Alcohol

“..wine that makes glad the heart of man..”

Ps. 104:15

“Thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before theLord thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household”

Deut. 14:26

“…use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities.”

1 Tim. 5:23

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Subsection

Wine in the Lord’s Supper

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Order of Contents

Articles
Books
Luther
What about the Rechabites being Commanded by their Forefather Not
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Articles

Miller, Samuel – Letter  on temperance of alcohol, 1836, p. 23, 2 pp.

Williamson, G.I. – ‘Wine in the Bible and the Church’  1976  40 pp.  The last page contains a helpful comparative chart

Price, Greg – ‘The Bible and Alcoholic Beverages’  1995  58 paragraphs

This article is excellent, though his church association, the RPNA, who are modern day, sectarian Steelites, is highly warned against for their spiritually dangerous separatism.

Winship, Kihm – ‘The Beers of Martin Luther’  2012  35 paragraphs


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Books

1800’s

Wilson, A.M. – The Wines of the Bible: an Examination and Refutation of the Unfermented Wine Theory  1877  380 pp.

See Charles Spurgeon’s favorable review of this book here.

Preface:

“Having been a teetotaler for more than thirty years, his [the author’s] personal habits, associations, and sympathies have all been in favor of the unfermented theory; but the facts encountered in the present investigation, have constrained him, reluctantly, to conclude that, so far as the wines of the Ancients are concerned, unfermented wine is a myth.”

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Contemporary

West, Jim – Drinking with Calvin and Luther!  A History of Alcohol in the Church  Buy  1998  216 pp.  with a beer and wine guide at the back of the book.

Gentry, Kenneth – God Gave Wine: What the Bible Says About Alcohol  Buy  2000  182 pp.

McDurmon, Joel – What Would Jesus Drink?  Buy  2011  145 pp.

Whittington, Brad – What Would Jesus Drink: What the Bible Really Says About Alcohol  Buy  2011  164 pp.


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Martin Luther

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“It is possible to tolerate a little elevation, when a man takes a drink or two too much after working hard and when he is feeling low. This must be called a frolic. But to sit day and night, pouring it in and pouring it out again, is piggish… all food is a matter of freedom, even a modest drink for one’s pleasure. If you do not wish to conduct yourself this way, if you are going to go beyond this and be a born pig and guzzle beer and wine, then, if this cannot be stopped by the rulers, you must know that you cannot be saved. For God will not admit such piggish drinkers into the kingdom of heaven…

If you are tired and downhearted, take a drink; but this does not mean being a pig and doing nothing but gorging and swilling… You should be moderate and sober; this means that we should not be drunken, though we may be exhilarated.”


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What about the Rechabites being Commanded of their Forefather Not to Drink Wine

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Matthew Poole – Commentary on Jer. 35, v. 19

“But it is a question of more moment:  How God promises a reward to these sons of Jonadab [who are Rechabites] for obeying the command of their [fore-]father [to dwell in tents and not drink wine], and whether they had sinned if they had not obeyed this command of Jonadab; which brings in another question:

Whether parents have a power to oblige their children in matters which God has left at liberty?  To which I answer:

1. God might reward these Rechabites for their reverence and obedience to Jonadab their father, though these were not strictly, by the Divine law, obliged thus far to have obeyed him; as He rewarded David for his thoughts in his heart to build him a house, though it was not God’s will that He should do it; so as God’s promise of the reward does not prove their obedience in this particular to have been their duty.  Admit that it remained still a matter of liberty, yet the general honour and reverence they testified might be rewarded by God.

2.  Unquestionably parents have not a power to determine children in all things as to which God has left them a liberty, for then they have a power to make their children slaves, and to take away all their natural liberty.  To marry or not, and to this or that person, is [a] matter of liberty.  Parents cannot in this case determine their children; Bethuel, Gen. 24:58, asks Rebekah if she would go with Abraham’s servant before he would send her.

3. In matters of civil concernment they have a far greater power than in matters of religion.  All souls are God’s, and conscience can be under no other dominion than that of God.

4.  In civil things parents have a great power, during the nonage of children, and after also in matters which concern their parents’ good, as to command them to assist them, to help to supply their necessities, etc.

5.  Parents being set over children, and instead of God to them, as it is their duty to advise their children to the best of their ability for their good; so it is the duty of children to receive their advice, and not to depart from it, unless they see circumstances so mistaken by parents, or so altered by the providence of God, as they may reasonably judge their parents, had these known or foreseen it, would not have so advised.  But that parents have an absolute power to determine children in all things as to which God has not forbidden them, and that children by the law of God are obliged to an obedience to all such commands, however they may see their parents mistaken, or God by his providence may have altered circumstances, I see no reason to conclude.  Jonadab had prudently advised his sons as before mentioned; they were things they might do, and which by experience they found not hurtful to them, but of great profit and advantage, and that with reference to all the ends of man’s life: herein they yield obedience, and pay a reverence to their parent; this pleases God, He promises to reward them with the continuance of their family, according to what He had said, Ex. 20:12, in the Fifth Commandment, which the apostle calls the first commandment with promise.”

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Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.  Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.”

Prov. 31:6-7

“No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.”

Lk. 5:39

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy… commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.  For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.”

1 Tim. 4:1-5

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