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Davidisms - Sipping Saints Can Become Slipping Saints

What should be the position of Jesus’s followers toward wine? Drinking alcohol? Jesus’s first miracle was turning water into wine at a wedding. At the Last Supper, Jesus shared wine and bread with his disciples. Therefore, it’s impossible to claim that drinking wine is sinful when Scripture teaches differently. “Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart” (Ecc. 9:7). However, Scripture also gives us a stern warning about alcohol. “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit” (Eph 5:18). We’re instructed to be under the Spirit’s guidance and control. Not led astray by the influence of alcohol (Prov. 20:1). Everything God created is to be richly enjoyed (1 Tim. 6:7). Just be very careful. Casual drinking can lead to being drunk. Moving away from the Spirit’s control of your life. And if you choose to abstain from all alcohol because you know its potential devastation, that’s okay as well. Your abstention may be your desire not to influence a weaker brother or sister in the faith toward a potential problem. Just beware that sipping saints can become slipping saints. Who can start worshiping creation rather than the Creator.

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