How do you feel about drinking?

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My husband & I are both new Christians (5 yrs). My husband loves beer, he is actually a little obsessed with it. He has his own very large, very expensive home brew system. So, he makes his own beer & wine. His dream is to own a brewery. I like beer too. Neither of us drink enough to make us drunk, those days are over. Not only because we have children, but because we feel it a sin to alter your mind & being. No getting drunk & no drugs... We know a lot of other Christians that don't drink AT ALL. We don't think they judge us for it, but who knows....What do you think about it.?

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Daphne - posted on 03/17/2010

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Dear Shanon, The Bible says do not drink to a stupor, not do not drink at all. I take a little a beer sometimes and my husband drinks also but not to the extend of getting drunk. lol. If I judge you that makes me a hypocrite and the same also for those who do it secretely. The Bible does not condemn u. But it is better to avoid it completely in public because of the weak ones in Christ. As per your husband's intention to make beer and wine; I'll advise he puts the beer production aside and go into wine production only. This is to avoid excess drinking by patronisers. The more beers there are in the market the more affordable it becomes.

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I wanted to add that there are quite a few people at my church that enjoy the occasional drink, but because we also have quite a few sober alcoholics in our church.... no church function ever has any amount of alcohol present because the people that don't have a problem w/ alcohol don't want to be a stumbling block for those that do. :)

Amy - posted on 03/15/2010

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I think you are doing just fine! I love a glass of wine or a margarita every now and then. Drinking alcohol is actually encouraged; drunkenness is forbidden! It's great that you have a hobby you enjoy, and something to share with your friends. As long as you aren't hosting drunken parties, I'm pretty sure God is glad you are enjoying some of the gifts he's given you!

Sierra - posted on 03/12/2010

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I found this scripture... Do not get drunk with wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18..Kind of sums it up! haha. I personally would say no to beer because it doesn't serve any purpose but alters your mind and makes us behave differently. Wine, aside from the sugar in it, has a lot of antioxidants and is good for your heart (I'm not trying to rationalize drinking lol) so I would say it might be better than beer if one would choose to drink. I also remember reading somewhere a long time ago in the Bible about Jesus saying that we shouldn't judge a man who chooses not to eat meat even though he said it's now clean to eat...And that if a person believes in their heart it's wrong and chooses not to do something, we shouldn't judge them and say no that it's ok to drink etc bc it would be a sin for them. No one can speak for you and for what your heart thinks is right..just pray to God and if he convicts you to not drink anything at all, then that's what you should do.and not base it solely off of what others may think. That's who we should all ask for our answers because he's the one who ultimately judges us :). Hope it helps! I'm still trying to figure this one out too! haha

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Dawn - posted on 01/28/2011

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your husband sounds like mine. We drink some, but again we don't get drunk. besides being Christians and the Bible teaching being drunk is wrong. neither one of us like being sick the next day. I wouldn't worry so much about what other think, because in the end it is between you and God. We are taught not to judge lest we will be judged.

Janelle - posted on 03/18/2010

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abusing the alcohol (or anything really) is sin.....drinking is not a sin....but if drinking causes you to sin (lie, steal, rape, cheat, abuse, whatever) then it is wrong. also as PPs have said if it causes someone else to sin, then its wrong. i see nothing wrong with a drink here or there, do i personally drink beer no i don't like it don't like the taste or smell, but thats me personally.

S - posted on 03/18/2010

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Interesting responses, I love the ladies on here.
My husband used to drink quite a bit, he would fix a drink immediately every day when he got home from work. I prayed about it and restricted my own drinking and over time he also cut his drinking drastically. I thank God completely for this since I know it's something he's been doing for years--just all of a sudden he really cut back.
I don't think it's a problem to drink as long as you are not drinking to get drunk and then I think it is the impaired judgment which can lead to sin that is the problem.

Autumn - posted on 03/16/2010

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there is nothing wrong with a celebratory drink... but everything in moderation...

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I don't drink and am extremely uncomfortable around any amount of alcohol, but that is my own personal conviction. If you don't share that same conviction then I think as long as you aren't getting drunk that a little occaional consumption is probably fine.

Jill - posted on 03/16/2010

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it's amazing how God can change your desire for something... my husband and i used to drink... not to get drunk but socially... when we became born again.. our desire to drink disappeared... we have alcohol in the house but don;t have any desire to drink it... i can't tell you the last time i had a sip.... i have not stopped drinking .. i just don't have a desire to... pray for your husband.. that his desire to drink will decrease... God is a miracle worker...he can change your husbands behavior if you pray for him....

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Beer in and of itself is not a sin. The abuse of beer (alcohol) is a sin. Alcohol is one of those things that you can have 1 or 2 and it not effect you. Drugs will effect you right away so yes, it's definately a sin to use drugs because you are right, anything that is altering your mind and being is wrong.

Drinking 1 or 2, now and then, is not sin, BUT for someone else it could be. Let me explain.

If I was an alcoholic for many years and then became saved, I probably would not feel right drinking, not even one. So for me, it would be a sin.

The Bible says that ANYTHING you feel is wrong in your heart, and you do it anyway, is a sin.

Also, we who know there really isn't anything wrong with alcohol, we are still to respect the person who feels it is and not drink it around them as to offend them or make opportunity for them to drink too.

Does that make sense?

Cori - posted on 03/14/2010

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I agree with the ladies on here. Fine in moderation. My husband and I don't drink very often but when we get to go out for a date we often will get a beer or drink. I'm glad to say I've never been drunk though. We also don't drink in front of friends that feel it is a sin.

Victoria - posted on 03/12/2010

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Martie is absolutely correct, there are those who have addictive personalities, have suffered from alcoholism and such. As with those of weaker faith, we should never put a stumbling block before them either. Our principles should always line up with the word of God, and then after that we can choose what works for our lives. If we choose to enjoy freedoms God allows us, we should go ahead, if it is something that will cause us or others to stumble and sin we should refrain.

Darcel - posted on 03/12/2010

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I'll have sip the champane for the toast at the wedding, and I'll drink the complamentary glass of wine at the resturant for our wedding anniversary, so I can't say that I never drink. But it is usually a special occasion.

One of my ministers was a bartender before the Lord saved him. Because of his history as a bartender he is a witness to how "a glass of wine with dinner becomes a bottle of wine for dinner." So he preaches that we should not touch any liquor because that is inviting another burden in your life to overcome. That drinking a glass of wine may not be sin, but why give yourself the chance to sin?

I understand his point but I can't say I am in 100% agreement yet. When I was younger I wouldn't drink while wishing I could have a glass of wine because "my minister said not to." As I got older I realized that was stupid. So one day I had a glass of wine and it was tasty and no big deal. Now I'll have a glass for special events, but usually I have no problems getting sparkling cider or orange juice instead.

Martie - posted on 03/12/2010

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I don't drink, but I don't judge people who do. My reasons are more from experience than scripture. My husband and I have counseled so many people whoses lives have been broken from alcoholor alcohol in their family. I think alcoholism is somewhat genetic predispostion and some in personality. Those who have a genetic predisposition can easily be addicted by a few drinks. There are also some people that have addictive personalities. It may be food gambling etc. I am not judging in anyway just saying my heart..but I don't want it on my conscience that one of these types of people started drinking because of me. All of life with the Lord is balance. I think each of us have to go before the Lord and find our principles for life and out of HIs Word. Then it is between us and the Lord. We need wise advisors also. What I am saying is that my life principles may be different than yours and that's ok.

Victoria - posted on 03/12/2010

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I totally agree with Heather a little drink every now and then is just fine, as it says in 1Timothy, USE a little, it doesn't say abuse it a little or a lot.

However if it's a stumbling block for somebody elses faith then we shouldn't put it before them. For instance, my husband and I can freely have a glass of wine every once in a while, but we have friends who believe that it is a sin, therefore we never offer it to them, drink it in front of them, or even talk about it with them as they are not free in this area.

1Co 8:9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling-block to the weak.

Heather - posted on 03/12/2010

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1 Timothy 5:23

No longer drink water exclusively, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.



Jesus drank wine. We are not to get drunk, but a little alcohol is good for you. There was some commercial or something years ago about drinking wine is good for your heart I think? It also helps kill germs. My old roommate use to make me this tea mixture with tea, lemon, and some kind of alcohol that kicked my illness every time!

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