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Wine and the Bible

H. Kellogg, M.D.

‘And be not drunk with wine. wherein is excess but be filled with the Spirit.” Eph. 5: 18

Among civilized nations, the Bible is almost universally admitted to be at least an admirable code of morals, even by those who do not regard it as an inspired book. An authority held in such high esteem would necessarily have very great influence in molding the judgments of men and forming their opinions. It is for the purpose of gaining the support of this generally accepted authority that the adherents of any special theory or doctrine appeal to the Scriptures for testimony in favor of the same. It need not be at all surprising, then, that the language of Holy Writ should often be grossly perverted by enthusiasts and unscrupulous persons in their attempts to find for their pet theories the needed endorsement. Illustrations of this use of the Scriptures are very abundant. A large class of modern agitators who call themselves “social reformers,” and have made themselves notorious by the laxity of morals advocated and practicing by them, claim to find in the Word of God license for their immorality. Polygamists, likewise, appeal to inspiration in support of their unchristian practice. Only a few years ago, American slavery received from thousands of pulpits a most vigorous support, which claimed to have the sanction of divine authority. Read the rest of this entry


The Bible And Alcohol

The Bible And Alcohol
Jesus And Wine
Endtime Issues No. 29
17 October 1999
Samuele Bacchiocchi, Ph. D.

A major factor which has contributed to the significant increase in the consumption of alcoholic beverages on the part of Christians in general is the prevailing assumption that the Bible teaches moderation, not total abstinence. Billy Graham himself stated in an interview: “I do not believe that the Bible teaches teetotalism . . . Read the rest of this entry