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  • TFRStaff 6:01 am on 2017-01-12 Permalink | Reply
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    The Christian and beverage alcohol 

    By Robert C. Veil, Jr. — We begin the new year with an examination of a subject which is unpopular with some members of the church. It is unpopular because they resist what the Bible says about it. Still, it is a matter of great interest to many, there have been a number of requests for sermons on this topic, and it is absolutely essential that we discern God’s will on this subject. It’s also an appropriate time to look at it because holiday and New Year’s parties often tempt the Christian to compromise what God’s word clearly teaches on this subject. (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 6:01 am on 2017-01-08 Permalink | Reply
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    From bad to worse (1 Kings 16) 

    That might be an appropriate title for chapter 16 of 1 Kings: “From Bad to Worse.” Abandonment of the Lord produced debauchery, murder, division, idolatry. The chapter shows divine justice being carried out in the midst of a nation’s perfidy. Here are a few lessons from the chapter. (More …)

  • Eugene Adkins 7:37 am on 2016-07-23 Permalink | Reply
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    The study missed 7 other cancers that alcohol is responsible for 

    According to a recently released study, alcohol use has been directly linked as a major contributing cause to seven forms of cancer:

    • liver
    • colon
    • rectum
    • esophagus
    • larynx
    • pharynx
    • female breast.

    The study also found that the health risks out-weigh any of the touted health-benefits of drinking alcohol…I’ve been telling people for years, who claim to drink for the health benefits, to drink grape juice and they’d reap the benefits that they’re looking to gain. You don’t need the alcohol component in and of itself for any physiological benefits.

    While I sincerely appreciate the gravity and soberness and awareness that the report is trying to create in our culture when it comes to the dangers of using alcohol, I believe the story (which was meant to look at the relationship between alcohol and cancer in the human body mind you) missed seven other major societal cancers that alcohol has also been directly linked to as a major contributing cause: (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 3:27 am on 2016-04-30 Permalink | Reply
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    Zero alcohol for Christians 

    Brazil has zero tolerance for alcohol levels in drivers. It understands what many Christians do not. If a government (and Brazil is not the only one) knows that any level of alcohol in the blood makes one unfit to drive his vehicle, why does a Christian think that some amount of alcohol in his system does not render him unfit to guide his life?

    #alcohol #self-control

  • TFRStaff 10:50 am on 2015-09-24 Permalink | Reply
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    New entries on alcohol in WiseBible 

    Both biblical and scientific perspectives show the dangers of strong drink. See these new entries added recently. And a wealth of information, content, and links on many biblical topics, besides.

    Source: WiseBible – A Space for Bible Learning : Comments, Text, and Topics

  • Eugene Adkins 6:58 am on 2015-01-14 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alcohol, , defense attorney, defense plea, , Vanderbilt University   

    Pathetic defense offered in high-profile court case 

    There’s a high-profile court case being held in Nashville, TN involving four former college football athletes for the University of Vanderbilt who are being accused of rape. The trial is in its opening stage where the defense attorney is offering the jury his clients’ point of view and other reasons for why one or more of his clients are not guilty. To most people this is the stage where defense lawyers earn a bad reputation – and for many of them it’s for good reason; and this trial has definitely helped to put a check-mark in the negative category. And why is that? Because of the plea that the defense attorney is making on behalf of his client who he claims is not responsible for what he did to a young woman sexually (i.e. rape) because they were living in a highly experimental and sexualized atmosphere and because he was too drunk to know what he was doing!

    I guess from now on in the eyes of this attorney a murderer, a thief, a liar, a child-molester, and every other criminal, including drunk-drivers, can enter a plea that says they aren’t responsible for what they have done because they were too drunk to know better. And some people actually wonder why attorneys get a bad reputation.

  • Eugene Adkins 7:20 am on 2014-06-29 Permalink | Reply
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    Interesting, but not surprising, story on alcohol and premature death 

    Here are some of the interesting quotes found in the story as well (emphasis is mine):

    • “Excessive alcohol use is a huge public health problem,” study researcher Dr. Robert Brewer, of the CDC’s Alcohol Program, told The Huffington Post. “It’s killing people in the prime of their lives.”
    • Researchers estimate that excessive drinking kills an average of 88,000 people in the U.S. each year, and shortened the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years.
    • Additionally, the numbers are based partly on self-reports of alcohol consumption, and people generally tend to underreport the amount they drink. “So even though it’s a big number, we really think this is a significant underestimate,” said Brewer.
    • Alcohol is a toxin and known carcinogen that can increase the risk for chronic health conditions or escalate their severity.
    • “A lot of the injury isn’t just the people you consider alcohol abusers, but a much a larger group that binge drink or consume higher levels than recommended — more than 1 [to] 2 drinks a day,”

    In case you’re wondering, the person being quoted is a researcher for the CDC. Just look to the bottom left of the chart, or click on the map’s link to double-check the source.

    Combining the words “recreational” and “drugs” always come at a price – always have, always will.

    But hey, if we just legalize it all of the problems will go away…wait a second!

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  • J. Randal Matheny 6:06 pm on 2014-05-16 Permalink | Reply
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    Alcohol ‘worse than crack or heroin’ 

    • Eugene Adkins 7:58 pm on 2014-05-16 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t know if it was the same report but I read one the other day released by the WHO that said one person dies an alcohol related death every 10 seconds. Sad and staggering.

  • Eugene Adkins 7:17 am on 2014-01-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Think Before You Drink… 

    “Think Before You Drink” is a slogan used by the government and even the CDC to encourage people to keep the effects of alcohol in mind.

    And why must you “think before you drink”? Well among a few others reasons one that clearly stands out is because you can’t think while you drink! That’s why we call it being “under the influence” and that’s why we call it “being intoxicated”.

    The alcohol industry promotes its product as a peacemaker – tell that to the thousands and thousands and thousands of people who are raped, beaten, stabbed, shot and killed on the road every single week because of someone who couldn’t think while they were drinking.

    The book of Proverbs speaks the truth concerning the effects of alcohol – sooner or later, it’ll get you (Proverbs 23:32). Just ask Noah, ask Lot, ask Nabal, ask Uriah, ask Benhadad, ask the destitute man of Proverbs 23:21, ask Belshazzar and I’m sure that they would all probably tell you the same thing – think before you drink because you won’t be able to think once you’ve started.

    They have overcome me, you will say, and I have no pain; they gave me blows without my feeling them: when will I be awake from my wine? I will go after it again.” (Proverbs 23:35 – BBE)

  • Eugene Adkins 7:12 am on 2013-11-15 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alcohol, , , , Reality TV,   

    An op-ed from a non-editor 

    Recently the ole’ Duck Dynasty group has been making the headlines in places such as Fox News, New York Daily News, MSN, Huffington Post and no doubt a whole lot of Face Book posts (just Google it if you’ve been out of the loop). And what’s the reason for such attention? It’s only their latest merchandise endeavor – good, old-fashioned alcoholic wine.

    I hope you pick up on the sarcasm there when I use the word good.

    But sure enough, the winery world is a buzz over the latest label being placed on the shelves because they’ll soon be buzzing off of the “reality” TV family’s alcoholic drink of choice. You know, the TV show that’s proud to bring faith into the living rooms of TV land.

    Now let me be completely up front – I don’t care for the show. The show had been around for quite a while before I actually watched a couple of episodes; neither of which impressed me. In both episodes there were a few comments that really made me scratch my head due to the fact that the show had been labeled as wholesome. So I must admit that I’ve never really understood the attraction before or after I saw them in action. But with their latest move I can understand why they may be so popular with the world…after all, saying grace while tossing a few back is something that a lot people find appealing.

    I’m saying what I’m saying because no matter what flavor the wine comes in the move is in poor spiritual taste. I mean what’s next – a beard on a Clydesdale?

    Regardless of how I feel about the show, the show has a huge sphere of influence – but encouraging people to live under the influence of alcohol in any way isn’t a sphere that I’d be interested in if I were them. The Bible uses strong words of warning when it comes to the use of wine and strong drink (Proverbs 23:29-35). And the people of God are encouraged to get their buzz off of doing God’s will and we’re to encourage others to do so as well (Ephesians 5:17-20). So why would a person go after the wine of the vine and promote it if what they’re trying to promote is the Vine of John 15?

    Please don’t take what I’m about to say as sour grapes, but it sure seems as if the “dynasty” has traded the ducks for the bucks…and I’m not talking about the kind that has antlers.

    But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (1 Timothy 6:9-10)

    • colonelofcorn 8:10 am on 2013-11-15 Permalink | Reply

      Really? Christians are commanded to drink wine in remembrance of our Savior. Timothy was told to drink wine for his health. Many characters in the Bible were involved in wine production. Jesus turned water into wine. Has the Church of Christ become A another denomination? One that picks which versus they believe and which ones they do not like all the other denominations?

      • Eugene Adkins 9:24 am on 2013-11-15 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, “colonel”.

        Thanks for your reply. I’m going to give you some answers to the issues you raised but first let me say that I know I’m probably not going to change your mind if your email address has anything to do with a vineyard (I’m not saying it does – might just be a coincidence), and also keep in mind that unfortunately you won’t be able to hear my tone of voice in my reply because they’re going to sound “short” but I’m not saying anything to be standoffish.

        1) Christians are not “commanded” to drink the wine you’re referring to. Leaven wasn’t allowed in a room in which the Passover was going to be observed, and the wine that you’re referring to contains leaven. So the point you’re trying to make there doesn’t hold water or alcoholic wine for that matter.

        2) How much wine was Timothy told to drink again? And please note the drink was for his health, not his wealth, his recreation, or his promotion of products.

        3) Many characters in the Bible were adulterers, liars, murderers and people who made some very woeful decisions while they were drunk. So I don’t get your point there.

        4) If you think the miracle of John 2 has to do with Jesus approving of drunkeness you’re missing the point of the miracle. Jesus wasn’t at the wedding to witness with a “bud” in one hand and a Bible in the other, He did what He did to reveal His power. And by the way, who says the wine of John 2 was alcoholic? Did it have to be alcoholic to be a miracle?

        5) I’m not “church of Christ” but since you’re inferring that I am show me which verse I don’t like when it comes to this topic.

        6) What part of Proverbs 23 that was referenced don’t you understand?

        Just to let you know, I haven’t always been a “tea totter” and I wasn’t raised in a house of sobriety…so I’m extremely familiar with the effects and danger of alcohol.

        • colonelofcorn 10:21 am on 2013-11-15 Permalink | Reply

          I have no desire to argue with you the only reason that I commented on your post is because I have seen souls pushed away from Salvation over this very issue. You seem to be so confident that you are right that you would stake others salvation on your opinion be careful.

          • Eugene Adkins 10:37 am on 2013-11-15 Permalink | Reply

            I wrote the article because I believe a Christian has no business being in the alcohol business. Especially when one has a particularly large sphere of influence. If you get on the ole’ www you’ll find that the reason the issue has become a larger story is because a religiously affiliated group canceled the “dynasty’s” appearance because of their association with the wine label. And I don’t blame them, especially if the organization deals with people who have overcome, or who are who are still fighting, substance addiction. Alcohol comes with great danger and promoting the use of it for recreational uses or financial gains is not a wise decision. If someone takes a drink privately in their home I’m not going to tell them they’re going to Hell, but if a person (a Christian in particular) is looking to publicly promote drinking then I believe that person needs to examine their heart. I’m not saying I know their heart but I am saying it seems as if the decision lacks spiritual maturity, wisdom and discretion.

            • colonelofcorn 1:20 pm on 2013-11-15 Permalink

              Alcohol is dangerous but not as dangerous as adding to or taking away from the Word of God.

            • Eugene Adkins 2:05 pm on 2013-11-15 Permalink

              Really now? So whose opinion is judging who now? I might be getting the wrong message so feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, which I assumed was the original intent behind your first comment. You being confident enough in your position to say that I’m wrong.

              You tell me where I judged their soul. I judged their wisdom. You tell me where I added or took away from God’s word. You accused me as a “church of Christ person” of not liking certain verses when it comes to this topic yet you didn’t present a single verse. Correct if I’m wrong here but it sure seems like you think you can use your opionion toward me without being judgmental but I can’t use mine. The point of my article was that alcohol is dangerous spiritually, emotionally, financially and physically speaking. And a person of God would do well to avoid “aiding and abetting” other people when it comes to habits that are destructive.

              Again, tell me where I added or took away from God’s word if that’s what you’re insinuating.

              Oh, and by the way, alcohol can indeed cost a person his or her soul. Read Galatians 5:19-21.

            • colonelofcorn 2:34 pm on 2013-11-15 Permalink

              When you teach prohibition where the Bible simply teaches self control you are adding to the word. Error on the side of caution is still error. It doesn’t matter if you are in the left ditch or the right ditch you are still not on the road.

            • Eugene Adkins 2:41 pm on 2013-11-15 Permalink

              Are you even reading my replies? Or are you just pretending that I’m saying what you want me to say?

              Again, you tell me what verse I’ve added to or what verse I’ve taken away from.

            • Eugene Adkins 6:59 pm on 2013-11-15 Permalink

              I’m still waiting for that verse that you say I added to or took away from…whichever it is.

              While I was waiting I got to wondering, since I’m “off the road” with my error that you’ve still yet to point out, just how many drinks does one have to have before they’re not “spiritually fit for the road” according to your opinion?

              As far as literal roads go most states say, depending upon a person’s weight and their sex, that 1 to 4 drinks (which consist of only 4 oz. of “table wine” each) constitutes the average person being legally intoxicated/drunk (above the .08 limit). Please keep in mind that “impairment” (aka buzzed) begins much, much sooner than being intoxicated does (often times with the very first 4 oz. drink). So how does your definition (according to God’s word of course) of “moderation” line up with that?

              Please give some scripture to support your answer just so I know that you’re not guilty of doing the same thing that you’re accusing me of.


            • colonelofcorn 7:35 pm on 2013-11-15 Permalink

              I will not. This conversation is over. Please do not contact me anymore.

            • Eugene Adkins 7:58 pm on 2013-11-15 Permalink

              That’s what I expected. And my friend, don’t forget – you “contacted” me; you kept the conversation going, not the other way around. So please keep that in mind before you go putting words in other people’s mouths.

    • colonelofcorn 8:55 am on 2013-11-15 Permalink | Reply

      P. S. The Robertsons are members of the Church

      • Eugene Adkins 9:32 am on 2013-11-15 Permalink | Reply

        I am we’ll aware of their religious background and a little familiar with the congregation they attend, to which I have some doctrinal issues when it comes to some of their practices.

        Them being “members of the church” is why I wrote the “op-ed” piece to begin with.

    • Sandi Rog 10:38 am on 2013-11-15 Permalink | Reply

      I was once curious to know if Jesus turned the water to fermented wine, and if you look up the Greek word, you’ll find it’s definitely fermented. However, the word used in reference to the “blood of the vine,” it can be either or. I don’t believe it’s a sin to drink wine (although, I personally don’t drink it), but we do need to be careful in our “promotion” of it, since it’s considered “sinful” to many brethren. We don’t want to be stumbling blocks or cause our brethren to stumble.

      • Eugene Adkins 10:57 am on 2013-11-15 Permalink | Reply

        I believe the reference in Proverbs 23 gives the best rule of thumb when it comes to alcohol and a Christian…and my experience in life has shown it to be very true.

      • James Randal 5:48 pm on 2013-11-15 Permalink | Reply

        Sandi, to what Greek word do you refer?

    • John Henson 11:54 am on 2013-11-17 Permalink | Reply

      100% right on the money, Bro. Eugene! Point being that you can’t be mouthing support of the truth and then steer yourself into drunkenness. It’s too bad that so many have become enamoured with this popular television show, but it just bears out what Jesus said, “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets,” (Luke 6:26). Beware, folks.

      • Eugene Adkins 1:14 pm on 2013-11-17 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the kind words of support brother. I appreciate it very much and I agree with your sentiment.

        • docmgphillips 8:57 pm on 2013-11-17 Permalink | Reply

          Eugene, I am late to this conversation, and heartily applaud your effort. Paul’s injunction to Timothy also included “for your stomach’s sake and your oft infirmities.” Water at that time could be quite polluted, and the addition of a small amount of alcohol could help. Also, we need to remember that that wine was not fortified, and therefore much less alcoholic.
          As for the “Duck Dynasty,” I watched once and that was enough to tell me…well, never mind.
          Keep up the good work, Brother. May God bless you as you stand for Him.

          • Eugene Adkins 6:24 am on 2013-11-18 Permalink | Reply

            Thank you, Doc, for your words of support and for the contributions and perspective you have brought into TFR (Ephesians 6:13).

  • Eugene Adkins 7:05 am on 2013-10-30 Permalink | Reply
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    An All Too Fitting Name 

    A company has recently started producing a beer that has been lauded by many as the “world’s strongest beer” and its name should sound very familiar to anyone who has read much about Solomon’s feelings about alcohol and the descriptions he uses. So what’s the name that reminds me about Solomon’s wise sayings? It’s none other than “Snake Venom.”

    I don’t know if the name was given with the scriptures in mind, or if there’s just great irony in it, or if it was just given due to the natural mindset of the “pick your poison” attitude that comes with alcohol. Regardless of the intentions/motivation behind the name for the new beer it truly reflects the effect of alcohol that the word of God has warned about for millennia.

    Whether you’re young or old, rich or poor, male or female, religious or secular, single or married, or your skin color is white, black, red, yellow, brown or any other color in between the warning is all too plain to miss – mess with alcohol and you’ll feel the pain after all the numbing joy wears off!

    The serpent that lives within alcohol is sadly alive and well and he’s still ruining the lives of untold millions through his devastating bite, and with a “flashing lights and whistles” name like “Snake Venom” why would you expect this snake to do anything other than what a snake does?

    At the end of the day it sounds like this beer is going to put a whole new spin on what it means to be a snake handler doesn’t it? But at the end of the day the result of the former won’t be any different from the end of the latter – deception that inevitably results in a slow death from the inside out.

    Snake Venom really is an all too fitting name for this latest line of alcoholic drinks, and unfortunately a lot of people will sadly choose to “wear it” anyways.

    Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who linger long at the wine, those who go in search of mixed wine. Do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it swirls around smoothly; at the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like a viper. Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart will utter perverse things. Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying: “They have struck me, but I was not hurt; they have beaten me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?”” (Proverbs 23:29-35)

  • TFRStaff 3:41 pm on 2013-03-13 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alcohol, , intoxication,   

    Let us be sober! 

    Let us be sober!

    Audio has now been added to the lesson, “Let us be sober” at this address:


    The Christian’s motive for avoiding alcohol intoxication or enslavement is his desire to be sober as commanded in Scripture, so he can serve God and his fellow man without befuddlement.

    May the Lord bless you.

    Roy Davison

  • Eugene Adkins 6:33 am on 2012-11-07 Permalink | Reply
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    At Least the Liqour Lost the Election 

    In my home county (which voted for Romney 2 to 1) the residents of the “capital” city voted on whether or not to legalize liquor stores. The measure failed…thank God! It didn’t fail by much, which leads me to look at the ‘religious community’ around my area through even more jaded eyes. In a town riddled with ‘churches’ the referendum lost by only about 130 votes! Some who supposedly consider themselves to be a Christian tried to justify their actions of voting in favor of such a thing by doing so under the guise “its good for the local economy.” We again see that whatever/whomever controls the purse-strings of the soul controls the heart-strings of the soul as well. If a person doesn’t see the “in your face” evil’s of liquor then it’s because their soul has been blinded by something much darker.

    Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.” (Proverbs 20:1)

  • Richard Mansel 10:51 am on 2012-02-10 Permalink | Reply
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    Drunk and Clueless 

    Someone shared this on Facebook and I wanted to share it with you. Alcohol and bad parenting skills converged in this home.

    “Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who linger long at the wine, Those who go in search of mixed wine. Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it swirls around smoothly; At the last it bites like a serpent, And stings like a viper. Your eyes will see strange things, And your heart will utter perverse things. Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, Or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying: “They have struck me, but I was not hurt; They have beaten me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?” (Proverbs 23:29-35).

  • Richard Mansel 4:51 pm on 2012-02-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Completely Missing the Point [Updated] 

    Teaching Revelation is fascinating. Reading the bizarre comments from commentaries is both mystifying and amusing. I saw one today that I wanted to share. I shall withhold the name of the commentary to protect the guilty. 🙂

    Revelation 17:6 says: I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.

    The commentator came to this grisly, powerful verse and spent his entire entry on the dangers of drinking alcohol. I kid you not.

    Here we have faithful Christians, godly people walking in the light, being massacred for being in Christ and all he can muster is don’t drink alcohol? This verse should provoke tears rather than a temperance lesson.

    It is actually offensive to think that someone could ignore the sacrifice of the martyrs while riding a hobby horse. Have some respect for those who died for their faith!

    Sometimes you don’t understand what runs through people’s minds.

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