|What are the Church's beliefs on
alcohol and tobacco?
Verse: What? know ye not that
your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have
of God, and ye are not your own? [1 Corinthians 6:19]
The church's belief on alcohol and tobacco is that partaking of and use
of intoxicating liquors, alcoholic stimulants, narcotics, tobacco, and
any habit forming drug is contrary to the nature of man. While
this is not a surprising belief for a church to hold, let us look in the
Bible to see why this belief is deeply founded in the scriptures.
In the book of Proverbs we are told one reason why intoxicating drink
should be avoided.
It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is
not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: Lest
they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the
afflicted. [Proverbs 31:4-5]
Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who
hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who
hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that
go to seek mixed wine. [Proverbs 23:29-30]
Solomon is telling us that it is difficult enough in life to resist
Satan and keep God's commandments when one has all of their wits about
them. It just makes Satan's job that much easier if we are under
the influence of an intoxicating substance.
The Apostle Luke gives a similar warning:
And take heed to yourselves, lest at
any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness,
and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
Besides the obvious health benefits of obstaining from tobacco, strong
drink, and drugs, we are given several warnings in the Bible that we
cannot inherit the kingdom of God if we partake of these things.
Envyings, murders, drunkenness,
revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have
also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not
inherit the kingdom of God. [Galatians 5:21]
Know ye not that the unrighteous
shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither
fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers
of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards,
nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
[1 Corinthians 6:9-10]
The Bible tells us that everything we eat and drink be sanctified with
the Word of God and with prayer, and that it be partaken of in
moderation. We are the temple of God in which his Holy Spirit
dwells, and we should treat it as such.
Know ye not that ye are the temple
of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man
defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God
is holy, which temple ye are. [1 Corinthians 3: 16-17]
Let us take steps to cleanse ourselves of all filthiness of the flesh,
that we may present ourselves without spot or wrinkle before Jesus when
he comes in glory. He is coming soon, and it is hard enough to
overcome this wicked world when we live properly. It is many times
harder with our bodies and blood streams filled with poison. It
takes healthy, vigorous, strong bodies to properly serve our God.