Recently the SBC voted to approve a resolution that affirms abstinence from Alcoholic beverages. There was 30 minutes debate on the floor of the convention back in June. Since then there have been repeated discussions over the value in making such a statement both for and against. My question is this: is drinking alcohol a sin? Help me out here guys, what is wrong in principle with saying that drinking alcohol is wrong? Alcohol is abused by most who consume it and not the reverse. By abuse I mean that most who drink alcohol do so in order to feel the effects of intoxication. Are all alcohol users drunkards? No. But to allow alcohol into your body is to give the Devil a foothold. If you look at the number of crimes committed while under the influence of alcohol then the negative effects of alcohol are only further illustrated. Murder, rape, sexual abuse of children, DWI homicide, etc. The Bible tells us to not even have the appearance of evil. So what on earth is wrong with officially stating that abstinence from alcoholic beverages is our policy? Drinking leads to many evils. There are so many viable options for consumption why would any Spirit filled born again believer in Jesus Christ possibly take part in something that is so misused and abused. Alcohol is of the Devil I can personally attest to that from my own experiences with having misused and abused it. I am no better than anyone and in my own church I try to show much grace where I can. I do not think that what takes place in the privacy of someone's home is very much in play, but if I had a deacon who was out drinking in a restaurant or rumored to have gotten drunk on vacation, don't think for a minute that I would not say something to him about that. Moreover, I do not see this as a test of fellowship. No one to my knowledge is saying that to join a Baptist church you have to sign a covenant saying you will not drink alcohol. As Baptist we are saying that abstinence is preferable and alcoholic beverages are to be avoided. Heck, even when I was running from the Lord, I would have told you while I was half drunk that drinking is a sin. In Mexico drinking is no big deal, but smoking is seen as evil within the church. I would go on record as saying that smoking is sin. Alcohol, however, is an intoxicant. An intoxicant is a type of spirit that controls the user, not unlike a demon possession. That is why they call them spirits. I would object in the same way to someone taking an anti-depressant who is not clinically depressed. Why? Because anything that we attempt to gain fulfillment through that Christ otherwise could have given us is a form of idolatry.