Tattoos, marijuana, and alcohol are common things to see in today’s world. In this episode of Real Christianity, we are going to talk about the Bible’s position on these three specific topics.
Key Takeaways From This Episode
- I don’t think this is a sin discussion, I think it’s a wisdom discussion. In order for something to be sin, there needs to be a Scriptural command prohibiting the activity.
- In Leviticus in the Old Testament, there is a reference to not defacing your body, but it is important to know that the Levitical Law was fulfilled by Christ and no longer required to make us holy or righteous before the Lord.
- Now, just because it’s not wrong, doesn’t mean it’s right. The Old Testament gives us some good principles here.
- For example, a lot of Christians say they want to get Scripture tattooed on their bodies as a form of worship or identification with Christ. This is the right thing, but the wrong way. God tells us how He wants to be worshipped and identified with and it doesn’t include tattoos.
- With this proper perspective, you should at least pause and pray if putting a permanent, manmade sign on an eternal God-made temple is wise.
- It goes on to say, you are not your own. You were bought with a price. Therefore, glorify God with your body.
- Honestly, getting a tattoo isn’t your decision, it’s Jesus’ decision.
- So, stop and think about if tattooing is a historical Holy thing, or if it is a historical worldly thing? Does it make you more like Christ, or does it make you more like the world? These are important questions to ask.
- In conclusion, while I don’t think we can’t call it sin, I don’t think it’s wise. If you have tattoos, don’t worry about it. What’s done is done, but what I would do is seek the Lord on any further tattoos.
- I think it’s theologically impossible to build a case that drinking is a universal sin.
- That said, drunkenness is a sin. Alcoholism is bondage to sin. Scripture calls us to not allow our bodies to be mastered by anything, but the Bible does permit drinking.
- According to DoctrineandDevotion.com: A Theology of Wine, “In all, there are 247 references to alcohol in Scripture. 40 are negative (warnings about drunkenness, potential dangers of alcohol, etc.), 145 are positive (a sign of God’s blessing, use in worship, etc.), and 62 are neutral (people falsely accused of being drunk, vows of abstinence, etc.) The Bible is anything but silent on the issue of wine.”
- Now, there are two reasons why a Christian should not drink wine:
- The first is if it violates your conscience.
- The second reason is if your freedom to drink causes another person who struggles with drinking to sin.
- Bottom line: drinking is not universally sinful, but drunkenness absolutely is. Where’s the line? If you can’t clearly present the Gospel or Worship Christ or be sober-minded in prayer, you’ve had too much. If you are the person who “needs a drink” at the end of the day you’re probably in bondage.
- Just like food, wine is a blessing, but just like anything, it can become sinful without self-control.
- I want to make sure people understand how Marijuana is different from alcohol. One you can consume and still be sober, the other you can’t; You can have a drink and not be drunk, you cannot use Marijuana in any form without getting high.
- So, my personal take is marijuana is a substance that removes sobriety.
- For that reason, I can’t vouch that recreational marijuana can be consumed without sin. That said, I know some people use it for legitimate medical reasons, I’m not talking about that group of individuals, I’m talking about recreational users.
- Another reason I wouldn’t endorse Christians to use marijuana is that it’s currently federally illegal.
- In regards to CBD, which is a THC-free hemp product. I don’t think there is any sin here. However, like alcohol, I would be careful to use it publicly as it may stumble someone you know.
- Leviticus 19:28 says, “You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord.”
- Deuteronomy 12:4-5 “You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way. But you shall seek the place that the Lord your God will choose out of all your tribes to put his name and make his habitation there.”
- John 4:24 “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
- 1 Cor 6:19-20 that says, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
- Psalm 104:14-15 states that God gives wine “that makes glad the heart of men.”
- John ch 2 “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”
- 1 Timothy 5:23 Paul tells Timothy, “No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities.”
- Romans 14
- James 4:17 “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”
- 1 Corinthians 8:9-13 “But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols? And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.”
- 1 Corinthians 10:23-24 “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.”
- Romans 14:12-13 “So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.”
- Romans 14:21 “It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak.”
- 1 Peter 1, 4, and 5
- 1 Timothy 3
- Romans 13:1-2 “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.”
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