New Mission Area: The New Temperance

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Without warrant of Scripture

I do not drink alcoholic beverages because I do not like them---they remind me of paint remover. However, many enjoy them and do not become alcoholics. There is, of course, no biblical basis for this belief except for Old Testament Nazirites, and we are instructed to stop drinking nothing but water and take wine in the New Testament. However, drunkenness has always carried a bad rap since the days of old man Noah naked in his tent.

The saloon culture that existed in the pre-Prohibition era is long gone and we should not fear its return. Substance abuse of all sorts is still with us and a major social problem. Whether one thing leads to another has been called into question. The Methodist Church's preference for Welch's grape juice over sacramental wine has long been a source of amusement to other denominations.

David 13 days ago

Best Not To

Not only is alcoholism itself a danger, but it is so easily a gateway into greater trouble, such as cocaine, etc. Better not even to start. Then you don't have to worry about a weak moment when you give in to one dose of crack cocaine and a new addiction has risen in your life. Avoid it to begin with and be spared the worry.

Skipper 13 days ago