“Cheers and Fellowship! for he has risen!”
And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart. – Psalm 104:15
The above link directs to a video interview with Pastor Phillip Heinze, of Forth Worth Texas, Who takes his church to a local pub after sermons. My first thought when I heard this is a Lutheran church was “Frühschoppen”! Of course the Lutherans in America would do this, as they are a German church. In Germany it is common practice to go out after church for lunch, drink beer, talk to people, dance, and enjoy themselves after a sermon. Often in Germany the beer is blessed by a local pastor before the festivities. Like this church is doing there is a combination of songs about God and Jesus, Some drinking songs, Discussions, and speakers, etc… In Germany beer and God are a great combination, and they have been doing this hundreds of years, well before America was even heard of.
However what I may call a revival there are many who would call this decadent and an abomination. Of whom I ask, Does not Jesus tell us to gather together in his name, celebrate and enjoy ourselves? Jesus died, then Resurrected for our sins so we may have everlasting life. Is this not a deserving act to roll out the beer and make a festival out of it? I believe satan has already infiltrated the church in America, he called it the Puritan movement. I judge this on the fruits that as we lost the traditions like Frühschoppen we also lost many people within the church. Largely due to people thinking Christians are stuffy legalistic hypocrites. It is plainly obvious due to this movement Americans think alchohol in all its forms is inherently evil, yet this is not true. Dare I say it, the Puritan Movement was the revival of Pharisees and Saducees, and the Scribes.
Church does not belong in a pub
The word of God belongs in the home, the church, the movie theater, Coffee shop, Streets, parks, pet store and Everywhere!! We should/could shout out the message of god from the rooftops of every building. no exceptions. Need I say more to this?
I see little evidence God condemns Alcohol as “The Devils Drink”, Rather I see he encourages moderation and to be in good cheer.
Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine. Gen 27:28
Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works. Ecclesiastes 9:7
Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them! Isaiah 5:11
Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Proverbs 31:6
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Ephesians 5:18
For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. Luke 1:15
The above verses illustrate the sum of what the entire bible says about wine. It is contradictory that god would give us wine and tell us to be merry yet we are to be completely with out wine. The bible is expressing what most of us do anyway- no not everyone who drinks is an alcoholic. Have you ever just wanted to relax and unwind with a good brew? in such an instance would you say you had more then maybe 2-3 beers or glasses of wine? Then you know this about God in your heart.
How much is too much?
A tricky question as its not easy to standardize. Each person knows their own limit; for me its around the 4th beer im done, I know some who can only handle just 1- Noticeably men tend to handle alcohol better then woman, then there’s heredity and xyz reasons why this isnt standardized. Then theres moods, people like myself just have to be in the mood for it which tends to come about every 2-6 months. Test your limit for yourself, most of us know what that stopping point is. That is the line between a merry person and an alcoholic. A person who knows their limit and maintains self control responsibly.
Kudos To Pastor Phillip Heinze and Prosit! You have not lead your flock astray, rather you have invited them to enjoy themselves while evangelizing. You have gathered the congregation into fellowship and lead the Lutheran church to their roots of German heritage. God Bless Beer, God bless Germany and God bless Phillip Heinze!