Since this is a fundamental baptist forum, let's act like fundamentalists and go to God's absolutely inerrant AUTHORITATIVE Word to find out what God has to say about alcohol. I read most of the 14 pages of the other thread about alcohol and was surprised that most people seem to think that drinking alcohol in moderation is o.k. as long as it doesn't offend a brother or tarnish his testimony among worldlings. But the Bible teaches differently. The Bible teaches total abstinence from alcoholic beverages. Pastors must abstain from alcohol: 1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant ,sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach. The word "vigilant" is translated from the Greek word "nephaleos" (nay-fal'-ee-os) Strong's # 3524, it's derived from the Greek word "nepho" (nay'-fo)Strong's #3525, it means to abstain from wine (keep sober). 1 Timothy 3:11 "sober" - same word, "nephaleos" #3524. Aged men are commanded to be sober: Titus 2:2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. God the Holy Spirit used the same word here, "nephaleos" Strong's #3524 -to abstain from wine (keep sober). Every person in the Thessalonian church is commanded to abstain from alcohol: 1 Thessalonians 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. Strong's #3525 -to abstain from wine. All believers, bar none, are commanded to abstain from alcoholic beverages: 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. 2 Timothy 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. "watch" - Strong's #3525 - "nepho"- to abstain from wine. 1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. "watch - Strong's #3525 - "nepho"- to abstain from wine. 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. "sober" - Strong's #3525 - "nepho"- to abstain from wine. It is clear from God's absolutely inerrant Word that we are to totally abstain from alcoholic beverages. It is NOT o.k. for a Christian to drink moderately. Even slight drinking impairs one's thinking and lowers alertness to spiritual danger (1 Pe. 5:8,9). Christians are not to be controlled by liquor (Ep. 5:18). Christians are priests, and the Bible forbids priests to drink (1 Pe. 2:9; Le. 10:8,11). Christians are not to touch the unclean thing (2 Co. 6:17--7:1). Christians are to abstain from every form of evil (1 Th. 5:22). Christians who drink cause others to stumble (Ro. 14:21). Wine is a mocker and a deceiver (Pr. 20:1).