It is wisdom to keep our distance from anything which can weaken our resistance to wrong things. Whatever can break your defence can also mock you, and that exactly is what alcohol does. Proverbs 20:1 says “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise”.
Many Christians are deceived to think our Lord Jesus promotes drinking of alcohol simply because His first miracle had to do with turning water into wine. As to whether that wine was alcoholic or not is not a thing they bother their heads about. Of course alcohol can make a man judge wrongly. Proverbs 31:4-6 says “It is not for kings,…to drink wine; nor…strong drink: Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment… Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish…” A few very important points could be gathered from the above scripture: (1) Give strong drink to the one who has made up his mind to perish. (2) Give strong drink to the king who wants to fail in his royal responsibilities. (3) Give strong drink to the one who wants to forget God’s Word and judge wrongly. This of course is bad news.
Revelations 5:10 says salvation made us royals: “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth”. If “it is not for kings to drink strong drink” it means Christians do not have any business with alcoholic drinks. Jesus came to rescue the perishing (Jn 3:16), yet the scripture says “give strong drink unto him that is READY TO perish”. Meaning, the one who has made up his mind to perish chooses strong drink instead of Jesus. Hear the mockery part of that scripture. It says: “Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more” – Proverbs 31:7. How true is this? How good is alcoholic drink to a poor man? Poor people who drink alcohol become poorer, more wretched and sickly, and of course increase their misery. The remedy alcohol proffers is a mockery remedy. Those who are deceived by alcohol are indeed not wise. “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise”.
(1) Alcohol is for the one who “is ready to perish” (Pro 31:6).
(2)Jesus is for the one who is “not” ready to “perish” (Jn 3:16).
This makes alcohol ‘opposite’ to Jesus. As Jesus is to the believer, so is alcohol to the unbeliever. Alcohol opposes the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 says: “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit”. The phrase “wherein is excess” points to drunkenness. The scripture can thus read: “be not filled with wine in which is alcohol; but be filled with the Spirit”. In other words, instead of getting drunk with alcoholic wine, get drunk in the Holy Spirit. Better still: “don’t let alcohol stimulate you; let the Holy Spirit do”. This is because anything your flesh lusts after grieves the Spirit and anything which humbles your flesh motivates Him. The flesh and the Spirit operate contrary to one another. Galatians 5:16-17 says “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would”.
Whatever is capable of making you do what you would not naturally do, can make a mockery of you. Alcohol in a man’s system makes him throw caution to the wind. Alcohol can make you do what you naturally would not do. Sin works similarly. Sin does in a man’s spirit what alcohol does in the flesh. Paul in Romans 7:19-20, said: “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me”. This is similar to the kind of influence alcohol has on its drinkers. Alcohol stimulates its drinkers to do what they naturally would not do. If we replace ‘sin’ in the above scripture with ‘alcohol’ this is how it will read: “Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but ALCOHOL that dwelleth in me”. That is why decent people drink alcohol and behave indecently. Quiet people drink alcohol and become talkative. Normal people drink alcohol and behave abnormally. You hear things like “he did it under the influence of alcohol”. Alcohol is a mocker!
How come Jesus turned water into wine? This question can be answered with another question: Are all wines alcoholic? Checking the Scriptures, you will realize that “fruit of the vine” is what Jesus often drank with His disciples. That is another phrase for ‘fruit juice’. See Matthew 26:26-29: “And as they were eating, Jesus took …the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; …I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this FRUIT OF THE VINE, until that day when I drink it new with you…”Bread with strong drink is definitely an awkward combination; with fruit juice is perfect. Putting all the pieces together, it is obvious that Jesus did not give them alcoholic wine. 1 Corinthians 5:11 says “…I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator…or a drunkard…”. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 also says “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor…drunkards…”Paul told Timothy to drink wine instead of water for his stomach sake (1 Tim 5:23). Obviously, nobody can take alcoholic drink like water. Quenching thirst with alcohol everyday will definitely make Timothy a drunkard, considering the number of times we drink water a day.
It is high time serious minded Christians departed from alcohol. Micah 2:10-11 says “Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction. If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people”. The 11th verse is a sarcastic statement. It means do not let false pastors deceive you to drink alcohol. Anything which disturbs the Holy Spirit can equally disturb your prayer life. Please do not let alcohol mock your Christian life