Beer, Bohemianism, and True Christian Liberty

Beer, Bohemianism, and True Christian Liberty.

Thanks to Scot McKnight for this link.

Reading this text, I saw some things I expected from McArthur, but I also some surprises.

I would have never imagined, for instance, that John McArthur can be humorous (be it in an involuntary manner) and that he can use irony. His image grew a bit in my eyes (you may guess I am not a fan).

On the other side, I am not surprised of this severe Arminian charge against the Reformed (be them young & restless or old & bold – in more than one sense). I must confess I dislike them too, but for a very different reason, that has nothing to do with Arminian ideology.

If it was just for their taste for bear (and even tabacco, although I am not a smoker myself) they would have been quite OK for me. Except, of course, if that was Budweiser, not to speak of Coors, which, in my quality book dos not count as beers. Here I rest my case.

As for all the passionate arguments about the sinful nature of alcoholism, I don’t think there is a debate about that anywhere among biblically informed Christians. But as obvious as that is the fact that there is no Biblical basis for John McArthur’s tea-totallism. That is just imature fundamentalist gibberish. In case anyone doubted that.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

2 thoughts on “Beer, Bohemianism, and True Christian Liberty”

  1. John McArthur has been my pastor for over 10 years and I can asure you he does have a sens of humor but he can also be sarcastic in a very subtle way. On the other hand he can be very personal and warm.


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