Christian Moms and Wine

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Do you think it is OK for a christian wife and mother to drink a glass of wine in the evening? I am struggling with this issue and it seems difficult to find relevant scripture. I'm talking one glass, not drinking to the point of "buzzed" or drunkenness. This is in the evening, after kids are in bed, sharing with husband. Thoughts are appreciated!

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Tika - posted on 01/18/2011

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Jesus didnt turn water to wine just to sit there and look pretty! It is just like everything else in life..take in moderation.

Carla - posted on 01/17/2011

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Anything you do, you have to be fully persuaded that you are not sinning. To me, alcohol is poison, because I am a recovering alcoholic. My husband has a beer in the evening to unwind. I find nothing wrong with that. There are many, many verses about drinking, in Timothy about the qualifications for deacons and bishops. But even in the circumstance of Timothy, who was a bishop (pastor) Paul told him to drink a little wine because he was kind of a nervous guy. He told the deacons to 'not drink much wine'. In the old days there were no refrigerators, so having grape juice might have been good the first day or two, but after a couple days in their hot sun, they got wine. There is also mention of offering liquor offerings to God from the grain.

Paul says moderation, moderation, moderation in all things. It is up to us to find middle ground for our bodies and lives. Paul says don't be filled with wine, but be filled with the Spirit. What is he saying? Don't look to wine to lift your spirits (remember our actions after 6 drinks or so? We were VERY happy ;)), be filled with the Holy Spirit, He is your joy.

So, pray, honey, and ask the Lord for direction. But, my thoughts are, if you are having a glass of wine to relax with your husband, you are okay.

God bless, honey

Pat - posted on 01/20/2011

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i dont think its wrong to have a glass once in a while, but from personal experience, the once in a while turns into more frequent or even looking forward to the weekend so i can have wine. i think it can be a strong hold for most people. yes there are some who can take it or leave it, but sometimes it gets a hold on you before you know it. i went from one glass every few months to every weekend, usually a couple bottles, and i thankfully stopped that before it became a real problem. BUT i will say that with all my problems lately, that i have that little shoulder devil telling me to go get a bottle, since i need to unwind and deserve to relax.... i dont want anything but God influencing me...and whats cool is many times when i hear that voice, i also get God saying 'you dont need that, you have Me' my mother battles drinking still and i dont want to do that to my kids...better safe than sorry

Victoria - posted on 01/16/2011

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The occasional drink is not a problem, it's the person who is a drunk or dependent on even a small amount that has a problem. In biblical times they drank wine, even Jesus turned water into wine.

There are many Christians who will say no, but all I find in regards to that is the scripture that says no to put a stumbling block before someone of a weaker faith. I believe that if someone is of weak faith then we need to pray for them, but we can certainly abstain from doing the the thing they are weak in or even talking about doing it around them.

Meredith - posted on 01/28/2011

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I'm pretty sure the big rule is to avoid doing anything in excess. Enjoying a quiet, adult moment with your husband is a perfectly acceptable thing to do. It helps keep a healthy relationship with your husband alive. As parents, your primary responsibility is to each other (after God, of course) so that you support each other and provide your children with an example of a healthy marital relationship. I would even go so far as to encourage you to keep the tradition going, and don't shy away from keeping it up as the children grow or become tempted to continue to wait until they go to bed. As your children get older, it will be important for them to see that alcohol CAN be consumed (by adults) in a responsible manner. Teenagers seek out what is forbidden. Keeping something hidden can send a message that it's something you're ashamed of or something you feel you shouldn't be doing. There is absolutely nothing wrong with an adult enjoying an adult beverage in a responsible manner.

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Victoria - posted on 02/09/2011

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Amy sweetheart I hope that you have gotten enough from this thread to point you in the right Godly direction for your own life. It's always different for everyone, we are all called to different things, but you have got to be certain that it's right for you. As most have said, seek God, pray & let him lead in whichever way He chooses. Then rejoice and be glad in Him for He is God.

In say that, I feel it is best to close this thread now, thank you everyone for your input, may God bless you richly for taking the time to help a sister.

Blessings. Vxx

Carla - posted on 02/08/2011

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Thank you, Victoria. The bottom line in all this is--you MUST be fully persuaded in anything you endeavor to do. IF you feel you should not drink, don't. If you feel a glass won't hurt you, feel free!

Jesus said one time, and this is the Allaire version 'I don't know what people want. John the Baptist came eating only honey and locusts and didn't drink, and they called him crazy. I come eating and drinking, and they call Me a winebibber and a friend of publican and sinners'.

So, to you, Amy, I say pray. God will show YOU what is best for YOU.

God bless, honey

Victoria - posted on 02/07/2011

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I see lots of comments saying that the wine of Jesus' time was not like what we have today. It's true, but it's not that it was like grape juice, it was most likely stronger according to historic research, but it certainly wasn't juice. God doesn't say wine in His word and mean juice. He doesn't lie, twist His word or play games with it, if he meant juice he'd say juice, just as in a few placing in scripture he does mention juice and wine in the same sentence such as, Nu 6:3 he must abstain from wine and other fermented drink and must not drink vinegar made from wine or from other fermented drink. He must not drink grape juice or eat grapes or raisins.

Sheila - posted on 02/07/2011

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I have read enough comments to make me sick. Why are we doing or not doing the things that we do based on what everybody else thinks? The big question here is what does God think? This is something that you have to come to terms with yourself. I too, do not drink...by personal conviction and choice. I have had friends drink in my presence, and later tell me that they appreciated that I stood strong. I don't need everybody else's opinion in order to make up my own mind. When I was a teenager, my youth pastor told our youth group something that has been imbedded in my brain. It was, "What you allow in moderation, your children will embrace in excess." Is that a risk that you are willing to make? You may not drink in front of your kids, but the presence of alcohol is still there, and they will grow up and embrace it.

Something else that is bugging me about this subject is the misuse of scriptures. Yes, Jesus did turn the water into wine, but it was more like the grape juice of our day. There are several scriptures that deal with this topic, but I can't quote them off the top of my head. I know that there is one that says not to "look upon the wine when it foameth". That is after the fermentation process. The wine that everybody is so quick to quote in the Bible, was not fermented wine. The wine in the Bible was consumed because the water was not good to drink. I feel that if you are struggling with this issue, then you better seek counsel from sources that you consider to be Godly and well versed in the scriptures. Maybe the reason that you are struggling with this is because the Holy Spirit is working in this area. Please don't quench the Holy Spirit, by making excuses for why you should be ok to do it.

One last thing that I want to leave you with...The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian believers about "Christian Liberty" because they were using that as an excuse for the sins that they were committing. He wrote in there that "All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient." And later, "All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any." I think this is very relevent to this particular topic. Yes, if you are a Christian, you have the freedom to do this, but it may not be the best idea for you to do so. You may cause a weaker Christian to stumble, you could cause your own children to reject the very Gospel of Christ that you are trying to teach them...you may ruin your testimony that you may have with people in your community. All of these things are good points to consider while you are working through this dilemma that you have. I think that you should spend some time in prayer, asking God to show you His answer for this situation through His Word. It is infallible and reliable, and will not change. That is the beauty about God. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. What He said 2,000 years ago still stands and will never change.

Heather - posted on 02/07/2011

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Please google "Recovery Version" before looking into getting one. I'm not trying to start a debate, just recommending that you google it.

Emily - posted on 02/07/2011

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The relevant scripture happens to be one I read today! Look up in Exodus the history of Nadab and Abihu, sons of Aaron. They offered up strange fire to the Lord and were destroyed and it is inferred that they did this because they were drunk. Also in the Gospels, the Lord Jesus told his apostles: "Do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissoluteness, but be filled with the Holy Spirit." However, it is revealed during accounts of the Last Supper and of the wedding at Cana that Jesus himself occasionally partook of wine. Basically, as with all such questions, you must follow the leading of the Spirit that indwells you. The Recovery Version of the Bible contains fascinating footnotes on which no believer should miss out.

Linda - posted on 02/01/2011

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I decided as a teenager not to drink. I came to this conclusion based on the following analysis:
(1) The "wine" in Jesus' day was nothing like the wine of today. It would be more equivalent to a wine cooler. Basically, they stored the grape juice in concentrated jellies or pastes. Then they would mix it with as much as 8 parts water to one part wine. This was basically done because of the lack of refrigeration; the wine disinfected the water (so to speak) of bacteria. It was considered barbaric to drink the wine unmixed. That is why there are warnings to "look not upon wine when it is red." (Prov.23:31). Therefore, just because Jesus turned water into wine does not immediately lead to the conclusion that today's wine is equivalent.

(2) I had no desire for alcoholic beverages, and, in fact, detested the smell. It is also expensive. Why cultivate a taste for something which is unnecessary and where the money could better be spent elsewhere? I don't drink coffee for similar reasons--I didn't automatically like it, and it was expensive (though I do like the smell of coffee.)

(3) I saw no advantages of drinking alcohol, and I saw many disastrous consequences and ruined lives from it. It is the number one addiction in this couintry. I know some say there are health advantages to it, but they also say similar benefits are derived from grape juice. Every day we hear about drunk drivers killing innocent people, or drunks beating up their spouses.

(4) Many people have a genetic predisposition towards becoming alcoholics. Why risk it? Moreover, even if I would be fine drinking, what if my child or another child in the church saw me drinking and concluded it was fine for Christians to do? What if they became an alcoholic? I would not want to live with that. I would much rather strongly encourage my children NOT to drink, and help that along with my example.

These are the reasons why I decided I would not drink. If someone is sincerely interested in studying this topic, I would suggest John MacArther's study on the topic: http://www.biblebb.com/files/MAC/wine.ht...

I do not judge anyone else for drinking, though I would prefer Christians do not do it in front of me or in public. You never know when a fellow Christian has a problem with alcohol. That is why most protestant churches do not use it in communion. I do not think it is a sin; I know many wonderful Christians who do drink. However, each one must be convinced in his own mind what God wants him to do. I did refrain from sharing my views on this for quite a while because it was obvious that they are quite different from most of yours, and it is not my desire to create conflict within the body of Christ. However, there seemed to be much misinformation concerning the wine in the Bible. Everyone should make his/her decision based on accurate information. You should also pray about this issue and God's wisdom for you.

Alisha - posted on 02/01/2011

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I wouldn't do it but if you want to I don't think it's bad. I wouldn't do it every day or anything or drink in front of other people because that is showing them that drinking is ok in God's eyes (they may just assume that you are trying to get drunk) I'm just saying that would look bad for a woman who is hopefully trying to glorify Christ (God). So, I think if you want to drink wine at home with your husband while your children are sleeping, that is fine but being drunk or unable to care for your children if they woke up isn't fine. I don't drink and openly tell people that if they ask me, so I am like the weirdo of my family because they all drink way too much!

Janice - posted on 02/01/2011

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I read alot of the comments regarding your question about wine... We have to honor the temple of Christ which are our bodies. Heath experts and the Bible have made reference to wine for the bodys sake and do not become drunk on wine. So I beleive that if you do decide to drink wine and not do it to excess then all the power is with you. If you feel guilty for doing something you have to take it before God and truly ask specifically for a clear answer from him. I drink wine without guilt and I was raised not to drink because it was considered a sin, But as I have grown into an adult I feel that Jesus gives us the Grace to not abuse our bodies, be it food, shopping,or anything to excess. I will pray Amy that Jesus gives you a clear answer.. with love in Jesus name,, Janice

KELLIKAYZ - posted on 01/31/2011

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I personally do not think there is anything wrong with that. When it becomes a priority or something that you cannot do without, that is where the issues arise. Take a deep breath and enjoy your glass sweetie. (my wine is caffeine......and unfortunately i consume much more than a cup a day. (smile)

Tiffany - posted on 01/31/2011

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I don't see the problem with it just as long u r not drinking 2 get drunk i see no problem with it but to each it's own

Victoria - posted on 01/29/2011

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I know there are many denomination's out there that believe that it is a sin to drink any form of alcohol, mostly because they don't want to cause the weak to stumble or they are weak themselves and are scared that they won't be able to have one or two glasses of something and that's it.

God tells us not to be drinkers of much wine, not to be drunks basically, but he even tells us in one of the timothy's to take a little wine for our stomach, the communion was done with wine...............God doesn't see having the occasional glass of wine as a sin, what's a sin is if it becomes our god, if it becomes a dependency, if we drink until we're drunk, if we cause others of weaker faith to stumble, then it becomes sinful. If you are free in Christ to do such things, do so, but don't use your freedom to sin (go too far....get drunk etc...) In the same way I know many people won't eat pork because they believe it is a sin, doesn't make it so, but for them it is because they believe it to be.

Blessings, xx

Katherine - posted on 01/29/2011

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Yes please do enlighten us on why it is sinful to you. When it states in the Bible it is okay to drink. God, turned water of all things into Wine!

Jaclyn - posted on 01/28/2011

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As a christian, it isn't our life anymore. If we went by our own moral compass, we'd all be in a lot of trouble. Instead, we have to live in holiness according to Christ. I'm not bashing anyone, but I'm a bit appalled by the leniency in which people live their lives. I gave mine to Christ a long time ago. I know this isn't quite in context, but Jesus talked about how sin starts in the heart. It wasn't the act of murder that is judged solely, but the original sin of hate that took place in the heart. Likewise with this subject, I believe, as well. And James wrote that it's desires that turn to sin and sin to death. In this case I don't necessarily relate this to wine in itself, but the mentality that we can do whatever makes us feel good or to get through the day. Whatever happened to prayer to take the edge off? If you need something that bad to enjoy your day, it's probably a hindrance to your faith and walk with God. And my point earlier was that Old Testament and even references in New Testament were natural symbolisms of a spiritual reality. Samson had to be sanctified and we are all called to do the same. "Sanctify yourselves wholly". Not my opinion, it's the Word of God.

Cassie - posted on 01/28/2011

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I don't not think is right to drink at all. In my eyes it's sinful to drink at all.

Katherine - posted on 01/28/2011

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first off, :) it doesnt matter what we "think". I am not drinking now do to being pregnant but before my husband and I would have a drink together. we are both parents. we are responsible when it comes to alcohol being around our children. We normally have a drink when they are in bed. we normally have 1 - 2 drinks and we call it quits. To each thier own. Its your life. dont feel guilty for living your life becaue other christian mommies and wives dont agree.

Kimberly - posted on 01/28/2011

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I think it is ok, lots of controversy out there on this subject, some will look down on you for doing some won't, you have to decide if you are ok with it, it is ok in your heart...nothing wrong with a glass of wine or a beer, after all Jesus made wine from water right???

Marlena - posted on 01/28/2011

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Dear Amy,
I have to ask you why you are struggling with this issue. You have a view on it. It is not unbiblical. However, if your husband is an alcoholic and you drink in front of him then he could stumble and that would be against what God wants for your life. If you are uncomfortable because others have something to say about it, don't tell people your business and that will stop. If God is convicting your heart, nothing anyone can say here will help you, it is between you and God. Otherwise, enjoy a glass of wine.
I don't drink any alcohol out of personal conviction and because my husband asks me not to. There is not anything in the Bible that says you can't, just not to consumption.
Hope that helps.
Marlena Jo

Tanya - posted on 01/28/2011

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I think it is okay to have a glass or two.... It's not that you are drinking wine,It is how much you drink....

Dawn - posted on 01/28/2011

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yes, I think it is ok. the Bible doesn't say not to drink, it just says don't drink to the point of being drunk.

Amber - posted on 01/27/2011

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I used to thinking drinking was awful, cause what I saw of it when I was younger was the awfulness in brought out in people. However, in my older years, I've learned a person can have a glass of wine, be normal and responsible and still be good people. So, absolutely! I say enjoy it! You are not destroying yourself or others. Enjoy!

Julie - posted on 01/27/2011

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Jesus' first miracle was what...? (turning water into wine)
How do we know it was alcoholic-type wine...?
Why does scripture tell us to "be not drunk with wine..."
A glad each evening is great - science has proven it is even good for us!
CHEERS sister!
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Tanya - posted on 01/27/2011

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I really want to say, "Are you kidding?" but I don't know your background. In our house there is at least 3 bottles of wine consumed per week. Nobody is drunk, my son sees us drinking (he's 2), and it is a normal part of sharing a meal with extended family or just between my husband and myself. But we also don't feel any guilt or conviction over the issue either. If you do, then perhaps for you it isn't right. For me, I can only say that God help me if I couldn't have a glass of red wine to unwind after some days. And I am a committed Christian mom and woman.

Rebekah - posted on 01/27/2011

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Okay seeing as Jesus turned water into wine (and he was God -in the flesh), do not see where God has a problem with 1 or 2 drinks here or there. I am glad you posted this as it caused me to look up some scriptures. Ephesians 5:18 says Do not get DRUNK on wine but be filled with the Holy Spirit. This scripture is saying that if you are drunk, then you are being controlled by something other than the Holy Spirit and that is wrong. It does not say that you should never have a drink. 1 Timothy 3 is talking about leaders of the Church. In vs.3 it states that he must not be given to drunkeness-not that he can't ever have a drink. In Judges 13 begins the story of Samson. He was called by God to be a Nazarite (maybe you have heard of The Nazarte Vow). That meant that 1(He could not drink any fermented drink,2)He ws not to touch anything that was dead, and 3)He was not to cut his hair. This was a special calling by God, and not the norm. So as you can see from scripture, there is nowhere that says NO DRINKING. .

Cameryn_nc - posted on 01/26/2011

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The Psalms include thanksgiving for alcohol as it gladdens men's hearts, as well as the other references given above. So, yes, from a scriptural standpoint, it is permissible.

However, you may feel a conviction to abstain, as some others have above (when it's personal, it's a conviction; when it's pressed on someone else, it's legalism). Only you and your husband can decide that. Like most here, I indulge in a social drink occasionally--the Bible is clear about drunkenness. Like many others, I come from an alcoholic background, but I my husband and I view that more as sin than a disease, so I don't think it predisposes me to alcoholism.

B - posted on 01/26/2011

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Im a Christian and I think it's perfectly fine...I've even had doctors tell me that one glass of red wine a day, helps your heart. The Bible talks about moderation so I say, as long as you're not getting WASTED, and you're with your Husband in your own house, girl enjoy yourself! I wish me and my Husband could get along enough to sit down and have a sip of wine and relax but that's another story...lol

Ericka - posted on 01/26/2011

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Lets keep it simple. Not a sin to have wine. Period. The Bible does not tell you not to drink. It tells you not to get drunk. Next, if to YOU wine is a sin, than it is a sin to YOU. Whenever you personally view something as a sin against God even if the scripture says it is ok than it is sin. If you want the scriptural answer there is no problem. The rest will have to do with your heart. Are you feeling guilty or is someone making you feel this way? If it is YOU than don't do it. Blessings honey. I am a Biblical Studies Major. There is nothing wrong

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We have discussed this many times in Bible study and Bible school. One of the best answers I found was it depends on you. Do you have a problem with drinking. Do you have an addictive personality? Will this become sin for you? If the answer is no and you and your husband are enjoying a glass of wine together to relax and talk then no it's not a sin. We are told not get drunk. I personally drink about a third of a glass because more than that makes me tipsy. I know my limits and I have no problem stopping there and not having another drink for a month. Don't misread me here I love wine. I even like going to wineries. Once I came to know the Lord I stopped drinking to the point of tipsy becuase I realized it was a sin. Follow your heart because there is where you will know if you are sinning or not. God bless ♥

Monique - posted on 01/26/2011

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I feel there is nothing wrong with a simple glass of wine in the evenings. Not only is it beneficial healthwise, but the Bible does tell us Jesus turned water into wine. It never says we as Christian cannot drink, what it says it don't overendulge or become drunken with wine. So go ahead & have a glass if you so desire, no repentance or feeling down is needed for doing so. I personally don't drink, because of my illness (Sickle Cell Anemia) that requires me to take strong pain medications. But i have on certain occasions had a small glass when i wasn't taking medication. Hope this helps you!

Heather - posted on 01/26/2011

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For years I was a teetotaler -- not for religious reasons but for personal (family history) reasons. Once I realized I liked wine (the sweet stuff!) for the taste, not for the buzzed feeling I actually hoped to avoid, I allow myself a glass every now and then, about 1-2x/month.

Some denominations actively drink, some tell you to lay off the stuff entirely. Personally I think God would never want you to do something that harms your body. Like every parent, He wants us to be healthy. :) So if you can drink without harming your body -- and studies do show that drinking in moderation can be healthful -- I say why not? ;)

Mpalitang - posted on 01/26/2011

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As long as you are ok with it and it's not an addiction or drinking to "feel" something, you're fine. I'm involved with the Celkebrate Recovery group at my church (Christian version of AA). I'm not an acoholic myself, I'm there for other reasons, but I've been around enough to know that it could be a poison for someone and then be fine for others. Just like an addiction to soda or food (yes, there are food addicts). If you are drinking the wine because you enjoying the wine itself and not the effects, then you are fine... I myself have a couple glass and a few beers during the week with my dh after the kids are in bed!

Amanda - posted on 01/26/2011

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Yes one or two wont enterfere with your christian life, god drank wine, as long as your not drunk its find, I find the need for it sometimes, besides all wine is grape juice with a little alcohol, also the drinking of gods blood which is suppose to be wine and the breaking bread, I dont really drink anymore except for half or whole glass of barefoot wine which is sweet and thats all for me and I do this once in awhile, besides this is a new age and its hard enough to deal with already and being reminded about the old days is not helping (my inlaws freak when they hear it), and the kids aren't getting any easier, atleast not my 6yr old son, I hope this helps!!

Karen - posted on 01/26/2011

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hello! a drink in the evening occasionally with your husband is fine scripturally. The Bible doesn't say don't drink, it says don't be drunk! A glass with a meal or in the evening is fine..it is the 3rd through 12th glass that is non scriptural and harmful.

Jessica - posted on 01/25/2011

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It's not a sin if your well-intentioned interpretation is that it's not. Different things are wrong for different people; if the Bible doesn't specifically say it's a sin, then you're supposed to rely on whatever it does say and interpret it the best you can. The Bible says that if you think it's wrong and you do it, then it is wrong; but if you don't know that it is wrong and you do it, then you're not sinning. Or something like that. THIS OBVIOUSLY DOESN'T APPLY TO THINGS LIKE MURDER, LYING, AND HOMOSEXUALITY! Those are all specifically said to be against God's law.
My interpretation is that drinking any amount of any alcohol is okay as long as the intent and result are not drunkenness.

Leslie - posted on 01/25/2011

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I do agree with you on that, pray about it. If you are feeling this convicted about that you are searching for answers there may be more tot he whole glass of wine that what we all realize.

Michele - posted on 01/25/2011

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I think that a glass of wine is perfectly fine! The Bible says to not get drunk with wine...not don't ever drink any. Besides, Jesus turned water into wine...why would he do that if it wasn't ok to drink it?
Just my opinion, hope this helps L(

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From what I remember studying in the past. The wine in Jesus' day had a much lower alcohol content.

Personally i like half a glass of wine, with low alcohol content, every now and then but my husband will drink a bottle to himself no problem. Because this is a stumbling block to him I no longer drink.

Head the warning of Proverbs 20:1: “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise."

Lesli - posted on 01/25/2011

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I have my personal opinions about it that differ from what some others here have to say. I'd say pray about and see what the Lord is leading you to do. He wants to speak to you on all matters- ask, read the word and pray and He will reveal His will for you.

Leslie - posted on 01/24/2011

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The Bible does not forbid us from drinking, it clear states these things are to be done in moderation...a glass after the kids are in bed no problem unless you have to have it like it is an addiction.

Shirley - posted on 01/24/2011

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no. Ask the Lord to remove that "temptation". I'm sure there is something else you can drink and still enjoy time with your hubby.

Carla - posted on 01/24/2011

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@Jaclyn--I do not wish this to become a debate, but I felt I needed to clarify your statement which is found in Colossians 2:20: 'Wherefore it ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body, not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.'



Paul is telling us NOT to follow the old traditions of Men, which have no bearing on following Christ. He said we are free from the old customs and traditions, and follow Jesus with moderation. I respect everyone's opinions here, I, myself, do not drink, because of the very reason Pat talked about--I was a drunk. But we were called into the Liberty that is Christ Jesus, and we are to follow the example Paul set before us. Religion is bondage--Christ is freeing. I don't want to see anyone not understand totally what the Holy Spirit has said to us through Paul, so I felt the need to respond.



God bless, all

Lori - posted on 01/24/2011

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I think a glass of wine is fine as Heather stated- it mentions wine a lot in the bible- Jesus turned water into wine. I have also heard the belief that wine in the bible was grape juice but I do not believe that because it mentions do not get drunk with too much wine and other references that wine can make people drunk so if it was just grape juice it would not be able to make people drunk. However, Amy if you are struggling with the decision, then maybe you should not drink it but my personal opinion is it is OK.

Jaclyn - posted on 01/24/2011

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Two additional things to think about: 1. Those given to the Lord in a natural sense in the Bible were not to have any wine or strong drink, for purity sake. We can take that into the spiritual and preserve our bodies fully for use of God. Not just in drinking, I try to constantly watch that I'm not just doing something to satisfy my flesh. 2. Scripture warns us to Touch not, taste not, handle not. Sometimes a small thing can led to and/or become something much bigger. We're warned not to make any room for sin. I'm not to judge what's sin or not, but as for me and my husband, we don't want to even brush against sin (in this case, drunkenness). Be blessed!

Cassandra - posted on 01/24/2011

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There are alot of good responses and advice on here! As a christian mother and wife AND youth sponsor at our church, I will occasionally have a drink at night after the kids are put to sleep and my husband and I are enjoying each others company. As everyone has mentioned its about how you feel about it and of course moderation. Just pray on it and I know God will direct you to the right choice for you and your family. God bless!

Jodie - posted on 01/24/2011

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I have the occasional drink amongst family members.Ive always felt that its important to be able to be free to have a drink, and that i should teach my children to drink wisely. That people should be ware of how alchol affects them physically and mentally and spiritually, and in knowing this, make a decision about whether it is ok for them to partake. I also think the bible is fairly clear about the positives n negatives of alchol, and leaves the choice up to the individual. I feel its important not to be a stumbling block to others, so I dont go out to drink at all. I may have a wine at an important celebration, but only one. And usually, I will only have alchol in the company of those I know are mature enough to not misinterpret my consumption etc. I have no problem with having a glass in the privacy of your own home with your partner or alone. Its all about having wisdom i guide your choices.

Sonya - posted on 01/23/2011

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That has to be a personal choice between you and your husband. I grew up with an alcoholic father and detest alcohol. My husband and I struggle with the fact that he drinks 2 beers each night after he gets home from work. And he doesnt get home til after midnight. It is not a sin to drink but if it offends someone it could be considered a sin. I had heard many years ago from Bill Gothard that what parents do in moderation children will do in excess. May the Lord Bless you and your family.

Frances M - posted on 01/23/2011

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Throughout scripture people are told to have ferminted drink at their celebrations. Paul said a little wine is good for us. The medical profession after long term studies say women should have a small glass of wine with or right after dinner each day & men can have up to 2 glasses each day.
1 Tim 5:23 No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach's sake and your frequent infirmities.

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