This is in line with the Christian life and not a argument against drinking alcoholic beverages. Your whole post here is an argument about alcohol.
The only Christians I have known that bring up the issues of Legalism almost always are the ones who have a conviction that it is ok to drink alcoholic beverages. I initiated this topic with no intentions of discussing alcohol and respectfully asked that the topic be brought up on another thread.
This now brings my survey to 100% of those who think it is ok to drink alcohol as a Christian bring up issues of legalism. Alcohol.
Most of the verse come from the OT concerning Israel not one of the Christians that feel it is ok to drink alcohol are Jewish. But I will remind anyone as a Christian if they want to use the OT to justify their alcohol drinking. Alcohol.
We are told (Duet 29:6) that when Israel was in the wilderness 40 years they did not drink wine or strong drink. We too as Christians, with the sacrifice of Christ upon us daily, and we have been brought out of Egypt (a type of world), and are in a wandering place not of this world but waiting for God to bring us into our new home in heaven. Should we not like Israel in her wanderings not drink wine or strong drink? Again, alcohol.
And we are told no longer to walk as the unsaved (the Gentiles) walk (Eph 4:17). Even the unsaved doctors say it is ok to drink one glass of beer or wine daily for ones heart or health. But again that is a way of the Gentiles we are not to walk in. More alcohol.
While I agree that drunkenness is sin and not the drinking of alcohol but where does one draw the line? For one a glass is already made them drunk and to another it may take five or six. So where is the line drawn? Alcohol.
I will give some examples as I am sure many here have witnessed.
A Christian brother (a Baptist) who names the Lord walks into a restaurant that has a bar walked up to the bar and ordered a beer. (Alcohol) He believes he has the liberty to drink beer or wine. He turns and sees another brother eating dinner with his family they don't exercise this same liberty as he. He walks over to this other brother and his family and starts up a conversation about ministry and how it is going. This brother and his family are deeply offended at this. Not to mention the looks from the people who were not saved listening to this supposed born of the Spirit Christian drinking beer and bragging about his ministry. His excuse was the day was tough and he was waiting for some repair on his vehicle and decided to relax and have a beer. You see he needed the beer to help him with his tough day and attitude not God.
Another Christian brother (a Baptist) who was teaching pastors in theology who felt we have the liberty to drink beer and string drink. During his course of teaching these men also taught them it was ok and that they have the liberty to drink beer and strong drink as long as they did not get drunk. One day he invited them (just the men) over to his home for dinner and gave them all a beer to drink. He opened his and drank and soon after all of them were drinking beer. Many of these pastors later backslid into drunkenness and their testimony and ministry was ruined. All because of Christian Liberty. BTW, this supposed Baptist came from a Roman Catholic Priesthood. Alcohol
A Young girl under the drinking age limit was living in another Christian's home (a Baptist) and they drank wine sometimes three times a day with meals and before bed. One time at the dinner table they mixed wine for them all to drink with dinner. This young girl refused to drink the wine mixture and they began to chide her. Out of embarrassment she took a sip and immediately she was convicted it was wrong by the Holy Ghost and felt she lost her spirituality she had previously. She left that very evening and went to her pastor and told her what took place and he helped her through her spiritual dilemma. However once contacted the Brother who gave the wine to this under aged girl refused to come to talk to the pastor and left the church and went to attend another church. the young girl and the pastor were both offended. Alcohol
I choose not to drink for I have the Holy Ghost and do not want to replace Him with another spirit. why do you think they call alcoholic beverages spirits? Alcohol
Jesus warned those whom through offences come and that there need be of offences.
Matt 18:7 ¶ Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!
Lu 17:1-3 ¶ Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
Rom 14:21 [It is] good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor [any thing] whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
Rom 16:17 ¶ Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
The whole church is to mark these that cause offences whether to the saved or unsaved but so much more to the saved, and remove them from fellowship and avoid them and their offensive liberties.
Moreover we do not see Paul ever drinking wine in the Bible and he should be our ensample/example we are told to mark and follow. Alcohol
Php 3:17 ¶ Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
2Th 3:9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
Being an ensample to others on chaste and charitable living is our duty that others may follow after our good ensamples.
Go ahead use your liberty but if it offend your brother then it is no longer a liberty but a stumblingblock.
1Cor 8:9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
Gal 5:13 ¶ For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.