Does anyone ever wonder how these three activities over our Baptist history have become a focal point? This is all I have heard talked about since becoming a Baptist in 1977. Any reasonable and sane person that has studied Scripture can come to the conclusion that two of these activities are not sins, and the third one is a sin when done to excess. Yet, we know several facts from studying the Bible. We know that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We know that there is not one righteous, no not one. We know that if we break one command of the Lord, as James tells us, that we have broken all. We also know that every male has committed adultery according to Matthew, by our lustful thoughts. We also know some are guilty of murder by prolonged hatred in their heart towards another. We ignore gossip, even within the church. We glorify gluttony at pot lucks. Murder sits at our door step. So, given all that, how on earth did we ever learn to focus on activities that are not even sin and ignore or give a pass to others? Where is history did we come up with these ideas? A Christian lives by the power of the Holy Spirit to become more like Christ daily. We do not memorize rules that are not even sins and try to obey them in our own power.