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Friday, July 14, 2006

Pastor Scott talks about the SBC

Click below and head on over to the Burr in the Burgh to read Pastor Scott's take on the SBC resolution on alcohol. It is well written and clearly presents his view. Most importantly, he does it without belittling the Convention or those of us who abstain from alcohol altogether.

Although Pastor Scott and I differ a little on our take on alcohol, we pretty much arrive at the same conclusion concerning the resolution. Make sure you read my comments on his post. I was going to go into detail here, but pretty much said what I was going to say there, so just go check it out.



Anonymous Paul, in South Park said...

Hey, Beast!

I am of the same denomination as Pastor Scott (Missouri Synod Lutheran).

Could you please enlighten me on a particular point in the SBC Resolution?

Granted, the consumption of alcoholic beverages is not termed a "sin", but is it not done by inference? Where I am confused is in the urging to preclude someone from holding committee roles, etc. because they have an occasional drink. Isn't that person being penalized for their "sin"?

I am asking respectfully and will await your thoughts.

July 14, 2006 7:40 PM  
Blogger The Beast said...

Hey Paul, thanks for reading and your question.

Yes, that person in particular you mention would be "penalized" but not because their action of "taking one drink" would be necessarily considered sin by the SBC. The resolution considers the ultimate path of alcohol to lead to a myriad of clearly sinful and destructive behavior, which you can read about in the resolution itself. Because they see alcohol consumption leading in that direction, regardless if the act alone is sinful, is what brought about the resolution.

In that regard, they are acting as any other entity would that has guidelines in place for their vision. I suppose an "at home" example is my local church, and most Baptist churches for that matter, that require a new church member to be at the church for a year before they can hold positions of office (such as deacon, etc.) They are certainly not being "penalized" because of any sin they have done, but the church feels that it is best for them to understand the church, get to know the members, display a Christ-like attitutde, etc, before they assume a leadership position.

I hope that is connecting with you. There are guidelines we encounter all the time that we either accept or not, but they do not necessarily have anything to do with inventing a sin.

July 14, 2006 11:45 PM  
Anonymous Paul, in South Park said...

Thanks, Beast!

It is much clearer now...

July 16, 2006 5:59 PM  
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