Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. Proverbs 23:29-35 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again. Many have stated that there is no scriptural support for total abstinence, yet if one diligent studies the Word, one will find that the Lord does demand total abstinence in the life of the Believer in four verses in the New Testament. Let me first share those four verses: Quote: 1 Thessalonians 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. Quote: 1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. Quote: 1 Peter 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; Quote: 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Now, one may say that in none of the verses posted above is there a command to abstain from alcohol, but there certainly is. One has to study the Word as Paul told Timothy Quote: 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. If one is attentive in one's studies, one will see that the Greek word for 'sober' is the word 'nepho', pronounced 'nay-foe'. Here is the definition of that word 'nepho': Quote: nepho nay'-fo of uncertain affinity: to abstain from wine (keep sober), i.e. (figuratively) be discreet:--be sober, watch. Now, one might say 'Oh, but it might mean be discreet, or to watch'. But if sober cannot mean 'total abstinence in at least one of those four verses, why would the definition be included in the list? If one looks at a modern word in our dictionaries, it should erase any belief that it could mean anything other than abstaining from alcohol. Consider this: Quote: nephalism \Neph"a*lism\, n. [Gr. ? soberness, fr. ? sober, ? to drink no wine: cf. F. n['e]phalisme.] Total abstinence from spirituous liquor. Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc. Total abstinence! Even the modern dictionaries use a form of the word nepho which can mean nothing but total abstinence from alcoholic beverage! In the Word of God Peter commands the reader to ‘Be sober! Be vigilant! Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines ‘vigilant’ in this manner: One cannot be vigilant, watching to avoid danger, without abstaining from alcoholic beverages. When one drinks just one drink of alcoholic beverage, that one is intoxicated to a degree. It may not be noticeable to the one imbibing right away, but that is how deceiving alcohol is. Drunkenness does not just hit a person all at once. From the very first swallow, the alcohol begins to have an effect on the human body. Solomon warned in Proverbs 31: Proverbs 31:4-5 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.