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Faith Filled Friday: Have a Beer

August 24, 2018

Recently an article came around on Facebook about a church that bought an old brewery. The California pastor plans to get the brewery functional so parishioners can order a pint and pray. He said that there was nothing in the Bible that says you can’t drink in a responsible manner.
Being a Christian, I don’t drink except for an occasional glass of wine. My occasional is about once every year or two. It’s my understanding that years ago wine was safer to drink than water because fresh clean water was not readily available.
The word beer is not mentioned in the Bible; however, is not beer a strong drink? How many you can drink before feeling a bit wobbly and woozy? The amount will vary between each individual.
I can just hear the parishioner’s excuse who gets stopped by the police after the Sunday morning service. “But officer, I only had two beers during the church service. I thought since it was holy beer I wouldn’t get drunk.”
I looked up in the Bible variations on the word “drink,” surprised to see so many. There were several that stood out. The very first one stood out the loudest.
Leviticus 10:9 – Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die; it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations.
Numbers 6:3 says: He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink…
Proverbs 20:1 has: Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging; and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise;
Personally, I found Isaiah 28:7-8 to describe a somewhat humorous situation. The priests and the prophets were drunk with wine and strong drink, and could not perform their duties. As if that were not bad enough, their place was covered in vomit and filth.
Most importantly, Ephesians 5:18 tell us to not be drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the spirit.
Even if you are convinced you can handle your liquor, you still have to be careful of the example you set for others. Romans 14:21 and 1 Corinthians 5:11 tell us that it is not good to do anything that could cause our brother to stumble, or be offended, or be made weak.
Here is the link if you would like to read the article.
Beer and Bible readings: Church plans to open brewery, serve during service

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