A Baptist preacher in Kentucky invented Bourbon Whiskey

Independent Baptist “Apostle” Elijah Craig did his preaching in a tobacco barn before the American Revolution without a license from Virginia’s established Anglican church – and preached from behind the bars when he was jailed by the authorities. He was reputed to be an excellent preacher and very popular.

He later moved to Kentucky and opened the state’s first paper mill – and he also started a distillery that converted the settlers’ excess corn crop into a unique type of whiskey that came to be known as “Bourbon” (either because it was made near Bourbon county, KY or because it was exported down the river to New Orleans for sale).

Some have doubted, but the historical record confirms that this Baptist preacher was the originator of Kentucky’s Bourbon business:

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FYI – common alcoholic drinks fermented or distilled from various plant products:






Brandy (Cognac)



Whisky (Scotch; Irish)



Vodka (also from potatoes)

(infused to make herbal liqueurs Gin, Schnapps, Kahlua, etc.)


Roggenbier (kvass)

Rye-whiskey (Canadian)


‘Corn beer’ 

Bourbon (American Whiskey; moonshine)






Apple-brandy (Calvados/Applejack)










Palm syrup

Palm wine 



Sorghum beer




Mezcal (Tequila)

Brandy and Whiskey are aged for several years in charred oak barrels (sometimes previously used to hold wine) in order to change harsh acids into flavourful ester compounds.

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Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” Proverbs 20:1

And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household,” Deuteronomy 14:26

Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.” Philippians 4:4-5

Distillation explained here by the owner of “Lost Spirits Distillery”  who used hi-tech methodologies to discover a method of ageing whiskeys very rapidly simply by exposure to sunlight and elevated temperatures (150-170 degrees F):

Discerning the Body of Christ in Communion


Jan Huss (Prague) was treacherously burned by the pope for rejecting Roman Catholic idolatry.

Jan Huss (Prague) was treacherously burned by the pope in 1415 for daring to preach against Roman Catholic idolatry.

“For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.” 1 Corinthians 11:29.

What does this verse mean?

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There are (at least) 3 major superstitions regarding Communion that should be avoided:

(1) that a communion service is a re-sacrifice of Jesus Christ and effective to obtain forgiveness of sins;

(2) that the communion bread is the Son of God and should therefore be worshipped;

(3) that Christ is somehow within the bread and therefore eating the bread is receiving Christ.

All three superstitions are based upon scriptural misunderstandings.

Early Reformers, like Jan Hus and John Wycliff, were burned at the stake for their deviations from Rome’s blasphemous ‘transubstantiation’ doctrine, yet many Protestants moved slowly toward a complete and proper understanding of the Lord’s Supper – to one based on scripture alone and free from pagan superstitions. Rejecting Rome’s ‘host’ worshipping idolatry, and their false sacrifice of the mass, many Protestants nevertheless retained notions of Christ’s ‘real presence’ as spiritually present inside the communion elements.

Jesus Christ’s real human body was the ‘bread’ given at the cross of Calvary for the sins of the world. The bread in communion is just a commemorative act – it is only a symbolic remembrance of what Jesus did.

So the ‘bread’ that saves us is only Jesus Christ’s body that he gave for us on the cross. It is received only by faith in the preaching of the gospel (John 6:28-29). The gospel message is that Christ Jesus died for our sins and rose again (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

In contrast, the bread taken in a communion service is just an occasion when the people of God can outwardly demonstrate and commemorate their commonly held faith as members of Christ’s spiritual body (1 Corinthians 10:16-22; 11:17-34). The symbolism of the bread shows Jesus’ death, and by eating it together, that shows the communion of the people of God who have all together trusted in Christ. The ceremony is not called a ‘sacrament’ – it is called an ‘ordinance’ (1 Corinthians 11:2).

1 Corinthians 11:29 does not mandate that we recognize Christ’s body inside pieces of bread, but rather that our communion services should be conducted in an orderly fashion so that proper symbolism of the bread and wine can be clearly discerned.

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