50 Bible Reasons Why Pastors Should Preach Against Drinking Alcohol

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Is it ever appropriate to drink fermented beverages like wine, beer, hard liquor, etc.? Is there Biblical foundation for the social drinker? Did God ever condone this? These are all valid questions that people have. Like many pastors, I have been guilty of just preaching against something without much consideration of thoughtful explanation. This post seeks to provide just that… a document that will help one come to a Biblical position. I will let this post speak for itself.

Although many good men in the last many years, who were at one time opposed to drinking alcohol, have now come out in support of it. (In moderation and such.) I should be careful to remind you that man may change his position, for various reasons, but God does not change. It is very important that whatever position we take on a particular issue, that we build it upon a Biblical foundation! Listed below are 50 Bible references to the subject of alcohol in the Bible. There are various Bible terms for the fermented beverage, as well as for those who enjoy its taste. Many more verses and thoughts could be provided, but the 50 below should help us gain a Biblical perspective on the issue.

50 Bible Reasons Why Pastors Should 
Preach Against Drinking Alcohol
  1. First Impression… Wickedness Is Associated! Genesis 9:20-26Genesis 9:20-26
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    20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: 21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. 23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness. 24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. 25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. 26 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. his servant: or, servant to them  

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    First Biblical case of drunkenness and the accompanying behavior.
  2. Used As A Wicked Tool! Genesis 19:30-38Genesis 19:30-38
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    30 And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters. 31 And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth: 32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. 33 And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. 34 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. 35 And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. 36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father. 37 And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day. 38 And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.  

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    Lot is drunk and commits incest with his own daughters. He probably would not have done this had he been sober. However, if it were not for the New Testament reference of 2 Peter 2:72 Peter 2:7
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    7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:  

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    , then we would not consider Lot to be saved; but he was. This should serve to warn all believers.
  3. Hinders Good Decision Making! Genesis 27:25Genesis 27:25
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    25 And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son's venison, that my soul may bless thee. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat: and he brought him wine, and he drank.  

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    Isaac was drinking wine when he blessed Jacob, thus causing a huge mess. God brought some good in spite of it.
  4. Commanded Not To Drink! Leviticus 10:9Leviticus 10:9
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    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:  

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    Plain command. No way to escape this here.
  5. Abstaining Brings Leadership Opportunity! Numbers 6:3Numbers 6:3
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    3 He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried.  

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    Relates part of the vow of a Biblical Nazarite.
  6. Leads To Other Sins! Deuteronomy 21:20Deuteronomy 21:20
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    20 And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.  

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    Drinking leads to many other sins; including dishonoring your parents.
  7. Sure Way To Have A Closer Walk With God! Deuteronomy 29:2-6Deuteronomy 29:2-6
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    2 And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them, Ye have seen all that the LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt unto Pharaoh, and unto all his servants, and unto all his land; 3 The great temptations which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those great miracles: 4 Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day. 5 And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot. 6 Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or strong drink: that ye might know that I am the LORD your God.  

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    Complete abstinence from drinking is the best pathway to a closer walk with the Lord.  
  8. Abstinence Helps When Pregnant! Judges 13:4Judges 13:4
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    4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing:  

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    , Judges 13:7Judges 13:7
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    7 But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.  

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    , Judges 13:14Judges 13:14
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    14 She may not eat of any thing that cometh of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing: all that I commanded her let her observe.  

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    The Bible records the truth about the need of abstinence from drinking while pregnant. This was also a case of the child being a Nazarite. 
  9. Hannah’s Example Of Abstinence! 1 Samuel 1:14-151 Samuel 1:14-15
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    14 And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee. 15 And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD. of a sorrowful...: Heb. hard of spirit  

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    An example of a God honoring mother, Hanna abstained from drinking. 
  10. Drinking Can Lead To A Premature Death! 1 Samuel 25:33, 11 Samuel 25:33, 1
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    33 And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand. 25 1 And Samuel died; and all the Israelites were gathered together, and lamented him, and buried him in his house at Ramah. And David arose, and went down to the wilderness of Paran.  

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    Samuel 25:36-38 Nabal died after a drunken spree. Drinking, no doubt, played a role in his death like so many today.
  11. Only Way For King David To Manipulate Uriah! 2 Samuel 11:132 Samuel 11:13
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    13 And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house.  

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    How strong drink can loosen up peoples morals!
  12. Murder Was The Result Of A Drunken Brawl! 2 Samuel 13:28-292 Samuel 13:28-29
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    28 Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Mark ye now when Amnon's heart is merry with wine, and when I say unto you, Smite Amnon; then kill him, fear not: have not I commanded you? be courageous, and be valiant. have...: or, will you not, since I have commanded you? valiant: Heb. sons of valour 29 And the servants of Absalom did unto Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king's sons arose, and every man gat him up upon his mule, and fled. gat...: Heb. rode  

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    The result of Absalom’s plot.
  13. Getting Drunk Can Bring Tragedy! 1 Kings 16:8-101 Kings 16:8-10
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    8 In the twenty and sixth year of Asa king of Judah began Elah the son of Baasha to reign over Israel in Tirzah, two years. 9 And his servant Zimri, captain of half his chariots, conspired against him, as he was in Tirzah, drinking himself drunk in the house of Arza steward of his house in Tirzah. steward...: Heb. which was over 10 And Zimri went in and smote him, and killed him, in the twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned in his stead.  

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    A king is susceptible to being killed because he is drunk.   
  14. Wrecks Homes And Divides Families! Esther 1:5-22Esther 1:5-22
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    5 And when these days were expired, the king made a feast unto all the people that were present in Shushan the palace, both unto great and small, seven days, in the court of the garden of the king's palace; present: Heb. found 6 Where were white, green, and blue, hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble: the beds were of gold and silver, upon a pavement of red, and blue, and white, and black, marble. blue, hangings: or, violet, etc of red...: or, of porphyre, and marble and alabaster, and stone of blue colour 7 And they gave them drink in vessels of gold, and royal wine in abundance, according to the state of the king. royal...: Heb. wine of the kingdom state: Heb. hand 8 And the drinking was according to the law; none did compel: for so the king had appointed to all the officers of his house, that they should do according to every man's pleasure. 9 Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal house which belonged to king Ahasuerus. 10 On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king, chamberlains: or, eunuchs 11 To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on. fair...: Heb. good of countenance 12 But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king's commandment by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him. by his...: Heb. which was by the hand of his eunuchs 13 Then the king said to the wise men, which knew the times, (for so was the king's manner toward all that knew law and judgment: 14 And the next unto him was Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Media, which saw the king's face, and which sat the first in the kingdom;) 15 What shall we do unto the queen Vashti according to law, because she hath not performed the commandment of the king Ahasuerus by the chamberlains? What...: Heb. What to do 16 And Memucan answered before the king and the princes, Vashti the queen hath not done wrong to the king only, but also to all the princes, and to all the people that are in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus. 17 For this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes, when it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she came not. 18 Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and Media say this day unto all the king's princes, which have heard of the deed of the queen. Thus shall there arise too much contempt and wrath. 19 If it please the king, let there go a royal commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it be not altered, That Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto another that is better than she. If it...: Heb. If it be good with the king unto...: Heb. unto her companion from him: Heb. from before him be not...: Heb. pass not away 20 And when the king's decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his empire, all the wives shall give to their husbands honour, both to great and small. 21 And the saying pleased the king and the princes; and the king did according to the word of Memucan: pleased...: Heb. was good in the eyes of the king 22 For he sent letters into all the king's provinces, into every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language, that every man should bear rule in his own house, and that it should be published according to the language of every people. that it...: Heb. that one should publish it according to the language of his people  

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    King Ahasuerus tries to subject his wife to a terrible thing while he and his friends are drunk. 
  15. People Are Often Caught Unawares To Their Immediate Circumstances! Job 1:18-19Job 1:18-19
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    18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: 19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. from...: Heb. from aside, etc  

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    Job’s children caught in a deadly cyclone. 
  16. Violence Often Associated! Proverbs 4:17Proverbs 4:17
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    17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.  

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  17. Foolish Men Indulge! Proverbs 20:1Proverbs 20:1
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    20 1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.  

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  18. Leads To Poverty! Proverbs 21:17Proverbs 21:17
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    17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich. pleasure: or, sport  

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    , Proverbs 23:21Proverbs 23:21
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    21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.  

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  19. The Human Body Rebels From Drinking! Proverbs 23:7-8Proverbs 23:7-8
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    7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. 8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.  

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  20. Brings Enormous Hurt And Self-Inflicted Wounds! Proverbs 23:29-30Proverbs 23:29-30
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    29 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? 30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.  

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  21. Warned Against Intoxicants! Proverbs 23:31Proverbs 23:31
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    31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.  

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  22. Brings Harm For Sure! Proverbs 23:32Proverbs 23:32
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    32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. an...: or, a cockatrice  

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  23. Creates The Opportunity For Willful Sin To Take Place! Proverbs 23:33Proverbs 23:33
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    33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.  

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  24. Fills Minds With Impure Thoughts! Proverbs 23:33Proverbs 23:33
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    33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.  

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  25. Is A Companion Of Insecurity! Proverbs 23:34Proverbs 23:34
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    34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. the midst...: Heb. the heart of the sea  

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  26. Leaves One Irrational In Their Thinking And Actions! Proverbs 23:35Proverbs 23:35
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    35 They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again. I felt...: Heb. I knew it not  

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  27. One Drink Leads To Another! Proverbs 23:35Proverbs 23:35
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    35 They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again. I felt...: Heb. I knew it not  

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    Habit forming to say the least! The drunk never set out to be a sot when he first sipped the poison!
  28. Hinders The Leadership Of Those In Authority! Proverbs 31:4-5Proverbs 31:4-5
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    4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: 5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted. prevert: Heb. alter of any...: Heb. of all the sons of affliction  

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  29. Only Used As A Medicine And for Those At Point Of Death! Proverbs 31:6-7Proverbs 31:6-7
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    6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. of...: Heb. bitter of soul 7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.  

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    Better anesthetics are used now to minimize the harmful effects of drinking.
  30. Blessing Are Promised To Individuals And Groups Of People Who Abstain! Ecclesiastes 10:17Ecclesiastes 10:17
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    17 Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!  

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  31. Woe To The Drinkers! Isaiah 5:11-12Isaiah 5:11-12
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    11 Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them! inflame: of, pursue 12 And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands.  

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    , Isaiah 5:22Isaiah 5:22
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    22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:  

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  32. Drinking And Carnality Are Bedfellows! Isaiah 22:13Isaiah 22:13
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    13 And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.  

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  33. Drink Is Bitter To The Drinker! Isaiah 24:9Isaiah 24:9
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    9 They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.  

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  34. Errors Are Made By Spiritual Leaders When Drunk! Isaiah 28:7Isaiah 28:7
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    7 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.  

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  35. Drinking Brings Spiritual Blindness! Isaiah 28:7Isaiah 28:7
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    7 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.  

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  36. Priests Are Not To Drink! Ezekiel 44:21Ezekiel 44:21
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    21 Neither shall any priest drink wine, when they enter into the inner court.  

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  37. Leaders Who Drink Enable Others To Drink! Daniel 5:1Daniel 5:1
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    5 1 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand.  

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    Belshazzar is a great example of this!
  38. Women Are Often Degraded By Drinking… Will Participants Or Not! Hosea 3:1Hosea 3:1
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    3 1 Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine. of wine: Heb. of grapes  

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  39. Drunken People Are Usually Awakened Out Of A Sleep! Joel 1:5Joel 1:5
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    5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.  

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    Needs no further explanation.
  40. Can Bring Pollution To Innocent Parties! Amos 2:12Amos 2:12
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    12 But ye gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, saying, Prophesy not.  

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    People are misled by those who lead from error.
  41. Drinking Inflates Arrogance! Habakkuk 2:5Habakkuk 2:5
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    5 Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people: Yea...: or, How much more  

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  42. Absolutely Wrong To Enable Someone To Drink! Habakkuk 2:15Habakkuk 2:15
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    15 Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!  

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  43. Drinking Leads To Shame And Humiliation! Habakkuk 2:16Habakkuk 2:16
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    16 Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORD'S right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory. with...: or, more with shame than with glory  

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  44. John The Baptist Is Highlighted By His Abstinence! Luke 1:15Luke 1:15
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    15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.  

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  45. Christ Warns Those Who Drink! Luke 12:45Luke 12:45
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    45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;  

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  46. All Are Admonished To Walk In A Way Not Characterized By Drunkenness! Romans 13:13Romans 13:13
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    13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. honestly: or, decently  

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  47. Drinking Can Cause Others To Lose Their Way! Romans 14:21Romans 14:21
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    21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.  

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  48. No Drunkard Shall Inherit God’s Kingdom! I Corinthians 6:10 Note: Because of this, one must warn people about this when they are preaching about salvation, etc.
  49. Brings About Disorder! 1 Corinthians 11:211 Corinthians 11:21
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    21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.  

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    Corrupted the Corinthian church.
  50. Should Not Be Under The Influence Of Strong Drink! Ephesians 5:18Ephesians 5:18
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    18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;  

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    We should however, be filled with the Holy Spirit. UNDER THE RIGHT INFLUENCE!

Conclusion

More can be stated on this subject. What has been posted should serve to convince anyone who has an open heart for God that drinking alcohol is not right for anyone… especially the child of God!

Would love to know what you think about this. Please leave your comments below! Be polite!  

Source: 
In research for this post, I used, in part, an article from: The Baptist Challenge page7 of July 1994 “70 Bible References On Drinking”.

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  • isaac

    this teaching is very helpfull and rght on time if you want to walk in the spirit and not in the flesh i believe you should meditate deeply on the scriptures quoted here-Thank you pastor

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