Recently, I wrote about a study showing that alcohol consumers, on average, live longer than teetotalers. I noted Scripture versus that appear to allow (or even celebrate) the use of alcohol in moderation. And I asked whether new scientific evidence might (or should) lead to a new discussion, among conservative Christians, about the appropriateness of alcohol consumption.
I received an interesting reply today from George Wing, a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, here in Arkansas. And I wanted to share it with you.
Unlike Catholics and Protestants, the LDS church does not have a closed canon when it comes to Scriptures. Some of the Mormon Church’s holy writings are from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
And these modern writings, believed by Mormons to be divinely inspired, clearly denounce the use of alcohol. Mr. Wing argues that 1.) Scriptures condoned alcohol use in ancient days, at least in part, because clean, safe drinking water was in short supply. 2.) Now that clean water is available, the risks of alcohol outweigh the benefits. I am posting Mr. Wing’s thoughts below, with thanks. (more…)