12. Should an elder abstain from drinking wine?



No, for it is written that an elder “must be …. not given to wine” (1 Tim. 3:3), and not ‘must not drink’.

For to be given to wine means to get drunk (or to drink too much wine), which is something that all Christians (and not only the elders) are not allowed to do, as it is written: “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery” (Eph. 5:18 – NIV). Drunkards will not inherit the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:10).

Therefore, elders as well as all the other Christians are allowed to drink a little wine but they are not allowed to take to drinking.