By Pastor David Azzaman Azzaman
I just checked my Strongest Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible if I will see the word ‘Alcohol’ but I never find it.
I did Chemistry in Secondary School and in the University it was a General course in 100 levels call Chem 101 and Chem 102.
In Faculty of Agriculture I encountered Chemistry again when we did a Biochemistry course around 300 level. I understood that anything could have Alcoholic content.
It could be the perfume you use, the drugs prescribed to you by a Doctor or the Kunu I drink or the Yoghurt I drink or the Cake I eat. Alcohol I understood when I studied those science courses have to do with something fermented , which can result to intoxication or getting high, when you take it. It will shock you that Honey from bee can also be converted to Alcohol.They call it ‘Buza’
Now let’s talk about wine, Going by the above explanation about Alcohol . Checking my Strongest Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible again I noticed wine is Mentioned 232 times in the Bible. Wine is Mentioned as Winebibber, Winebibbers, Winefat, Winepress, Winepresses and Wine in the Bible.
For years, well-meaning, sincere Christians have debated the subject of drinking. Let me be clear by saying there isn’t a single verse in the Bible that says a Christian cannot have a drink; although the Bible clearly warns about the destructive and addictive nature of alcohol (Proverbs 20:1; 21:17; 23:29-35; Ephesians 5:18) and the Bible also made it clear that drunkenness is always wrong (Romans 13:13; Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Peter 4:3; Habakkuk 2:15; 1 Corinthians 5:11).
The Bible is also clear that mature Christians should avoid causing others to stumble by drinking (Romans 14:21), and that leaders ought to avoid drinking alcohol (Proverbs 31:4-7) and cannot be given to drunkenness (1 Timothy 3:3, 8 Titus 1:7.). When Christian leaders drink alcohol it’s not a good example to younger Christians coming up.
I have yet to hear from anyone who drinks, how alcohol enhances anything or blesses anyone. HAVE YOU EVER HEARD FROM ANYONE WHO SAYS ALCOHOL BLESSES HIM? One thing for sure, I have never heard anyone say, ‘A beer makes me feel more Christlike’
…HAVE YOU EVER HEARD SOMEBODY SAY I FEEL LIKE JESUS AFTER TAKING A BOTTLE OF OGOGORO OR 333?
Fact of the matter is this: People don’t associate beer with Christian behavior.” I am yet to see how alcohol improves someone’s testimony as a Christian or makes anyone a more effective witness for Christ. Alcohol doesn’t enhance your testimony rather it takes away the Testimony you have.
Here’s the truth from logic and real life. No one starts out to be an alcoholic. Everyone begins with a defensive attitude saying, I am just a social drinker, I don’t take much or I don’t get drunk and there is nothing wrong with it!’ no one says, ‘It is my ambition that someday I want to lose my job, my health, my self-respect, my marriage and my family.
Someday I want to be dependent on alcohol to get through my day.’ yet, this is the destination at which several millions of people have arrived. PEOPLE WHO ARE DRUNKARD TODAY DIDN’T START AS DRUNKARDS , THEY STARTED WITH ONE OR TWO BOTTLES BUT THEY GRADUATED TO DRUNKENESS, ITS ALWAYS LIKE THAT WITH PEOPLE WHO DRINK ALCOHOL. Why do you suppose that is? It is because alcohol is promoted and elevated as a normal/sophisticated activity in life…. It is also expensive, addictive and enslaving.
People get hooked by Alcohol . And just like all illegal drugs, alcohol finds it way into the body, the bloodstream and the brain of the user/abuser. I KNOW PEOPLE THAT EVEN IF THEY DON’T DRINK, THEY BEHAVE DRUNK. SOME HAVE TO END UP IN REHABILITATION CENTERS. THIS PEOPLE STARTED WITH 1:1 BOTTLE BUT TODAY ITS A MENACE TO THEIR LIVES.
I know alot of people whose lives were wrecked by alcohol. The exception you say? Hardly. Me for example , while a student I drank Alcohol , it was a normal social drinking but gradually , I graduated from One bottle to 2 bottles until I was taking 6 bottles of big stouts.
That was not what I wanted but gradually it took over me. But Praise God after I gave my life to Yeshua I am completely Delivered from Alcohol.
One of my friends who we were drinking with while in school call me recently from Jos Plateau State and told me he use to hear voices speaking to him.
I invited him to come to Kaduna. He came and I asked him what are the voices telling him and he said they tell him in Hausa; “ku dura mashi giya din” or Inject him with Alcohol and according to him he stopped drinking but anytime he hears such voices he gets high even without drinking Alcohol. Praise God before he left he said he doesn’t hear the voices again.
As Christians our body is the temple of God , how then your body is the temple of God and you fill your body with Alcohol? God said he will not live in temples again but in our body that’s why the Bible says we should present our bodies as a living sacrifice , Holy and presentable for our God.
Christians are people who are separated from.the world that’s the meaning of Christianity. Levites don’t drink alcohol and every Christain is a Levite (Preist) Rev. 5:10 even if not all are call into the 5 fold Ministry. In the old testament the Priest enters the Holy of Holies and they can’t take Alcohol , no matter how small. Today the Holy of Holies is in the body of Christains. Therefore why defiling it with Alcohol?
SOME BIBLICAL VERSES ABOUT WINE NOT DRUNKENNESS I WONDER WHY THOSE OF YOU WHO SUPPORTS DRINKING DODGE THESE VERSES
LEVITICUS 10:9Do not drink wine or intoxicating drink, neither you nor your sons with you, when you come into the Tent of Meeting, so that you will not die—it is a permanent statute throughout your generations—Leviticus 10:9
NUMBERS 6:3“Say to the sons of Israel, ‘When a man or a woman makes a special vow, the vow of a Nazirite, that is, one separated and dedicated to the Lord , he shall abstain from wine and strong drink; he shall drink no vinegar, whether made from wine or strong drink, nor shall he drink any grape juice nor eat fresh or dried grapes.Numbers 6:2-3
Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship.Romans 12:1
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is within you, whom you have [received as a gift] from God, and that you are not your own [property]? You were bought with a price [you were actually purchased with the precious blood of Jesus and made His own]. So then, honor and glorify God with your body.1 Corinthians 6:19-20
DEUTERONOMY 32:33Their wine is the venom of serpents, And the deadly poison of vipers.Deuteronomy 32:33
JUDGE 13:7But He said to me, ‘Behold, you shall conceive and give birth to a son, and now you shall not drink wine or [any other] intoxicating drink, nor eat anything [ceremonially] unclean, for the boy shall be a Nazirite to God from birth to the day of his death.’ ”Judges 13:7
PROVERBS 20:1Wine is a mocker, strong drink a riotous brawler; And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.Proverbs 20:1
KINGS DON’T DRINK WINE AND CHRISTIANS ARE KINGS ACCORDING TO REV 5:10
PROVERBS 31:4It is not for kings, O Lemuel, It is not for kings to drink wine, Or for rulers to desire strong drink,Proverbs 31:4
THE BIBLE SAYS WE CHRISTIANS ARE KINGS AND WE ARE PRIESTREVELATION 5:10And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.Revelation 5:10
LOVE IS BETTER THAN WINE Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.Song of Solomon 1:2, 4
We have alot of wine drinkers in world and few people who show love that’s why the world is full of evil.
Christains should be filled with the HolySpirit and not wine
For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.Luke 1:15The above is an example of a Christian because every Christain ought to consecrate himself or herself.
DID JESUS TURNED GRAPE TO WINE OR WATER TO WINE ?
Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.John 2:7-11
THOSE WHO SAY WINE IS WINE NOTHING LIKE NON-ALCOHOLIC WINEThe technology to remove Alcohol from wine was invented in the 19th Century by one Louis Pasteur . That’s not true , wine can be non-alcoholic even in the time of Jesus. Just my Kunu is not Alcohol until I allow it to ferment , Grape juice is not wine until it ferments. So you telling me Jesus wine is alcoholic is baseless , because the Governor of the occasion said people are drunk before the good wine comes. Oh Jesus is God he doesn’t need the process of fermenting the water turn wine you might argue.
EVEN CHRISTAINS CALLED INTO MINISTRY OFFICE SHOULD NOT DRINK WINE 1TIM 3:3
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;1 Timothy 3:2-3 Does your Pastor drinks, or he encourages you to drink Alcohol? remind him of this verse.
DID JESUS DRINK WINE?MATHEW 11:19- WINEBIBBERThe Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.Matthew 11:19
Winebibber is a drunkard if I understand English ,If Jesus actually took wine that means Jesus is a drunkard. But was Jesus a drunkard? “Wisdom is Justified of her children” what did Jesus meant by the above words? Remember Jesus was accused of using demons to cast out demons. The same people who accused Jesus are also the one accusing him to be a drunkard. Jesus the head of the Church drank Alcohol? How can Jesus who we believe is the God of the Old Testament say Priest and Prophets should not drink wine , he himself will be a drunkard? PROVERBS 23:20 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:Proverbs 23:20
The Problem with this People that tells you Jesus drank wine is they always choose from scriptures which they perceived it favours them. Today they are given you reasons why Christians can drink Alcohol , tomorrow when talking of something different they will tell you that Jesus is not a Christian , Jesus is a Jew and he lived in the Old Testament. Today they are telling you Christians can use their tithes to buy alcohol Tomorrow thesame People will tell you don’t pay your tithe it’s old testament. They use scriptures only when they want to satisfy their lust for something. They want to feel good not guilty in the filthy things they do.
ACCUSING JESUS OF USING DEMON POWER DOESN’T MEAN HE USES DEMON POWER. ACCUSING JESUS OF BEING A WINEBIBBER DOESN’T MEAN HE DRANK WINE
God does not have different standard with Pastors. Infact every Christian has a Ministry.
THOSE OF YOU ARGUING WE CAN DRINK WINE HOPE YOU KNOW NOW WINE IS NOT ONLY THE ONE MADE BY GRAPES BUT IT INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING;
OGOGOROGULDERSTAR KRONENBURG 333AND MANY OTHERS Because Alcohol is Alcohol no matter the name you call it.
Supposing one day you see Pastor Azzaman taking Ogogoro or any of the above drinks be sincere what will you think of me? I believe not a good thought. Whatever way you think of me that’s thesame way I will think of you. I believe many of you will say Pastor Azzaman is a fake Pastor he is taking Ogogoro. Me too if I see you taking Alcohol, I will say you are a fake Christain you are taking Ogogoro..So also God doesn’t have different standard for a people called into the 5 fold Ministry that’s, Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist , Pastor , Teacher and believers. The standard is all thesame.
CHRISTAINS BE CAREFUL WITH THIS ENDTIMES PREACHERS WHO WANTS TO TELL YOU WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR SO THAT YOU WOULD BE COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR SINS. HOW CAN A PASTOR POST ON FACEBOOK TELLING YOU ITS OKAY TO DRINK ALCOHOL AND EVEN QUOTING FROM OLD TESTAMENT ITS OKAY CHRISTAINS TO USE THEIR TITHES AND BUY ALCOHOL AND DRINK IS THAT PERSON REALLY A PASTOR ?
Some of this People can also be hypocritical if you say there is nothing wrong for a Christian to drink alcohol because the Bible didn’t say so. Tell me where the Bible say don’t smoke cigarettes , so why do you Condemn People that smoke?
Both Drinking and Smoking are not good examples to follow for a Christain even if no where in the Bible that speaks about them explicitly. I love Deuteronomy 32:33 that says wine is a venom of serpents and deadly poison of vipers, it didn’t say drunkeness.
Their wine is the venom of serpents, And the deadly poison of vipers.Deuteronomy 32:33
IN SOME TRADITIONS THEY HAVE THE GOD OF WINE
Bacchus is one of the Roman gods and it’s the god of wine. While delivering some people of Alcoholism in Church I do ask them if they knew their forefathers sacrifice Alcohol to Idols , some will say yes they did. And that curse from their fore fathers follows them from generation to generation if not broken.
How many Christains have we lost because of Alcoholism. My own supervisor while in ABU Zaria a promising young Professor from Southern Kaduna died after intoxicating himself with Alcohol.
IF AFTER READING THIS YOU WANT TO BE FREE FROM ALCOHOLISM , WHETHER YOU TAKE SMALL OR YOU ARE A DRUNKARD .THIS NIGHT YOU ARE LIBERATED FROM IT, IN JESUS CHRIST GLORIFIED NAME AMEN