When it comes to whether a Christian can drink alcohol, the Bible couldn’t be clearer or more direct. There is no Scripture that says that it’s a sin to drink alcohol.
It’s not a sin to drink alcohol.
Psalm 104:15 says that God made “wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine and bread to strengthen man’s heart.” And in Ecclesiastes 9:7, we’re admonished to “go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.”
It’s not a sin for a Christian to drink alcohol. However, a Christian can drink alcohol under these three conditions.
1. A Christian can drink alcohol if alcohol addiction isn’t a trap.
“No one starts out to be an alcoholic,” writes Barry Cameron in “Can a Christian Drink Alcohol?” “Everyone begins with a defensive attitude saying, ‘I’m just a social drinker and there is nothing wrong with it!’ No one says, ‘It is my ambition that someday I want to lose my job, my health, my self-respect, my marriage and my family. Someday I want to be dependent on alcohol to get through my day.’”
If you come from a family that’s had generation after generation impacted by alcoholism, drinking alcohol could be a trap for you. Challenges with addiction have ravaged families. Alcohol addiction can be a trap for people who have this tendency. The Bible warns in Luke 21:34: “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.”
2. A Christian can drink alcohol if doing so won’t cause someone to stumble.
Galatians 5:13 says, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”
Yes, we have freedom but we shouldn’t always use that freedom—especially when it could potentially hurt a weaker brother or sister in Christ. Romans 14:21-22 directs, “It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall. So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves.”
3. A Christian can drink alcohol in moderation—and not to get drunk.
The Bible warns against drunkenness. 1 Peter 4:3 says, “For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries.”
What do you think? Are there other reasons that a Christian can—or cannot—drink alcohol? Post in the comments below.