Can Christians drink wine?

This is an ongoing question for new Christians and a controversial one for older Christians.  Many religions and Christian denominations forbid it completely and expose it as a ‘work of the devil’. Others accept drinking wine as a traditional beverage before a meal.

Let’s see what the Bible has to say about drinking wine.

In John 2:3 we read about Jesus’ first miracle and that He made good wine to drink at the wedding feast at the request of His mother. So, we learn that drinking wine at a meal or for a special occasion such as a wedding is acceptable because Jesus who is our example, not only drank wine at the wedding feast but made good wine when the old ran out.

Ephesians 5:18 warns us, however, not to drink so much wine that we get drunk, and in 1 Timothy 3:3 it says not to allow ourselves to become addicted to wine. And again, in 1 Timothy 5:23 we are instructed to drink a little wine when our stomach is upset or when we are not well.

Paul also says in Romans 13:13 that we are not to get drunk with wine, and in 1 Corinthians 5:11 Christians are instructed not to keep company with people who get drunk.

So, to drink a glass of wine with a meal or at a feast is acceptable to God. Getting drunk on the wine or becoming addicted to it or hanging around people who live to drink, is what God tells us not to do.

2 thoughts on “Can Christians drink wine?

  1. Sensible Ronnie, and more importantly… a nice touch by introducing the Scriptures to bring clarity to the question you posit. The only thing I would add is this: Christians have great freedom in Christ, but we are not to use our freedom as a cover up for evil or to even destoy the nurturing faith of a young believer. So, I would say… that if I was in a teaching position at a church and I knew that a number of the people in my class would be offended if I drank, I would forego it out of love for them. Another believer in Christ Jesus is my kin, and I would gladly give up an external pleasure if it meant strengthing their internal growth in God. That’s my two cents. Hope it helps.


    • I agree with you totally, and the Apostle Paul talks a lot about that very thing. We must be careful what rights we enjoy in front of new Christians because, like you said, it could give them the wrong idea about some things. And drinking alcohol is one of those issues that can cause someone to stumble if we’re not wise. A great add on. Thanks for sharing.


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