Total Abstinence: Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia (2012 Handbook)

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‘…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, 2012, 187:2

Only unfermented grape juice shall be used in observing the Lord’s Supper.
Handbook of The Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia, 2012, 1693.

‘No alcohol is permitted during group functions as all activities are to be “dry”.’
Handbook of The Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia, 2017, 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.

Orange Scott

‘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?

Touch not with the poison thy lips,
If thou wouldst be free from its pains;
For he is in danger who sips—
He only is safe who abstains.’

The anti-poison hymns were printed adjacent to the anti-slavery ones.

See early ‘Wesleyan Methodist hymnbook’ 1846, p. 403.

He attacked ‘the new doctrine of compromise,’ and organized the Wesleyan Methodist Connection in 1843.

‘John Wesley and his coadjutors in England, braved public opinion. When Mr. Wesley was expelled from the churches, he preached in grave-yards, public markets, and open fields! And though public opinion commanded Mr. Wesley to desist through the medium of mobs, still he stood it out! Shame on his compromising sons!

Rev. Orange Scott, ‘Public Opinion’, Life of Orange Scott, p. 94.

‘As the pastor of a small company of [Wesleyan Methodist] Christians worshipping in this city … whose terms of membership require total abstinence from all intoxicating drinks—and non-fellowship for all slave-holding, I am more than content with my lot.’

Rev. Lucius C. Matlack, 1845, ‘Narrative of the Anti-Slavery Experience’.

‘We may not innocently stand by and permit the infliction of injuries by others’ ‘by forces, both moral and legal, we prevent all others from the worse than murderous traffic in liquors that can intoxicate.’

Rev. Adam Crooks, 1870, ‘Duty to denounce alcohol by Rev. Adam Crooks’, Wesleyan Methodist Church.

Methodists against using alcohol, ‘long before the temperance movements’ – Nathan Bangs

Nathan Bangs, in A History of the Methodist Episcopal Church (1838) quotes the Minutes of the 1780 Methodist Conference in Baltimore against slave-holding and alcohol:

‘By these minutes it will also be seen that the preachers of the day set their faces against “distilling grain into liquor,” determining to “disown those who would not renounce the practice.” From this it may be seen that the Methodist conference set itself against the use of alcoholic liquors long before the temperance movements, which have so distinguished the present days, and which have conferred such lasting blessing upon the community. What a pity that there should ever have been any relaxation of this rule!

‘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.

(See: History Highlights of the Wesleyan Church.)

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One Reply to “Total Abstinence: Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia (2012 Handbook)”

  1. 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.

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