Your silver has become dross, your best wine mixed with water. (Isaiah 1:22 ESV)
Whatever was pure in you before, is now corrupt, though you have an outward show. – Geneva Bible Translation Notes on this verse
I often wonder why modern evangelical Christians get their panties all in a bunch over the issue of drinking alcohol. Some even get all pissed off about the issue of drinking non-alcoholic beer for whatever reason.
Yes, I am aware of the verses…
Wine is a mocker, beer is a brawler, and whoever staggers because of them is not wise. (Proverbs 20:1 HCSB)
Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who tarry long over wine; those who go to try mixed wine. (Proverbs 23:29-30 ESV)
Abstain from all appearance of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:22 KJV)
There are many other verses that the teetotalers come along and throw out that I am not going to quote here.
Those who are 100% against drinking and call it a sin use these verses as their proof texts to make their case. They make the case that “since these are the consequences of drinking too much, we shouldn’t drink at all, and if you do, it is a sin because, obviously, the Bible says not to drink”.
I respect their stance; and I see where they are coming from. To avoid the consequences of drinking too much, it would be best to not drink at all. Ok. I can live with their arguments up to that point. But where in the Bible does it say that drinking is a sin? I am reminded of a time where Israel (God’s chosen people. And doesn’t God still choose people today?) was told to spend their money on whatever they wanted.
And before the LORD your God, in the place that he will choose, to make his name dwell there, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and flock, that you may learn to fear the LORD your God always. And if the way is too long for you, so that you are not able to carry the tithe, when the LORD your God blesses you, because the place is too far from you, which the LORD your God chooses, to set his name there, then you shall turn it into money and bind up the money in your hand and go to the place that the LORD your God chooses and spend the money for whatever you desire–oxen or sheep or wine or strong drink, whatever your appetite craves. And you shall eat there before the LORD your God and rejoice, you and your household.