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Drinking Intoxicating Beverages
Bible study on drunkenness.

Eph. 5:18;
1 Cor. 5:11; 6:10; 11:21

Drunkenness is forbidden.

Eph. 5:18-21

Christians should not be drunk with wine, but filled with the Spirit.

"Get drunk" (Eph. 5:18) is translated from the Greek verb methusko, meaning "to make drunk, or to grow drunk" . . . "to become intoxicated". It is "an inceptive verb, marking the process or the state" (Vine's).

In Ephesians 5:18, Paul tells us that the process of getting drunk is a sin, in addition to the state of drunkenness.


Rom. 13:13


Drunkenness is not a proper walk of life.


1 Cor. 6:9-10


Drunkards will not inherit the kingdom of God.


Gal. 5:19-21


Drunkenness is a work of the flesh.


1 Pet. 4:3-5

Christians should not participate in drinking parties or carouse in any way.

Christians should avoid parties in which intoxicated beverages are served.

Christians should not engage in "social drinking" of intoxicants.


1 Tim. 3:2

Christians must be temperate (sober).

The Greek word in 1 Tim. 3:2 translated temperate is nephaleos and directly relates to intoxicates.

Christians shouldn't be intoxicated so they can be sober, vigilant, and watchful over his own conduct, and on guard against sin (1 Th. 5:4-8; 2 Tim. 4:5; 1 Pet. 1:13; 4:7; 5:8; 2 Jn. 1:8; Heb. 13:17).


1 Cor. 5:11


Christians cannot keep company with other Christians who are drunkards (cf. 1 Cor. 15:33).


1 Th. 5:21-22

Christians hold fast to that which is good, and abstain from every form of evil.

Christians do not engage in things associated with sin, including drinking and drunkenness.


1 Cor. 6:12


Christians aren't to be addicted to anything, not even to something good.

Researchers have found that alcohol is very addictive because of it's mind-altering properties, and the chemical effect it has on the human brain.