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The Blood of Jesus

There is a false doctrine being promoted by some Independent Fundamental Baptists that Jesus did not have human blood. They claim that the blood of Jesus was divine. They argue this from two directions: On point #1, they claim that since the placenta isolates a mother’s blood from a fetus’ blood, fetuses must by necessity […]

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They

There has been a lot of fuss over the years about using the word “he” when referring to a general unidentified person. Somewhere along the line authors (or editors) began using “he/she”, “he or she”, or even just “she” in these instances so everyone feels included. A few even alternate between “he” and “she” for […]

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Would Of, Could Of, Should Of

It’s common in the U.S.A. to contract would have, could have or should have in every day speech. But if you must write the contractions, they are not “would of”, “could of”, “should of.” They are: would’ve could’ve should’ve The same is true of must have. What, you didn’t know that?

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Booze In The Bible

The Law of The Nazir

The Nazirite Vow described in Numbers 6:1-21 is frequently referenced to support the prohibitionist view. Any who would dedicate himself to the Lord must abstain from alcoholic beverages. This can be answered on two fronts. First, the argument fails a simple consistency check. Second, the Nazirite Vow is not as simple as the prohibitionists’ superficial […]

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Strong Drink

Recently, someone directed my attention to the International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia (ISBE), specifically the contents of its entry on wine related to the Hebrew word shekar. This was offered as evidence that shekar was not necessarily alcoholic. Here is the relevant part of the ISBE entry Wine; Wine Press: (7) שׁכר, shēkhār (22 times), translated […]

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Drink, Strong

The following article is reproduced from the public-domain version of the International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia (1913). James Orr, M.A., D.D., General Editor John L. Nuelsen, D.D., LL.D. Edgar Y. Mullins, D.D., LL.D. Assistant Editors Morris O. Evans, D.D., PhD., Managing Editor [ Underlining added for emphasis ] DRINK, STRONG (שׁכר, shēkhār; σίκερα, síkera; from שׁכר, […]

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Booze In The Bible

The Rechabites

Some prohibitionists cite Jeremiah 35:1-19 as an example of people being praised for abstaining from alcoholic beverages. In that passage God told Jeremiah to give wine to the Rechabites, but when Jeremiah does so, the Rechabites refuse to drink. They explain that their father commanded them to drink no wine, build no houses, sow no […]

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Wine is a Mocker

A prohibitionist claimed: There is no way around Proverbs 20:1. So, let’s take a look at this verse that will absolutely prove the prohibitionist correct: Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. The first two clauses are offered as absolute proof that any alcohol […]

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Behold a Gluttonous Man, and a Winebibber

Prohibitionists have an interesting way of dealing with these two passages: Matthew 11:18-19: 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. 19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom […]

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Twenty To One Revisited

Let’s revisit the claim that wine was diluted to a water-to-wine ratio of Twenty To One. This ratio comes up in support of the claim that the only use for wine in biblical times was for purifying water. Citing this ratio as support shows not only the absurdity of the claim, but also reveals the […]