Is Drunkenness or Alcoholism a Sin?
Is drunkenness a sin? Will alcoholism pull your feet to hell? Is it a sin to get drunk?
Before we answer those intriguing questions, let us define first what drunkenness is and what alcoholism is. Drunkenness, or being drunk (also known as alcohol intoxication), is a physiological state occurring when a person has a high level of ethanol in its bloodstream, or when ethanol otherwise causes the physiological effect known as drunkenness. Alcoholism (alcohol dependence), a disabling addictive disorder, is characterized by compulsive and uncontrolled consumption of alcohol despite its negative effects on the drinker’s health, relationships, and social standing.
So is drunkenness a sin? Yes it is a sin. But drinking a little wine is not. In fact the Bible tells us to drink a little wine for a healthy stomach and prevention of frequent ailments.
1 Timothy 5:23 (NKJV)
No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities.
However, we must be careful and must practice extra self-control not to drink too much wine, not to get drunk and not to be addicted to it. In spiritual words, we must live spiritually and not be tempted by physical vices, such as drunkenness which causes violence, lose of self-discipline, physical weakness and diseases, et cetera.
Galatians 5:16-18 (NKJV)
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Galatians 5:19-22 (NKJV)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
We must avoid drunkenness, for drunkards will not inherent the kingdom of God. Instead, we must be consistently faithful and watchful until the Day of the coming of Christ.
Galatians 5:19-21 (NKJV)
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Luke 21:34 (NKJV)
“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.
Romans 13:13-14 (NKJV)
Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
We must not become drunkards, for they have weak bodies and they will inherit poverty.
Proverbs 23:20-21 (NKJV)
Do not mix with winebibbers,
Or with gluttonous eaters of meat;
For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,
And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.
We must preserve ourselves and our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. We must keep it away from drunkenness, violence, disease and wickedness.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (NKJV)
Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
Romans 12:1 (NKJV)
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
Finally, we must take care of our body and keep it away from impurities. A little wine will keep us healthy and have a body presentable to God. But an abuse of wine will destroy our body, as well as our spirits and soul. Thus, we need to always exercise self-control and present ourselves as pure offerings to the Lord.