Alcohol: Is it a sin or not?

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hmm, I know for myself when I first became a Christian alcohol was something that I didn't really want to give up and I still like to have the occasional drink, but honestly I do believe God has been working on me to quit and give it up.

I don't think it is a sin, but I do think it all depends on what type of Christian you want to be. I know when I was first saved I confessed it to all of my non-christian friends at the time. While I was telling them I was slamming a bud light and when they heard it they gave me the cocked-head-puppy-dog-look of confusion. At the time I didn't think much of it until a couple weeks later a friend of mine came over and said "You know, you tell me that you are different from us now, yet you still drink."

So I have at least quit drinking in public and if God convicts me to get rid of it completely than I will.

Just my take on it, but I am still a new Christian so I may speak with ignorance.
Roman, you have touched on a very interesting point and one that has not been covered. At one point during this thread, I was going to bring it up and I'm not quite sure why I didn't. I guess old age (36;)) is creeping up on me.

But to me, the consumption of the alcohol is not as dangerous as the example we set. And your friend is a perfect example of that. If I'm out in the middle of the desert, on the verge of dehydration, there's no water in sight, and I have a beer, I don't think God will condemn me for drinking that beer to stay alive. Otherwise, we would be committing a sin everytime we took a dose of NyQuil when we catch a cold. NyQuil is better than 25% alcohol and stronger than many of the drinks you buy at a bar.

Where the danger in drinking a beer comes in is what people see of us. If I have 1 beer and my neighbor sees it, he's liable to go out and become a drunk. He's liable to get the idea "Well, Preacher's a good Christian and he had a beer, so it's OK for me to go out and have all I want." The real danger is the precedent we set. My neighbor may not have the will power or desire to stop after 1 beer like I might.

And before someone says it, Preacher is not saying it's OK to drink as long as you hide it very well.:) Afterall, God is always watching.;)