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An aged brother told me jokingly one time regarding the difference between the elders and deacon’s use of wine, in 1 Timothy 3:3. He said Brother Freeman: “It’s simple. The deacon can drink, ‘a little wine’; however, the elder can only sip it, swish it around in his mouth, and then spit it out.” He is not to be “given to wine.” And there was laughter in the house!

I thanked him for his comment.

“A bishop then must be blameless... not given to wine....Likewise must the deacons be grave... not given unto much wine,” 1 Timothy 3:1-10; Titus 1:7.

See Sermon, "Let Every Man Be Fully Persuaded" - Romans 14:1-23

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