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Book: Wine: Does The Bible Condone The “Social” Or “Recreational” Use Of Alcohol?
Author: Jarrod M. Jacobs
Publisher: Jacobs Publications, 2019
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Needed by everyone
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Jacobs, Jarrod M. Wine: Does The Bible Condone The “Social” Or “Recreational” Use Of Alcohol?
(published in 2019 by Jacobs Publications, Morgantown, KY 42261). What does the Bible mean when it says, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1)? If wine is bad, then why does the Bible also say, “And wine that makes glad the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread which strengthens man’s heart” (Psalm 104:15)? And if it’s wrong to drink alcoholic beverages, how could Jesus turn water into wine? There was a time, not too many years ago, when almost all who claimed to be Bible believers and followers of Christ strongly opposed the use of fermented, intoxicating drinks. But today, the drinking of alcohol on “social” occasions is a continual subject of controversy among Christians. Is it all right to drink alcohol so long as one promises not to get drunk?
In this short treatise, gospel preacher Jarrod Jacobs carefully examines the Scriptures and cites reputable scholarship to deal with a number of questions about this topic. Does the term “wine” in the Bible always mean something alcoholic? Did the people in Bible days know how to keep fresh grape juice unfermented since they had no means of refrigeration to preserve fresh juice for long periods of time as we do? Does God give His blessing to those who want to drink only “a little wine”? In so doing, he not only explains several passages which clearly reflect God’s thoughts concerning the social and recreational use of alcohol, but also looks at a number of arguments which people use to prove that we can drink socially. This easy to read and understand book approaches the material from the standpoint of what God says, not what man says.