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Misconceptions by the Church

Did Jesus drink and make fermented wine?
Unfortunately this is one of those subjects that has been misunderstood by the church at large. For it seems that there are those who try to make scripture read in such a way as to say that drinking any alcoholic beverage is wrong. They even declare that the wine that Jesus made was only grape juice. And of course, this is not scriptural. I do believe that these same people are sincere in their faith and mean well, for wine and other alcoholic beverages have caused many problems. But to twist scripture in such a way as to fit our own theological view is wrong also. So, let us see what God's word does say on this subject.

First of all, getting drunk is a sin. And if it’s abused to the point of one being a drunkard (one who continually gets intoxicated), it can keep that person from entering the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). However, that does not mean that you throw the baby out with the bathwater. We should not demonize something just because there are those that abuse it. Anything can be abused. And whatever you do abuse, you can be sure that you're committing a sin. And the reason should be clear. If what you do causes you to be unfruitful and even harmful, then you are being counterproductive. Jesus said if any branch in me does not bear fruit then it is removed. Also, He goes on to say that the will of the Father is that you bear much fruit (John 15). 

So, we can see from what was just mentioned that whatever causes you to be unfruitful causes you to sin. This would include excessive drinking, wrongful sexual activity, watching ungodly movies, or anything else that’s counterproductive. You may already know that there are warnings in the bible concerning sexual misconduct. Now does that mean we are to refrain from it all together? I firmly believe sexual misbehavior has caused more harm within the family structure than anything else on this earth. It has been used to violate woman, young children, men, as well as animals, and is the cause of many deceases as well. But again, should we throw it out and encourage everyone to become celibate? Of course not. So why would we do that with wine or any other alcoholic drinks?

So in conclusion, enjoying a glass of wine or a bottle of beer is not a sin as long as you refrain from getting drunk. Jesus Himself admits to drinking fermented wine as well as the gospel of John declaring that He made it at the wedding in Cana of Galilee (Matthew 11:19, John 2:1-11). Now I have to admit, drinking is not for everyone. There are those who may feel the need to refrain from alcohol for whatever reason. But that’s their choice, and their choice should not be pushed on others who have the liberty to do so. Nor should anyone put the pressure on an individual to make them drink when they feel uncomfortable about it.

Now let’s consider some scripture on this matter:

  • Jesus admits to drinking wine and declares that John did not. : “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children.” (Matthew 11:18-19 NKJV)  Even though John refrained from wine, the people said he had a demon, and though Jesus did drink wine, the people accused Him of being a drunkard. Either way, people are going to find fault with you.
  • Jesus made fermented wine at the wedding of Cana:  When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!” (John 2:9-10 NKJV) Notice that the governor said that the good wine is set out first and “when men have well drunk” (the Greek means intoxicated) then they bring out that which is worse (the cheap one). This clearly shows that fermented wine was being served and that the “good wine” was noted by the governor as making people drunk. Jesus made “good wine,” not grape juice and it was the best of all. They don’t serve grape juice at Jewish weddings, I have been to one.
  • The wine Jesus served at the Passover was fermented. For even Paul rebukes the church of Carinthia for not observing the Passover meal properly. He said: For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk. (1 Corinthians 11:21 NKJV) We all know that you can’t get drunk on plain old grape juice. So again, we have a clear indication that the early church did drink fermented wine even at Passover.
  • Paul tells Timothy to stop drinking water and use some wine for his stomach issue: No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities. (1 Timothy 5:23 NKJV).
  • Old Testament speaks on the benefits of wine: You are He who causes grass to grow for the cattle, and the green plant for the service of man, to bring forth bread from the earth; and wine gladdens the heart of man, to brighten his face with oil;
  • And bread strengthens man’s heart. (Psalm 104:14-15 Sept.)

Are all the gifts of the Spirit available today?
There are those who say that the “gifts of the Spirit” ceased when the Bible (the Canon of Scriptures) was completed. Again, this is not true and amounts to bad scripture twisting. For they say that the passage which says: “when that which is perfect is come” is referring to the completion of the bible. I do believe that those who hold to this view are trying to find an excuse for the church’s lacking to step out in faith and practice these Spiritual gifts. So, having said that, lets examine the scriptures and see what it has to say.

  • So, what is the meaning of “when that which is perfect has come?” Simply, it’s referring to the time when Jesus will be coming back to restore all things to Himself. Let’s read: For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. (1 Corinthians 13:9 NKJV). We can see from the passages above that when Jesus comes and restores all things (God makes all things new), those gifts which served us here on earth will be done away with. There will be no need for them anymore because they only served as helps as well as evidence of God’s wonderworking power while on earth.
  • Let’s now look at the Gifts of the Spirit: : And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:28 NKJV). Just a casual reading of God’s word will clearly show that these gifts are necessary for the church of today. Not only that, but they are also to validate what we’re proclaiming. Jesus said: “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; “but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believed that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” (John 10:37-38 NKJV) Also, in John 14:11 He says the same thing: “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” (John 14:11-12 NKJV) 
  • So, we can see from the passages just mentioned that miracles are not just to heal and deliver people from bondage, but also to validate what we are preaching. If Jesus felt it necessary to validate what He was doing with miracles, how much more do we. Those who say they ceased and are no longer necessary are denying scripture itself. Also, why would Paul write with much detail about the gifts of the Spirit if he knew they would soon be done away with? I’m convinced that Paul had no clue that his writings would someday be bound in a book along with many other writings of God’s saints. For there is no direct mention of it in the Old Testament as well as the New. With all the corrupt translations out there, I can honestly say, “that which is perfect” is in no way referring to the bible (though I do believe that the KJV New Testament and the Septuagint Old Testament is God inspired)

Are you more Holy if you practice Celibacy?
There are those in the church who view that one must practice celibacy in order to be a spiritual leader in a church. This practice of celibacy was enforced by those in the early church that viewed sex as base and looked down on those who could not refrain from it. We can read this from the writings of such notables as Tertullian, Ambrose, and Jerome, all of whom believed that, even within marriage, intercourse necessarily involved sin. This attitude toward marital intimacy, which dominated the church for more than ten centuries, inevitably led to the glorification of virginity and celibacy. (see: www.ligonier.org/blog/sex-in-marriage) However, as we can see from scripture, this practice of forbidding marriage within the clergy is demonic and destructive. I say this because look at the harm that has occurred in the Catholic Church regarding sexual misconducts. I do believe God allowed this to happen to expose their teaching of heresy concerning marriage within the clergy. The unfortunate thing is however, many innocent lives have been marred through this, and yet do we see any changes in their views today. If celibacy is to be practiced, it has to be by choice and not required or enforced. Let's face it, not all have this gift. (For more info regarding sexual intimacy, see article: Sex Unveiled.

  • Let’s read: “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.” (1 Timothy 4:1-3 NKJV). Also in Hebrews 13:4 we read: Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. (Hebrews 13:4 NKJV) Now, from these two scriptures alone we can clearly see that marriage is honorable whether you're a priest or a peasant. 
  • Paul does tell us that if one is able to remain celibate, this would be a benefit. For such a one could devote more of his time and energy focusing on the work of the Lord without the distractions of marriage. This would include both a man or a woman. For God’s word says: But I want you to be without care. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord—how he may please the Lord. But he who is married cares about the things of the world—how he may please his wife. There isa a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world—how she may please her husband. And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction. (1 Corinthians 7:32-35 NKJV) But having said all that, God still says that “marriage is honorable in all” and it’s not to be looked down upon. And there is more.
  • Sex was given to us by God even from the beginning of creation when He said it was very good. For we read: Then God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of heaven, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28 Sept.). Obviously, you must have sex to multiply, so how can the Church of Rome say that sex is a result of our sin? Again, if you read the creation account you will find that He made the above commandment before the fall, not after.
  • It’s a God given pleasure: Do not let the waters from your fountain be spilled by you, but let your waters pass through your wide places; let them be only for you, and let no stranger partake with you; let the fountain of your water be for you alone, and rejoice together with the wife of your youth. Let your loving deer and graceful colt keep company with you, and let her alone go before you and be with you at all times; for in living with her love, you will be great. (Proverbs 5:15-19 Sept.)
  • Sexual intimacy is colorfully depicted in scripture as being delightful: This greatness of yours is like the palm tree, and your breasts like a cluster of grapes. I said, “I will climb up the palm tree, and grasp hold of its high branches.” Indeed your breasts shall be like clusters of the vine, and the fragrance of your nose like apples, and your mouth like a good wine that goes down smoothly for my beloved, fit for my lips and teeth. (Song of Songs 7:8-10 Sept.)
  • It can be a safeguard against sexual immorality: Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. (1 Corinthians 7:1-2 NKJV)

The Laws of Divorce
This seems to be one of those laws that is ignored not only by non-Christians, but by Christians as well. And that’s sad because it’s a serious commandment that is part of the Ten Commandments of God. Are you surprised? Well, you shouldn’t be if you're a serious student of the bible. For Jesus said: “And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.” (Matthew 19:9 NKJV) Wow, did we just grasp what was said here? First of all, if a man gets rid of his wife to replace her for another (for reasons other than an act of adultery), then he is committing adultery. Secondly, if any woman who is divorced from her husband marries another man, then she is committing adultery as well as the one who is marrying her. This is true even if she was not at fault for the divorce in the first place. And let’s remember how serious this commandment is, for the scripture says that those who practice adultery will not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. You see, God is trying to make a very important point here and that is "He Hates Divorce."

But yet again, we see even Christians men and woman doing this. And why? Isn't it because we don’t take the words of Jesus seriously? Yet, we can go around trying one way or another to find some loop-hole or a justifiable way get around this. However, I’m convinced that no teacher, preacher or angel from heaven can condone or change this statement that Jesus made, whether a couple got married before or after they became Christians. Anything that’s contrary to what Jesus said would only be by scripture twisting at its worst. And let’s consider Paul’s own words which he written to the church: But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:8 NKJV)

Now having said all that, I do believe for those of you who have done this evil deed, if you would turn and repent, God will forgive you. Now does that mean you will have to give each other up? I would have to tell you yes, of course! For if you confess your sins for the wrong that you did and yet continue in that sin, then you’re not really sorry for what you did and your sin remains. Your living a life of adultery by remaining together, so the only way to free yourselves from this sin is through a divorce (which Jesus himself gave you permission to do if there’s adultery involved, which in this case there is). For even in the book of 1 Esdras chapter 8-9 the Jews were compelled to give up their foreign wife's they had wrongfully married. This was in keeping with the law and to turn away the wrath of the LORD from coming upon them.

Now I know this may not be popular with you ladies, but there is no scripture in God's word that ever allows a woman to divorce her husband, not even if she finds out he has another woman on the side. For we can see from Jesus statement that he is referring only to the woman being divorced for fornication, and not the man. This is true because we can see from scripture itself that God never condemns a man from having an additional wife. So, for this cause or any other, a woman never has the right for a divorce. Also, we must remember that Jesus said the sin of adultery was getting rid of one’s wife (perhaps because of his dislike for her) and replacing her for another. God hates divorce as was mentioned before (see: Malachi 2:13-16 Sept.). However, the bible does say that a woman who departs from her husband (no divorce being involved, but perhaps to flee an abusive husband) must remain unmarried or be reconciled back to her husband. So again, there is no exceptions allowed for her to divorce him whatsoever. Any pastor or teacher who says anything contrary to this truth, is adding lies to God's word. And don't just take my word for it, but search God's word for yourselves and pray that the Holy Spirit would open your eyes to his truth. “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32 NKJV)​    ​

Scripture Reference and Notes:

  • And you do these things which I hate. You cover the altar of the Lord with tears, with weeping and moaning because of troubles, yet still thinking it is worthy to look upon your sacrifice or take it as acceptable from your hands. And you say, “Why?” Because the Lord has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, whom you have forsaken; yet she is your companion and the wife of your covenant. 15But did He not make another, having a remnant of His Spirit? Yet you ask, “What else does God seek but offspring?” But take heed to your spirit, and do not forsake the wife of your youth. “But if you hate her and send her away,” says the Lord God of Israel, “ungodliness will obscure your thinking,” says the Lord Almighty. (Malachi 2:13-16 Sept.)
  • And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who madea them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ “and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? “So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?” He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. “And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.” (Matthew 19:4-9 NKJV)
  • For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man. (Romans 7:2-3 NKJV)
  • Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NKJV)

Having more than one Wife
(No, I'm not a Mormon)
This is another topic that can cause great debate, not only within the church, but outside of it as well. Well, to be strait forward and honest in this, there is no scriptures or laws that prohibit a man from having more than one wife except for those who hold a leadership position in the church (for this can be a distraction to his ministry - 1 Timothy 3:2). Now this being said, I don’t believe that we men should all rush out and start looking for another wife to add to the one we have, for we must first determine our role and position in the church. For God may be calling you to be part of a leadership position in a church, or He wants to send you out into the mission field. And again, we know from scripture that those who are called into the ministry, can't have more than one wife because he would be preoccupied trying to please them and thus, his ministry would lack. And let's remember that once you marry a woman, you are bound to her (or them) for the rest of your life. (see God Hates Divorce)

Now for some clarification. Jesus did say if a man divorces his wife and marries another, that he would be committing adultery (which is dishonoring a marriage). But one must remember that adultery is not that act of adding a wife to the one you already have, but it’s getting rid of the wife you don't want and replacing her for another. So, in a nutshell, adultery is the act of being unfaithful and showing dishonor to the woman whom you’ve vowed to keep and take care of. Its kind a like trading her in for a new model. What an insult this would be. But on the other hand, adding a wife to the one you already have isn't an act of adultery because there's no divorce involved. Again, don't take my word for it but do you own studying on this. And watch out for those who try to appease others by scripture twisting. The truth is the truth.

Adultery is “dishonoring a marriage” ether by: (a) a man dumping his wife for another (b) a woman dumping her husband for another (c) a man having sex with another man’s wife. But Jesus never says that a man is “dishonoring a marriage” by adding a second wife to his marriage. It was practiced in the Old Testament without any indications of it being a sin. However, we find in the New Testament only one prohibition to having more than one wife and that would be for the Elders and Overseers of the Church. For we are told that they are to be the husband of one wife to avoid being over distracted from their duties: “A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach”….. (1 Timothy 3:2), “For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you-- if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination. (Titus 1:5-6)

(The Preacher)

There may be those women who say that this is unfair, and why can’t we women have more than one husband also? What's good for the goose should be good for the gander also, right? Well one must consider the facts. If a man has three wives and they all conceive by him, you can be sure who the father is and who the mother is. On the contrary, if a woman has three men and they all lay with her during the month and she conceives, who’s the father? In this kind of situation, you can only have confusion and even contention. It would not be good for the woman or the men involved (or even the child). Also, on a more medical note, when a woman has multiple male partners, it confuses her body on recognizing who to conceive from. This could cause problems such as miscarriages and even venereal disease. God designed a woman to have only one male partner. This way there would be no confusion on who the child belongs two.

I do know however, if one desires to be in the ministry, he needs to be married to only one wife. Also, there were great men such as Isaac, Noah and Moses who all had only one wife. So again, I’m not encouraging men everywhere to start adding wives to their marriage, but I’m simply stating the facts of God’s scriptures which does not condemn a man if he chooses to (in case he does want to add to the one he has). (For more info on this see: Sex Unveiled on this website)

Scripture Reference and Notes:

  • Very early on men took to themselves more than one wife: Then Lamech took two wives for himself: the name of one was Adah, and the name of the second was Zillah. (Genesis 4:19 Sept.)
  • Jacob was a man of God who had two wives who were sisters. This of course was before the law that said a man is not to take two sisters as wives. And he arose that night and took his two wives, his two maidservants, and his eleven sons, and crossed over the ford of Jabbok. (Genesis 32:22 Sept.)
  • This is an actual law of God which is designed to protect the first wife’s rights of marriage when a man takes a second wife: If he betrothed her to his son, he shall deal with her according to the right of daughters. But if he takes another wife, he shall not deprive her of necessities, clothing, and marriage rights. (Exodus 21:9-10 Sept.)
  • Even though this is a sad case for the one woman, it shows that God allowed a man to have more than one wife, even having a law to protect the rights of the one who was hated: "Now if a man is married to two wives, one loved and the other hated, and they have borne him children, both the loved and the hated, and the firstborn son is of her who is hated, then it shall be, on the day he bequeaths his possessions to his sons, he must not bestow firstborn status on the son of the loved wife in preference to the son of the unloved, the true firstborn. But he shall acknowledge the son of the unloved wife as the firstborn by giving him a double portion of all he has, for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his. (Deuteronomy 21:15-17 Sept.)
  • This man Elkanah was a worshiper of God who had two wives: He had two wives. The name of one was Hannah, and the name of the other was Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah none. (1 Kingdoms 1:2 Sept.)
  • David had two wives even though he was a king, and yet God never condemned him for it: “And David settled in Gath with Achish, he and his men, each with his family, and David with both wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelite woman and Abigail the widow of Nabal, the Carmelite. (1 Kingdoms 27:3 Sept.). Please note that Nabal died and then David took Abigail for his wife
  • Even though a wife may leave for one reason or another (a separation, not a divorce), she is still to remain unmarried. And if she wants to be joined to a man, she has to return to back to her husband. Divorce is out of the question for a woman: Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife. (1 Corinthians 7:10-11 NKJV)
  • God hates divorce in general: “And you do these things which I hate. You cover the altar of the Lord with tears, with weeping and moaning because of troubles, yet still thinking it is worthy to look upon your sacrifice or take it as acceptable from your hands. And you say, “Why?” Because the Lord has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, whom you have forsaken; yet she is your companion and the wife of your covenant. (Malachi 2:13-14 Sept.)
  • The only excuse a man has for a divorce is if his wife lies with another man: “And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality,d and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.” (Matthew 19:9 NKJV)

Pray that all would comprehend God's truth

Did Jesus make and drank fermented wine, are Spiritual gifts for today? All these and other questions are answered in Misconceptions by the Church?