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Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.  Ecclesiastes 12:1  

Question and Answer Corner

Question:  Does the Bible forbid all alcohol consumption or just the excessive use of it?

AnswerIn answer to your question, here are several reasons why I believe the Bible clearly prohibits all alcohol consumption. 


 1.  There is abundant and direct Biblical testimony that the use of alcoholic drinks is unwise while unfermented grape juice is a blessing.    
Prov. 20:1  “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” 

Prov.  23:29-32  Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.  Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.   At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.

 Isaiah 65:8  “Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants' sakes, that I may not destroy them all.”

2. The Biblical record shows that Jesus refused alcohol.  Jesus could not have turned the water into alcoholic wine.  He is not a bartender.   It would be hypocritical to make something that you yourself would not use.   Mark 15:23  And they gave him [Jesus] to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.

3. No one would argue that there are no drunkards in the world, so obviously alcohol causes many to stumble and fall and ultimately be lost according to these verses.  Is it then Christian to advocate something (especially for church use) that may cause someone to ultimately be lost?

Rom_14:21  It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended or is made weak.    Stumbleth or offended—enticed to sin,  Weak—bad for health   (“offended” is translated “falleth” in the  1534 Tyndale Bible,  1535 Coverdale Bible, the 1568 Bishop’s Bible, 1549 Matthews Bible],

Rom 14:22  Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.

1 Cor. 5:11  But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

4. In the Bible, those who drink and encourage others to drink are condemned as evil and hypocritical.  Mat 24:48-51  “But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;   And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;   The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,   And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Hab 2:15  “Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!”

5. The very nature of alcohol eliminates the idea of temperance,  since large portions of those who drink a little cannot stop.  

A single glass of wine may open the door of temptation which will lead to habits of drunkenness.” --{Healthful Living pg.  113}  

“40% of teens who began drinking at 13 years of age or younger developed an alcohol addiction later in life. This can be compared with the following:10% of teens who started drinking alcohol after 17 years of age developed alcohol dependence…  The younger you are when you start drinking, the greater your chance of becoming addicted to alcohol at some point in your life. More than 4 in 10 people who begin drinking before age 15 eventually become alcoholics.” 

http://inbalancecontinuum.com/outpatient/about/statistics


“According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), in 2015, 15.1 million American adults (6.2 percent of the population) had an alcohol use problem.”  https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/157163.php

Almost 1/3 of those who drink alcohol have some sort of an alcohol problem--“SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) – 2014 (PDF | 3.4 MB) reports that in 2014 there were 139.7 million current alcohol users aged 12 or older, with 23% classified as binge drinkers and 6.2% as heavy drinkers. About 17 million of these, or 6.4%, met criteria for an alcohol use disorder in the past year.” https://www.samhsa.gov/atod/alcohol

“Alcohol is America’s drug of choice. No other substance is abused more often in this country than alcohol. One in every 12 adults suffers from alcohol dependence. This is a startling figure. Over 17.5 million Americans are alcoholics.” 

https://www.quitalcohol.com/information/why-is-alcohol-addictive.html

 These and many more reasons show why the Bible teaches it is better just to avoid alcohol altogether

  For a more extensive answer on this topic as well as some interesting details on how unfermented grape juice was preserved in Bible times  visit our webpage "Wine" as used in the Bible



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 Youth Corner Video

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Youth Corner is excited to announce that we have begun to produce short video clips, that have a point but are also interesting to watch. 

We hope to continue to add to our collection. So check back periodically for more clips.


       Sabbath  Afternoon Activities  

   Bible Memory Verse Bee- Like the old fashioned spelling bee only everyone has to repeat a memory verse and the text until some people can’t think of any more. Variation: See if you can repeat verses that start with each letter of the alphabet..            

  

Music Video - Treasures of the Messiah 

Youth's Last Written Message 

Trenton, the teen pictured at the top, that put together Treasures of the Messiah wrote the following. This was his last written message to the world and to his fellow youth, before he died at the age of 14, on June 9, 2013. Remember as you read it that the Pony Express' motto was, "the mail must go through."


                  The Mail Must Go Through

"I, ......, do hereby swear, before the Great and Living God, that during my engagement, and while I am an employee of Russell, Majors and Waddell, I will, under no circumstances, use profane language, that I will drink no intoxicating liquors, that I will not quarrel or fight with any other employee of the firm, and that in every respect I will conduct myself honestly, be faithful to my duties, and so direct all my acts as to win the confidence of my employers, so help me God."  

As Jack Keetley swore this oath he didn’t know that he would make history by making the longest ride on the Pony Express. Jack usually rode 40 miles from Marysville, Kansas to Big Sandy, Nebraska but one day when he got to Big Sandy the next rider was unable to take the mail to the next station so Jack took it on, when he finally stopped at Seneca, Kansas, he had ridden over 335 miles in thirty-one hours without stopping except to change horses.

We are in a similar situation to Jack Keetley. We have mail, a message straight from heaven and we don’t even have to carry it 335 miles, we may just have to carry it down the street, and yet we are sitting at home on the couch watching TV, having parties, and listening to music not even fit to listen to. What are we doing for God? Why is the mail pouch that’s worth much more than the Pony Express’s $3, 500 mail pouch, sitting on the shelf collecting dust? The time is now to carry the mail from heaven through wind, rain, sleet, and snow because, “The mail must get through.”


If you would like to read more about Trenton visit the Leukemia Lessons page.

Family Night Activities 

 The Rhyming Game 

In this game someone says a word (for example, the word clock), and the other players in order, must come up with words that rhyme, (like dock, mock, sock, shock, knock, rock, etc.). When someone can no longer think of a word, they drop out until no one can think of another word. Then the last one that was left can chose the next word and start another round. 


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