1 Corinthians 6:12, 20 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any…for ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Romans 6:13, 19 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God…I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
Paul in these passages outlines a NT principle of serving one master. No man can serve two masters. You cannot have one foot in the world and one foot in church. Whoever or whatever you yield your body to serve, that is who you are a servant of. My grandmother used to call certain people “mugwumps” – a bird that sits on a fence with his mug on one side and his wump on the other :) As Christians, we are not to subject ourselves to being “under the power” of anything but the Holy Spirit. Drugs, alcohol, hypnosis, demon possession, etc. are all forms of subduing the will to another thing or being.
The human heart craves joy. The world’s happiness is a temporal pacifier for that craving only a right relationship with Christ can give. As soon as the object is used up, the happiness ends and leaves the user with more unfulfilled desire.
The bartenders favorite verse in the Bible is John 2:1-11 where Jesus made water into wine. Much lasciviousness is committed under a misunderstanding and application of these passages.
Hosea 4:11 Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.
Proverbs 9:5 (The harlot) Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.
Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
In the NT we see the command to be filled with the Spirit not spirits :) Consider that there are many verses where the word wine is used interchangeably with grape juice, dried fruits, jelly, jam, etc. The word winepress is proof as well that not all wine had alcohol in it – freshly pressed grapes have none. Good word studies can be done on the Hebrew word Yayin and the Greek word Oinos. Wine can be a simple beverage made from mixing stored grape juice (in skins) mixed with water, like Kool-aid today. In Judges 9:13 there is even a verse that talks about God the Father being glad about wine. Certainly Jehovah has no need of drunkeness!
It is for these reasons I personally believe that the wine at Cana was not alcoholic, simply a grape drink made to celebrate the joy of marriage by the maker of marriage, or at worst was 2-3% alcohol, being undistilled. Much pain has been caused in my own life from the drinking of others. I am the product of multiple broken homes, due in part to my parent(s) drinking habits.
Drug use is closely linked to witchcraft in the NT. The oracles of Delphi around the city of Corinth went into caves and smoked some form of narcotics and reportedly spoke in tongues long before the day of Pentecost. A Greek word for witchcraft is Pharmacia. My cousin, a heavy drug user, commonly tells me that when he is high, “shadow people” or demons will talk with him and try to get him to commit suicide. Drugs open doors you are not meant to see in to a demonic world.
In the NT we see Paul recommending Timothy take a little wine for his stomachs sake, a valid medicinal use of alcohol. All elements, plants and substances were placed here by God for our benefit and use. It is the abuse of these that makes them wrong. It is very hypocritical of the US government to outlaw marijuana, but allow cigarettes and beer. Theologically speaking, abusing one is the same as any another. We are the temple of God after we are saved, we should not defile it with any drug or junk food – remember, God listed the sin of gluttony as something He hates as much as pride in Proverbs. The sin is in the abuse, not in the substance. Any amount of any thing taken with the intent of getting high or low, or forgetting, or abusing, or subverting the will, is a violation of NT principle.
Reasons not to drink:
1) Violation of NT principles outlined above
2) About 50,000 people die a year in America from drunk drivers
3) Tens of thousands of marriages are destroyed by drunkenness every year
4) The appearance of evil – when others see you, they might think you condone drunkenness
5) The health benefits of wine (reservatrol) can be obtained easily through supplements
6) We are called to be a peculiar people. If you live in a country where it is socially acceptable, it can be a great witnessing tool to explain why you have chosen Christ over alcohol.