Pastor Brad Whitt, co-pastor of Abilene Baptist Church (ABC) in Martinez, Georgia, preached a sermon in view of a call last month at ABC on 2 Samuel 6:1-15. During the sermon, Whitt speaks momentarily regarding the church becoming worldly in its dress and music. Whitt further recalls a story regarding a church near his now previous pastorate in South Carolina where a young man was killed in a drunk driving accident.
The death of anyone in such a preventable event as drunk driving is terrible and the families involved will never be the same. I feel for those involved in this particular case. However, Whitt’s conflation of moderate alcohol use and outright drunkenness is not fair to the case in view nor what is the Bible’s teaching on alcohol consumption.
Let me say up front that I do not drink and I think there is much wisdom in avoiding alcohol altogether. I was saved and delivered from abusing alcohol on a regular basis and I have no agenda to “push” alcohol onto others. That said, I also have no agenda to further mere tradition to the neglect of the clear teaching of Scripture.
There are three problematic issues that seemingly always accompany an anti-moderation position:
- An inconsistent hermeneutic that is not forced to be applied to other Scriptures
- A strong emotional appeal (see video below)
- Playing semantic gymnastics with biblical words for wine (Another helpful read here)
I appreciate Pastor Whitt’s ferver for saving lives through abstinence, however, shaming and defaming our moderationist brothers is unwarranted and unfortunate.