— April 16th, 2012 —

Book Review: “What Would Jesus Drink?,” by Joel McDurmon

“Joel McDurmon is my kind of conservative believer. He is willing to go where the Bible says we may go, even if that is the wine aisle of the supermarket. He is willing to sit down with the apostles to share a meal, even if the establishment serving lunch has beer on tap. He is willing to drink what the Bible says we may drink. And in this book, he does a fine job of setting before us the scriptural reason for all of this. He begins where all our lessons in eating and drinking ought to begin, which is with the Lord’s Supper, and he moves on to discuss the words the Holy Spirit chose to reveal His will on the subject. He then turns to address some common objections, which you have probably heard before. This is a small book, but there is a lot here.” — from the foreword by Douglas Wilson

This is a great book on the subject of alcohol. Is prohibitionism biblical? Is it sinful to consume alcohol? Or is it not only allowed, but also sanctioned in Scripture? Joel McDurmon argues, that yes, it is sanctioned and even blessed as a gift of God.
In this book, McDurmon takes the reader through Scripture and covers many topics relating to alcohol. Did Jesus drink wine? Did He approve its use? What does Scripture say about drunkenness? If it’s at least allowable to physically consume wine, beer, etc., is it alright to enjoy it? What about the weaker brother? The author answers these questions and many more (as well as prohibitionist arguments) in these small 128 pages.
This book is not so much a negative defense against prohibitionism, as much as it is a case for the biblical, moderate enjoyment of one of God’s gifts to us—a gift that also has spiritual symbolism. What Would Jesus Drink? is a brief but thorough treatment of the subject and is highly recommended—even if you’re already in favor of partaking of fermented drinks.
INDECENCY: Chapter 4, “Wine, Women, and Song,” specifically deals with the connections made in the Song of Solomon between wine, marital relations, and pleasure; and while what he says is entirely biblical and sound, McDurmon is no prude and certainly doesn’t shy away from the graphic depictions of marital love found in Song of Solomon. (If reading aloud, a father may elect to significantly abbreviate this chapter if he has young children present.) In another section of the book the author mentions the damage drunkenness will do to a man’s reproductive system.
AGE RANGE: Older young adults; but as in all cases, parental discernment is required when letting a son or daughter read this book. A parent especially needs to take into consideration the chapter on “Wine, Women, and Song” and the potential reader’s maturity in that area.

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