In the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this morning is another article on the position the Missouri Baptist Convention takes on alcohol. I could have let it go like most of the articles that get printed on this with just a shake of the head, but this quote by Rev. David Tolliver deserves more than that. The quote:
“I understand that the Bible does not say, never says, ‘Thou shalt not drink,'” said Tolliver. “It is also true to say that the Bible does not specifically refer to drinking as a sin. However…the only Christian position in this 21st century Show-Me state environment that we live in is total abstinence!”
This is biblical how? My disillusionment with the Southern Baptist Church started when I began to understand just how much legalism passed for actual theology. I know there is no perfect denomination, but to actually say, “Yes we know the Bible doesn’t say it’s wrong, but we’ve decided it is anyway,” seems awfully Pharisaical (and I’m pretty sure the Bible does have something to say about that).
I didn’t come to make trouble, but as long as I am, make mine a double.