If someone wants to abstain, that’s fine. I’d say there are two problems with it– abstaining from the Lord’s Supper is undesirable, certainly if you do it all the time. Secondly, Paul opposed the idea of Timothy engaging in total abstinence, apparently. He wanted him to drink a little wine for his stomach’s sake.
Still, I find this article to have some logical problems. He says, “He instructs the church leaders, whether pastors (1 Tim. 3:3; Tit. 1:7) or deacons (1 Tim. 3:8,) regarding the consumption of alcohol to be “blameless,” strongly implying total abstinence is the Biblical standard.”
Look at I Timothy 3:8. It contradicts his conclusion. Look up that verse in the Greek. How can you get total abstinence out of a command that deacons not be given to much wine? If they are not to be given to much wine, they can drink some.
And some people do drink dilluted wine. I hear farmers in the field in Italy drink a bit of wine with lots of water. I’ve also read the interpretation that ‘strong drink’ is undilluted wine.
If you grew up in a Methodist-and-temperance-movement-influenced religion, like Pentecostals or Southern Baptist, maybe some mild drinking would be considered a reproach. But it is not from a Biblical perspective.
Jesus drank wine and gave the apostles wine and told them to drink it. So how can we be holy by looking down our noses on people Who did what Jesus did. Isn’t the ‘holier-than-thou’ condemning attitude that a lot of Pentecostals have toward those who drink like Jesus drank (non-sinfully and in moderation) a problem that pastors need to address? Instead of writing articles in favor of teetotalalism, which we know is not required in scripture, why not also address the issue of legalistic snobby false holiness that consists of adhering to manmade standards (e.g. ‘Taste not’) that God does not require, while looking judgmentally down on those who do not adhere to them.
Even John Wesley did not outright condemn the drinking of wine in moderation. He preached against the dangers of distilled liquors. Drunks addicted to gin were an issue in his day, and the preaching evolved to condemning drinking wine and beer in moderation.
I was raised not drinking wine, beer, etc. I’ve probably drunk much less alcohol (mainly as cough medicine or residual amounts in Japanese or Italian food) than most preachers I’ve encountered who are opposed to alcohol. Other than cough medicine and small amounts in food cooked with wine, about two years ago, I had maybe an 8th of a glass of red wine on a plan two years ago when I had a throat infection forming in my throat while flying to China for a job interview process that required a presentation and a demo class. It really helped my throat a lot. I’ve never been drunk or tipsy from drinking.
I say that as a non-drinker, because the legalistic condemning type of Pentecostal likes to respond to reasonable posts on the topic of drinking by accusing the poster of being a drunk, being against holiness.
You can’t be holier than Jesus.