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God Gave Wine: What the Bible Says About Alcohol

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For the past 200 years Americans have been told that biblical teaching forbids the drinking of alcoholic beverages. But does it? In this greatly revised and expanded version of his controversial book, (formerly titled)The Christian and Alcoholic Beverages, Kenneth L. Gentry Jr. takes a thorough look at the issue, concluding that Scripture allows wine to be consumed both fo ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published June 28th 2000 by Oakdown (first published June 1st 2000)
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Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion, non-fiction
Gentry spends a lot of his time proving that the various words for wine in the Bible refer to alcoholic drinks. That's necessary for his case because he proceeds to show the many uses of those words in positive contexts. One of the phrases he repeats often is that the abuse of something doesn't require abstaining from the use of it. ...more
Tim Miller
Jan 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Gentry does a superb job in his support of the moderationist's position on Alcohol. While Gentry himself is not a drinker (nor am I for lack of any desire) due to his dislike of the taste, he relentlessly clings to scripture. Throughout the entire book, Scripture is the foundation of every chapter. I have never been more clear of my understanding on this issue of dinking than I am now. I mean, when you see that Jesus himself drinks(as seen in Luke 7 ~33 For John the Baptist has come eating no br ...more
Jeff Short
Mar 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biblical-studies
Gentry presents the moderationist view of alcohol in this book. He primarily restricts himself to the biblical data and interacts a good bit with opposing views. It is interesting where I have seen this debate lead people. If you're truly engaged in a debate over the issue, you're likely to talk about personal examples or history, the science of fermentation and pasteurization, the testimony of chemists, cultural practices of preservation in antiquity, a lot of quibbling over words, or even to t ...more
If your motto for sanctification is: "Don't drink don't smoke don't chew, or go out with girls who do," then this book is for you. Gentry presents an excellent scriptural case for the acceptability and proper use of alcohol in the life of the Christian. Gentry handles this discussion with the heart of a pastor and also looks at the relevant texts and reasons some Christians have given in opposition to alcohol consumption by the believer (esp. the "weaker brother" argument). Alcohol is a gift fro ...more
Jun 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Gentry provides a detailed (through not too dense) study of what the Bible actually says about alcohol. In sum, God designed nature to produce alcohol, it symbolizes the blessing of God, Jesus made it, drank it, and the Bible does not prohibit drinking it. Of course, being drunk is a sin, but all sorts of good things can be abused: sex, money, food. Good reading for those of us who may confront the remnants of "Bible-Belt" legalism. ...more
Amy Sanders
May 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Best arguements, I have purchased many of these books and given them away. Even when I loaned it out, people requested to keep it. Enough said.
Miska Wilhelmsson
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, thorough, and biblically balanced look at what the Bible teaches about alcohol.
Bob Hayton
Jun 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Mitch Nichols
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
A refreshingly honest look at what the Bible actually says that is free from pandering to cultural traditions, the "wisdom" of men or knee-jerk emotionalism. Gentry does an outstanding job of pointing to the unbiblical nature of the prohibitionist positions, most notably those of Stephen M. Reynolds. He uses excellent exegesis to show the biblical nature of the moderationist and absentionist positions and also addresses common cultural arguments. The author comes from a conservative fundamentali ...more
Gabriel Jones
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent exposition of the moderationist viewpoint of alcohol from the scripture. I think Gentry does a superb job tackling all the challenges with this controversy in our modern context, and even though he does a good bit of examination of the Hebrew and Greek words used in referring to alcohol, I actually found that information helpful and easy to understand with no background in either language.
Feb 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
One of the best books on the topic, this scholarly text is written to address what the bible says about Alcohol. Written by an author who does not drink, it is filled with evidence that directs toward the modernist view to be an okay one. Where the bible does say being drunk is a sin, it does not say the same for drinking alcohol as some fundamentalist have argued for. A great resource to have in one's collection, yet hard to find due to being currently out of print. ...more
Michael Jones
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
thorough and extremely helpful. Jesus made 200 gallons of the stuff and they called him a drunkard. He wants us to enjoy kingly wine as we enjoy his kingdom! Thanks Mr. Gentry-- very scholarly but well-written and enjoyable!
Jan 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
Great book!
Diego Vasquez
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Insightful and easy to understand.
Dan Berkholder
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rock solid biblical argument for Christian liberty in alcohol consumption.
Jan 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sacraments, theology
A good book that demonstrates from the Scriptures the goodness of wine and deals with both abstentionists and prohibitionists arguments.
R. Nathan
Nov 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any one
I come drinking!
Scott Guillory
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent biblical argument for the enjoyment of alcoholic beverages in moderation.
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: genreal-theology
A detailed look at wine and the scriptures from a protestant prospective (reformed at that)
Jun 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is must-reading for any Christian engaged in the alcohol argument. Gentry, Jr., tackles teetotalism with grace and clarity and refutes it entirely. A highly recommended book.
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Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. is a Reformed theologian, and an ordained minister in the Reformed Presbyterian Church General Assembly. He is particularly known for his support for and publication on the topics of orthodox preterism and postmillennialism in Christian eschatology, as well as for theonomy and six day creation. He holds that each of these theological distinctives are logical and theological ...more

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