In a response to a Daily Visit with God I wrote based out of Proverbs 20:1 and the subject of wine, a man commented back to me, “But what about Deuteronomy 14:26?” The verse reads, Deuteronomy 14:26 (KJV)
And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household,
My first thought would be, “What about the preponderance of passages that tell us of the evils of drinking?”
What about, Genesis 9:20-21 (KJV)?
And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
What about Numbers 6:3 (KJV)?
He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried.
What about Judges 13:4 (KJV)?
Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing:
What about Proverbs 20:1 (KJV)?
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
What about Proverbs 23:31-32 (KJV)?
Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
What about Isaiah 5:11 (KJV)?
Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!
What about Isaiah 28:7 (KJV)?
But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.
What about Habakkuk 2:15 (KJV)?
Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!
There are so many passages that give a clear and compelling argument against the drinking of alcohol that reason says every passage that seems to approve of it should be reconsidered. Even if we are not able to give a definitive understanding of those passages, good sense says they are not condoning and approving of drinking any sort of alcoholic drink.
I am reminded of the question the Pharisees asked the Lord, Matthew 19:7 (KJV)
They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?
The Pharisees were looking for a (Biblical) way to approve of divorce. Jesus gave them no such leave. His answer to them was that, though Moses recognized divorce as a reality in his world, God did not approve it and it was still sin. Though the souls of men may “lust” after wine and strong drink along with their meals, it is not approved and it is still sin.
- · Given that the Bible speaks clearly of the evil of drunkenness
- · Given that the habit of drinking alcohol so easily slips into drunkenness and
- · Given that the Bible tells us to be filled with the Holy Ghost instead of being drunk with wine
It is foolish to argue in favor of any view of the Bible that approves of the use of alcoholic drink, including wine.