INTRO: We are in the process of wrapping up this series on wine in the Bible. I am at present summarizing and giving a number of points that argue against the use of alcohol from all that has been covered in earlier messages.
I mentioned that the Bible does not often clearly condemn the use of alcohol and suggested that the reason is because we can so easily learn from natural revelation how bad it is. However, we saw that there is at least one Scripture that soundly condemns all use of alcohol. I recommended that an accurate translation of a few key words would clear up much of our understanding regarding the use of alcohol in the Bible. We further saw that science clearly informs us that alcohol is both a poison and a drug. And last, we learned that if it were not for alcohol, many emergency departments might well go out of business. We discovered that if it were not for alcohol, many emergency departments might well go out of business. We saw also that it is not the drunk, but the social drinker that is the greatest hazard to life. All of this does not bode well for the view that says God allows for the consumption of alcohol.