To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer
With mainline religious congregations dwindling across America, a scattering of churches is trying to attract new members by creating a different sort of Christian community. They are gathering around craft beer.
Some church groups are brewing it themselves, while others are bring the Holy Mysteries to a taproom. The result is not sloshed congregants; rather, it's an exploratory approach to do church differently.
Leah Stanfield stands at a microphone across the room from the beer taps and reads this evening's gospel message.
She's a 28-year-old leasing agent who's been coming to Church-in-a-Pub here in Fort Worth, Tex., for a year, and occasionally leads worship....
Tonnage wrote: There is nothing wrong with alcohol; there is a place for it in church life. It is always the abuse of something that is good.
â€śAnd if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.â€ť â€śFor the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.â€ť
So it is not your place to judge the choices people make here. While I deny it is always wrong to drink alcohol, likewise it is no sin to abstain from it either, for there is no Biblical requirement to consume it either privately or during Communion. Yet some Presbys & Primitive Baptists insist on Communion wine.
BTW, Appeal to Antiquity is a fallacy. And the Rechabites managed to do w/o wine, Jer. 35:6, yet were blessed by God; not for abstinence per se, but heeding the command of their father.
Lets look at the ancient world; they knew that they would not get sick from liquid that had alcohol in it. Today, you all don't want any alcohol, but you prefer your fluoride and bleach, and gorging yourselves literally to death on food that comes out of a box. There is nothing wrong with alcohol; there is a place for it in church life. It is always the abuse of something that is good. Should be ban marriage? Should we ban dogs because they can bite?
Mike wrote: I wonder if he'd heard the C&W song-"God is Good, Beer is great, People are Crazy"
I concur with its first & last propositions. And the last often results from the second, at least in the way our culture [ab]uses it.
It is said that Spurgeon had his occasional cigars, but I suppose he had his priorities straight since he didn't make a point about it. That's the thing: few people wink & nudge-nudge about drinking milk or apple juice, but they do about beer. Therefore, its appeal is more than just in its taste.
Neil wrote: Some yrs. ago, I met R.C. Sproul Jr. at a conference. When I asked what the difference was between the RPC/GA (to which his church at the time belonged) & the RPC/NA, his reply was, â€śThey sing Psalms; we drink beer.â€ť
I wonder if he'd heard the C&W song-"God is Good, Beer is great, People are Crazy"
Some yrs. ago, I met R.C. Sproul Jr. at a conference. When I asked what the difference was between the RPC/GA (to which his church at the time belonged) & the RPC/NA, his reply was, â€śThey sing Psalms; we drink beer.â€ť
An example of the "church or Christians" fascination with alcohol. Obviously not all or many (I hope), but this trend is growing. Many church attenders can give you a detailed breakdown of what to look for in a beer and wine and make many recommendations about what brand to consume. Perhaps they spend too much time studying distilled spirits and not studying the Holy Spirit?
Romans 11:25 KJV 25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
Chuck Jones's brilliant Merrie Melodies â€śOne Froggy Eveningâ€ť has the hapless proprietor resorting to increasingly desperate measures to fill a rented theater, in order to profit from the singing frog he discovered in an old time capsule.
Finally, he offers Free Beer, whereupon he gets trampled by the mob. Of course, the frog never actually sings while anyone else is watching.
Not only do we have a so called "church" conforming to the world, but we have a women leading Bible study... Blasphemy. Drinking isn't a sin unless its in excess, however this is clearly a vain attempt to draw in more people to their dead church with unscriptural motives, probably for their money as Paul makes it clear the love of money is the root of all evil. This seeker sensitive nonsense that "professing" Christianity has lowered itself down to, is just plain pathetic.