Day 84 – Romans 14:13b-21 (edited) – Is it okay for Christians to drink alcohol?

Make up your mind not to put any stumbling block in another believer’s way. As one who’s in the Lord Jesus, I’m convinced no food is unclean. But if anyone regards something as unclean, for him it is. If a believer is distressed because of what you eat, you’re not acting in love.  Don’t by your eating destroy another believer for whom Christ died. Don’t allow what you consider as good to be spoken of as evil.  For the kingdom of God isn’t a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ is pleasing to God and receives human approval.  Let’s therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and mutual edification.  Don’t destroy the work of God for the sake of food.  All food is clean, but it’s wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone to stumble. It’s better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that will cause a believer to fall. So whatever you believe about these things, keep between you and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves. (Romans 14:13b-22 edited)

Presbyterians generally believe drinking alcohol is okay if not overindulged, but I belonged to a Presbyterian fellowship group that abstained from alcohol to prevent an alcoholic from stumbling.

God wants a church that unifies Christians in love. If love is present; meat, alcohol, dancing or anything that causes someone to be uncomfortable or stumble, doesn’t need to be present. To create division by arguing beliefs doesn’t please God. Anyone looking at a Christian should see peace and joy, not fighting. However, we should lovingly discuss our beliefs to ensure what is Biblical isn’t spoken of as evil.

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