Alcohol in the Church

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Among the Christian church there are two positions commonly viewed about alcohol. The first view is that alcohol is okay if used in moderation and the second view is that there is to be complete and total abstinence from the use of alcohol, and I will explain why the Bible teaches us total abstinence.

The alcohol found in beverages such as wine, beer, and whiskey is ethanol, a clear, highly flammable liquid that has a burning taste and a characteristic odor. When a person consumes an excessive amount of alcohol, enough to reach a five percent ethanol concentration in the bloodstream, which is called alcohol poisoning, death will usually occur. But even for people who consume it in moderation, there are immediate changes in behavior, and it alters a person's perceptions, emotions, movement, vision, and hearing. Alcohol also causes bad effects on the muscular, skeletal, nervous, and circulatory systems as well. That’s exactly the same effect that other illicit drugs such as heroin, and even marijuana, have on those who use those substances. If these narcotics are not as widely accepted as alcohol and yet have the same exact effects on our bodies than why do people view it so differently? Deuteronomy 32:33 says that wine is the poison of serpents. If you know something is poisonous, you’ll avoid it like the plague. So don’t consume alcohol, it’s poison to your body. In a study by Dr. Bacchiocchi it says: "The drinking problem in America [U.S.A.] today…claims at least 100,000 [+]…lives per year, 25 times as many as all illegal drugs combined. Since the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, most churches have abandoned their stand for total abstinence, encouraging "moderation" instead. Unfortunately, moderation has led over 18 [+] million Americans [U.S.A.] to become immoderate drinkers, because alcohol is a habit-forming narcotic which weakens one’s capacity for self-control." The scriptures are very clear that the effects of alcohol are not beneficial to our...
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