A friend insists he is free in Christ to drink alcoholic beverages and rejects any suggestion that abstinence is the best approach to alcohol. He quotes Galatians 5:13: “You were called to freedom.”
That’s all well and good — and quite true. Paul didn’t argue with the Corinthian church member when he said, “I am allowed to do anything.” But Paul did say, “Not everything is good for you.” (1 Corinthians 10:23)
We were called to freedom, but read the next part of Galatians 5:13 — “Only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh.” If the exercise of your freedom gives the Enemy an opportunity to eventually shackle you in slavery again, who is going to pay the price to set you free a second time?
The big problem with drinking alcohol — apart from the fact that it’s poisonous — is that you won’t know whether you are in danger of addiction until it’s too late.