‘To read the work of a Puritan doctor of the soul is to enter a rich world of spiritual theology to feed the mind, heart-searching analysis to probe the conscience, Christ-centred grace to transform the heart, and wise counsel to direct the life. This series of Pocket Puritans provides all this in miniature, but also in abundance.’ — SINCLAIR B. FERGUSON
In this book titled Binge Drinking, John Flavel, a Puritan minister in the naval port of Dartmouth, England, pulls no punches as he confronts the sin of drunkenness head on. Often considered a modern phenomenon, binge drinking is in fact an age-old problem. Flavel’s treatment is a highly relevant exposé of the soul-destroying evils of this ‘detestable sin’.
Often considered a modern phenomenon, binge drinking is in fact an age-old problem. John Flavel, a puritan minister in the naval port of Dartmouth, England, pulls no punches as he confronts the sin of drunkenness head on. Flavel’s treatment is a highly relevant exposé of the soul-destroying evils of this ‘detestable sin’.
About the Author
John Flavel was born at Bromsgrove in Wordesterchire. He was the elder son of Richard Flavel. After receiving his early education, partly at home and partly at the grammar-schools of Bromsgrove and Haslar, he entered University College, Oxford. Soon after taking orders in 1650 he obtained a curacy at Diptford, Devon, and on the death of the vicar he was appointed to succeed him. From Diptford he removed in 1656 to Dartmouth. He was ejected from his living by the passing of the Act of Uniformity in 1662, but continued to preach and administer the sacraments privately till the Five Mile Act of 1665, when he retired to Slapton, 5 miles away. He then lived for a time in London, but returned to Dartmouth, where he labored till his death in 1691. He was married four times. He was a vigorous and voluminous writer, and not without a play of fine fancy.
This is a small booklet by the Puritan, John Flavel, which deals with the sin of drunkenness. It especially looks at the sins that are associated with drunkenness such as lying, sensuality, wastefulness of finances, violence, destruction of marriages and bondage. It also contains a small sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon, and a brief recommendation by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. This is a good book that will show you the dangers of drunkenness. Recommended.