About the Author
Dr Peter Masters has been Minister of the Metropolitan Tabernacle (Spurgeons) in central London since 1970. His weekly television and radio sermons are aired in the UK (Sky-UCB), and in the USA.
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For the last 150 years the overwhelming majority of Bible-believing Christians world-wide have been firmly committed to the practice of total abstention from alcohol. Only a relatively small proportion of evangelicals have demurred, reserving the right to drink in moderation. Now, however, the scene is changing, for with the general loosening of standards a surprising number of evangelicals are abandoning the long-held abstentionist view.
Interestingly, several books have recently appeared defending the right of believers to drink in moderation. These all dismiss the majority position the temperance position with rather obvious contempt. Curiously, there appears to be little in print at the present time which presents the case for total abstention. Here, then, are some of the reasons why those who love the Lord and seek to obey His Word should choose to turn away from alcoholic drinks.
In these pages the arguments in favour of temperance will be divided into two groups. There is one set of arguments used in support of the view that total abstention began in New Testament times. Although these arguments are, in the view of this writer, extremely powerful, it must be acknowledged that there is some basis for debate, and they will therefore be presented in the second part of the book.
However, there is another set of arguments which are even more important because they surely stand beyond all dispute and doubt. They are used in support of the following case: Regardless of whether abstention was required in New Testament times, it became the biblical duty of all Christians with the passing of time, as the size and character of the alcohol industry underwent dramatic change in terms of the quantity, potency and human costliness of its products. The biblical arguments in favour of this view seem so invincible that there is little room left for quibbling. For this reason we begin with this group of arguments, contending that, whatever may have been the case in Bible times, the present-day Christian is required by the principles taught in Gods Word to stand entirely clear from the drinking of alcohol.