Teetotaler vs. Loosey-Goosey — The Issue of Alcohol in Christianity – PART II

Billy Sunday“The most damnable, corrupt institution that ever wiggled out of hell and fastened itself on the public.” – Alcohol Industry“Lincoln said, “If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.” I say, if the saloon, with its train of diseases, crime and misery, is not wrong, then nothing on earth is wrong. If the fight is to be won we need men – men that will fight – the Church, Catholic and Protestant, must fight it or run away, and thank God she will not run away, but fight to the last ditch.”Rev. David Miller (Former Trustee SBTS) (Quotes taken from sermon “RECHABITE RELIGION”)“If you participate on any level of drinking alcoholic beverages you ought to repent! If you wont repent you ought to resign, because you bring disgrace to the name of the Lord and you denigrate the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.”“If I run across one more man who says to me, ‘I don’t sell the stuff, I just rent the building’ I am going to scream!”“1 out of 3 casual drinkers become sopping drunks or problem drinkers.”JESUS DID NOT MAKE OR DRINK ALCOHOLby: Bruce Lackeyhttp://www.1timothy4-13.com/files/teach/wine.html (Accessed March 15th 2005).“The scripture commands us to “abstain from all appearance of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22), we can be sure that the Lord Jesus would not have done something that would have been associated with such an evil practice as that described in Habakkuk 2:15.”“Leviticus 10:9-11 commands the priest of God, “Do not drink wine nor strong drink…that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; and that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the Lord hath spoken…” Now, since Hebrews 2:17 calls Christ “a merciful and faithful high priest,” we would expect Him to obey all scriptures pertaining to that office. If He had made or drunk alcoholic wine, He would have disobeyed these verses and would have been disqualified from teaching the children of Israel the statutes of the Lord.”“Christ did not come to cast a stumbling block before anyone; yet, Romans 14:21 teaches that a person who gives another alcoholic wine does just that. “It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.’”“John 2, the miracle of turning water into wine, does not require that it be alcoholic. Many insist that it was, on the basis of verse 10, which says, “Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse; but thou hast kept the good wine until now.” They would say that, in those days, it was common to serve the best alcoholic wine at first, saving the worst until later, when men’s taste had been dulled by much drinking. But the point is just the opposite here! These people could definitely recognize that the wine, which Jesus made, was much better than what they had been served at first. This could not have been possible, if they were already well on their way to becoming intoxicated! The fact is, neither the wine that they had at first, nor that which Christ made, was alcoholic.”Alcohol Consumption:http://www.1timothy4-13.com/files/teach/bib&wine.html (Accessed March 15th 2005).“In John 2:9, Jesus turns water into wine at the marriage feast. Considering all the above cautions and prohibitions regarding intoxicating beverages (see link above), it would seem impossible (the one thing that God cannot do is violate His very character) for Him to make an intoxicating beverage and offer it to others.””In regards to producing the pure stuff, it’s just a matter of boiling (just one of a few methods) then sealing.””The word “wine” is referenced 212 times in the Old Testament. A survey of these usages done indicates that 92% of those references are “negative” in context. This doesn’t even consider the use of the words “strong drink.”CONCLUSION:by: JOSH BUICE:People drink alcohol for the effect rather than the taste. That is proof that the Christian has no business impairing himself / herself with such toxins as alcohol. The defense of the moderate drinker is often based on the cultural differences of parts of our country and the cultural differences of other countries. This argument is a weak argument. You cannot base theology on the choices of other countries. If you examine the city of London, they drink alcohol on a regular basis, but their city is also full of vile and wretched sin. They have pornography in the weekly newspaper, so should that indicate that pornography should be tolerated? It is not safe to base theology on the choices of another country.DID JESUS MAKE, GIVE AWAY, AND CONSUME ALCOHOL?If Jesus really made the water turn into alcoholic wine, the people, including the disciples would not have even remembered the miracle due to their drunken condition, or it would open up an opportunity for the liberal world to discredit the validity of the miracle since everyone was drunk (maybe they thought they saw the water turn into wine).If Proverbs 31:4 “[it is] not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:” instructs a King and Prince to abstain from alcohol, and Leviticus 10:9-11 “Do not drink wine nor strong drink…that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; and that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the Lord hath spoken…” instructs the Priest to abstain, wouldn’t it be necessary for the Prince of Peace, King of Kings, and Lord of Lord’s to abstain from alcohol as well?If Romans 13:14 says “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].” Would it be possible for Christ to deny His own Character by allowing others to make a provision (open avenue / door) for other sins of the flesh (adultery, lust, and other sins described in Proverbs 23) that follow the consumption and alteration of alcohol by providing intoxicating wine at the wedding feast in Cana?If Habakkuk 2:15 says “Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to [him], and makest [him] drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!” Would it be possible for Christ to give these people (the better part of the town of Cana) intoxicating drink without violating scripture?If Proverbs 23:20 says “Be not among winebibbers (drunkards)” wouldn’t Christ be violating scripture by attending a party where people were well drunk on alcohol?If 1 Corinthians 5:11 instructs people to not keep company with those who profess Christ but are drunkards, wouldn’t that be a clear violation of the Holy Writ for Christ to attend such a party with drunk people?If Romans 14:21 says “[It is] good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor [any thing] whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.” Wouldn’t that be a clear command to abstain?Romans 14:211. Stumbleth (1 out of 3 social drinkers become alcoholics!)2. Offendeth (new Christians who were previous alcoholics)3. Weak (anybody who takes one drink becomes “weaker” and looses his or her ability to react properly in certain situations such as driving, but most importantly, in the area of sin!)If Romans 14:19 says “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” Shouldn’t we abstain from any drink that causes severe problems in family life, church life, and in the local community? Alcohol is not consumed for taste, it is consumed for the effect that follows the taste. This being said, all people who use alcohol are impaired to some degree through only one drink.Isaiah 5:11-14 tells us that Hell hath enlarged herself due to wicked people, but in that description we also see the drunkard. Wouldn’t it be a violation of scripture for Christ to provide people with alcohol which could very well be used to prevent their salvation and send them to Hell?We need to care for the souls of people much more greatly than to instruct them that moderate drinking is allowed by Scripture. We as Pastors will all stand and give account before God for how we cared and watched for the souls of our congregations (Hebrews 13:17).In this study, I have been referred to as a legalist, Pharisaic, and a false interpreter of scripture due to my strong abstinence stand. My brothers, there is a clear difference between a legalist and a conservative, and I am not a legalist. I want to rightly divide the Word of Truth, and I want to avoid walking down the road of liberalism because Dr. Somebody says that Jesus made and drank alcoholic wine. It is a danger to base convictions on what somebody else said. For me, I will take the Holy Writ of God – It provides enough evidence to teach, preach, and warn against alcohol consumption and to be a 100% Teetotaler.God Bless,Josh BuiceProverbs 20:1