I came across a written outline of a sermon John MacArthur preached a number of years ago about alcohol in the life of the Christian. I heard this sermon on his radio program. In this sermon, he asks eight questions of his listeners in order for them to examine their own lives in light of the bible's teachings about alcohol. I've decided to answer these questions here.
Question #1: Is drinking wine today the same as in Bible times?
I don't know, I wasn't alive then. But if they enjoyed it as much as I do, then praise God.
Question #2: Is drinking wine necessary?
No, but it sure can be a blessing.
Question #3: Is drinking wine the best choice?
No, beer is.
Question #4: Is drinking wine habit forming?
It can be - for some people. It is for me. I have a habit of drinking one beer per day, plus or minus. A little wine (always red) here and there, too.
Question #5: Is drinking wine potentially destructive?
Yes, but so is reading the bible.
Question #6: Is my drinking wine offensive to other Christians?
I don't know, I've never been confronted by somebody who claimed to be offended. I'd hate to think that there are Christians out there who are harboring secret grudges against me for enjoying God's creation, which He pronounced "good," by the way.
Question #7: Will drinking wine harm my Christian testimony?
No, actually it has helped it fairly well.
Question #8: Am I absolutely certain drinking wine is right?
Yes. Hey, "absolutely" is a good word for this question!
Any more questions?