Introduction: Intensive (Biblical Counseling Course) GCBC & Seminary - Archive (1960)
Many Christians believe in temperance, being moderate in the consumption of alcoholic beverages, but are strongly opposed to excessive drinking. What is the Christian's Position? The safest, most scriptural answer is complete abstinence, for temperance may get broader than one can control. Some say that since Jesus changed the water into wine in John 2:1-11; that the Savior gave permission for wine at a wedding.
What kind of wine did Jesus create in John 2? The Greek word is "oinos" meaning grape juice while the word for intoxicating liquor is "shaker." Both of these words are used in Luke 1:15, "For he (John the Baptist) shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine (oinos) nor strong drink (skekar)."
A writer says that in the U.S.A. now has five million alcoholics (drunks) and three million pre-alcoholics, tottering on the brink of social helplessness. The financial loss to the nation is about 700 million dollars annually. Dr. Andrew Ivy of the University of Illinois says, "Alcoholism is now the nation's number three health problem from the viewpoint of live lost and people disabled.