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Drug Abuse and the Bible

The Bible makes careful distinctions with reference to the taking of drugs.

First, drugs may be used for medicinal purpose — No longer drink water exclusively, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments, I Timothy 5:23.

Second, God graciously gave man wine for the Lord’s Supper, celebration, pleasure, satisfying thirst and general physical-emotional-spiritual health. However, with this gift of wine God has given us several warnings regarding its use. Leaders in home, church and state should not let wine blur their thinking and their ability to lead wisely, Proverbs 31:4-5. Also, drunkenness is a heinous sin — Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise, Proverbs 20:1.