Reverend Isaac Owusu Bempah, founder and leader of Glorious Word and Power Ministry International, distinguishes between drinking and getting drunk.
The Bible does not forbid Christians from drinking alcohol, but it does forbid boozing, according to the pastor.
“Let us distinguish between drinking and boozing. The erratic behaviour that is likely to occur when you drink alcohol is not pleasing to God. “But when you drink and don’t get drunk, nobody can stop you or accuse you of sin,” he said on Okay FM’s Ade Akye Abia morning show in an interview.
Rev. Bempah was responding to GIHOC Distilleries CEO Maxwell Kofi Jumah’s earlier statement that one cannot claim to be Christian and not drink alcohol.
“No Christian can deny drinking alcohol. “Jesus didn’t say to drink to forget him, but to remember him,” Mr Jumah said.
“When you read the bible, you realise Jesus did not condemn alcohol when he came to earth,” Rev. Bempah said, confirming Mr Jumah’s position. That’s why it wasn’t Fanta or Coke.
“I understand if someone says drinking alcohol is wrong. But I disagree with those who say alcohol is a sin. For me Owusu Bempah, it is difficult to see me drunk or even drinking. It’s hard. No, I don’t like it, but I won’t judge someone who does.