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I had never heard the term “social drinking” until my childhood church split over whether a potential elder could have an occasional glass of wine. As I recall, no one accused him of being an alcoholic or spending three days in the gutter.

While the Bible certainly condemns drunkenness (one-time or chronic), it doesn’t condemn the occasional glass of wine.

So, what was the problem? The problem was a misuse of Scripture. 1 Corinthians 8 (our text for this weekend) was invoked as a passage that prohibited mature believers from participating in certain activities.

The topic addressed in 1 Corinthians 8 was whether a Christian could eat meat that was sacrificed to an idol. However, the real issue had nothing to do with BBQ. It had everything to do with loving one another.