Can Jehovah’s Witnesses drink? (Are Jehovah’s Witnesses allowed to have liquor?)

In one of our weekly bible discussions, someone asked whether Jehovah’s Witnesses are allowed to have liquor. His question triggered an interesting argument among members.

Some asserted that they didn’t; others said that they did. From my theological background, I had an exhaustive understanding of their beliefs and was, therefore, able to handle the question.

From that experience, I discovered that many others have a similar argument, so I wrote this article to tackle the question, “Do Jehovah’s Witnesses drink?”

According to Jehovah’s Witness online magazine and teachings, the bible does not forbid the taking of alcohol. Hence, a Jehovah’s Witness can drink. However, they believe one should drink moderately because 1 Corinthians 6:9 says drunkards will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Join me as I delve into discussing when a Jehovah’s Witness is not allowed to drink and whether they can drink beer and wine. For these and more, continue reading.

Are Jehovah’s Witnesses allowed to drink alcohol?

Based on their teachings, Jehovah’s Witnesses are allowed to drink alcohol on the condition that they do not get drunk and do not indulge in the habit.

They argue that alcoholic drinks such as wine are not prohibited in the bible.

They say that the bible has much evidence that people used to drink wine as a way of being joyful and merry. They also argue that Jesus made fine wine for people to drink.

Based on such evidence, they claim that they have no grounds to forbid the taking of alcoholic drinks completely.

Can Jehovah’s Witnesses drink beer?

Can Jehovah’s Witnesses drink?
Can Jehovah’s Witnesses drink beer? Image source: Pixabay

According to their online reading resources, Jehovah’s Witnesses can drink beer. They argue that beer is an alcoholic drink that is not prohibited in the bible.

They also say that alcoholic beverages such as beer positively impact people.

Can Jehovah’s Witnesses get drunk?

Jehovah’s Witness doctrine strictly forbids getting drunk; hence, they cannot get drunk. Although they allow the drinking of alcoholic drinks, they do not entertain getting drunk.

They say that getting drunk indicates a lack of self-control and, hence, is strongly disapproved of. Additionally, they argue drunkenness can easily lead you astray and is not for the wise, as recorded in Proverbs 20:1: “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”

Can Jehovah’s Witnesses drink wine?

According to their belief, Jehovah’s Witnesses can drink wine but should not be drunk and indulge in the practice.

They argue that many people in the bible used to take wine, and such was not disapproved.

They claim that wine has several benefits, including those related to health, and apostle Paul recommended it to Timothy in 1 Timothy 5:23 to cure his stomach illness: “Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.”

When is drinking not allowed for a Jehovah’s Witness?

Based on their teaching, drinking is not allowed when it brings about intoxication and enslavement. They recognize alcoholism and drug abuse as a significant problem that comes about as a result of human weakness.

Additionally, they believe that alcohol is a strong drug. Thus, circumstances may force even moderate drinking to be disallowed.

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