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Drinks on the Church?

April 24, 2008

This church in Wales is in the process of applying for a license to consume alcoholic beverages on church premises. According to the BBC article, they plan to sell beer and wine in the cafe, once the minstrels quarters. Several local establishments, including a pub and liquor store are in opposition to the church obtaining a license for two stated reasons: 1) “The church is a place of worship.” 2) It will threaten business.

The rationale for opposing St. Peter’s obtaining a liquor license are striking. Those who oppose it, oppose it “on principle,” citing that the church is a place of worship. This, of course, assumes a bifurcation of worship and drinking alcohol–wine and worship should never mix. However, this hardly has biblical backing.

The Prophets of the Old Testament repeatedly refer to the age when the rivers will run with wine (Isa 25; 55), the Psalms applaud the “gladdening of men’s hearts with wine”; Proverbs celebrates the abundance of new wine and grain, and even Pastor Paul told Pastor Timothy to mix wine and water (assuming the pastor had wine on hand). From prophets to pastors, wine is often celebrated and consumed, even in the church, as an evidence of God’s creative goodness. Wine can lead to worship, which would then undermine the business owners’ rationale. No wine with worship.

I wonder what they mean when they say the church is a place of worship, really?

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One Comment leave one →
  1. April 25, 2008 8:26 am

    “Worship” for many people in and outside the church contain it to a place, time and specific activity. This is heartbreaking and is so religious.

    Wine can lead to worship? You bet!!

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