Is it a sin to drink beer?

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Is it okay to drink beer, as long as you aren't out of control or drunk?

  1. Yes, it is okay to drink beer (under control.)

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  2. No, it is not okay to drink beer.

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  3. Other answer.

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  1. SaggyWoman

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    As long as you aren't drunk or out of control, is it okay to drink beer?
     
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    I don't think it's a sin to drink beer.

    I do think it's a sin to drink bad beer.
     
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    For me, it would be a sin to drink beer.
     
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    Under what conditions?

    If you were dieing in a desert and the only drinkable liquid was beer I do not see drinking it as a sin.
     
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    Saggy, What are you doing to us? [​IMG] We have already beat ourselves up over the election and now you want us to debate the use of an alcoholic beverage? [​IMG]
     
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    There will be a fight soon on this thread, so I'll post before the flames start:

    A sin? I don't know...but for me, it is not wise to drink at all:
    • The small potential upside (enjoying a drink) with the large potential downside (risk of intoxication and its associated problems).
      • If I were to get drunk, I could lose my job, and put my family at risk. Too high a risk for a beer.
      • If I were to get intoxicated, I could say or do things that damage my ministry and witness. Why risk it?
    • There has been a history of alcoholism in my family background. If there is any sort of genetic basis, why risk it?
    • I tell my students not do drink...and then I do? I see that as hypocritical. I'd rather lead by example.
    • Drinking offends quite a few Christians I work with, and minister to. I'll take the "Paul and meat" example here, and give up my liberty for the sake of the Gospel.
    • Simply, I don't need to drink. There's other options that have no downside that meets my needs.
    Wisdom, IMO, is asking God to help me look "down the path" and determine if long-term outcomes honor Him or not. There are too many paths that are problematic for me. I'll pass.

    So...is it sinful? Unsure. Is it wise? Not for me, it ain't.

    EDIT: The above post does NOT apply to Diet Dr. Pepper, and any insinuation that it does will result in your being banned (from the BaptistBoard in my mind) :D :D
     
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    For me, to drink beer as a beverage when there are other non-alcohol beverages around would be sin. Again, that would be for me. I am not saying that it is a sin for everyone, just for me.

    Why? Mainly, it would damage my testimony for Christ.
     
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    I can't stand the taste.
     
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    There is non-alcoholic beer Preacher.

    I do not believe it is a sin in general to have an occasional drink. I would not drink a beer however.
     
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    It's a sin to drink cheap beer :)

    "Guiness...it's 'what's for dinner'"
     
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    I agree. It's not a sin in itself, but I do think rbell's comments should be considered. I guess I'm blessed. Alcohol has never appealed to me. Most of it tastes awful. (Don't ask me how I know that).
     
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    Can you explain how it would damage your testimony? Not looking for a fight but just wondering.

    It may be a cultural thing, but it really is a non issue where I live. If I ran into one my pastors in a local pizza place, I would not think any less of him if he were drinking a beer instead of a soda with his pizza.
     
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    It would be a sin for me to drink a beer. While it may be possible to drink alcohol without getting drunk, I wouldn't want to try it.
     
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    No, but don't indulge too much. I don't drink beer myself. Somewhere in the nt it says that you are not defiled by what goes into the body, but by whatever comes out. Intoxication will make you say and do things that you normally wouldn't do.
    I would say, resist the tempation.
     
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    I can't answer for SBCPreacher, but I do know that here where I live if an unbeleiver sees you out with 1 drink(they have no idea how many you've had or how many you will drink, so it only takes 1), they will say soemthing like, they go to church and look at them, they aren't any more christian then I am, they drink and tell the rest of us we're going to hell. To the unbeliever it has nothing to do with salvation, Christ, a relationship, or the freedoms we argue here. But they see you drink andyou no longer have a christian witness to them, they will never be interested in anything christian you say again.
    Now there may be cultures where this does not take place, but it does here, it means something anti christian here when an unbeleiver sees you drink or knows you do.
     
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    I hate the taste of beer! yuck.

    It would be an acquired taste.. and rbell has made the most sense I have ever seen on an alcohol thread here on BB...
    His post should be inducted into the alcohol thread hall of fame...

    Now, if he could only come up with a post about IFB women with short hear, wearing pants while attending a Third Day concert carrying an NIV, all while smoking cigars at the same time they wash others feet.. we could settle a few things around here....
     
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    I can't address any of those issues.

    The only time I encountered all of them at once, I was drunk.


    :D :D :D
     
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    People are always watching, especially children. I believe that for me, their pastor, to be seen drinking a beer would have the potential of leading them astray. "Well, the preacher drinks..." I do not want to knowingly do anything that would set a poor example for them.

    I'm not saying that a Christian can't drink beer. I'm not saying that a pastor can't drink beer. I'm just saying that this pastor can't.
     
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    Why?

    I'd rather have a diet coke!
     
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    I was just saying!

    I'd rather have water ;)
     

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