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With this as his launching pad, Whittington's book carefully studies the relevant passages and proceeds to answer every single objection to the responsible use of alcohol I have ever heard. His bottom line conclusion is this:
"The Bible has several warnings against drunkenness, but only one caution against the responsible use of alcohol in celebration and with meals...The one thing I didn't find was a prohibition against the use of alcohol."
Instead of forming his conviction about alcohol on culture, family history, or in reaction to someone else's position, Whittington gets his from the Bible.
This book is a must-read for teetotalers and frat boys alike.
He grew up in a church that was opposed to alcohol, but latter began to question why. He was 100% objective in his approach. He analyzed every verse in the bible that mentions alcohol and comes to an conclusion without being influenced by personal opinion. He also analyzed the reasons, and verses that people use to promote the idea that Christians shouldn't drink.
The only source other than the Bible that was used are the statistics of problems caused by alcohol use in the USA, such as deaths from drunk driving, and a very short section of examples from church history.
His chapter on "The Weaker Brother" is outstanding. So is his biblical analysis on "Causing Your Brother to Fall".
An appendix has every verse in the Bible that mentions alcohol written in both the King James and NIV version of the bible. Which makes it easy get a sense of the Bible's treatment of alcohol.
Brad Whittington seemed very surprised that the Bible wasn't more anti-drinking and that the Bible even seemed to view alcohol as being good at times. He treats his anti-drinking Christian brothers with respect. I may be a little biased, but I was so happy to see such a good book about the subject. In part because it is based on the Bible, and in part because my "personal" opinion is that the church needs to accept that the Bible doesn't prohibit drinking. If you ask the average person on the street what Christians believe, few, very few, will tell you anything similar to the gospel. I came to the opinion that the prohibition of alcohol had a negative effect after watching too many Christians feeling that the church was always judging their lifestyle, or talking to too many Christians who thought that Christianity was more about lifestyle than the gospel.
I would also recommend Martin Luther's book "Concerning Christian Liberty" is excellent free Kindle book about the dangers of adding extra rules to the Christian's life and not living in liberty. [ASIN:B0084919YU Concerning Christian Liberty] I believe that Luther's book covers a few points that "What Would Jesus Drink" doesn't cover or need more attention. These points would include the fact that extra rules like a churches prohibitions on drinking 1. Can focus our on behavior instead of real sin (pride, selfishness). 2. Confuse the gospel. It is important the the church be defined by the gospel, not culture, rules, or social customs. 3. Can be (but not always are) a step towards pride and legalism.
Thanks again Brad Whittington for such a great book. I gave it 5 stars, but, just for the record, I really don't know how many stars Jesus would give this book.