Is it okay to drink alcohol?


Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.  1 Timothy 5:23
            Yes, it’s okay to drink alcohol.  Paul encouraged it…
            BUT, getting drunk is a big problem, especially for those in key leadership positions.  In 1 Timothy 3, the qualifications of a pastor/overseer and deacon specifically say they cannot be addicted to much wine. 
            Some churches today say the leadership can have NO wine and that’s fine.  If someone posts pictures of themselves holding up red cups and toasting all the time, don’t you wonder what’s in that cup?  Many see that and feel it gives them permission to drink more.
            There are definitely medicinal benefits to grapes, vinegar and wine that scientists have proven, but there are also destructive habits that stem from alcohol consumption.