Ever wondered just what God thinks of drinking? Here are 75 reasons for abstaining.
1. Genesis 9:20-26. The first drunkenness and the attendant immoral behaviour.
2. Genesis 19:30-38. Drinking results in Lot's debauchery of his own daughters.
3. Genesis 27:25. Isaac was drinking when he mistakenly blessed Jacob.
4. Leviticus 10:9. An express command not to drink.
5. Numbers 6:3. The vow of the Nazarite.
6. Deuteronomy 21:20. Drinking leads to stubbornness, rebellion, and gluttony and brings dishonour to parents.
7. Deuteronomy 29:2-6. Abstinence assures a closer walk with God.
8. Judges 13:4, 7, 14. Samson's mother, an example of all womanhood, was commanded not to drink. Was alcohol recognised even then as a protoplasmic poison, injuring posterity?
9. 1 Samuel 1:14, 15. Hannah, an example of honored motherhood, refrained from drinking wine.
10. 1 Samuel 25:32-38. Nabal, a rich but churlish man who opposed David, died after a drunken spree. He had already lost his wife's respect.
11. 2 Samuel 11:13. By having Uriah plied with strong drink, David attempted to cover his own sin.
12. 2 Samuel 13:28-29. Ammon, in a drunken brawl, was murdered by his brother, Absalom.
13. 1 Kings 16:8-10. While a king was 'drinking himself drunk" in his own home, one of his captains consipired against him and slew him.
14. 1 Kings 20:12-21. Drink and war. While Benhadad and thirty-two other kings were drinking in their pavilions, a small band of Israel's men fell upon the Syrians and put them to flight.
15. Esther 1:5-22. Drink wrecks homes and separates man and wife. At a week's feast of food and wine, King Ahasuerus drunkenly tried to subject his queen to the beastly gaze of inebriated nobles, causing separation of the royal husband and wife.
16. Job 1:18, 19. The children of Job were feasting and drinking when blown away in a cyclone.
17. Proverbs 4:17. Violence results from drinking.
18. Proverbs 20:1. No wise man will indulge.
19. Proverbs 21:17. He that loveth wine is not rich.
20. Proverbs 23:21. Drinking leads to poverty.
21. Proverbs 23:29, 30. Strong drink produces sorrow, contentions, wounds without cause, babblings, redness of eyes.
22. Proverbs 23:31. Do not be tempted by intoxicants.
23. Proverbs 23:32. God's Word warns that liquor eventually harms all who drink .
24. Proverbs 23:33. It fills men's minds with adulterous and impure thoughts.
25. Proverbs 23:33. It produces willfulness and prevents reformation.
26. Proverbs 23:34. It brings on insecurity.
27. Proverbs 23:35. Insensibility follows drinking, rendering a man as a clod.
28. Proverbs 23:35. Habit forming. One drink calls for another.
29. Proverbs 31:4, 5. Kings and all other rulers or officials with the weight of human lives in their control should not indulge.
30. Proverbs 31:6, 7. The only sanction for the use of strong drink was as a medicine or anesthetic for those about to die. We now know better medicines and anesthetics than whisky, wine or beer.
31. Ecclesiastes 2:3; 12:8. The writer of Ecclesiastes tried strong drink, but in the end was forced to admit that it, too, is vanity.
32. Ecclesiastes 10:17. Blessings are promised to the temperate and abstaining nations.
33. Isaiah 5:11, 12. Woe to the drunkards.
34. Isaiah 5:22. More woes to them who drink.
35. Isaiah 22:13. Drinking and carnality go together, leaving men hopeless.
36. Isaiah 24:9. Drink is bitter to those who drink it.
37. Isaiah 28:1. Woe to the drunkards of Ephraim.
38. Isaiah 28:3. The pride of drunkards will be trodden down.
39. Isaiah 28:7. Prophets and priests erred through drink.
40. Isaiah 28:7. Those who drink are set aside as useless.
41. Isaiah 28:7. Prophets and priests finally swallowed up by drink.
42. Isaiah 28:7. Drinking brings on spiritual blindness.
43. Isaiah 56:9-12. Rebuke to drinking church members, His watchmen.
44. Jeremiah 35:5, 6, 8, 14. Total abstinence of the Rechabites cited as an example of obedience on the part of God's people.
45. Ezekiel 44:21. Priests are not to drink wine.
46. Daniel 1:5, 8, 16; 10:3. God honored Daniel because he abstained from the king's wine. Daniel, the man, was true to the home training he had received as a boy.
47. Daniel 5:1. Beshazzar exhibited as an example of a leader who drank and taught his people to drink.
48. Daniel 5:2, 23. A nation whose women drink.
49. Daniel 5:5-9, 25-28. Ruin and downfall for nations whose rulers and leaders cause them to drink.
50. Daniel 5:3. Belshazzar's sacrilege in using sacred temple vessels for liquor.
51. Hosea 3:1. Part of degradation of Hosea's wife induced by drink (King James Version).
52. Hosea 4:11. Strong drink and immorality go hand in hand.
53. Hosea 7:5. King and people reproved because of drinking.
54. Joel 1:5. Drunkards to awake from their drinking.
55. Joel 3:3. Young virtue sold for the price of drink.
56. Amos 2:8. Wine of the condemned.
57. Amos 2:12. Pollution of the innocent.
58. Amos 4:1. Dissolute women, oppressors of the poor, call for their liquor.
59. Amos 6:6. Drinkers not concerned about God or the welfare of others.
60. Nahum 1:10. Drunkards to be destroyed.
61. Habakkuk 2:5. Arrogance inflamed by drink.
62. Habakkuk 2:15. Wrong to give one's neighbor drink. Social drinking.
63. Habakkuk 2:16. Drink leads to shame and humiliation.
64. Matthew 24:48-51. Drunkards warned about the return of Christ and His judgment.
65. Luke 1:15. Greatness of John the Baptist linked with his total abstinence.
66. Luke 12:45. Christ warns against being enmeshed in drink evils.
67. Luke 21:34. Warning against drunkenness and the cares of this life which follow, keeping one occupied to the exclusion of the Spirit.
68. Romans 13:13. All are admonished to walk honestly, not in rioting and drunkenness. It is not honest to be less than men, created in the image of God.
69. Romans 14:21. Drinking causes a brother to stumble. Importance of example.
70. 1 Corinthians 6:10. No drunkard shall inherit the kingdom of God (therefore the preaching of the Gospel must include alcohol education).
71. 1 Corinthians 11:25. The Lord's Supper no place for wine. Word wine not even used. Instead all accounts say "the cup" or "fruit of the vine."
72. Galatians 5:21. Revelers in drunkenness shall not inherit the Kingdom of God.
73. Ephesians 5:18. Direct command that exhilaration shall be of the Spirit and not by wine.
74. 1 Thessalonians 5:7. Sobriety enjoined upon the Thessalonians. Children of light must not be overcome by darkness.
75. 1 Timothy 3:3, 8, 11, 12. Church officers must not drink; neither should their families.
(Based on a compilation by W. Albert Smith, pastor of First Baptist Church, Sheffield, Alabama.)