CAN JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES DRINK ALCOHOL BEFORE GOING TO THE MEETING?

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NO – The Watchtower 12/1/2004 para 15 – Maintain a Balanced View of the Use of Alcohol

Jehovah commanded those performing priestly duties at the tabernacle: “Do not drink wine or intoxicating liquor . . . when you come into the tent of meeting, that you may not die.” (Leviticus 10:8, 9) Therefore, avoid drinking alcoholic beverages just before attending Christian meetings, when sharing in the ministry, and when caring for other spiritual responsibilities.

YES – The Watchtower 11/15/2014 para 18 – We Must be Holy in All Our Conduct

Note what God then told Aaron. (Leviticus 10:8-11.) Does that passage mean that we must not drink anything alcoholic before going to a Christian meeting? Think about these points: We are not under the Law. In some lands, our fellow believers use alcoholic beverages in moderation at meals before attending meetings. Four cups of wine were used at the Passover. When instituting the Memorial, Jesus had his apostles drink wine that represented his blood… However, circumstances vary from one country to another, and the important thing is for Christians to “distinguish between the holy thing and the profane” so as to conduct themselves with holiness that pleases God.

Note: Did you notice that the very same Scripture from Leviticus 10 is quoted to support both opposing positions? How can a single verse legitimately prove two opposing teachings, unless it has been misapplied? This one instance alone proves the WT uses verses to fit their thinking, not that they fit their thinking to match the verses. Why even try to use a verse from the old law, in any case?

HOW IMPORTANT IS THE BOOK STUDY TO JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES?

60How have Jehovah’s Witnesses historically viewed the importance of their meeting called the “Book Study”?

IT IS FROM JEHOVAH – Kingdom Ministry 5/1975 p. 2 – Your Service Meetings

Show how congregation book study is valuable meeting that Jehovah has arranged.

MANY BENEFITS – Kingdom Ministry 12/1978 p. 3 par. 3 – Showing Appreciation for the Congregation Book Study

Consider some of the following benefits of the book study arrangement : (1) The groups are smaller, with better opportunities for close fellowship. (2) It is easier for all to comment freely…; we can get answers to questions on points not entirely clear from our personal study. (3) It provides a convenient center for organizing field service. (4) Conductors can get to know you better and are in a good position to assist with personal problems, give training in field service and help you with Scriptural questions.

BLESSED BY JEHOVAH – Kingdom Ministry 1/1983 p. 7 par. 9 – Assisting Others Through the Congregation Book Study

Those who regularly attend the book study are convinced that it has Jehovah’s blessing

VITAL – Kingdom Ministry 7/1991 p. 3 par. 1 Part 1 – Responsibility of Study Conductor

The Congregation Book Study plays a vital role in the spiritual development of Jehovah’s people… The Congregation Book Study is a blessing to us

IMPORTANT – Kingdom Ministry 8/1991 p. 7 par. 2 Part 2—Need to Prepare and Participate

Regularly attending the Congregation Book Study, therefore, should be an integral part of our personal program for acquiring wisdom… Active participation in the Congregation Book Study also plays an important part in our spiritual development.

FROM JEHOVAH – Kingdom Ministry 10/1991 p. 8 par. 6 Part 4—Continue Building One Another Up

The Congregation Book Study is a loving provision from Jehovah that needs our full support.

A BLESSING – Kingdom Ministry 8/2007 p. 8 par. 6 – How the Congregation Book Study Arrangement Helps Us

What a blessing the Congregation Book Study is! This loving arrangement from Jehovah helps us maintain our sure spiritual footing during the challenging times in which we live.

NO LONGER NEEDED – Kingdom Ministry 1/2011 p. 3 par. 3 – Help for Families

What Is the Purpose of the Family Worship Evening? In January 2009, the Congregation Book Study began to be held on the same evening as the Theocratic Ministry School and Service Meeting. One reason for this adjustment was to give families an opportunity to fortify their spirituality by scheduling a specific evening each week for family worship. Each family was encouraged to move its family study to the night formerly used for the book study.