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Alcohol Today: Abstinence in an Age of Indulgence Paperback – July 6, 2009
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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.Read more ›
One star for at least offering readers an ultra-conservative, fundamentalist, Southern Baptist view to compare with other better presented and logical views.
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?Read more ›
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Really well researched and documented. thought it was on target biblically and dealt with the issue directly. I would recommend it to everyone.Published on May 8, 2013 by bailey
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. Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by robert
Excellent book! Everyone should read this book to know how damaging alcohol is for us as a society as a whole.Published on March 24, 2013 by Paula
I enjoyed this book immensely and thought it was extremely well researched and very timely. The author presents excellent and exhaustive research as to why abstinence is not only... Read morePublished on January 4, 2010 by Marta
The book is organized in a well thought out manner in that Lumpkins has divided the book's twelve chapters into three sections. Read morePublished on June 29, 2009 by Ron Phillips, Sr.