The "Jesus Drank Wine" Lie
The Bible Exposé You Need to Read 
by Pastor John Hamel

"Jesus saith unto them, Fill the water pots with water. And they filled them to the brim. And He saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (But the servants which drew the water knew) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, and saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: But thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee and manifested forth His glory..." (John 2:7-11)

Right out of the starting gate let us please make one thing perfectly clear.  Verse ten above says, "When men have well drunk." The word "drunk" is a verb as in "drunk, drink or drank." It is not an adjective describing someone's intoxicated condition. It does not say, as some have told me, "When men were well drunk."  

This is a reference to how much liquid had been consumed.  It is not a reference to how intoxicated someone became by drinking that liquid. Many times over the course of my life I "have well drunk" of non-alcoholic beverages. But this does not mean that I was well drunk, or intoxicated with my facilities impaired, as a result.

Taking Jesus' Miracle Out of Context to Justify Wrongdoing 

One Sunday morning while preparing for a service, a young Christian man who had previously attended our services approached me.  He explained that he wouldn’t be in Church that morning because he’d been out drinking alcohol all night.  He then actually attempted to justify himself by explaining, “Jesus didn’t have a problem with wine.  He drank it Himself.”  He even claimed he could prove it from the Bible.  Hung-over and stupefied, he stood there dumfounded as I corrected this popular lie using the same Bible he referred me to. 

I immediately took him to the following Scripture passage in Isaiah.  

“Thus saith the Lord, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants' sakes, that I may not destroy them all.” (Isaiah 65:8)

I shared with this inebriated young Christian that when grapes are still on the vine and "in the cluster" God refers to the non-alcoholic juice contained within the grapes as “wine.”  

“Grape juice still in the cluster is not fermented wine,” I explained.  “It is unfermented wine.  It is grape juice.  

"There are two kinds of ‘wine’ referred to in the Bible.  Fermented and unfermented.” 

I explained that Jesus neither drank nor created fermented, alcoholic wine.  That would have been disobedience to His Father’s Word.  Disobedience is sin and Jesus never sinned. 

"... but (He) was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." (Hebrews 4:15) 

I then took him to the following passage of Scripture that Jesus, the fulfillment of the Levitical Priesthood and our High Priest, would have obeyed.  Had He not done so, He would neither be the fulfillment of the Levitical Priesthood nor would He be our High Priest.  He would have been just another sinner man, like everyone else

“Do not drink wine nor strong drink … when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations: And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean;”  (Leviticus 10:9,10)

I explained to my hung-over Brother that unfermented wine, or grape juice, is “holy” or “clean” while fermented wine is “unholy” and “unclean.”  This verse of Scripture clearly differentiates between the two and makes clear that all alcoholic beverages are unholy and unclean! 

I further explained how Bible-illiterate Believers misuse Jesus’ miracle of turning water into wine as an excuse to drink alcohol without making any effort whatsoever to learn what we just discovered from Scripture.

When reading Bible verses that include the word "wine" one must determine whether they are reading about fermented or unfermented wine. It is very easy to do so. All one must do is open a Bible concordance and look the word up. 

If you don't have a Bible concordance you can borrow one at a public library or from your local Church

The Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew.  The New Testament was originally written in Greek. A Bible concordance is divided into two sections.  The first section has word definitions for every Hebrew word in the Old Testament.  The second section has word definitions for every Greek word in the New Testament.  Every English word in the Bible is number coded to its original Hebrew or Greek word.  

It is so simple to look up original word definitions in a Bible concordance that any child who can read is able to do so. In today's high-tech world, Bibles with concordances are available both online and as software.  All one must do is left click the English Bible word in question and instantly the Hebrew or Greek definition appears in a window. 

One must never refuse to employ the use of a concordance when there is a question about which type of wine one is reading about - fermented or unfermented.

Believers Are Now the Tabernacle of Holy God 

Over the years many have written to me or confronted me directly over this "Jesus drank wine" lie teaching. They have pointed out to me that Leviticus 10:9 says, "Do not drink wine nor strong drink ... when you go into the tabernacle of the congregation."  They argue that even the Priests were allowed to drink fermented wine and strong drink as long as they were outside and not inside the Tabernacle.

My answer is always the same. "First, verse ten states that fermented wine and strong drink is unholy and unclean whether inside or outside of the Tabernacle.  Therefore, they were not allowed to drink unholy and unclean substances whether inside the Tabernacle or outside of the Tabernacle.  

"Second, you say you believe that the prohibition on fermented wine and strong drink existed only within the tabernacle. Following that line of reasoning, doesn't the Bible say that YOU are now the Tabernacle of God? Wouldn't that mean that you should never partake of what God refers to as unholy and unclean? 

"In the Old Covenant the Tabernacle was a man-made structure and a place where God visited occasionally. Because God visited there occasionally He particularly forbade the use of fermented wine and strong drink by any of the Priests while they were present there. Why? Because fermented wine and strong drink are unholy and God is Holy.

"However, today the Tabernacle of God is not a man-made structure where God visits only occasionally. Today, the Tabernacle of God is compromised of Born Again human beings, which God indwells permanently. This is all the more reason to not partake of fermented wine and strong drink under the New Covenant."  

"What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are God's." (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Here the Apostle Paul makes it perfectly clear that the body of every Born Again human being is a component in the new Temple of God.

"In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit." (Ephesians 2:21-22)

The Apostle Paul further confirms to the Ephesian Believers that we are all components of the Holy Temple of God and that the Spirit of God inhabits us permanently.

"Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 2:5)

I tell my detractors, "You insist that the Priests of the Old Covenant were only forbidden to use fermented wine and strong drink when they were inside the Tabernacle, correct? Well, how much more true is it that New Covenant Believers should never use fermented wine or strong drink seeing that we actually ARE the Temple of the Lord? Simple stuff!"

Again, Jesus did not disobey Leviticus 10:9-10 by creating "unholy" and "unclean" alcoholic wine to be consumed by Himself or anyone else against His Father’s will.  He created "holy" and "clean" unfermented wine, or premier quality grape juice.

Jesus Does Not Perform Miracles by the Power of Satan 

The fermentation of wine is an aging process that happens over an extended period of time.  It is a process of decay, which is rooted in death. Satan is the author of death, not Jesus or His Father.  

First, Jesus created that premier quality grape juice instantly, not over time - without decay, without death and without the help of Satan. 

Second, as stated, death and decay do not come from God. Death and decay come only from Satan. To say that Jesus created fermented, decayed wine is to say He did so with the help of Satan, for Satan alone is the author of death and decay.

"The thief (Satan) cometh not, but for to steal and to kill, and to destroy: I (Jesus) am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:10)

"...that through death He (Jesus) might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil:" (Hebrews 2:14)  

"And I looked, and beheld a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him." (Revelation 6:8)

To say that Jesus performed a miracle of turning water into "fermented" wine is to say that He did so by the destructive, decay-producing power of Satan, not by the constructive power of the Holy Spirit. 

When they accused Him of performing miracles by the power of Satan, Jesus warned the Pharisees that they were actually blaspheming the Holy Spirit Who was performing the miracles through Him.

"Wherefore I say unto you, all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men." (Matthew 12:31)

Without meaning to, those who insist that Jesus miraculously created fermented wine are actually accusing Him of doing so by the power of Satan - the author of death and decay. Some have written to me insisting that God can produce decay and fermentation "if He wants to."  They insist, "With God all things are possible."  

Yes, with God all things are possible, but only within the boundaries of His written Word. God can and will do anything to accomplish His will, but only according to what is written in His Word. He will not violate His Word.

"... for Thou hast magnified Thy Word above all Thy Name." (Psalm 138:2) 

God's written Word reveals that Satan alone is the author and producer of death - including the death and decay process known as "fermentation." 

God's written Word says that God and Jesus are the authors of life and only life, not death.

"In Him was life; and the life was the light of men." (John 1:4)

"The thief cometh not, but for to steal and to kill, and to destroy: I (Jesus) am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:10)

"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:" (John 11:25)

"But ye denied the Holy One and the Just ... and killed the Prince of Life Whom God hath raised from the dead:" (Acts 3:14-15)

It is not possible for Jesus to have created fermented wine because He is not the author of death and its resulting process of decay. He is the Author of Life and Life alone. 

Jesus would never utilize the assistance of the author of death to bring about a creative miracle. That would be to divide His Kingdom, which Jesus said would ultimately result in the desolation of His Kingdom.

When the Pharisees quietly accused Jesus of casting out demons by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, Jesus picked up on it in His Spirit and informed them of the foolishness of their accusation.

"And Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand." (Matthew 12:25)

In clear terms Jesus let the Pharisees know that He was not in league with demon powers in the performing of any miracle, for that would result in the fall of God's Kingdom.  

All of Jesus’ miracles are rooted in Life and Love - God’s Life and God’s Love.   

People who use the Jesus turning water into wine excuse to consume alcoholic beverages of any sort are simply being deceived by one Bible narrative taken completely out of context.  They need to have their minds properly renewed on the written Word of God and in some cases they actually need to be delivered from religious thinking and religious spirits. 

This is why Jesus said we must always have two or three confirming passages of Scripture, in context, to verify all doctrine or behavior.  Otherwise, those unbiblical doctrines or behaviors are to be rejected. (Deuteronomy 17:6; Matthew 18:16; 2Corinthians 13:1)

Deliberately Taking Paul's Instruction to Timothy Out of Context

Often, after sharing the revelation that Jesus did not drink or create fermented wine with shocked, even offended. alcohol-drinking Christians, they respond with, “Well, Paul told Timothy to take a little wine for his stomach.  I’m just doing it for my stomach. It's good for what ails me. Plus it also helps me to sleep at night.” 

First, any Bible believing Christian suffering from insomnia will find their solution in Psalm chapter four, not in a bottle of wine.

"I will both lay me down in peace and sleep: for Thou, Lord, only maketh me to dwell in safety." (Psalm 4:8)

God expects His children to obey Him and claim this promise of sleep by faith. He does not expect them to disobey Him and use alcohol as a sedative. 

Second, looking for Biblical support in their wrongdoing, some Christians mistakenly take Paul's instruction to Timothy completely out of context.

"Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities." (1Timothy 5:23

I explain to them how Paul, a Bible scholar, knew the difference between fermented and unfermented wine and that he most definitely obeyed the Bible here as well.  He was not instructing Timothy to stop drinking water and to start drinking fermented wine.  He was simply instructing Timothy to be sure and mix unfermented wine with his water to prevent the negative effects of water-borne bacteria. 

It was common in Paul's day to mix unfermented wine, the juice of fresh grapes, with water from cisterns or other open water systems, to kill such water-borne bacteria. Bacteria which caused stomach, intestinal and other ailments such as Timothy experienced.  

Paul was simply telling Timothy to remember to neutralize the effects of the bacteria in his drinking water by mixing it with the juice of unfermented grapes. 

The Apostle Paul was not telling Pastor Timothy that it was acceptable to use fermented wine, or any other kind of alcohol, for any of the reasons Christians worldwide wrongly justify its use today. 

One English Pastor, an admitted social drinker, actually accused me of writing this article because I had been wrongly influenced by America's Prohibition Laws of 1920 to 1933. He stated that American Christians, such as myself, do not believe in social drinking because those Laws still wrongly affect the thinking of Christian America when it comes to the casual use of alcohol.

This American author was not even alive during America's Prohibition Period and comes from a family of heavy drinkers who defied America's Prohibition Laws.  

I have not written this article because I have been wrongly influenced by America's Prohibition Period.  I have written this article because I have been rightly influenced by Almighty God's Written Word. 

The precious, Holy Written Word of God refers to fermented wine and all strong drink as raging mockers. The Written Word of God also refers to those who use fermented wine and strong drink, casually or otherwise, as "deceived" and "not wise."

"Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise." (Proverbs 20:1)

No, I have not been influenced by America's Prohibition Period.  

I have been influenced by Holy God's Written, Eternal Prohibition.

The Bible Calls God's Born Again Children "Kings" 

In the Apostle John's revelation, which he received while confined to the Isle of Patmos, he made the following statement.

"From Jesus Christ, Who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the Earth. Unto Him that loves us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father:" (Revelation 1:5-6)

John's reference to Jesus being "the Prince of the Kings of the Earth" is not a reference to political sovereigns and monarchs.  In verse five John is referring to those who accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior as "Kings."  This is again confirmed in verse six where John said Jesus "hath made us Kings and Priests unto God and His Father."  

All of God's Born Again children, male and female, have been granted Divine authority and power to rule as Kings and Priests in the Earth. This is a reference to the Believer's authority over Satan and demon powers.  If you are Born Again, man or womb-man, you are a King in God's eyes. 

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." (Galatians 3:28-29)

Now notice something King Lemuel, one of the Holy Spirit inspired writers of the Book of Proverbs, had to say about Kings. This is a revelation taught to him by his mother who was also inspired of the Holy Spirit.

“It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: Lest they drink and forget the law and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted." (Proverbs 31:4-5)

Christians have been made Kings and Priests unto God through the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not for Kings to drink fermented wine and strong drink for it distorts the human mind, impairs human facilities and perverts judgment.  It grieves the Holy Spirit of God and quenches His voice, as well. 

It takes much discipline and effort to develop sensitivity to the voice and leadings of the Holy Spirit. Alcohol serves only to impair that sensitivity and to hinder those leadings. 

The Scripture is quite clear. King Jesus did not create nor drink fermented wine or strong drink and He is our example in all things.  For sure, to consume fermented wine and strong drink as "Kings and Priests unto God" is not to follow in the footsteps of King Jesus.  

Before moving on, let's look at something else King Lemuel said about the use of fermented wine and strong drink.

"Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy heart." (Proverbs 31:6)

Under the Old Covenant fermented wine and strong drink were allowed for someone who was dying. God is compassionate and allowed for comfort when someone was perishing. He is the Great Physician and is not opposed to medications or sedatives when someone is sick or dying. 

Neither was He opposed to the use of fermented wine or strong drink "unto those that be of heavy heart." 

This is a reference to permitting the use of fermented wine or strong drink by someone who is grieving the death of a loved one. 

Even today under the New Testament the God of compassion would not be opposed to the use of sedatives when someone is dying or grieving the loss of a loved one.  

However, once the grieving process has passed, it would be unwise to push the envelope and unnecessarily continue the use of any type of sedation.

Bitten by the Mocking Serpent of Strong Drink

You will recall my intoxicated friend who wrongly insisted that Jesus was a fermented wine drinker and that made it acceptable for everyone.  Within weeks of rejecting my Scriptural, loving correction, he raped a 13-year-old child while intoxicated.  He was sentenced to a lengthy prison term and will pay for that drunken mistake for the rest of his life.  

He was bitten by the mocking serpent of strong drink.

"Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his color in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent and stingeth like an adder." (Proverbs 23:31-32)

Invariably someone always boasts, “Something like that would never happen to me.  I can handle my alcohol.”  

Interestingly enough, that is exactly what my young friend said as well. Exactly.

Those who refuse to understand what is plainly written in Scripture, but rather choose to scorn and despise the truth of God's Word, will ultimately drink from another cup - a bitter cup. A cup of unnecessary suffering.

"Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink;" (Isaiah 5:21-22)

In both the Old and New Testaments, the word "woe" is used to indicate that judgment is soon to follow individuals or nations who disobey God's spoken or written warnings through His Prophets or His written warnings in His Word. 

Jesus Himself used the word "woe" thirty-one times in the Gospels to warn individuals, cities and nations of pending judgment for insisting upon their own ways.

What Would Jesus Brew?

For many years there has been a movement amongst Christian young people called WWJD. It means whenever you find yourself in a challenging situation, ask yourself this question, "What would Jesus do?"

I would like to alter that just a bit and ask you this question based upon what we have just studied from Scripture. 

"What would Jesus brew?"  

You now have your Scriptural answer.  

"Absolutely nothing!"

Just because our Lord Jesus was falsely accused of being a "wine-bibber" does not mean that He was a wine-bibber. Just because Jesus dined with sinners in an effort to reach them with Righteousness does not mean He was a sinner. (Matthew 11:16-19)

Dr. Lester Sumrall, the great 20th Century Apostle and Champion of Christ, once made the following statement. I paraphrase. 

"I have met and personally known many great men and women of God over the course of my life. I always made a point of asking them the question, 'What do you believe made you great in the things of God? To what would you say you owe your success in God?'" 

He then said, "I noticed that they all had one thing in common. Not one of them ever answered, 'Alcohol! I owe my greatness in the things of God to alcohol.'"

If you have been misled by the "Jesus drank wine" lie, say, “Jesus, I choose You and Your Word. Forgive me. I'll do things Your way from this day forward.” (Romans 10:13)  

He will forgive you for what you did not know.   

However, now you do know and you will be held accountable for what you have learned.

I like to say, "It's okay to be wrong, but it's not okay to stay wrong once you see you are wrong."

"Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Ephesians 5:18-20)


Be wise. Be blessed. Be strong.  ... John and Barbara Hamel

 

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