So far, 120,000 people have read my blog about wine, beer and the Holy Spirit. I was blessed by how overwhelmingly positive the comments were. I had braced myself for an onslaught of condemnation. Of course I was not without criticism, so I am adding this follow up to answer my critics. Understand however, this is my last word on this subject. No matter how crazy the criticism, and even if I am offered a massive book deal (lol) I am through with this subject.
I was accused of lifting a single passage from the Old Testament to invent a legalism against alcohol. Nope, I was declaring that—in this hour, due to the dire condition of America—the Holy Spirit was signaling certain vessels to a higher calling. One of the things that will fall by the wayside in this calling is booze.
The verses that I cited are not an example of a new doctrine, but an instance in history where Kings and Rulers were told that wine, and beer were not for them, lest they pervert justice—a time when justice was murky, like it is now. A time when keen senses are required.
Here is what I said, “I am convinced God is calling those who would be excellent, and powerful in the Spirit, to stop drinking alcohol…including beer. Not out of legalism—not out of condemnation but because of this one phrase: IT IS NOT FOR YOU.”
Here are the passages I am accused of lifting out of context to build a legalism: Proverbs 31: 4,5 , “It is not for kings, Lemuel—it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.” To prove I am not lifting just one scriptural reference, I will show you another moment in the Bible where this specific abstinence was practiced.
I believe the Holy Spirit is raising that issue again for the very same reason. God is leading certain vessels out of a highly addicted and stimulated culture—vessels who will hang straight and true like a plumb line as all the moral lines have been blurred. If you believe I am lying about what the Holy Spirit has said to me fine, just don’t dance around the argument by saying I said things that I did not say.
I never thought I’d see the day when wine and beer would be a sacred cow to Christians. The vehement rejection, by some, of even the possibility of abstaining, reveals the problem. The fact that they use deflection—deliberately missing my point and accusing me of saying things I did not say—to protect drinking, is revealing. I never talked about the Bible banning responsible drinking. I talked about a higher calling.
Others reminded me that Jesus drank wine. I never said He didn’t. However, we do know of an instance where Jesus refused wine and why. House to House .com said, “Mark described the drink as wine mingled with myrrh (Mark 15:23). The drink offered to Jesus was a cheap Roman vinegar wine, which had a drug mixed in to dull the senses. It was the custom of the Romans to offer a man being crucified drugged wine so that he might more easily endure his cross. Jesus refused the wine, however, apparently so that He could go through his suffering with a clear mind.” If you bring up the fact that Jesus drank wine. I must bring up the time He refused it and why. We are in such a time right now.
The overwhelming numbers who read the blog convince me something glorious is happening. Crawling out of the religious swamp—where grace is bent, and Christians clamor to see how much of the world they can keep and still know God—there is a remnant. That remnant is marked for special use. It is the high calling in Christ. Filter out the noise and listen—perhaps you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this.