Southern Baptists vow 'total opposition' to alcoholic beverages

Controversial amendment restricts board options for alcohol users
Southern Baptists—a group rarely associated with heavy drinking—have gone overwhelmingly on record in “total opposition” to consumption of alcohol. Delegates even added language that says no one who is a “user of alcoholic beverages” should be appointed to Baptist-related trustee boards.

“Our leaders should take the high road with our walk with Jesus,” said Jim Richards, executive director of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, when he proposed the amendment about trustees.

But Tom Ascol, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida, argued against the extra language. “I do not think that we can be more holy than Jesus Christ,” Ascol said. “Christ turned water into wine.”


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