King James Was Against Beer
Information gratefully provided by Devon Rose
Dave, I've got some quotes from King James, James was against beer too, feel free to use these quotes from James (I know they're not as short, but, I really wanted to show you them):
“Another thing that offendeth the Realm, is abundance of Alehouses; and therefore to avoid the giving occasion of evil, and to take away the root, and punish the example of vice, I would have the infamous Alehouses pulled down, and a command to all Justices of Peace that this be done. I may complain of Alehouses, for receipt of Stealers of my Deer; but the country may complain for stealing their horses, oxen, and sheep; for murder, cutting of purses, and such like offences; for these are their haunts. Devouring beasts, as Lions and Bears, will not be where they have no dens nor covert; So there would be no thieves, if they had not their receipts, and these Alehouses as their dens. Another sort, are a kind of Alehouses, which are houses of haunt and receipt for debauched rogues and vagabonds, and idle sturd; fellows; and these are not properly Alehouses, but base victuallers [innkeepers], such as have nothing else to live by, but keeping houses of receipt for such kind of customers. I have discovered a strange pack of late, That within ten or twelve miles of London, there are ten or twelve persons that live in spite of me, going with Pistols, and walking up and down from harbour to harbour killing my Deer, and so shift from hold to hold, that they cannot be apprehended.” – King James, Speech to the Star Chamber, 1616
“One thing for mine own part have I cause to thank GOD in, That if GOD for our sins had suffered their wicked intents to have prevailed, it should never have been spoken nor written in ages succeeding, that I had died ingloriously in an Alehouse, a Stews, or such vile place” – King James, Speech to the Parliament [undated]
Alcohol was primarily intended by God to be used a medicine (1st Timothy 5:23), not to be to be deceitfully advertised and abused as a recreational drug. Alcohol commercials always include promiscuously dressed women, because drunkenness and fornication are nearly synonymous. Alcohol by definition is a “narcotic,” but it is abused a thousand times more than prescription drugs, such as Percocet. Millions of people die around the world, families are destroyed and countless more are permanently disabled or commit horrible crimes because of alcohol. King James highlighted many of the same evils of alcohol in his time that are plaguing America today. Theft is often commonplace amongst alcoholics. I agree with King James, who's last name was also Stewart by the way... taverns are a “vile place.” They are morally reprehensible houses of sin. If you want to find sin, look no further than your local tavern.
King James also said something very interesting... many people have no real job in life except to sell beer. That is their sole source of income. It is unethical and wrong in my opinion. I feel the same way about professional sports. I don't think anyone should make a living playing sports, pastoring, or making music or selling booze. In a real economy, people are expected to work (produce). While Americans are paying tens-of-millions of dollars for their favorite singer's latest CD, we import most of our consumer goods from slave-labor nations (like China and India). Every American ought to produce something tangible.
It just bothers me that U.S. music producers can take any woman who's willing to strip naked and behave like a whore, and then have her sing through some fancy computerized equipment they could make Oscar-the-Grouch sound awesome, and then charge $15 per CD. Meanwhile some poor struggling mother is getting paid 15-cents an hour in China, working 16 hours a day in a sweat shop, with no union representation, in horrid working conditions. To me, it is immoral in itself for anyone to make their sole living on the sale of beer. That's why I refuse to play my steel guitar at bars, because they want to exploit my God-given talent to sell beer. I like playing for the elderly in nursing homes or other free functions.
I'm glad that King James hated beer, a man after my own heart. I'm sure, beer has cost the American people a TRILLION dollars in damages over the last century. So much of that money could have been used to build youth centers for America's wayward children who are busy selling illegal drugs, killing each other, fighting over territory and loitering in the streets. The very city leaders who criticize such rough teens rip off billions of dollars, scam by scam, that could be used to help them. We always hear our city leaders talking about helping the poor, but the poor stay poor. It's all a bunch of deceitful rhetoric.
"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) position on the relationship between blood alcohol concentration and driving is that driving performance degrades after just one drink."
As my pastor used to wisely say, you can't take two drinks of beer if you don't take one.
It is comforting to know that the honorable King James, who commissioned the production of the precious King James Bible, also despised the sale of beer and publickly voiced his concerns over the evils associated with beer. May we as Bible-believing Christians who love the Lord Jesus Christ do the same.
The above picture speaks 1,000 words. The beer industry hypocritically tells teens not to drink alcohol until they are 21, while those same companies saturate American culture with booze, booze, booze! Consequently, underaged drinking is an epidemic problem in America!
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