Is drinking coffee a sin?

As most know, coffee contains the mild stimulant, caffeine. If used in moderation, caffeine is not harmful to the body. Many appreciate the energizing effects of a cup of coffee. But some others drink coffee and suffer nervousness or anxiety. For such it is probably better that they abstain from drinking coffee altogether. Also, for those who enjoy it, coffee must be consumed in moderation. They cannot allow it to become a necessity. The apostle Paul wrote, “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand” (Phil. 4:5), and that “…every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things” (I Cor. 9:25).

The principle of moderation also applies to tea, which can have effects similar to those of coffee. Drinking coffee or tea is not a sin, but rather the overuse of it.

Many today do not realize that God created these and other laws of health. When followed, they yield tremendous blessings. To learn more, read our booklet God’s Principles of Healthful Living.

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