Brothers and sisters, I have noticed lately in several different topic boards in this forum that there are a bunch of you who seem to enjoy drinking beer and are seemingly encouraging this act, as if there is nothing serious or wrong about it at all.
Just because our Lord Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding(John 2:1-11), or because the Apostle Paul told Timothy that a LITTLE bit of wine would be good for his stomach problems(1 Timothy 5:23) does not mean that we Christians can make the excuse to drink several beers. More often than not, the very purpose for drinking more than one beer or glass of wine is to feel good, to catch a buzz, or to get drunk. This very act reveals that some of us indeed do succumb to our selfish carnal/fleshly pleasures, and it by no means glorifies the Lord in His Temple which we are, for our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit's Divine Presence.
We must abtain from ALL appearance of evil(1 Thess.5:22), and if we cause one of God's little ones to stumble, we are guilty of judgement. There are many people, like me, who serve the Lord, but also struggle at times resisting the temptations of addictive substances. I used to be a severe drug/alcohol addict, and I know of other Christians who come from an alcoholic background, and believe me...it NEVER helps to see any of you in a Stryper show, etc., hanging around and guzzling down your beer. Do you honestly think that you are being a godly influence to those who seek to know more about the Lord? Your first impression is a lasting impression.
It is one thing to drink a single beer or glass of wine in a proper situation and setting, but it is quite another to drink for self-pleasure, which is a mockery of the very Cross that Jesus died upon to take away our sins.
Don't take my word for it, take His....
(Ephesians 5:17) "Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is excess; but be filled with the Spirit."
(Luke 21:34) "But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkeness, and cares of this life, and that Day come upon you unexpectedly."
(Romans 13:13,14)"Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry, or drunkeness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife or envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill it's lusts."
(1 Corith. 6:10)"...Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the Kingdom of God."
your brother in Christ,