Do not drink wine or other alcoholic beverages . . . when you come into the tent of meeting. This is taken from Leviticus 10:9.
Does that passage mean that we must not drink anything alcoholic before going to a Christian meeting? Think about these points: We are not under the Law. Romans 10:4 tells us: “For Christ is the end of the Law, so that everyone exercising faith may have righteousness.”
In some lands, our fellow believers use alcoholic beverages in moderation at meals before attending meetings. Four cups of wine were used at the Passover. When instituting the Memorial, Jesus had his apostles drink wine that represented his blood. Matthew 26:27 tells us: “And taking a cup, he offered thanks and gave it to them, saying: “Drink out of it, all of you,”
The Bible condemns heavy drinking and drunkenness. 1 Corinthians 6:10 tells us: “thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners will not inherit God’s Kingdom.” 1 Timothy 3:8 tells us: “Ministerial servants should likewise be serious, not double-tongued, not indulging in a lot of wine, not greedy of dishonest gain,”
And many Christians would feel impelled by their conscience to abstain completely from alcoholic beverages before engaging in any form of sacred service. However, circumstances vary from one country to another, and the important thing is for Christians to conduct themselves with holiness that pleases God. Leviticus 10:10 tells us: “This is to distinguish between the holy thing and the profane and between the unclean thing and the clean,”