Thursday, December 28, 2006

Total Abstinence or Moderation?

I've had a few conversations recently concerning the issue of total abstinence or moderation. After reading this quote, I kinda felt sick to my stomach and had to post it.

Southern Baptist pastor Dr. Jerry Vines:

"The case against the use (not just the abuse) of alcohol is easy to build. Physically, socially, domestically, influentially, and yes, biblically, total abstinence is the only way to go for a Christian who takes Bible [sic] separation seriously . . . To think that there are now pastors of churches, leaders of youth groups and members of boards of SBC entities who are promoting moderation rather than total abstinence shows just how far down the road to apostasy we have traveled."

So according to Dr. Vines, 100 years of Baptist abstinence trump 2000 years of Christian moderation? I'm not buying it . . .

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