Martin Luther on Beer and Wine

Do not suppose that abuses are eliminated by destroying the object which is abused.  Men can go wrong with wine and women.  Shall we then prohibit and abolish women? The sun, the moon, and the stars have been worshiped.  Shall we then pluck them out of the sky?

…see how much he [God] has been able to accomplish through me, though I did no more than pray and preach.  The Word did it all.  Had I wished I might have started a conflagration at Worms.  But while I sat still and drank beer with Philip and Amsdorf, God dealt the papacy a mighty blow.

Martin Luther, quoted in:

Drinking with Calvin and Luther – A History of Alcohol in the Church by Jim West


3 Responses

  1. The Word is mighty! Pass me a pint!

  2. Martin Luther of course believed that the whole Holy Bible was there for enlightenment. He saw that :

    26 And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household,

    Deut 14:26 (KJV)

    But of course I am sure that he also would admonish the drunkard:

    1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

    Prov 20:1 (KJV)

    11 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 (KJV)

    Everything in moderation.

  3. Hi Harry,

    Thanks for dropping by…


    BTW: Deut 14:26 in the above mentioned book is referred to as the “Moses Stout Text”


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