Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 10, 2013


Is drinking alcohol a sin?
“Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness…” Romans 13:13
“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” Ephesians
On the other hand…
“Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.” 1 Timothy 5:23
“On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine. …and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine.” John 2:1-3,9

Where’s the line? Is drinking wine a sin or not?
Clearly that’s the wrong question.

Is Christianity a matter of sinning or not? What is sin? Are we capable of not sinning?
As it says in Psalms 14, 53, and Romans 3:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”

Bodily we cannot avoid sin, since we are all born sinful. But the one who has accepted God’s message of salvation through Jesus has the down payment of God’s Holy Spirit. “In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14

The Holy Spirit is likened to a down payment on property. It is possible that the purchase will fall through. If a person falls back and rejects God’s down payment, he will not be purchased into heaven, but will fall back to an ordinary inheritance into earth.

We must not get overly legalistic about sin. Sin is a function of relationships. Does my actions or thoughts harm a relationship? That is the test. That is what we will be judged on in the resurrection. We will have to make up with our enemies. That is why Christians are to forgive. We are practicing ahead of time. The world will practice after the resurrection.

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