Daniel Whitfield has made an astoundingly exhaustive study of every alcohol reference in Scripture– all 247 of them. I quote here his findings:
On the negative side:
- there are 17 warnings against abusing alcohol,
- 19 examples of people abusing alcohol,
- 3 references to selecting leaders,
- and one verse advocating abstinence if drinking will cause a brother to stumble.
- Total negative references 40, or 16%.
On the positive side:
- there are 59 references to the commonly accepted practice of drinking wine (and strong drink) with meals,
- 27 references to the abundance of wine as an example of God’s blessing,
- 20 references to the loss of wine and strong drink as an example of God’s curse,
- 25 references to the use of wine in offerings and sacrifices,
- 9 references to wine being used as a gift, and
- 5 metaphorical references to wine as a basis for a favorable comparison.
- Total positive references: 145, or 59%.
“Neutral references make up the other 25%. If I could add only one observation to Whitfield’s study: There is also one reference to medicinal alcohol: ‘No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of yopur stomach and your frequent ailments (1 Timothy 5.23).
My long and deeply thought-out conclusions: Wine is yummy! Drink it with meals and by itself! Enjoy it, just not too much. It makes for a nice gift too. Apparently God has cursed the baptists. So sad.