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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hannibal Books (July 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934749524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934749524
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,166,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kara Barnette on July 24, 2014
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I cannot speak highly enough about this book! I just finished reading "Alcohol Today" and I am going to start over and read it again because it is SO GOOD. The author is Biblically-sound and uses plenty of Scriptural support, yet he does not overwhelm the reader with extraneous citation, and the writing flows well. Dr. Lumpkins obviously knows his stuff when it comes to Scripture, and this is a deep-enough book to challenge a theologian or pastor; however, it is quite readable by someone such as me who is not seminary educated. The author even provides a glossary to avoid any frustration with doctrinal terminology. And the points are clearly organized and well thought-out.

I was raised in an "alcohol is ok in moderation" household and then I married a pastor who believes in abstinence from alcohol. So like others, there have been times when I have struggled to understand what the Bible commands when it comes to intoxicating beverages....especially in reference to the famous scene where Jesus turned water into wine. In recent years, I have lived in several communities where alcohol is (as the book's title suggests) indulged, even at times by faithful, conservative church leaders. This book has helped me understand the difference between alcohol today as opposed to what alcohol was in Jesus' or Solomon's day; falacies of what I have historically been taught about Prohibition; how the view of intoxicating beverages has radically changed in the Church; and why I see negative and long-term effects from the consumption of alcohol, even by those who only drink socially or in moderation. At the conclusion of this book, I emphatically agree with Dr.
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22 of 34 people found the following review helpful By MJ on July 9, 2012
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This book is near nonsense. It may prove helpful for some, but it is akin to practicing surgery on the liver with a scithe.

What Would Jesus Do with alcohol today? Of course the problem with this is not the question -- it is a fine question. The difficulty is that we do not answer it biblically. This book asks the question, but then the biblical answer comes back that just about now He would make approximately a hundred and fifty gallons of fine Merlot wine for the wedding guests. We ignore this answer as being inconvenient for our traditions, and say that of course the Jesus "we know" would never, ever, drink alcohol. And this is because we do not know Him according to His Word.

One of the ways we know that the wine in the Bible was alcoholic is through the constant reminders not to drink too much of it (Eph. 5:18). If biblical wine were simply grape juice, these moral exhortations make no sense. The master of the wedding feast at Cana was not amazed that the best grape juice had been saved for last, after all the third rate grape juice had dulled everybody's senses (John 2:10).

Some might feel that including alcoholic drink in a sacramental meal is somehow disrespectful. But this is actually a modern version of letting the traditions of men (which can exert a powerful influence) set aside the Word of God--which Jesus said not to do (Mark 7:9). In the Old Testament, tithe money was to be used to buy shekar or strong drink (Deut. 14:22-26). In the New, the word for wine is oinos, and is clearly alcoholic as multiple contexts make clear.

There is one more point worth emphasizing. The wine we use in communion should be like the gospel--and that is potent. As with anything potent, abuses are possible (e.g. "shall we sin that grace may abound?
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By Joshua B Moran on June 13, 2015
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After an honest look at this book I have to admit that I have changed my views. This author does a masterful job with interpreting the Scriptures, researching history, and quoting various well-known writers concern the subject. Very well done!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Hunter on December 22, 2014
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This is an okay book, but it's really very biased. (The author to his credit openly admits this in the preface, saying that his family has been hurt by alcoholism before and so he feels morally compelled to try to convince anyone who will listen to abstain from any possible stumbling block.) There are several claims that he makes that almost turned me off from reading the book because they weren't very well argued or supported. However, as a whole I think this book gives a good first introduction to absolute abstentionism and the major arguments supporting it.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Doc Marine on September 3, 2013
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I was looking for a sensible and fair argument for a conservative view towards alcohol... But found an emotionally laden rant with a largely illogical case. I am mostly disappointed because I was looking forward to and hoping for a good dialogue. Instead... Narrow, dogmatic, and blinded by emotion. In fact, I had to "work" at getting the authors main points because they were drowning in rabbit trails, personal attacks, and empty pontification.
One star for at least offering readers an ultra-conservative, fundamentalist, Southern Baptist view to compare with other better presented and logical views.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By robert on April 17, 2013
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I agree almost 100% with the views and opinions held in this book. That is why I give it three points. But Im afraid it is very unsatifying. If I were Lumkin I would have halfed the book in size by getting rid of the first half. It adds little to the whole discussion. You get half way through before he really gets into the subject Biblically. By that time most would be bored or put it down unconvinced.

For a much better, to the point, fuller, more convincing and thorough work I would suggest Sober Saints by Keith Malcomson. It is a new book but maybe the best on the market at this time. Sober Saints: Should Christians Drink Alcohol?
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