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Friday, June 16, 2006

Those Wacky Baptists

Fundamentalism (of any kind) is an interesting (and scary) thing. The Southern Baptist Convention is heralding some of their recent proclamations. I found this one especially interesting

The resolution dealing with alcohol use by SBC members not only expressed opposition to the drinking of alcohol but also stipulated that no one who does so may be elected to serve with any entity of the denomination.

A messenger from Florida spoke against the anti-alcohol resolution. I do not think that we can be more holy than Jesus Christ, he said. Christ turned water into wine. If indeed, as we have said, this is a matter of Christian liberty, then we cannot at the same time say that this is a matter of righteousness.?

Another messenger, however, encouraged support of the measure from a personal perspective. "I spent two years and seven months in prison, and it all started with drinking beer when I was eight years old," the delegate said. "I think that we as Southern Baptists " but, more importantly, we as Christians " need to take a stand against something that's destroying our nation."

The resolution passed. Jesus would have been prohibited from serving in the SBC. What will they think of next?


Joe Meert


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