Many in Christianity debate whether it is OK to drink alcoholic beverages. Most would agree that scriptures are clear that drunkeness is wrong. However, some say that it is permissible to drink a little bit every now and then. Is it OK or isn’t it? Consider this passage:
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. 7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? 8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. 12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? 13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. Acts 2:1-13
Because the disciples were speaking in other tongues, those listening were amazed. But notice verse 13 tells us there were some who mocked the disciples. Notice what the mockers said: these men are full of new wine. In other words, the disciples had a reputation of only drinking new wine – unfermented wine – non-alcoholic wine. The mockers were saying the disciples were acting like drunk men, but how could they act like drunks if they only drink new wine? The early disciples were teetotalers.
Do you have a reputation like the early disciples?