Baptists have long believed that drinking alcohol is not only unhealthy and morally lax, but is in direct opposition to what God wants. He suspects most Southern Baptists hold a view similar to those expressed by Richard Land and Barrett Duke of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission that drinking is an "unwise" practice best to be avoided. Like Jesus and John the Baptist, we warn people of the eternal consequences of their spiritual decisions. Despite what influence modern attitudes may bring, Resolution 5, On Alcohol Use In America, which was adopted at the June 2006 Southern Baptist Convention remains firm. Whether you’re studying times tables or applying to college, Classroom has the answers. H. Whitsitt was once lecturing on Baptist His­ tory. He’s correct, of course, as my opening jokes underline. Most everybody who grew up in the South has a favorite Baptists-and-alcohol joke, usually deriving its punchline from the hypocrisy of a denomination whose members publicly oppose alcohol consumption but privately indulge. As a playwright, her work has been produced regionally and in New York City. Or, what is the difference between Presbyterians and Baptists? The Baptism symbolizes the cleansing of sins. That’s far from true. The moderate approach to drinking by some pastors keeps an active internal debate among Baptists raging. All Rights Reserved. What is stupid is over-generalizing and saying Baptists are stupid for believing that drinking and dancing is a sin when you don't have a personal relationship with every Baptist alive to see if they truly are stupid. The Baptists choose to follow the abstinence interpretation of scripture and, in addition, believe that the physical and emotional damage alcohol has wrought on humans is further evidence that it is dangerous and clearly wrong. They cite Proverbs 23: 29-35, where reference is made to how wine will “bite like a servant” and will make your mind “utter perverse things.”. He said: "The Baptists in other days had many trials, Lenow told Roach that: Despite alcohol’s dangers, [he] suspects the Baptist consensus on alcohol may be shifting. It is not something that can be enjoyed casually or on a limited basis; it should be shunned altogether. Jokes about Baptist and alcohol abound: Why do you take two Baptists with you when you go fishing? Some churches use a sprinkling of water as Baptism, but most practice full immersion, where the candidate is fully immersed in water. In addition to condemning alcohol, many Baptists also decry card playing, gambling, dancing, and going to the movies. Southern Baptists and independent Baptists do not, as a general rule, drink alcohol. Terms under which this service is provided to you, UPDATED: Johns Hopkins Study Saying COVID-19 Has 'Relatively No Effect on Deaths' in U.S. Spiked After Publication, 'F*** Thanksgiving! Warnings From God. 1 Baptists Doctrine is Conservative. Drinking alcohol is not in keeping with the Baptist faith and is roundly condemned for the toll it has taken on people’s lives. Seventy-five percent of Southern Baptist pastors and 58 percent of SBC laity agreed that “when a Christian does not drink alcohol, this makes non-believers who see this more interested in Jesus Christ.” Among the poll’s other findings: — 3 percent of Southern Baptist pastors drink alcohol while 29 percent of Southern Baptist laity do so. He also spoke to Evan Lenow, an ethics professor at Southwestern Baptist Seminary. In his article, Roach goes on to give interesting details about the history of alcohol and the Southern Baptist Convention. If he’s correct, we may have to write new jokes about Baptists and alcohol. Baptists believe that Jesus Christ, being eternally God, only begotten Son and the visible expression of the invisible God, effectively procured salvation for all creation through his death, burial and resurrection. See disclaimer. Amid national discussion this fall of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s youthful drinking and a mounting number of news reports on alcohol’s negative effects, the reasons for Baptist opposition to drinking have come to the fore. None but Jesus, none but Jesus, Can do helpless sinners good. These attitudes, though, are the individual opinions of local pastors, and not Baptist doctrine.

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