Sunday, September 4, 2011

Church Elder Is Not Given To Wine


Titus 1:7c

Wine is used as a symbol of joy.

Wine makes glad the heart of man.

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Wine is also used as a symbol of wrath of God against immorality.

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Deacons is not given to much wine. (1Tim. 3:8)

Deacons are permitted to partake of alcohol, but not in regularity, frequency, or quantity.

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Older women are not given to much wine. (Titus 2:3)

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In short, Christians must not be addicted to wine.

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Elder is not given to wine. (1 Timothy 3:3, Titus 1:7c)

A church elder is not to be with or near any wine at all.

He is to completely abstain from alcohol.

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Some said, "But Timothy, a pastor and elder, was instructed to drink wine."

But Timothy suffered from a number of internal physical problems.

Paul wrote to him and said, "No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach's sake and your frequent infirmities." (1Tim. 5:23)

Paul made an exception because of Timothy's condition.

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Some said, "But Jesus drank wine."

Yes, He did.

He created wine for the wedding in Cana of Galilee (John 2).

He drank wine with sinners and was accused of being a glutton and a drunkard (Luke 7:34).

He drank wine with the disciples at the Last Supper.

But He told the disciples during the Last Supper, "But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom." (Matthew. 26:29)

Jesus doesn't drink wine anymore.

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Church elder must completely abstain from partaking any alcohol because of the dangers it presents to him as a spiritual man.

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Usage of alcohol can turn a church elder into one who loses control, clarity, and even consciousness.

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Using alcohol impairs his ability to think logically, make decisions rightly, and hear from God clearly.

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Alcohol tends to make people stupid.

A drunken man staggers in his vomit. (Is. 19:14)

Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise. (Proverbs 20:1)

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Christians are not allowed to get drunk.

And Christians are not to associate with drunkards in the church. (1 Cor. 5:11)

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If we are not in spiritual authority, we do have the freedom to drink a little wine.

But we must make sure we don't make another Christian stumble. (Rom. 14:21)

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It is better not to drink.

No one is going to stumble if we don't drink.

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But just how many of us choose to exercise our freedom instead of walking in love?

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