[Linux4christians] Baptists (was Re: Ex-Muslim's college, speech disrupted by arson.)
Fred A. Miller
fmiller at lightlink.com
Sat Dec 12 12:11:24 EST 2009
On 12/11/2009 12:30 AM, David Ormand wrote:
> Now, the Catholics are at least honest enough to
> say, "and the traditions of the church". Truth is,
> all of us bring our traditions to the Bible. With
> Southern Baptists, it has been "No Drinking" (and
> yes, "no dancing, no card-playing" and maybe a few
> more "no's", too. Oh, and my fav - "no divorced
> men as pastors or deacons"). This "No Drinking"
> goes so far as to have preachers expositing from
> the pulpit that "Jesus only drank unfermented
> grape juice."
> These traditions come out of our histories. We
> need to acknowledge the extent to which our
> denominational histories influence our interpretation
> of the Bible.
Good point. Where some "traditions" fail is when people start to read the
Scriptures for themselves, then they find out that not all that has been
handed down is based on the Word. There IS ample justification for not
allowing a divorced man as a pastor. Drinking.....wine in particular, is
Being a good Baptist boy I was raised thinking it was not good as well.
Being served grape juice, when Christ served wine at the last supper,
bothered me as a kid and young adult, because his example was wine,
NOT grape juice nor what was called "new wine." Remember now,
"new wine" was only available for a very short time only once a year.
The rest of the time, the ONLY thing to drink from the grape was wine.
Now, here's the limit.....drunkenness. That is ALL that is condemned.
SOCIALISM is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance
and the gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal
sharing of misery. -Winston Churchill
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