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. So, we must not look down on those who choose not to drink and to be careful not stumbling them with our drinking. But to twist scripture in such a way as to fit our own theological view is wrong also. So, whether we choose to drink or not, let us not look down or judge each other on this issue. For it's God who has given us freedom in this area.

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 harm a persons relationship with God and even keep him (or her) 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)


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