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God Gave Wine by Kenneth L. Gentry Jr.
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Written by one who doesn't drink, due to health concerns, this book takes a non-biased approach to the issue. What does the Bible really say about alcoholic drink? Contrary to the popular opinion of many American evangelical Christians, the Bible does not expressly forbid the drinking of alcoholic drinks, such as wine or "strong drink". Rather, it forbids in no uncertain terms, the abuse of alcohol.

Drunkenness is never viewed as a disease, instead it is incumbent on men not to become drunk with wine. Drunkenness is a sin worthy of eternal damnation. It is expressly forbidden and counseled against. Yet the moderate enjoyment of wine is not only allowed, but encouraged.

Kenneth Gentry deals with each relevant passage exegetically and fairly. He traces the Biblical meanings of the words employed for "wine" and other alcoholic drinks. He reveals the circular reasoning behind the two wine theory, that the Bible has two kinds of wine in view as it uses the same term (alcoholic, and non-alcoholic). The same wine the Bible warns can lead to drunkenness, is the wine the Bible praises as a gift from God for man's enjoyment.

If you care about the truth, and if you care about Scripture, you should pick up this book and read it. The traditions of godly men of old are important, but God's Word is more so. No matter how you conclude on this topic, it would be to your credit to interact with and at least consider what Kenneth Gentry says in this wonderful, carefully written, yet short book on wine.

Read my entire review of the book here. And feel free to explore articles on this topic at my blog.
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