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Can A Christian Work At A Brewery?

Should He Quit His Job?

Someone I know is seriously born again and after staying 3 years at home post NYSC with a degree in mechanical engineering, he later got a job with Nigerian breweries (makers of maltina, star etc). He even gave testimony on how he scored the highly coveted job and explained to fellow praying  believers that he will not be working in the alcohol department and that he'll be into something else besides making the beer or tasting it in any way. 

Is it proper for a born again Christian who is against drinking alcohol to work for a company making the alcohol?  Should he quit that job and believe God for another job? Should Christians work for other companies that make alcohol, condoms, cigarettes even if they don't use those things?

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@Image123: LOL! You have to give them some credit. That is their legal statement, you know? 'Cos with every advert, they announce "drink responsibly", ebven if they don't really want you to do that. Legally speaking, I have to agree with ttalks on that, I guess.

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Yeye nonsense.

Even Jesus work part time for instant-party brewery.

If people drunk, na dem wahala be dat.

Person wey put rat poison for food, na di fault of di chemist wey mix di poison?

Everytin for im own use, for the right quantity.

As dem talk for bible: na wine dey make person heart jolly.

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@obinna

The bible preaches against drunkeness and NOT taking of alcohol, as a christian you are allowed to drink in moderation, even Jesus christ used to take alcoholic beverages.

Luke 7:34:

34The Son of Man is come eating and drinking, and ye say, `Behold, a gluttonous man and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!'

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Go to this web page http://www.bible-topics.com/Drunkenness.html

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A true Christian does not work either a brewery or a tobacco company. That means you are helping the company to manufacture products that will make people drunkards and chain smokers.

So your friend should find another job somewhere else. With God on his side, he will get a job far better that the one at hand.

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If a christian seeking for job in a breweries and such is being offered this opportunity, being a God-fearing person does not work there to drink beer but to keep life going and make ends meet.

There are christians andthere are christians. so you should'nt be a greedy christian while working in brewery. keep on to your faith and pursue your money

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Jesus turned water into wine.

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you people critizing christians working in a brewery would probably be part of those that would have been part of those that found something wrong with JESUS eating with sinners. What would have come to your mind when Jesus did that and when Hosea took a prostitute as a wife. O shallow minded christians, why would the ark of God that killed Uzzah turn out to be a blessing for Obededom. For God's sake, we have what we call RHEMA and LOGOS. Try to figure out the deep meaning of these greek words( which a christian must konw anyway) before you begin critizing this individual.

     would you find another job for this man because I can see you're telling him to leave this one

we have liberty in CHRIST but don't use a liberty as a chance for the devil. This si what my bible tells me.

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whyshould a xtian use his/her God given ability to promote the kingdom of darkness? I consider that to be a divided loyalty.

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the koko is that are you working according to God's purpose or direction ? God might be sending you there for a purpose and for some, you might just be putting your eternity at stake . Consider Hosea that God told to take a prostitute for a wife , and Jonah that God sent to a sinful and corrupt Nineveh. The question you should ask yourself is, are you acting according to God's instruction to you

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the faith of an individual is stongly determined by his or her handi-work!

i don't think it is good to do so!

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The first Miracle Jesus did was turning water into wine;and it stated that after they drank it,they were merry.An old friend was in israel sometime ago and he went to a wine shop, as he got there, he ordered for a non alcoholic wine;the attendant told him that there was nothing like a non alcoholic wine as every wine had some contents of alcohol;the same bible never condemned alcohol, what it condemed was the abuse of it.So what i am trying to say from this is i feel there is nothing wrong for a born again christian to work in breweries as it was not categoritically condemed in the bible, At times i begin wonder, i dont drink alcohol much but i feel meery whenever i do, not the same feeling i get when i drink coke or other beverages, Man u better work or you go hear am, 9ja don hard wella

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You got that right.

SO a christian sure can work in a brewery, a strip club, brothel and the army.

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That was in a wedding and not a brewery. If you ask someone , Can Jesus work in a brothel and he tells you that Jesus forgave mary magdalene who was a harlot and challenged her people to cast stones on her if they've committed no sin, will you consider that as a probable answer?

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To answer this ? you have to 1st define; who is a xtian? A xtian to me is follower of JESUS CHRIST. Then come the next ? Can Jesus work at a bewery ? The answer to this ? gives you the answer to the former one. God bless you all

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Coffee and coke don't have nicotine in them - they have caffeine in them. It's the same stimulant found in the kola nut.

Cigarettes have nicotine in them. Alcohol is alcohol.

Water is also addictive. I bet you'd have a hard time quitting.

Moderation is the key to enjoyment. If you abuse something - even food and water - it can be bad for your health.

There's nothing wrong with smoking a cigarette every now and then, or enjoying a few drinks on a Saturday night. There sure isn't anything wrong with working at a brewery. That's ridiculous.

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@Auwal87,

So you can work in a brothel as long as you work in the IT division or accounting section? What is the difference between what you are saying now and what Pontius Pilate did during the crucifixion of Jesus?

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I never did say that the bible didnt support the use of alcohol. But lets think this way: If the bible says we should flee from sin and u by working in a brewery encourages a brother to get near to sin so he can fall then u are guilty.

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Bros you are the one guilty of making Judgements based on what you feel or what your pastor as mis-led you to believe other wise you would not be saying you feel a christian should not work in a brewery. This beleif or feeling you have is completely unscriptural as there is absolutely no where in the bible that even remotely suggests that as christians we shouldn't drink talkless of work in a brewery. Besides it is common knowledge that Jesus not only drank wine, he turned water into wine and served his disciples wine at the last supper. Self righteous hypocites like you also accused Jesus Christ himself of being a drunkard

Luke 7:34:

34 The Son of Man,[a] on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’

So it would be better you keep your false beliefs/doctrines to your self the bible is very clear that followers of christ are allowed to drink. That is if you don't have any sound biblical scripture to support your hallucinations.

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@ sleekymag

We cannot make our judgments based on how our feelings perceives a thing because the TRUTH is not relative but absolute. You can't tell me an orange is a mango just because u feel so. Certainly NO! An orange remains an orange no matter how u feel, so what is wrong remains wrong no matter what ur conscience tells u except ur 'conscience' here means the 'Spirit of God'

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@ sammy01: I agree with u my brother. We all shld learn 2 endure the trying times for our journeys as christians will not always be rosy.

I personally believe it's wrong for a xtian to work in such places as a brewery. The bible says it'll be better 4 a man 2 b thrown in the sea with a milestone around his neck than 2 cause any of "these little ones" [anoda man] 2 sin. And the Bible neva recommends we try 2 see how close we can get 2 sin, it simply says "flee!". Above all we should try 2 see all things tru God's eyes for only 2 different worlds will compete 4 our talents: 'The Evil' world and 'the Good'.

Look before u leap and let the Spirit of God be ur guide. God give us all the grace

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Actually wisdom is needed in everything we do. What is making of each individuals varies. Moreso, we have babes that are growing in faith. The growing period takes time. Frankly speaking,a xtian should not work there as long as they promote the drinking of alcohols but frustration leads many xtians there. There are waiting and trying periods for every xtians at every stages so, learn to endure and stand as you wait. God we see us thru in Jesus name. Amen.

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I don't know why some people are comparing things like coca cola, pepsi, coffee, etc with Alcoholic beverages. Well, scientifically speaking, these have nothing in common. Alcoholic drinks required the fermentation of grains, hops, yeast, and water. While the other soft drinks were basically composed of soda, which is not that dangerous to our health as fermented grain, hops, yeast, etc. We even using soda in our foods for baking.

So, I would like to personnaly advise this person to not to take any position in the marketing division or testing division. But he can work in the Accounting Division, IT Division, of the company, in as much as he is not required to test the product or advertise the product to other people. Anyway, he should try and look for a more rewarding Job while he is working there. God Knows Better. Wish you all the Best!

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Most pastors that molest children, impregnate the laity, steal church money, smoke marijuana at the wake of the night also have a conscience that is fed with God's word everytime. American mega pastor, Jimmy Swaggart was sponsoring the Indecency industry and patronizing prostitutes even when he was busy feeding the world with God's word.

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well Now,

You can work anywhere you want,

in any factory that produces anything e.g guns, ammunition, drinks etc

as long as you do not  use these things adversely yourself.

Importantly, Pray to your God that whoever uses the products you assist in creating will use them correctly, in moderation and for his ultimate glory.

A job is a job, you need to survive, Do what u need to do. Anybody that says you should not work there should get you another job. then you change.

and life continues,

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hi everybody! i dont exactly see where it says in the bible not to drink. didnt jesus turn water into wine? paul told timothy to drink a little wine for his stomach! so what are we arguing about?

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I'm not talking about a seared conscience, am talking about a conscience that is fed with God's word everytime. A heart that's right with God, and not a reprobate heart. Prove your actions with God's word. If after quoting the scripture i quoted in my last post, he feels it's okay for him, then why not? As far as his (right) conscience allows him. Though personally, i won't consider working in a brewery or a tobacco company.

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Well, a christian can or cannot work at a brewery. If ur conscience allows you, den fine; if not, then don't.

In 1 Tim 3: 1-3, it talks about the office of a bishop. Verse 3 says, "Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

Verse 8 talks of deacons; Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, greedy of filthy lucre;

So if there are different categorisations for the bishop and the deacon, it means that your level of christianity (ur spiritual life) may convict you of what you deem right. If you think, as a leader and a role model, ur taking alcohol or even working in a brewery, may make others who look up to you to stray, then desist. As a deacon, you're more like an ordinary christian (not a pastor) but one who loves God, Here it says you can take wine, but not much (Dat may mean u might b permitted to work in a brewery). Note that the scripture doesn't say strong drink, it says wine.

However bottomline is your conscience. If it says go ahead, then fine. If not, then don't! God will always provide you with another job that suits your belief.

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i dont think any of our opinions matter. if he likes the job he wont leave.

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My colleague asked her Pastor this question and this is the answer she got:

"You don't want to work in the Breweries and yet you invest your money in Stock, and fix your money in bank, Do you know what they are using your money to invest in?"

It's a matter of the heart

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@ i dey vex?

i drink beer because its part of my job.the truth is you can never catch my corpse drunk.i really feel you man but you know the answer to dis question is with the so called born again guy.For me, i will continue to socialise and met well meaning people who you get to meet from time to time.Not only that you get to meet people .this job is adventurous and its real fun.pls lets rest this case.

At i dey vex think of something else so we can have a new thread.As for me ,no time to think av got legen and gulder max to sell. catch ya.

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If you are a man of conviction you wouldn't even seek for people's opinion you will just go ahead and do what you stand for.

"But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself" Daniel 1:8

The fact that you accepted the job shows that you wanted to work there but want a support from people to back up your embattled conscience. The battle is between you and God. Have you prayed to him (God). I believe God has a way of communicating with you His Mind.

Once there is a will there be a way.

Personally, I don't support Christian taking alcohol on the basis that you can drink and not be drunk. The question I ask is How much alchohol could make a person drunk - 1 bottle, 2 bottle, 3 bottle, 10bottle. You see there is no standard. A pastor that preaches drink and not be drunk will end up having drunkards in his congregation! There is no way you will continue taking alchohol that you will not be drunk for once.

After my graduation I made up my mind not to work in a tobacco or breweries company from the onset nor buy shares of such company. I have come across various adverts from british Tobacco and nigerian breweries of which I am qualified (I made a 2.1 in Elect/Elect) I just by-pass the page and kept on searching for other jobs opportunities. Today I have a good job with a good pay! I mean Six Digit Figure!

Once you decide to stand for something you will weather all storms.

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So a christian can work in a brothel as an accountant?

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Are you sure he's not a catholic or anglican pastor or an imam? Is RCCG aware that he works there? Deeper life will never allow that.

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@ profteedav

So you are with Nigerian Breweries. I see!! and with the sales force too!! I see.

No wonder. I agree with you there oh! But I know lots of people who do only one of the Bs. Boozing.

And they do not do it to the extent of getting drunk. The other two they don't do.

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If you friend got a job with the sales force of Nigerian Breweries and is a born again xtian, then I think he should ask questions before taking the job. The job requires that he drinks socially. If he has nothing against beer as a person, then he can go ahead and take the job. If not, then let him jump to it. Opportunities rarely come more than once.

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Hmn, i can see beyond what you have not even said. Just a little wordly (just a little sin~.hmn). THis might as well mean that when in Nigerian Breweries, the spirit might be willing (complete the rest). God help man!

I rest my case.

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@ I DEY VEX

Try make you no vex too much.we are in Nigeria where everybody is holy until they are nabbed.Let the hypocrites carry on . we are all sinners alcohol or no alcohol. If we have to tell ourselves the truth.Beer is good and for that young man these is a job where you are sure of a getting paid regardless of the economic situation.cos ppl will always drink. death,birth,coronation,sadness,joy just anything cal for beer, And for everybody out there.make your life brighter with STAR.LEGEND will help you carry your torch.Need to be renewed? try AMSTEL. B4 i go guys pls you need to show class.Drink HEINEKEN and set the tren drink FAYROUZ, Catch ya

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BOOZING , BAZZING AND BANGING.  But i only make do with two.Guy take these job we need you to change the face of things.for people like me thats partly in and partly out .E NO EASY. A friend of mine just resigned today .lots of issues.i can tell you that you,ll be challenged and you,ll be taken care of but you just need to be a little wordly to survive in these job. One thing i no certainly is that i have had the best of fun since i joined but MONEY? i no fit shout

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help some of us. what do you mean by 3 B's?

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just in case you are doubting what am telling you.Let me narrow it down for you a little.How many bottles of beer will you reject a day? Now my advice for you.i have never drank beer b4 i joined the company but i tell you now i drink on a daily basis despite turning down several pr offers.take the job perhaps you will challenge people that you can actually work in a brewery(sales) without drinking. good luck

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guys

theres no point taking these thing too far. i,m a staff of Nigerian breweries and i am almost certain that the guy should be one of the new sales executives.well let me tell you the truth if you don,t wanna drink its better you just resign cos it goes beyond just drinking. its just not the job for a xtian and i am really being objective here.i learnt all the 3 Bs in the job and now i am waiting for the opportunity to leave.If you are a xtian and you don,t wanna toil with your xtian life just look forget the job.This is based on the premise that its a sales job, peace y'all

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Foolish boy!! Containing alcohol and 100% alcohol na de same thing?  Where have you ever seen 100% alcohol.  Even pure ethanol is about 98% alchohol.  If you as much as went to Junior Sec. Sch. you would have known that.  Odeh!

You either have "fruit Juice" or "Wine".  Fruit juice is not alcoholic.  That is where Chivita and 5Alive fall into.  You must be a slowpoke to think that fruit juice and wine are the same.

And for the sake of your English teacher, please stop exhibiting ignorance you hear.  Check a dictionary before you misbehave.  Ewu

Yes, I work in a brewery.  I have an RCCG pastor working with me.  He doesn't touch alcohol but I do know he doesn't criticize until you take too much.  .  Na you holy pass.

@KunleOshob

Good post. No mind those holier than thou. You might as well tell me that Jesus slept with the prostitute he rescued from stoning because the bible does not expressly say he did not sleep with her.

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Luke 7:34:

34 The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’

@madamkoko

What do you mean by Jesus did not drink wine at the ceremony? the fact that the bible was silent on that point does not mean he didn't drink out of it, after all he was a guest at the wedding and the wine was meant for the guest as you rightly pointed out. Anyway the fact that he turned water into wine means that he appproved of drinking wine and it is very much OK for christians to drink wine

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Wine, Brewery, beer: all have alcohol in it.

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