My response to Michael Brown’s Article: ‘Why I Never Drink Alcohol’ — *Unbiblical prohibitions* cause people to stumble too

My response to Michael Brown’s Charisma Article: Why I Never Drink Alcohol, 9/19/2017

Teachers who say Christians should never drink alcohol are going beyond what the Bible says, prohibiting something the Bible does not prohibit. The Bible handles the subject differently, giving guidelines on how to be wise about how much to drink. Also, many studies show that drinking alcohol in moderation can be healthy, which relates to what Paul said to Timothy 2000 years ago, and as Michael said in the article: Jesus turned the water into wine.

Michael says:

“The lesson here is that we should put greater emphasis on helping weaker brothers and sisters than on enjoying our liberty.”

Michael derives this from a lesson that was about eating *food sacrificed to idols,* which the apostles concluded in Acts 15:20 was a sin — taboo. Michael then applies this to drinking alcohol, which is not in the Acts-15 list, implying we should be as he is, to not drink any alcohol at all.

The truth is we can also stumble others by calling something a sin that is not a sin, placing burdens on others that the Bible doesn’t place on them.

Paul’s elders’ qualifications:

Additionally, in Paul’s elders’ qualifications in both 1 Timothy and Titus, Paul does not prohibit overseers from drinking alcohol. Instead, he says leaders must not be “given to wine” (KJV) / “addicted to wine” (NASB).

An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate*, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine** or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money. He must be one who manages his own household well….. And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. (1 Tim. 3:2-4, 7 NASB)

appoint elders in every city as I directed you, namely, if any man is above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion. For the overseer must be above reproach as God’s steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine**, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain, but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled***, holding fast the faithful word…. (Tit. 1:5-9 NASB)

* temperate from HELPS Word-studies:

Cognate: 3524 nēpháleos (an adjective, derived from 3525/nḗphō, “to be sober”) – properly, not intoxicated, free from negative influences (intoxicants); (figuratively) clear-minded; circumspect (“sober”), free from life-dominating influences.

** not addicted to wine (NASB) or given to wine (KJV), from Thayer’s Greek Lexicon:

STRONGS NT 3943: πάροινος

πάροινος, πάροινον, a later Greek word for the earlier παροίνιος (παρά (which see IV. 1) and οἶνος, one who sits long at his wine), given to wine, drunken: 1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7; (others give it the secondary sense, ‘quarrelsome over wine’; hence, brawling, abusive).

***self controlled from HELPS Word-studies

4998 sṓphrōn (from sōos, “sound, safe” and 5424 /phrḗn, “inner outlook” which regulates outward behavior) – properly, safe (sound) because moderated, referring to what is prudent because correctly (divinely) balanced (which is far more than being “the middle of the road”).

4998 /sṓphrōn (“acting in God’s definition of balance“) makes someone genuinely temperate, i.e. well-balanced from God’s perspective. True balance is not “one-size-fits-all” nor is it blandly static. Biblical moderation (4998 /sṓphrōn) describes “a man who does not command himself, but rather is commanded by God‘” (K. Wuest, Word Studies, 2, 46). This root (sōphro-, “soundness”) then reflects living in God-defined balance.

Why isn’t this mentioned anymore?:

Paul says in Galatians 5 that drunkenness will keep a person from inheriting the kingdom, and Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts.”

The church needs to know that drunkenness is a salvation issue — a sin by which many are going to hell, including those who have been born-again.

The fear of the Lord is to help us keep from sinning. The fear of the Lord should be taught to help people decide how to treat alcohol.

True Christians are led by the Holy Spirit:

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” (Rom. 8:14).

The Holy Spirit will help us know what the balance is on many things, including alcohol, instead of teaching a prohibition that the Bible does not teach.

What the Bible really says about who goes to heaven needs to be again taught in the church, which I do here:

Who-Goes-To-Heaven Scriptures — Narrow is the Way | Who are the Children of God? — “There is therefore now *NO CONDEMNATION* to those who are IN CHRIST Jesus, who don’t WALK according to the flesh, but ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT”

 

(vid) Keith Green 1977: ‘No one believes in me anymore’ — The magazines, the newspapers / Print every word I say / This world is just my spinning top / It’s all like childs-play • I used to have to sneak around / But *now they just open their doors* • I’m gaining power by the hour / They’re falling by the score / You know, it’s getting very easy now / Since no one believes in me anymore

Oh, my job keeps getting easier
As time keeps slipping away
I can imitate your brightest light
And make your night look just like day
I put some truth in every lie
To tickle itching ears
You know I’m drawing people just like flies
‘Cause they like what they hear
I’m gaining power by the hour
They’re falling by the score
You know, it’s getting very simple now
‘Cause no one believes in me anymore

Oh, ‘heaven’s just a state of mind’
My books read on your shelf
And have you heard that ‘God is dead?’
I made that one up myself
They dabble in magic spells
They get their fortunes read
You know they heard the truth
But turned away and followed me instead
I used to have to sneak around
But now they just open their doors
You know, no one’s watching for my tricks
Because no one believes in me anymore

Everyone likes a winner
With my help, you’re guaranteed to win
And hey, man, you ain’t no sinner
You’ve got the truth within
And as your life slips by
You believe the lie that you did it on your own
But don’t worry
I’ll be there to help you share our dark eternal home

Oh, my job keeps getting easier
As day slips into day
The magazines, the newspapers
Print every word I say
This world is just my spinning top
It’s all like childs-play
You know, I dream that it will never stop
But I know it’s not that way
Still my work goes on and on
Always stronger than before
I’m gonna make it dark before the dawn
Since no one believes in me anymore

Well, now I used to have to sneak around
But now they just open their doors
You know, no one watches for my tricks
Since no one believes in me anymore

Well I’m gaining power by the hour
They’re falling by the score
You know, it’s getting very easy now
Since no one believes in me anymore
No one believes in me anymore
No one believes in me anymore

No One Believes in Me Anymore by Keith Green

(vid) Jesse Lee Peterson w/ Stefan Molyneux: FORGIVE & BE FREE!! – “God has it set up so when you forgive He will forgive you and make you free! He will take the *spirit of anger* away from you and give you perfect peace” — When you fall away from the light with anger you fall into the darkness. Satan starts to work. You hear voices – yourself talking to you, telling you to do things. He leads you down the wrong path • A spirit made a home within you • Once you see that and forgive, in that very moment that spirit is taken away from you, and it’s as though you have never gone through anything. It doesn’t play over and over in your mind. Your soul is NOT FEELING THE PAIN of it anymore because it has reconnected to the Tree of Life • Drop the anger so you can overcome the voices of the deceiver • Return to the quiet, still voice of God, and you’ll be guided in the right way all the time • Perfect love makes you free, gives you authority over the enemy • Once you realize ‘IF I’M THIS WAY,’ then the person you’re mad at must not have been able… • This will help you to forgive others • Perfect love is the way to go! • The only thing that will SOOTH the SOUL is forgiveness

The most beautiful oration I’ve seen yet on forgiving.

In this video, Jesse has a heart of gold, and lays out to a not-yet-a-believer exactly what happens if we’re hurt and stay angry — and then how freedom and the power to overcome happens when we forgive — and why. God sets us free!

Continue reading “(vid) Jesse Lee Peterson w/ Stefan Molyneux: FORGIVE & BE FREE!! – “God has it set up so when you forgive He will forgive you and make you free! He will take the *spirit of anger* away from you and give you perfect peace” — When you fall away from the light with anger you fall into the darkness. Satan starts to work. You hear voices – yourself talking to you, telling you to do things. He leads you down the wrong path • A spirit made a home within you • Once you see that and forgive, in that very moment that spirit is taken away from you, and it’s as though you have never gone through anything. It doesn’t play over and over in your mind. Your soul is NOT FEELING THE PAIN of it anymore because it has reconnected to the Tree of Life • Drop the anger so you can overcome the voices of the deceiver • Return to the quiet, still voice of God, and you’ll be guided in the right way all the time • Perfect love makes you free, gives you authority over the enemy • Once you realize ‘IF I’M THIS WAY,’ then the person you’re mad at must not have been able… • This will help you to forgive others • Perfect love is the way to go! • The only thing that will SOOTH the SOUL is forgiveness”

(vid) Globalist Jared Kushner Manipulates Trump for Zionist Israel — “Zionism: NO GREATER THREAT to the US, other than our own issues of turning away from God. But even linked to that is the Jewish supremacist movement that is trying to wipe out belief in God” • Truth about the ‘Holocaust and anti-Semitism discussed by truther Jake Morphonios!

My Notes – transcriptions – quotes by Jake Morphonios:

35:00 “The threat of Zionism: no greater threat to the United States, other than our own issues of turning away from God. But even linked to that is the Jewish supremacist movement that is trying to wipe out belief in God, very much so.”

37:01 “Much of society is so conditioned to think that Jews are, ‘the Holocaust was so terrible,’ ‘6 million Jews burned in ovens,’ we all know.  Those who study it from a fact based, research perspective know that it’s just not true. About a quarter million to 300,000 Jews died in concentration camps, and there’s not a bit of evidence that a single one ever died in an oven. It didn’t happen. That is the part that is not true. But it is true that there were concentration camps, work camps where Jews were put into, the way they were treated was below standard. It was terrible. I don’t dispute that.”

45:00 “…the Jewish Anti-defamation League is now sitting on a board. YouTube has got the ADL on a board of reviewers that can review videos and flag ones that they consider to be anti-Semitic. They demonetize them, can delete your video, even ban you. Now that the ADL is linking arms with YouTube it’s dangerous. Unfortunately, free speech is dangerous on YouTube these days. You get branded an anti-Semite. It doesn’t matter if you can explain like I just did how it’s technically not anti-Semitic.”

Comments I posted:

“GREAT ATTITUDE presented at 38:10, Jake!!!” Jake mentions ways to “shape this argument to make it socially acceptable.”

Telling the truth about the ‘Holocaust’ is illegal and imprisonable in over 20 countries. That’s the length the Talmudists go to to guard their secret. But we can share the truth here. (video) 10 Hard Facts About the “Holocaust” in 6 Minutes!

I wrote this intro to this post, linked below. The *Talmudic*, power-over-others Jews had already been kicked out of countries about 100 times before because of how they were destroying countries:

The JEWS’ ANTI-GERMAN BOYCOTT to economically starve the German people began in March, 1933, BEFORE the Germans had enacted any anti-Jewish laws.

This is only one of the MANY things the Jews did to destroy Germany (even during WWI), which are the reasons why Hitler considered the Jews an enemy of the state.

It was still wrong for Hitler to round up a large percentage (not all went into the work camps) of Jews who were not directly involved with this destruction of Germany, but helps explain the mindset.

Martin Luther also saw what the Jews were doing to Germany in his day, and wrote a book about what should be done. Germany carried out many of Luther’s proposals, some of which were worse than what Hitler did.

Hitler did NOT have a Jewish extermination program. The camps were WORK CAMPSnot extermination camps, which has now been proven beyond the shadow of doubt.

The 200+ thousand Jews who did die in the camps died mainly from Typhus and starvation, partly because we bombed the transportation supply lines.

Jews mostly controlled the Nuremberg trials and the media. They control the ideas that most of us have wrongly had about Germany, WWI, WWII, and the so-called Holocaust.”

“When the Jews declared war on Germany… 

What Jake said is absolutely true, and is now proven scientifically: (video) Germar Rudolf exposes Auschwitz’s Curated Lies (PowerPoint) — Part 1: How the Auschwitz Museum dupes millions of visitors • Part 2: How the Auschwitz Museum lies about documents in its archives

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Continue reading “(vid) Globalist Jared Kushner Manipulates Trump for Zionist Israel — “Zionism: NO GREATER THREAT to the US, other than our own issues of turning away from God. But even linked to that is the Jewish supremacist movement that is trying to wipe out belief in God” • Truth about the ‘Holocaust and anti-Semitism discussed by truther Jake Morphonios!”

Caspar McCloud: How shall we win the cultural wars if we are unwilling to win the spiritual and intellectual wars? — Far too many believers are standing on the sidelines of life as we watch the continual erosion of Christian values and influence upon our present society. From politics to business to educational values, the laws of morality are being bent and altered beyond what our parents and grandparents could have ever imagined. The media, the arts and entertainment has certainly played a part in what is now acceptable behaviour in public and it has blurred the lines of what is good and what is evil. It has pushed the boundaries to a point of where unhealthy perversions in various forms now appear acceptable and normal behaviours

Caspar McCloud is currently Senior Pastor at The Upper Room Fellowship in Ball Ground, GA and is also associated with churches in the UK. He lives in Canton, GA with his wife, Joan, his two grown children Hayley and Derrick, dog Lizzie, and his beloved horse, Mr. Bob. (The Upper Room Fellowship)

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Caspar writes on Facebook:

How shall we win the cultural wars if we are unwilling to win the spiritual and intellectual wars? It appears to me far too many believers are standing on the sidelines of life as we watch the continual erosion of Christian values and influence upon our present society. From politics to business to educational values, the laws of morality are being bent and altered beyond what our parents and grandparents could have ever imagined. The media, the arts and entertainment has certainly played a part in what is now acceptable behaviour in public and it has blurred the lines of what is good and what is evil. It has pushed the boundaries to a point of where unhealthy perversions in various forms now appear acceptable and normal behaviours.

There is a stern warning we read in Isaiah 5:20, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

We as a nation and world are reaping what we have sown. For all such ideas and all beliefs have consequences and we the church can no longer afford look the other way.

When the Apostle Paul came to Athens he was greatly grieved at what he saw around him. We read in Acts 17:16, “Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.” Paul did not just walk away discouraged by these ungodly behaviours and things he saw there, instead he challenged the men of his day. As we read in Acts 17: 22, “Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. 23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.”

Here was the city of Athens so confused they made it a capital offense to preach the truth about Jesus. So Paul in a brilliant move in the Holy Spirit simply used this inscription as text to help him declare that “THE UNKNOWN GOD”, they did not know was in fact the GOD he was representing. I offer you again James 1:22, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” The Lord Jesus/Yeshua said in John 10:27,” My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:”

Fight back overcomers, trust Papa God for every detail and stay in faith! Jesus said in Luke 21:15, “For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.’ I say hallelujah! Because “All”, things are possible with God!

I pray the Lord’s supernatural peace, healing, provision and protection cover you always with oceans of agape love in the almighty name of Jesus/Yeshua!

PASTOR CASPAR
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