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Should Christians Drink?: The Case for Total Abstinence Paperback – January 1, 1992

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Dr Peter Masters has been Minister of the Metropolitan Tabernacle (Spurgeon’s) 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 God’s Word to stand entirely clear from the drinking of alcohol.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Wakeman Trust (January 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1870855124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1870855129
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,526,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By STRANGER&PILGRIM on September 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've read many books on both sides of the issue and this is the best one I've read on the topic. Masters argues from a different angle than most writers. Like issues such as slavery, dancing and theocratic warfare, alcohol has changed. During biblical times it was a necessary,sanitary drink, because of poor water. The alcohol industry has changed, it's no longer a small cottage industry, but it is now a billion dollar world-wide business. In biblical culture alcohol abuse was seen as a sin, but it rarely is today. Alcohol now has evil associations with the unfruitful works of darkness and it makes provision for the lusts of the flesh. This really was a unique argument. I think this is an excellent book in defense of total abstinence.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By instructor43302 on August 7, 2012
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This book provides good food for thought and reasonable arguments for why Christians should abstain from drinking alcohol. Thank you for providing such clearly defined reasons. Recommended reading for those who struggle with the question of "abstinence or not?"
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 2013
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I grew up in a church that was totally against drinking of any kind and I know that many of the members changed their view on it and have decided that the Bible teaches that drinking is okay because Jesus "did it". He uses scripture to support that it is wrong. Think the scriptures don't say it is wrong? Think again. Also, I recommend 50 years in the Church of Rome by Charles Chiniquy and he shows the sin of strong drink. If you are wondering if it is wrong to drink then I would suggest you read this short booklet which is 32 pages long. I personally always felt that it was really bad to think about Jesus stumbling around with strong drink or him the slightest bit high. I bought this booklet straight from the author's website. You can get it here though.
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