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A Pastor and A Beer. Part II

August 11, 2012

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If you haven’t done so you might want to read Christians and Alcohol and A Pastor and A Beer. Part 1 First.

A few weeks ago I did a post that I called A pastor and a beer. Two things came out of that post. Number one it was my highest viewed post of all time. There is lots of interest in the subject. Number two it turns out to be controversial, especially if you are being critical of the use of alcohol by Christians and especially Christian leaders.

Hopefully you have read at least two of my previous post; the first being Christians and Alcohol and the second, A pastor and A Beer.

I am all about grace and the new covenant. I’m thankful that there is now no condemnation (Romans 8:1).  Thank goodness that we have a better covenant. “But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.” Hebrews 8:6

I’m trying my best to make this subject one of example and witness and not one of heaven or hell, sin or righteousness.

Alcohol is a controversial subject even in secular circles and is blamed for a lot of bad things in society. Please go back and read Christians and Alcohol.

My point with A Pastor and a Beer (part 1) was why? Why would an influential pastor who has never been a drinker, not in High School, not in college, suddenly decided that alcohol is going to be part of his life? And then decide that he needs to tell the whole world like it’s some sort of a badge of honor that he’s proud of.

Yes we have a new covenant but even the apostle Paul dealt with the subject of doing things that are not necessarily wrong but are a bad example, things that would cause a weaker Christian to stumble. Go read 1 Corinthians 8.

We do have a covenant of Grace, however we (Christians) have been called to a higher standard. Not because we want to make it to heaven but because we represent the Kingdom of God and want to bring glory to Him and not our liberty.

I know this subject is controversial but I do want to know what you think. Please comment on this page by clicking the comment button below.

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  1. Jerry Hightower permalink

    keep up the good work Pastor Jeff, and for that Christian leader that openly decided to state he is a drinker. Well just as Paul said Follow me cause I follow Christ, this Leader is saying follow me cause I follow myself. I would rather follow Paul, cause he has denied the flesh and followed after that which is in Spirit and Truth. Sometimes I think that people just try and see if there are things they can generate in the “gray” area of right and wrong just to see how many people they can get to follow them. When we are suppose to be getting them to follow Christ. The way is narrow and straight and few are they that find it. This Other Leader better think about that.

    • jeffscurlock permalink

      Jerry, Thanks for your input and for reading my blog. It is a blessing to me and the ministries that God has called me to. Blessings!

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