members of the church drink decaffeinated coffee to avoid the caffeine
but according to one church article it states:
"Some people avoid
caffeine by switching to decaffeinated coffee. However, several medical
investigations over the last decade have shown that between 40 and 50
percent of decaffeinated coffee drinkers have gastrointestinal difficulties,
such as ulcers, colitis, or diarrhea. (Goulart, 1984.) Decaffeinated
coffee stimulates the production of stomach acid because the roasting
of coffee beans releases harsh acids and oils that irritate stomach
linings. One study of 13,000 patients in Boston, Massachusetts, area
hospitals also showed that the risk of developing myocardial infarction
was the same for decaffeinated coffee drinkers as it was for regular
coffee drinkers. (Health Letter, 1982.)" (Clifford J. Stratton, "Caffeine--The
Tambuli, Mar. 1990, 25)
Another part of the
same article states:
reference to cola drinks, the Church has never officially taken a position
on this matter, but the leaders of the Church have advised, and we do
now specifically advise, against the use of any drink containing harmful
habit-forming drugs under circumstances that would result in acquiring
the habit. Any beverage that contains ingredients harmful to the body
should be avoided."
Drinking beer that
doesn't contain alcohol would be the same. It won't keep you from being
a worthy member of the church, but it is advised to not drink harmful
drinks. If beer doesn't contain alcohol then what does it contain that
may be harmful and/or addictive. Some drinks like apple beer, cedar
beer or root beer ar not "beer" products although they have
it as part of their name. Those drinks are fine to consume.
Even if it doesn't
have alcohol in it, drinking beer and the atmosphere you would most
likely be in will keep the Spirit from being with you.
In an article entitled,
"The Beer Facts" it quotes:
lot of people like the taste of beer, they like to drink beer, and they
dont end up as alcoholics or drug addicts,"
says Rick, a former beer drinker. "The
problem I see is that once you start drinking, the Spirit is going to
withdraw from you. So although your drinking might not get out of hand,
you still cant have the influence of the Holy
Ghost with you because youre drinking."
(Laury Livsey, "The
New Era, Mar. 1993, 44)
Not only would you
be unable to have the spirit, what about the example you are setting?
Will people know the beer you're drinking doesn't have alcohol in it?
People will know you're a member of the Church, how do you think you
will affect them with your example?
My opinion is if you
have doubts about whether or not something is right, don't do it. In the
long run you'll feel better about yourself and glad that you chose what
was best for you and those around you.