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Joel,

There has been a lot of scripture used to back others beliefs/convictions, both pro and con, about the consumption of alcoholic drinks.

With all do respect for those on either side, I firmly believe that the answer lies within ones own heart.

Allow me to explain.

I used to attend a church that flat out condemned drinking alcoholic beverages. They said it was a sin.

I would ask them to show me in Scripture where it says it’s a sin.

They couldn’t, but they knew it was a sin.

To make a long story short, this was my “springboard” into looking into why, when it comes to consuming alcoholic beverages, some Christians believe one thing to be true, and biblical; while at the same time others believed the opposite to be both true and biblical.

Needless to say, they couldn’t both be right. Right?

WRONG!

They actually were both right AND wrong at the same time.

I firmly believe that as Christians, we are all called to become like Christ.

Since we all come from different backgrounds with different strengths and weaknesses; God, (who knows us better than we know ourselves), will “convict” some people about consuming alcoholic beverages, and not “convict” others.

Why would He do this? It’s because He knows our strengths and weaknesses, that He will only allow those things into our lives that will not detour us from becoming like His Son Jesus Christ, and block [convict against] those that do.

This, for me, fits in well with why Paul warns us not to let our freedoms become a stumbling block for others.

I can elaborate further if needed.

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