Alcohol: An Ethic Ross Mcgregor; gabby jenkins; ben Ellison

What is alcoholism?

"pattern of drinking results in repeated significant distress and problems functioning in your daily life" - Mayo Clinic


- Unable to limit consumption

- Feeling a strong craving to drink

- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms

Does alcoholism exist in the church?

What does the bible Say?

Leviticus 10:9

"Drink no wine or strong drink, you or your sons with you, when you go into the the tent of meeting, lest you die. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generation."

Ephesians 5:18

"And do not get drunk with wine, for that is a debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit:"

1 Corinthians 6:10

Paul lists drunks with those who will not inherit the Kingdom of God

Two examples of christians & Alcohol

Perry noble


- Led himself into isolation

- Ended up overusing alcohol

- Dismissed by church pastors

- Seeking psychiatric assistance in recovery

D.L. Mayfield


- Grew up in a fundamentalist background

- Enjoyed alcohol and the community

- Moved into a low-income community and saw the tragic effects it had on her neighbors

- Now rejects the use of alcohol

Alcohol: the Application

Church Leaders: Abstinance

James 3:1 "Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness."

Church Members: Moderation

Discussion Question: Do you think pastors should be able to drink?


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