A parable of moral change on alcohol
Increasingly, evangelical Christians are abandoning abstentionist and prohibitionist positions on alcohol. This is true among many conservative Baptist churches. It is increasingly common for pastors to lead their churches to take a more moderationist position with respect alcohol. Back in 1981, John Piper led Bethlehem Baptist Church to change its church covenant with respect to beverage alcohol. The church covenant Piper inherited read, We engage . . . to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating liquors as a beverage. You can read Piper's original statement proposing the change here. He advocated a more general statement to replace the previous one: We engage . . . to seek God's help in abstaining from all drugs, food, drink, and practices which harm the body or jeopardize our own or another's faith. Piper was quite clear as he proposed the change in covenant. He was concerned that the existing statement was [more]