do that if he knew he would be leading his followers into sin. Of course he wouldn't.
---brandon on 8/26/07


If Christians drank, it wouldn't be a very good witness. The bible tells us don't let your good be spoken evil of. If I were to drink maybe a small glass of wine with my meal out in public. I could very well put a stumbling block in front of someone life. I can't say if it is wrong for all Christians to drink, because it is between them and the Lord. I know it is wrong from me to drink. And I won't drink just because one says it is okay.
---Rebecca_D on 4/9/07


God invented alcohol, and we learned how to use it for many good and useful purposes. It is the abuse of alcohol that is forbidden. At the wedding feast of Cana, they were not drinking to get loaded, they were drinking to celebrate and in the process got loaded. Given that they were not driving automobiles home, and were likely provided a safe place to sober up, this was acceptable - otherwise Jesus would NOT have made more wine for them.
---lorra8574 on 4/9/07




ED>>>>This is what I found in regard to your question.>>> They wanted some wine. It was a marriage. Back in those days marriages were celebrated with festivals. Also [Mary probably was looking for a miracle.] I might add, sometimes, when you are not expecting a miracle you get one. Anyways, The bridegroom might have sent out for more wine, but she [Mary] was for going to the fountainhead.>>>>>> We ought to be concerned for the wants and straits of our friends.
---catherine on 4/9/07


Why did Jesus turn water into wine at the wedding at Cana?
---Ed on 4/8/07


Okey, I have to be honest on this thing. I have searched hopeing that I would find at least one scripture that would tell me not to drink wine. I could not. [But only in moderation And no drunkards]. However, some people that God has special callings place on them we are not suppose to. I am only one. That is why God forbids me.
---catherine on 4/8/07


I too would like a learned person of the bible to answer this question. Perhaps a doctor also could answer the medicinal properties in wine that may make it good for you. Also what makes it bad for you and why. I know the fruit is good for you. I know that grapes are good for you. I am not a bible scholar, but I am a chemical dependency professional and I know anything that you abuse that is a mind altering, mood changing substance is bad for you socially,physcially, finacially and even spiritually.
---laura on 4/7/07


The Bible says don't get drunk with wine or strong drink, but get drunk on the Holy Ghost (New Wine).
---Leslie on 1/4/07


No. Christians should not drink. Do your research. The bible was written in Hebrew/Greek. The interpretations of the words are different for americans. The interpretations of today is even different now than those centuries ago. Its not good for us to walk in ignorance. Proverbs 15:14 states that "the heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
For your sake; do your research. Don't just take someone else's word!
---Denise on 12/9/06


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John 2:10 "Everyone serves the best wine first. When people are drunk, the host serves cheap wine. But you have saved the best wine for now."

It is and was very common for people to get drunk at wedding feasts. So we can assume that Christ supplied the wine in which people actually got drunk. But back in those days, they did not drink and drive.
---lee on 1/12/06


francis. Check Deut. 14:26 and you will find that wine and strong drink are blessings that God ordained in the consumption party of the tithe.Please read it.
---john on 1/12/06


Gal 5:19 the works of the flesh . . . : fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousies, wraths, factions, divisions, parties,
21 envyings, drunkenness, revellings, and such like . . . they who practise such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Eating is not sin. Eating to excess (gluttony) is sin. Drinking is not sin, as shown by the NT stomach & wedding examples. Drunkenness is sin.
---a_servant on 1/11/06


Dt 21:20 . . . This our son [is] stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; [he is] a glutton, and a drunkard.
21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he may die: so shalt thou remove evil from among you, and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

Pro 23:20 Be not among wine-bibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:
21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe [a man] with rags. (ASV)
---a_servant on 1/11/06


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According to all the studies that have been done it is plain that drinking in moderation is actually beneficial to ones health. However, I will never recommend that anyone indulge in alcoholic beverages because of the social problems that all too often occur. Too many people tend to abuse even a good thing.
---lee on 1/11/06


My answer is no. It happens once in the bible and that is for timothy only, because that time there was no available medicine on that place that conveniently timothy can avail, but now a days plenty of medicines christian can sold for his stomach ache... and better to check your motives and deal with God from this.....
---francis on 1/11/06


Bob is sorry for the joke and you guys are sorry for attacking Bob. Closed

I think that we can all drink to that one and be done with it.

Some people are just too sensitive when it comes to some topics and are unable to cope.
---lee on 12/12/05


Bob ... was that a confession? I think not ... it was a very wise observation.
---alan8869_of_UK on 12/12/05


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Thanks for your confession, Doug! That's why I leave name calling, etc to others of your like confession! In Echad's/God's image? I Don't Think So! II Tim.2:15-16, 19-26. "Out of the abundance of the heart, man(kind) speaks"! SAY ON! Hope we can let it drop before someone's [your's?] label shows even more! Meekness is Strength, Not Weakness!
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 12/12/05


If she told you to shutup in unladylike/unchristianlike ways with insults, she would have been admonished by some in 'your incrowd'. Doug, Messias/Christ spoke of people talking like you. Your label is showing BigTime! If I ligitimately offended anyone knowingly/intentionally, I would apologize, in retospect, the shoes on the other foot! [Prov.15:1-33]. Your "Christian" witnesses are showing! My, My, My! My answers have been consistent scripturely with others here, are they next! Matt.20:16.

Moderator - OK everybody. Bob is sorry for the joke and you guys are sorry for attacking Bob. Closed :)
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 12/12/05


One thing that I have learned in life. You don't have to call a fool a fool, he'll reveal that himself.
---Doug on 12/12/05


Bob ... if you want respect, treat others, and the subject, with respect, and do not insult them, as you have Rebecca.
---alan8869_of_UK on 12/12/05


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paul sights only one purpose for drinking wine: if you have a stomach problem, drink some wine. he does not say for many purposes. the preacher says that it is "raging", and you must not be deceived by it, or you are not wise
---william on 12/12/05


Doug: Sin convicting is The Holy Spirit's job. I doubt seriously if any souls were lost over any of my blogs! Show me where I've condemned one person over this matter! Those with drinking problems no doubt have been condemned before by others, they might see things a little different when "sweet comes out of the bitter". To drink or not to drink is an individual choice, like anything else, no problem! Gotta Go! [I'm older than most, younger than many, more mature than you try to sound!].
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 12/12/05


Rebecca D, save your "rebukes" for those with itching ears, as I've learned to never, ever accept needless, unprovoked, uncalled for rebukes [negatives] from anyone, as it is unprofitable. If everyones comments, (mis)spellings, or [unintentional] keyboard errors were criticized or nitpicked on as you have done to me, all naysayers would have to do is watch us self destruct, if possible. GOTTA MOVE ON [James 1:16-22, 23-27]! Who knows, maybe we'll meet up there someday!
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 12/12/05


Rom.8:28: You're out of line more than my humour, or 'slurred speaking' [more of your fruitless character assasinations]. Joking 'about' others is different, as is your unprovoked outburst's. Ever see someone die of alcohol related causes needlessly? No joking matter, having ministered on both sides of this issue for years with positive results. Your assumptions are baseless. Be respectful to everyone! My 'shortenned speech' needs more room. I know when to break it off [II Tim.2:15-16].
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 12/11/05


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I like to joke around But if I know my joking around is going to offend anyone then I shut up. It is a serious matter and until you have dealt with it personally then it isn't something to joke about. If you would have stopped at your first reponse of your slured words that would have been okay but you kept on, thinking to yourself it was funny but it wasn't. And by going on and on about it surely didn't take the edge off of it. I think you need to learn how and when it is the right time to joke around.
---Rebecca_D on 12/11/05


bob6749 (Elishama), This is a very serious matter. It may not convict one person if they drink, but it might be a dangerous stumbling block to another and it could ruin many lives and souls. This is NOT a joke and your not funny. Are you 14 years old? Like Rebecca said, GROW UP!
---Doug on 12/11/05


Wine is fermented grapes. Red grapes have certain healthful qualities. People back then had to be smart to stay alive.
---gregg8944 on 12/11/05


Alan, I've been called a liar, among other things when voicing my views on these blogs, without responding to just about all of them, if to any. I think I'm due the same respect given others doing the same. This is a sensitive subject for some & I was trying to take the edge off it with humour, without insulting anybody, which seems impossible with so many 'Christian' belief's here. Like I have said, comes with the calling!
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 12/11/05


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You're exactly right [about yourself], Rebecca D, Christian. Maybe you're one of the reasons Paul said women should keep silence in the churches, nor "upsurp" authority over the men! The fruit of your spirit is showing [Gal.5:12-26]! Shalom & Maranatha!
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 12/11/05


DELOE - ...Let's see- I suppose if a man were locked up in prison for several years, when he got out and raped a woman because he hasn't 'had any' in so long would....not mean it was RIGHT....but.....it would be...understandable???

There is often a motive or cause & effect relationship behind sinfulness, but true there will always be an accountability. I have heard of sailors on long deployment rape their wives upon returning home. It is understandable but not necessarily right!!!
---lee on 12/10/05


There is a time to joke around, and there is a time to shut up when you have taken something to far. You took it to far, regardless if you was trying to be serious or not.
---Rebecca_D on 12/10/05


Rebecca D, I'm serious as anyone on this subject, talking 'to' people beats talking 'at' them! A merry heart does good like medicine [no need to (hic or burp then!)]. Humour is needed in more than the "humor blogs". Always room for everyone to grow up. There was a time I would attack when attacked, CHILDISH! LOOSEN UP (hic!). Moses missed out by allowing the Israelites to make him sin by striking The Rock instead of speaking to it! [Rev.3:11]. I DON'T ACCEPT NEGATIVES, UNPROFITABLE! Maranatha!
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 12/10/05


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1 Timothy 5:23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomachs sake and thine often infirmities.

Clearly if drinking a little wine ocassionally was considered sinful then certainly Paul would not have advised Timothy to have a little for good purposes.

In light of all the scientific studies done, people that drink in moderation seem to live longer and happier. Even in retirement homes, they have found that people do much better with a glass of wine with their meals.
---lee on 12/10/05


"If God convicted everyone at the same time, then why so many people argue over God's word?" Uh, because we are rebelious by nature and all this "IT'S YOUR THANG, DO WHATCHA WANNA DO" popular gospel being preached appeals to that nature???? God's word is not to be argued over or picked apart. It is to be OBEYED, end of story
---Molly on 12/9/05


Lee, on the same note......Let's see- I suppose if a man were locked up in prison for several years, when he got out and raped a woman because he hasn't 'had any' in so long would....not mean it was RIGHT....but.....it would be...understandable???
---DELOE on 12/9/05


I am of the opinion that one must follow their own convictions. The Holy spirit will quicken in you.If in doubt don't drink alcohol (wine).Everything we eat and drink ought to be in moderation.
---Song on 12/9/05


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Molly ... This is where we have to differ. One finds the Bible to condemn alcohol, and another finds the Bible saying that Jesus made and drank wine! Bob ... your joke has gone on long enough.
---alan8869_of_UK on 12/9/05


DoryLory, I agree with that. But it doesn't say in God's word, this person can drink, but that person can't because it is a sin. About your son, that was God convicting him, and am thankful, but some people have a dumb spirit that can't understand the word of God. Bob: Grow up!!
---Rebecca_D on 12/9/05


(hic), I'm glad that someone was always guiding me (hic) in my early new birth years when I made a boo boo about some things by simply saying "___ ___, read your bible"! (hic), I did, & have been grateful to them for their wisdom [one being of Great Repute & Respect], to a zealous young man trying to save the world, not unlike the apostle Paul in his early beginning! (burp), God Bless You All, In Jesus' Name! Maranatha!
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 12/9/05


Pt1
Rebecca - Yes, you're right ... God doesn't convict everyone at the same time. BUT if someone points out a Scripture to you and your life doesn't line up with that verse, then there should be an immediate conviction to start working on that area of your life. It's never appropriate to say, 'I see that in the Word but I'm not convicted about it so it doesn't apply to me.'
---DoryLory on 12/9/05


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Pt2
I'll give you an example. My son has a rock band. He started singing a couple songs that were just not right for a Christian. No matter what I said, I couldn't get him to understand the importance of not dwelling on such negative words ... to him they weren't *that bad*. So I showed him Philippians 4 and how God wants us to think about positive things. He was immediately convicted and now even asks us to check the words before he learns a new song.
---DoryLory on 12/9/05


Pt3
I believe that when we see something in the Word *THAT* is our conviction right there to begin a change. It's our responsibility before God to immediately repent and start correcting that area of our lives. Just like Molly said, we can't base our convictions on our feelings. When we see it in the Word, we have the knowledge of God's Word, and there aren't any more excuses.
---DoryLory on 12/9/05


If God convicted everyone at the same time, then why so many people argue over God's word? Until a person comes to the knowledge of God's word, it isn't wrong to them. God and only God has to reveal to them what their doing wrong. And if he don't then it isn't wrong to them, no matter what we say.
---Rebecca_D on 12/9/05


Do people call grape juice drinkers winebibbers?---mima 12/8/2005
---MIMA on 12/9/05


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Simple answer...Did Jesus drink wine? Remember the account when Jesus went to a gathering and he turn the water into wine. If he didnt see anything wrong, then we shouldnt see anything wrong. He only condemn drunkeness.
---brent on 12/9/05


Wine has always been the drink of choice throughout time. The first thing that Noah did when he got off the boat was to plant a vineyard and then after fermentation got drunk. Let's face it, if you were cooped up in a boat for 120 days, maybe you also would be inclined to drink too much. Perhaps that does not make it right but it may be understandable.
---lee on 12/9/05


I don't recall ANY commandment in the word of God being followed by...."only if YOU feel it's wrong for YOU though"
---Molly on 12/9/05


"you can show people what the bible says all you want but until God himself shows them" ??? - I believe the Bible IS God himself. It's HIS WORD, His word that was given to us for instruction. It is not a book of suggestions. If one cannot accept the FINAL AUTHORITY of God's word in thier lives, then they wouldn't obey GOD HIMSELF if he DID descend out of Heaven and stand right in front of them telling them what his word already has.
---Molly on 12/9/05


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Re. My previous post about my unanswered question. I will start a new Blog question on the subject.
---Bruce5656 on 12/9/05


My question remains unanswered. Why Alcohol? Why is it any different than any other drug?
---Bruce5656 on 12/9/05


If scripture is true and we are to use it as our guide in all aspects of life then I have to say that alcohol is not wrong BUT the way many people USE alcohol is wrong. Certain people, because of particular problems they have (like my grand daughter) should never touch it but that doesn't make the alcohol itself wrong.
---emg on 12/9/05


Rebecca, I'm sorry I don't agree with you on this. A Christian should always be convicted by the Word. According to 2 Timothy 3:16, God's Word IS FOR teaching, rebuking, correcting and training, etc. That's just what the Word does. When a verse reveals an area of our life that isn't lined up with the Word ... if there is no conviction there then something is wrong.
---DoryLory on 12/9/05


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Pardon me, but I'm not drunk when typing this. As some seem to be. But you can show people what the bible says all you want but until God himself shows them in his way they won't understand it nor will they think it is wrong. what is wrong for me may not be wrong for someone else. God doesn't convict everyone at the same time.
---Rebecca_D on 12/8/05


(hic) "whosoever knows to do right, & does not do it, is sin", including warning some who are unaware what the scriptures says on some subjects. (burp)
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 12/8/05


I believe Linda, it is between that person and God. If a christian doesn't think it is wrong for them to drink then in their eyes it isn't. So the person trying to condemn them would be wrong, because it isn't up to us to say what is wrong or right, and we can't judge no one, that is God's job. Just because God showed me it is wrong then it is a sin to me, but it may not be for my friend whom God has not yet shown. Did I help?
---Rebecca_D on 12/6/05


Burrrp, excuse please!
---Bob6749_[Elishama] on 12/6/05


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(hic), as long as it's not the strong drink raging type, additionally it's a cultural thing (hic) for some people [all things in modesty]. Wine in America by & large is (hic) different than wine in the bible. (hic), read the alcohol content on your mothwash labels! I use vinegarette & wine vinegar (hic)!

I've personally had no alcoholic drink (hic) since (hic) @ age 28 or so! (hic) Cheers!
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 12/5/05


This is a question I've always ask people. Is it ok for a christain to drink. In the bible Jesus turned the water into wine at the wedding can someone give me some enlight on this.
---Linda on 11/22/05


JChrist said "john the baptist came fasting and you call him a mad man, the son of man comes eating and drinking(not water) and you say he has a demon. liz8687
---liz8687 on 11/7/05


Madison - I would agree and Sis-M should consider your constructive comments on that. Some have the convictions that they are right and that others that have different convictions are wrong for whatever reason.
---lee on 11/6/05


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Lee: I have no problem with Sis M choosing not to drink. I have a problem with the fact that she called those who do believe they have the liberty to drink in moderation "worldly." That is uncalled for criticism of the body of Christ.
---Madison on 11/6/05


Some people have problems with different types of food.

However -

Romans 15:1 We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

If Sis-M does not like to do the "bottoms up" thing with an ocassional drink, then we should respect her convictions.
---lee on 11/6/05


Wrong again Sis M. You are certainly not stepping on my toes. I've never touched alcohol. I agree with what Lee says absolutely but I do not like to see people implying that there is something in the bible that is actually not there. That's the reason I keep coming back on this because you are implying this Sis M. I am going to leave the subject alone now though because nothing is going to be achieved by taking this any further.
---M.P. on 11/6/05


Sis ... Are you sure it is not your toes that are being stepped on? After all you have not provided the scripture to support your condemnation of drinking alcohol in moderation.
---alan8869_of_UK on 11/6/05


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Sis M, All who drink wine are not drunken, nor all who drive cars, crash. "For if I by grace be a partaker, why am i evil spoken of for that for which i give thanks? Whether therefore you all eat, OR DRINK, or whatsoever you all do, do all to the glory of God. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, OR IN DRINK, or in respect of an holiday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath." I Corinthians 10:30,31; Colossians 2:16.
---Eloy on 11/6/05


We'll see....we will see. My 'comparisons' and comments are being attacked only by those whose toes they are stepping on, as usual when the uncompromised truth is proclaimed. Worldly "CHRISTIANS" have always had a flair for twisting the Word to suit their fleshly desires and ease their consience. They always have, and they always will. I just know I'M not going to put that garbage in MY body and let it destroy the liver God gave ME. You all can if you want to. -I'm outa here
---Sis_M on 11/6/05


M.P. - Yes, of course, I agree completely. I like the way Lee said it best.
---DoryLory on 11/5/05




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