Posted by Lyndon V Bechtel on Friday, October 4, 2013 Under: Christian Living
MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE DROPS ALCOHOL, TOBACCO BAN ( The following was excerpted from Friday Church News Notes, and posted on manifestedbythelight.com on October 4, 2013, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) -
This summer, Moody Bible Institute dropped its 127-year ban against alcohol and tobacco use by faculty and staff. The new emphasis is toward the creation of a “high trust environment that emphasizes values, not rules.” Spokeswoman Christine Gorz says that employees must still adhere to all “biblical absolutes,” but on issues where “the Bible is not clear, Moody leaves it to employees’ conscience” (“Moody Bible Institute Drops,” Christianity Today, Sept. 20, 2013). In reply, we would point out, first, that it is not true that this is a “gray” area. A strong case can be made from the Bible for abstinence of alcohol and tobacco in the Christian life. See “The Believer and Drinking." Second, if alcohol is a “gray” area and not a “biblical absolute,” so is marijuana use. When is Moody going to allow its staff to light up a joint? Third, if ever there were a time to retain a ban on alcohol and tobacco it would be today. We know the terrible health risk of tobacco, and we can see that alcohol is a horrible plague in modern society. In January 2005 the Royal College of Physicians in England warned that Britain is suffering from an epidemic of alcohol-related problems that is fueling violence and illness throughout the country (The Telegraph, Jan. 3, 2005). The same epidemic is raging throughout the world. Alcohol is corrupting judgment in high places and destroying life in low places. In such a time, the commandment to abstain from all appearance of evil alone would call for a ban on alcohol consumption by the child of God (1 Thess. 5:22). If anything has the appearance of evil today, it is alcoholic beverages, and the Bible does not suggest that we abstain from all appearance of evil; it commands us to do so! But this generation is so wise that it can sniff out the horrible “legalism” of its forefathers and toss aside “rules” that have never harmed one soul but have, instead, done a lot of good and kept temptation at bay in an evil world.
ALCOHOL IN MODERATION (Friday Church News Notes, October 4, 2013, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143) - “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise” (Prov. 20:1). To say that alcoholic beverages can be consumed in moderation sounds reasonable, but few drunks have ever set out to become drunks. It is irrefutable that a man that does not drink at all will never get drunk and will never become a drunk. As the late Bruce Lackey said: “How is alcoholic wine deceptive? In the very way that people are advocating today, by saying that drinking a little bit will not hurt. Everyone admits that drinking too much is bad. Even the liquor companies tell us not to drink and drive, but they insist that a small amount is all right. However, that is the very thing that is deceptive. Who knows how little to drink? Experts tell us that each person is different. It takes an ounce to affect one, while more is necessary for another. The same person will react to alcohol differently in different situations. So the idea that ‘a little bit won’t hurt’ is deceptive, and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise!” I doubt Noah planned to get drunk, but wine is a mocker, and the consequence was far-reaching. The individual can never know if he will control the alcohol or it will control him. The instruction in Proverbs 20:1 tells me that the wise man leaves it entirely alone. Even the emerging church crowd admits that the Bible forbids drunkenness, but can they guarantee that they and their drinking buddies will never get drunk? Can they guarantee that they will not tempt someone to become an “alcoholic,” or tempt a former “alcoholic” to get “off the wagon” and destroy himself? No, they cannot, because “wine is a mocker.”
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