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  Responsibility of the Church
Association with civilized nations has brought a curse to many parts of the world.The liquor industry and those who use or make money from alcoholic beverages maintain much power in the world. The combined strength of money, habit, and appetite give it strong support and its power is felt even in the church.

Men whose money has been made directly or indirectly from the alcoholic beverage industry are members of churches "in good and regular standing." Some are generous and give liberally to popular charities. Their contributions help to support the enterprises of the church and to sustain its ministers. They command consideration shown to those who have money and power. Churches that accept such members are virtually sustaining the liquor industry. Too often the minister does not have enough courage to stand for what is right and does not declare to the people what God has said concerning the work of the liquor seller. To speak plainly would mean offending his congregation, the sacrifice of his property, and the loss of his salary.

But above the tribunal of the church is the tribunal of God. He who declared to the first murderer, "The voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto Me from the ground" (Genesis 4:10), will not accept for His altar the gifts of the liquor dealer. His anger is kindled against those who attempt to cover their guilt with a cloak of liberality. Their money stained with blood. A curse is upon it.

To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD:...When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?

Bring no more vain oblations;... when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. Isaiah 1:11-15

(Paraphrased from The Ministry of Healing, 1905 pages 340-341)