Did you know that God gave wine to gladden your heart?
Psalm 104:15 tells us that “[God brings forth] wine which makes man’s heart glad,” and Proverbs 3:10 tells us that wine is a blessing.
Like many things that God has graciously given to man, alcohol can be used or abused. It is drunkenness, not drinking, that is a sin.
Wine was a blessing in Scripture (Proverbs 3:10), something to be gratefully received from God (Psalm 104:15). Like many things that God has graciously given to man, alcohol
can be used or abused. So, before we begin, it is important to stress that the Scriptures are quite clear when it comes to the abuse of alcohol: drunkenness is a sin.
Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess (Ephesians 5:18).
Its abuse is condemned throughout the Scriptures. Such abuses have brought countless harm to many. God seriously warns those who “tarry long at the wine” (Proverbs 23:30), who “rise up early in the morning that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them” (Isaiah 5:11), who are “given to much wine” (I Timothy 3:8)
However it is important that we do not confuse use…