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Lance Kibee the Sot gets into all kinds of problems (and causes even more) because of his continual drinking. No one will deny that such a propensity for alcohol is problematic. But do Christians have any business drinking at all? Solomon tells us the answer in no uncertain terms: "Do not join with those who drink too much wine" (Proverbs 23:20, see also 29-35). Alcohol is addictive and destructive, and God does not want His people to be destroyed by such corruptive influences.

Some people argue that drinking in moderation is acceptable. However, Christians are called to be kings and priests before the Lord (I Peter 2:9, Revelation 1:6). The Levitical Law forbade priests to touch fermented wine (Leviticus 10:8-11). Furthermore, "It is not for kings… to drink wine" (Proverbs 31:4-5). And if younger Christians who are struggling with alcoholism see older, stronger Christians purchasing alcohol, they may think it’s okay to drink and slip back into their old destructive ways. "We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up" (Romans 15:1-2). "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble" (I Corinthians 10:31-32a). Scripture makes it clear that for God’s chosen people, alcohol is not an option.

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