Preaching a sermon about what the Bible really says about alcohol was one of the hardest things I’ve done so far as a pastor of a new church. Why? Because what the Bible says is NOT what I’ve always thought or even taught to other people! I listened to several sermons on the topic and did a ton of research to arrive at this point and to make sure I wasn’t some kind of heretic. And apparently a lot of other people have the same questions. The video has already been watched more than 5o times and the podcast downloaded dozens more.
I promised all the OneLifers that I would post some of this research (most by conservative scholars, might I add) on the blog, so here it is. Enjoy! And after reading, leave me some comments below and tell me your thoughts…
History of Christianity and Alcohol – What led us to the place we are today in terms of this great debate in American Christianity (since it really is a non-issue everywhere else in the world).
Does Scripture Permit Us to Drink? - Detailed biblical research by Chancellor of Christ College.
The Bible and Alcohol – Another detailed, easy-to-understand study by a Dallas Theological Seminary professor.
Alcohol Blog – by Mark Driscoll, one of the greatest contemporary theologians of our day (in my opinion!) even if I don’t always agree with his presentation style. This is much of the same info from his chapter called “The Sin of Light Beer” from his book Radical Reformission.
Total Abstinence and Church Membership – Interesting sermon by one of my favorites, John Piper. He takes the stance that while drinking could be permitted biblically, Christians in our culture should abstain.
Not Addicted to Wine – An opposing viewpoint by John MacArthur, whom I admire. However, he unfortunately does not deal with the entire issue according to Scripture, never mentioning a single reference to Jesus’ first miracle or His reputation for being associated with alcohol (Luke 7:33-35).