Yep. I am going there.
Someone (a believer) came to a friends office today and he wanted to know if it was ok to pay tithes from his business of alcoholic sales, (PUB).
Ok. Since he asked…
Best way to answer this question is by asking what does the Bible teach us?
Sadly, many are deceived and do not rightly divide the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:15) nor study to show themselves approved.
Many think because they see others consuming alcohol that it’s ok… many wrongly assume that because Jesus ‘turned water into wine’ at the wedding feast in Cana, (John 2:1-11) that Jesus must have consumed alcoholic wine.
Most are not realizing the word ‘wine’ was used 231 times in the King James Translation or that in the Old Testament there were three Hebrew words translated as ‘wine’ (Yawin- INTOXICATING FERMENTED JUICE, used 141 times- of which 71 times meant ‘FRESH GRAPE JUICE FROM THE VINE, 70 times meant FERMENTED), another word is TIROSH- meaning UNFERMENTED FRESH GRAPE JUICE, no alcoholic content at all.
In fact, Lamentations 2:11-12 states mothers gave TIROSH WINE to infants and babies!!!)
The third word was SHAKAR/SHEKA- meaning STRONG DRINK, INTENSELY ALCOHOLIC AND INTOXICATING (Numbers 28:7)
In the New Testament ‘wine’ translated from the Greek into our language that we speak. The word wine is used for both fermented and unfermented drink there are two Greek words for the word wine in the new testament .
OINOS- generic wine-either fermented or unfermented.
Matthews 9:17 is an example, Ephesians 5:18 gives a fermented example.
The other word is GLEUKOS. Which means sweet wine fresh juice from the vine illustrated in acts 2:13.
The content of the Bible script reveals the type of wine as well as the original root word so I go back to my point:
If a tree is known by its fruit, what fruit does alcoholic wine bring? Is it godly fruit or fruit from the enemy?
This is extremely important subject as the deceiver the enemy Satan the father of all lies has deceived and lied to so many people including Christians.
Deep down the conscious of the individual knows inherently what is right and what is wrong-but they will try to justify their actions to do what they know it’s wrong and try to tell themselves that it is right.
John 10:10 says “the thief comes to kill, steal, and destroy.” But Christ says “I come to give life more abundantly.”
Ask yourself ” does grape juice kill? does grape juice steal from families and destroy families and steal and destroy and kill lives?
Does alcohol do this?
Matthew 12:33 ”
“A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad.”
So, consider alcohol as a tree: what is its fruit? That’s how you will know- according to the Bible.
For further study,
Habakkuk 2:15 “woe to him who gives drink to his neighbors, pouring it from the wineskin till they are drunk” (the word woe is a strong warning- take note!!!)
God will not bless the tithes of one who obtained sinfully.
Proverbs 20:1 “wine (oinus- fermented) is a mocker and beer is a brawler; whoever is let astray by them is not wise”
Proverbs 22:10 “Drive out the mocker and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended”
Read also Matthew 9:17, mark 2:21-22; Proverbs 23:20; Proverbs 23:29-33.
Also- if we are born again believers and followers of Jesus Christ, whose body is it?
The Bible states:
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.”
Food for thought.