How clear could God make it? Over and over and over again He impresses upon readers of His Word that they are to draw a sharp (not blurred) line of distinction between themselves and the fleshly appetites and indulgences of the world. “Flee also youthful lusts” (2 Tim. 2:22). “Cast off the works of darkness…make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts” (Rom. 13:12, 14). “You shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh,” for “those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passion and desires” (Gal. 5:16, 24). “Abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul” (1 Pet. 2:11). “Abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thess. 5:22). “Do not be conformed to this world” (Rom. 12:2). Put these words together in your mind: flee, abstain, cast off, crucify, make no provision, do not be conformed.
After meditating on the ringing clarity of these words, how can anyone justify drinking alcohol? Where is the loophole in these inspired instructions that slips an intoxicating beverage into your hand with God’s approval?