Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 7:08 PM
I listened to the message that I had missed while out of town (the message given on 1-8-12) and heard Pastor Vitale mention coffee and how she shouldn't drink it. I do drink coffee and other espresso drinks from coffee shops… Should I not? What is the reasoning behind it? Also, I think this brings me to another question, should I not drink any alcohol at all? I don't get drunk but I do enjoy a glass of wine with dinner frequently. Should I stop this, too?
I want to be obedient, so please let me know if there is something that I should know about consuming both (or even other things as well?)! Thank you so much!
God bless each of you!
From: Pastor Vitale
Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 6:14 PM
Subject: RE: questions
Coffee is not good FOR ME because sometimes it sets off a reflux attack, and sometimes it inflames some of my lymph nodes.
I know of no reason for healthy people to refrain from drinking coffee.
As far as alcohol goes, I CHOOSE not to drink because I am a priest of God:
6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the Lord :
3 He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried.
I believe that the prohibition against grapes and grape juice is because wine is a type of the Spirit – any spirit – including the spirit of Satan.
20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
Accordingly, I believe that the prohibition against grapes and grape juice is fulfilled in Christ, and that priests in Christ may eat grapes and drink grape juice.
Alcohol, on the other hand, alters consciousness, and opens the believer ascended in Christ to seduction by unclean spirits.
The decision as to whether or not a Christian may drink alcohol or wine, in my opinion, is a personal decision to be decided between the believer and the Lord.
God bless you,
Sheila R. Vitale,
Pastor, Teacher & Founder
Living Epistles Ministries