What Does The Bible *Really* Say About Drugs, Alcohol, & Smoking?

Published October 15, 2017 by First Methodist Carrollton in 


  • What have you heard/do you think the Bible says about
    • alcohol?
    • smoking?
    • marijuana?
    • harder drugs?

Related Scriptures:

  • 1 Peter 5:8
    • “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
  • Galatians 5:21
    • “…drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
  • Romans 13:13-14
    • “Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify desires of the flesh.”
  • Proverbs 20:1
    • “Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler;
      whoever is led astray by them is not wise.”
  • Proverbs 23:29-35
    • “Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
      Who has strife? Who has complaints?
      Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
      Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
      Do not gaze at wine when it is red, 
      When it sparkles in the cup,
      When it goes down smoothly!
      In the end it bites like a snake
      and poisons like a viper
      Your eyes will see strange sights,
      and your mind will imagine confusing things.
      You will be like one sleeping on the high seas,
      lying on top of the rigging.
      ‘they hit me,’ you will say, ‘but I’m not hurt!
      They beat me, but I don’t feel it!
      When will I wake up so I can find another drink?”
  • 1 Thess 5:6-8
    • “So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplace, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.”
  • Luke 1:15
    • “for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.”
  • Proverbs 31:4-6
    • “It is not for kings, Lemuel – 
      it is not for kings to drink wine,
      not for rulers to crave beer,
      lest they drink and forget what has been decreed,
      and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
      Let beer be for those who are perishing, 
      wine for those who are in anguish!”
  • Mark 7:15
    • “Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.”
  • Matthew 18:8
    • “If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire.”
  • Isaiah 28:7
    • “And these also stagger from wine
      and reel from beer:
      Priests and prophets stagger from beer
      and are befuddled with wine;
      they reel from beer,
      they stagger when seeing visions,
      they stumble when rendering decisions.”
  • Isaiah 5:11
    • “Woe to those who rise early in the morning
      to run after their drinks,
      who stay up late at night
      till they are inflamed with wine.”
  • 1 Timothy 5:23
    • “Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.”
  • 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
    • “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
  • Romans 12:1
    • “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.”
  • 1 Corinthians 10:13
    • “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
  • Romans 14
    • “…So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith, and everything that does not come from faith is sin.”

Further Discussion:

  • Any thoughts about these scriptures immediately come to mind?
  • Where does Marijuana fall in this discussion?
    • Something to think about: Marijuana intoxicates instantly; unlike alcohol, its effects are not gradual.
  • What about drugs which can be used for medicinal effect?
    • Mushrooms that supposedly treat depression
    • Weed treating various ailments
    • “wine for your stomach”
    • Cigarettes for a recovering heroin/meth addict
    • Painkillers
  • Let’s talk about dependence. Is it bad?
    • When is it not?
    • Why is it when it is?
  • Where is the line?
  • How do we apply this knowledge of what the Bible says to how we make choices for ourselves?
  • How do we apply this in how we approach others?
    • Romans 14
  1. Does using some weed for pain or even prescription meds from the doctor mean that someone is not saved. Is caffeine a drug I mean it does change the way that you feel. Would not Tylenol or even ibuprofen be considered witchcraft. Just really looking for answers. I suffer with pain and sometimes the pain gets so great that I literally feel sick. I would love to be pain free but I know that’s never going to happen not in this life.

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