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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Spire Books (1 Jan. 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800783395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800783396
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 9.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 465,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By robert on 11 April 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book has been a popular defence over the past two or three decades for those who abstain from drinking alcohol. David Wilkerson was a man of God who brought a pointed, clear warning and admonision in this booklet. Sadly too few have listened. Many who did not drink 10 years ago are now drinking. Social drinking is prospering in the Evangelical church. While I fully agree with this excellent book I must say it does not deal with vital arguements put forth by social drinkers and various books which promote drinking. This is its great weakness. If you do not drink and do not want to drink this book is for you. If your being hit by various arguements from the Bible but do not have the exact answers or if you just do not know what you believe on this subject I would strongly suggest Sober Saints by Keith Malcomson available here on Amazon. It is an excellent new book and may well be the best available. Also it is much cheaper for UK customers.Sober Saints: Should Christians Drink Alcohol?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. MacDonald on 17 April 2012
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Ordered this book for someone else as part of their research. they assure me it was a worthwhile purchase and helped them in their project
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
A Compelling Look at a Controversial Subject 21 Oct. 2002
By Jeffrey E Ellis - Published on Amazon.com
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Inspired by God and fired up by the Holy Spirit, David Wilkerson has a reputation of confronting difficult topics forthrightly. He does so here.
Wilkerson says, "Drinking is not the sin. The decision to drink is the sin." Not splitting hairs, he argues that there is no scriptural, loving, caring, or Christ-like reason to drink alcohol. None. At the end of the road of drinking lies destruction and death. There is nothing of God on that road.
While avoiding condemning Christians who beleive otherwise, Wilkerson builds a powerful case that Jesus would never encourage drinking alcoholic beverages, even wine. While the Hebrew text does not distinguish between alcoholic and non-alcoholic wine, he maintains that the miracle of Cana was surely of the non-alcoholic variety. That Jesus would never have given people he loved a drink that made them stupid, provocative, and lustful.
When I started the book, I was willing to believe that, taken in moderation, a little wine was alright for the believer to enjoy. After all, "it makes the heart merry", "is good for the stomach", "was better than the first wine", etc.
I am now persuaded otherwise. I believe that Wilkerson has it right. That God would have us enjoy the drink made from the boiled grape, a must, mixed with water and not partake of the "spirits" of alcohol.
David Wilkerson, founder of Tenn Challenge with more than 200 drug and alcohol treatment centers around the world, has seen the devastation of alcohol face-to-face. I believe I yield to the prompting of the Holy Spirit when I say, leave alcohol alone, flee from it. There is nothing of God in it for us.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good simple pointed Read 11 April 2013
By robert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book has been a popular defence over the past two or three decades for those who abstain from drinking alcohol.

David Wilkerson was a man of God who brought a pointed, clear warning and admonision in this booklet. Sadly too few have listened. Many who did not drink 10 years ago are now drinking. Social drinking is prospering in the Evangelical church. While I fully agree with this excellent book I must say it does not deal with vital arguements put forth by social drinkers and various books which promote drinking. This is its great weakness. If you do not drink and do not want to drink this book is for you.

If your being hit by various arguements from the Bible but do not have the exact answers or if you just do not know what you believe on this subject I would strongly suggest Sober Saints by Keith Malcomson available here on Amazon. It is an excellent new book and may well be the best available. Sober Saints: Should Christians Drink Alcohol?
To Sip or Not to Sip 28 Dec. 2014
By PILGRIM&STRANGER - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is an excellent book in defense of total abstinence from alcohol. The late David Wilkerson presents the truth of abstinence strongly, and though it's not a thorough exposition of the subject, it does show the true spirit of the biblical message. In all of Wilkerson's writings their is a strong emphasis on personal holiness, and this book is no different. Too often expositors just look at the mere letter of the text, without discerning the times, and looking at the evil associations on the moral issue they are discussing. This is a small, but thought provoking book, for those who have ears to hear. Highly recommended.
25 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Making the foot fit the shoe 31 Dec. 2002
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The premise of this book is fallacious.
Rev. Wilkerson seems to me to be a good and godly man who has done much and been used much by our Lord to advance the gospel and His kingdom. I am sure that we agree on much, and on what is most important in this life and in eternity.
However, the only way to exegete John 2:10 "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now" is to interpret that, in that historical and cultural context: 1) all weddings served alcoholic wine; (2) guests drank too much of it; (3) the cheaper wine was served after the best wine because wine quality mattered less to guests who had drunk too much; (4) Jesus' changing water to wine was alcoholic wine.
Also, basic biochemistry dictates that the naturally occuring yeasts on grapeskins will cause fermentation, converting fructose to alcohol--in absence of technologies such as refrigeration, which were not available or practiced during Jesus' earthly days.
Wine is permissible, and sometimes beneficial. Without sufficient faith, it can be abused, and it's consumption could cause immature ones to stumble. I am all for having constructive discussion of alcohol, but against injecting fallacy into that discussion.
Rev. Wilkerson has successfully and significantly advanced the gospel and kingdom of Jesus Christ. The legalistic and non-biblical part of his agenda will stall his otherwise noble advances. Just as the early church fathers should not have edited out part of John 8 because they felt that Jesus appeared soft on adultery, Rev. Wilkerson should ask for more faith to accept God's Word as it has been dictated, and thus better steward the sheep under his care, instead of leading them down the wrong path, as harmless as that path might ultimately be. Jesus' sheep need care (and the truth) from their pastors--not shielding from the truth!
Jesus transcended all cultural trappings in His life's mission to the world. We should follow His example, instead of holding on to non-biblical mandates, such as ascetism towards wine.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Must Read 17 Mar. 2014
By Keeley - Published on Amazon.com
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Even though this book is not in print anymore, I am so thankful to have found it for sale on Amazon. David Wilkerson was a great man of God, and to be able to glean from his teachings and research in this book was a blessing. I think every professed Christian should read it and consider what is written in these pages. This book is still relevant today.
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