See also: Bible says be sober again and again.
See also: History of Wesleyan Church Beliefs on drinking (1843-2016).
‘…We believe that the sale and trafficking of tobacco, alcohol and other nonmedicinal drugs is a social evil which is draining and corrupting to society, and thus we believe that the best position is to practice total abstinence, protesting both the legal and illegal trade of such substances.’
Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia, 1997, ‘Statement on Social Issues’, National Conference Minutes, p. 104.
‘alcohol, tobacco, other harmful drugs … we deplore the industry created by the production of these substances and believe that even where these substances are legalised – total abstinence is the appropriate response. Eph. 5:15-18; Prov. 23:31-32; Prov. 31:4‘
Handbook of The Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia (2016), 187:2
‘Only unfermented grape juice shall be used in observing the Lord’s Supper.‘
Handbook of The Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia (2016), 1693.
‘No alcohol is permitted during group functions as all activities are to be “dry”.’
Handbook of The Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia (2016), 1379, Club Solo Small Groups.
‘There are many alcoholics looking for help. These people already believe that drinking is a sin. When they see Christians using alcohol it gives them a two fold message, first that these Christians are simply hypocrites who do not practice what they preach, and second that the Church has nothing in the way of moral and spiritual support to offer them in their hour of need. Are not their souls precious?’
Peter Lyne, Winter 1995, ‘Should Christians Drink Alcohol?’, Australian Wesleyan, p. 16.
‘Are you prepared, in the name of our heavenly Master, to stand forth for a new anti-slavery, anti-intemperance, anti-every-thing wrong, church organization?’ —Rev. Orange Scott in 1842
‘Life of Orange Scott’, p. 202. See short biography: Orange Scott – A Church Is Born by Dr. Lee M. Haines, Historian of The Wesleyan Church.
True Wesleyans never compromise. Be proud of your history. Can the anti-holiness intoxicated slaveholding evolutionary eugenics compromisers be so proud of theirs?
Always Be Ready for Christ’s Return
‘But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him…’ —Jesus Christ our Lord
Luke 12:45,46 NKJV.
In Australia, the Wesleyan Methodist Church was formed in 1946 by Kingsley Ridgway. It branched out from the Wesleyan Methodist Church in USA formed in 1843 by Orange Scott because he opposed ‘the new doctrine of compromise’ – the lack of bravery which had come into the Methodist Episcopal Church. ‘Are you prepared, in the name of our heavenly Master, to stand forth for a new anti-slavery, anti-intemperance, anti-every-thing wrong, church organization?’ —Rev. Orange Scott in 1842
See: History Highlights of the Wesleyan Church.
See: “Word to a Drunkard” by John Wesley.
See also: Kava
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Also…”wine IS a mocker and beer IS a brawler” is saying nothing about the quantity; but it is identifying the intrinsic nature of the chemical itself in its affect on the human brain chemistry…that alcohol is in and of itself an agent of mocking and brawling…sin. Modern science has proven that even one drink begins the process of lowering moral inhibitions. Alcohol works in the same part of the human psyche as does the Holy Spirit but with opposite affects and goals.