Weighs in on the SBC Alcohol Resolution
We disgree with Dr. Akin specifically on this point:
Third, some draw an analogy with gluttony and point out 1) we don’t have the stomach (pun intended!) to address this, and 2) like gluttony, the issue is moderation. However, logic and experience refute this argument. I would agree we should address the sin of gluttony and perhaps even do so by resolution. But, no one even potentially becomes intoxicated by eating too much, and we do not lose thousands of lives each year because of DUG (Driving Under Gluttony).
Thousands of lives are lost to the affects of overeating and practicing bad health habits. In fact, more harm, longer lasting harm, is being done in Baptist circles by people who are guilty of the sin of gluttony. (Batman is certianly guilty of this sin.)
Dr. Akin wrote:
Further, Paul’s guidelines for the gray areas of life are helpful at this point. Does this action help me? (1 Cor. 6:12) Can this action enslave me? (1 Cor. 6:12) Could this action be a stumbling block to a fellow believer (1 Cor. 8:13) or an unbeliever (1 Cor. 9:19-22; 10:32-33)? These principles could be summarized in the maxim: “love for others regulates my liberty.”
We would like to ask, what harm is done by consuming a glass of wine with a meal within the privacy of one's home? We would like to ask the harm that is done when consuming a malted beverage while grilling out at one's home? I know many Baptists who regulate their liberty and only consume beverage alcohol within the privacy of their homes.
For many years, issues related to alcohol have captured the minds of Baptists. Frankly, we have never been able to discuss the issue from a scriptural point of honesty. We appreciate those brothers and sisters who respect Christian liberty that is exercised with the love of others in mind.
posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/30/2006 09:10:00 PM