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  Abstinence Bible Quotes & Promises
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-- Definitions & Meanings

Bible Quotes
He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink. He shall drink no vinegar made from wine or strong drink and shall not drink any juice of grapes or eat grapes, fresh or dried.
(Numbers 6:3) ESV 

 Therefore be careful and drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean,
(Judges 13:4) ESV 

But he said to me, ‘Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. So then drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.’”
(Judges 13:7) ESV 

Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
(Proverbs 20:1) ESV 

Woe to those who rise early in the morning, that they may run after strong drink, who tarry late into the evening as wine inflames them! They have lyre and harp, tambourine and flute and wine at their feasts, but they do not regard the deeds of the Lord, or see the work of his hands.
(Isaiah 5:11,12) ESV 

Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink,
(Isaiah 5:22) ESV 

“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.
(Luke 21:34) ESV 

But should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood.
(Acts 15:20) ESV 

Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.
(Romans 13:13) ESV 

But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.
(1 Corinthians 7:2) ESV 

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,
(Galatians 5:19-21) ESV 

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
(Ephesians 5:18) ESV 

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
(Colossians 3:5) ESV 

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor,
(1 Thessalonians 4:3,4) ESV 

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
(2 Timothy 2:22) ESV 

Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.
(Hebrews 13:4) ESV 

 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.
(1 Peter 2:11) ESV 

Inspirational Quotes from Famous People

Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water. 
--W. C. Fields 1879-1946, American Actor

The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and abstinence, to live as if he were poor. 
--Sir William Temple 1628-1699, British Diplomat, Essayist

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. 
--St. Augustine 354-430, Numidian-born Bishop of Hippo, Theologian

Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder for someone else.
--Abstinence quote

If a man earnestly seeks a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from animal food.
--Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy quotes (Russian moral Thinker, Novelist and Philosopher, notable for his influence on Russian literature and politics. 1828-1910)

Abstinence is the surety of temperance.
--Plato quotes (Ancient Greek Philosopher He was the world's most influential philosopher. 428 BC-348 BC)6,7

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Abstinence and the Bible

The word “abstain” appears 6 times in the Bible and means “hold oneself off, refrain.” The word “moderation” on the other hand means limit, not in excess, restrained rather than refrained, temperate, reasonable bounds, not to the extreme, reduced but not refused, etc.

We hear a lot about being temperate or doing things in moderation. The fact is, there are people who have ruined lives because of the difference between abstinence and moderation. For example, if I practice abstinence, there is no chance I will ever become a drunkard. However, if I practice moderation, there is a chance, even a good chance that I may become a slave to alcohol. If a young man or young woman practices sexual abstinence, there is no chance of pregnancy or disease. However, if a young man or young woman practices moderation or temperance in sexual activity, there is a good chance of pregnancy or disease.

When a person takes a position of total abstinence, there is a 100% success rate if their position is held. Only God knows what the rate of success or failure is when a person takes an “all things in moderation” position, whether it be premarital sex, drinking alcohol or taking drugs. Acts 15:20,29 both teach total abstinence and even include “fornication.” 
1 Thess. 4:3 as well speaks of abstaining from fornication. Chapter 5:22 teaches, “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” In that verse, it does not have to necessarily be wrong…just looking wrong is cause for abstinence. Then 1 Peter 2:11 teaches total abstinence as well. “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.” There is no such thing as “safe sex” outside of marriage. Heb. 13:4.

When a person takes the position of “Moderation” in social drinking, he or she has taken a position of flirtation with fermentation. Even if they are able to control their “social drink”, they chance influencing someone who does not. Statistics are against the argument for “drinking in moderation.” The same is true of the statistics for those who have a “total abstinence” position on premarital sex. A young person that takes a position of total abstinence and absolutely no touching concerning the body in a sexual way will absolutely be successful in the position. Petting is putting oneself at high risk for failure. Look at 1 Cor. 7:1-2. Some people scoff at these verses, however there are multitudes of young people whose ruined lives attest to the truth of them. You cannot pet in moderation! Proverbs 6:27-28 proves it. “Can a man take fire in his bosom and his clothes be not burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?” 5


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Definition of Abstinence

1 : voluntary forbearance especially from indulgence of an appetite or craving or from eating some foods

2 a : habitual abstaining from intoxicating beverages
b : abstention from sexual intercourse4     




References and notes
The above Bible Promises are from the following books:
1.  The Bible Promise Book Barbour Publishing, Inc
2.  Promise of the Psalms Compiled by Ellen W. Caughey Barbour Publishing, Inc
3.  My Little Book of Promise - Christian Art Gifts
Dictionary and Thesaurus - Merriam-Webster Online -
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