About Jesus Steve Sweetman
So What's Wrong With A Little Wine
Nothing. That's right. There's nothing wrong with a "little" wine. Getting drunk on wine is wrong, but drinking a little wine is not prohibited by Scripture. Paul says that we should not get drunk with wine. (Eph. 5:18) Yet in John chapter 2 we see Jesus turning water into wine. This was not just a bottle or two. Jesus made anywhere from 120 to 180 gallons of wine. Now that is a lot of wine. It was not only a lot of wine but it was very good wine, so the man in charge of the party said. If it were grape juice I don't think this man would be so impressed.
To make sure that Jesus did not turn water into grape juice, you should note that the same Greek word that Paul used for wine in Eph. 5:18 is the same Greek word used in John 2 when Jesus turned the water into wine. That means if you can get drunk on Paul's wine in Eph. 5, you can get drunk on Jesus' wine in John 2.
It is clear from Luke 7: 33-35 that Jesus Himself drank wine. So if Jesus drank wine and turned the water into wine, drinking wine must be okay. Yes, the book of Proverbs often says that too much wine makes one disgraceful. But that is too much wine.
In Romans 14 the drinking of wine is one of those issues that we can do or not do. It is one of those things that we can hold a strong opinion on, whether to drink or not to drink. Paul encourages us to have a strong opinion on this matter, but not to let our opinion separate us. If we do not drink wine because we feel we will loose our salvation if we do, then Paul says that we are weak in faith. If we don't drink wine because we simply don't want to, then we are not weak in faith. If we do drink wine, we are not weak in faith as well. As a matter of fact, Paul says we are strong in faith. If we drink our wine and cause someone to fall and loose his salvation, then we are doing wrong. If we drink wine and someone simply gets upset with us, that is not causing someone to stumble. That is not our problem. It is the problem of the one who gets upset. For a detailed analyses on these points from Romans 14 you can read my Commentary On Romans 14.
Nowhere in Scripture does it tell you that drinking wine is a sin, and that we should not partake. I understand that for those effected by alcoholism or has a close friend or family member so effected, this issue become very emotional. I have never been in that position. I think of the drinking of wine from merely a mental and Scriptural standpoint. I do not feel the emotion. Still, Scripture does not tell us not to drink. As a result I do drink wine and other strong drink. I do not get drunk. Scripture clearly tells us not to get drunk.
For those who choose not to drink that is fine. For those who choose to drink, that is fine as well. Let this issue not separate us from each other.
I have looked up every verse in the Bible that speaks of wine or strong drink and have listed them below for you to read.
Wine with a blessing
Jesus and wine