Human-imposed measures of piety: No booze (hic), and celibacy


The comma in my title makes all the difference. Without the comma, it could mean “No booze and (No) celibacy.”

“In our own day,  says Kevin Reed, we meet with many humanly-imposed measures of piety. For example, some fundamentalists condemn all use of alcoholic beverages, and they use this doctrine as a measure of spirituality. For centuries, the Roman Catholic church has enjoined celibacy upon the clergy as a requirement for service. At root, the issue is still the same: ‘Do men have the right to institute supplemental measures of piety, beyond those given in scripture?'” (Kevin Reed – “Biblical worship”).

Anyone for a top up – Hic, et nunc



5 thoughts on “Human-imposed measures of piety: No booze (hic), and celibacy

  1. Our Lord Himself said “be holy as I am holy” (Lev. 11:44-45 and 19:2 and 1 Peter 1:16) this is indeed a high standard for piety. So no need making piety any more than God has already given. Since, drinking wine was a part of both Passover meal and Communion in the New Covenant we know that drinking wine is not sinful in that Messiah drank wine with His followers and He is without sin. The scriptures tell us not to get drunk with wine (Ephesians 5:18) but do not say do not drink wine. Saint Paul wrote that those who forbid marriage are preaching doctrines of demons in 1 Timothy 4:1-3. God does forbid fornification in the New Covenant as a vital part of our sanctification but He does not forbid marriage. 1 Thessalonians 4:2-4English Standard Version (ESV) 2 For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor…”

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