A Review Of Wine In The Bible:
Legalism nor Lawlessness
Luke 7:33-34 New American Standard Bible 1995
33 For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ 34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’
Christ was falsely accused
Psalm 104:14-15 NASB (God Provides Wine)
14 He causes the grass to grow for the cattle,
And vegetation for the labor of mankind,
So that they may produce food from the earth,
15 And wine, which makes a human heart cheerful,
So that he makes his face gleam with oil,
And food, which sustains a human heart.
Wedding of Cana
Isaiah 25:6 New American Standard Bible (Eschatology in view)
6 Now the LORD of armies will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain;
A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow,
And refined, aged wine.
Wine itself is not inherently sinful, but it is inherently dangerous, scripture makes that clear.
Proverbs 20:1 New American Standard Bible (On Life and Conduct)
20 Wine is a mocker, intoxicating drink a brawler,
And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.
being drunk is expressly forbidden, for all who name the name of Christ
Ephesians 5:18 New American Standard Bible
18 And do not get drunk with wine, [a]in which there is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
it is a source of pain, woe, sorrow, and foolishness and failure
Proverbs 23:29-35 New American Standard Bible 1995
29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has contentions? Who has complaining?
Who has wounds without cause?
Who has redness of eyes?
30 Those who linger long over wine,
Those who go to [a]taste mixed wine.
31 Do not look on the wine when it is red,
When it [b]sparkles in the cup,
When it goes down smoothly;
32 At the last it bites like a serpent
And stings like a viper.
33 Your eyes will see strange things
And your [c]mind will utter perverse things.
34 And you will be like one who lies down in the [d]middle of the sea,
Or like one who lies down on the top of a [e]mast.
35 “They struck me, but I did not become [f]ill;
They beat me, but I did not know it.
When shall I awake?
I will seek [g]another drink.”
in Galatians 5:19-21, drunkenness is a fruit of the flesh, rather than a fruit of the Spirit.
…and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” -Gal 5:21
Joel 1:5 NASB in judgment the Lord remembers the drunkard, not for good.
5 Awake, you heavy drinkers, and weep;
And wail, all you wine drinkers,
Because of the sweet wine,
For it has been eliminated from your mouth.
in several circumstances even drinking wine in any amount is forbidden: priestly duties
Leviticus 10:9 New American Standard Bible 1995
9 “Do not drink wine or strong drink, neither you nor your sons with you, when you come into the tent of meeting, so that you will not die—it is a perpetual statute throughout your generations—
was forbidden for those who had taken the Nazarite vow:
Numbers 6:1-3 NASB95 Law of the Nazirites
1 Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When a man or woman makes a [a]special vow, the vow of a [b]Nazirite, to [c]dedicate himself to the LORD, 3 he shall abstain from wine and strong drink; he shall drink no vinegar, whether made from wine or strong drink, nor shall he drink any grape juice nor eat fresh or dried grapes.
and for kings and rulers, It is a principle of wisdom for them to abstain
Proverbs 31:4-5 New American Standard Bible 1995
4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel,
It is not for kings to drink wine,
Or for rulers to desire strong drink,
5 For they will drink and forget what is decreed,
And pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
Drunkenness is expressly forbidden. It is inherently dangerous and opens up even a well-defensed mind and heart to every kind of sinful desire, thought, and action. To live in a habit of drunkenness is to cast off the Word of God behind your back, live in willful rebellion, and daily roll out a red carpet for the worst kinds of temptation and foolishness. Such a heart as this with no fear of God nor His laws, is a heart that has not been born again, not had the law of God written on it, not become a new creature, and still dead in sin, and bound for hell.