January 4, 2011
Southern Baptists Are Battling About Booze
Bob Allen, Christian Century
Two decades after declaring victory in the war over biblical inerrancy, Southern Baptists are battling about booze.
Seeking to remain relevant in today's culture, many Baptists have abandoned former taboos against social activities like dancing and going to movies. Now some are questioning the denomination's historic position of abstaining from alcohol, prompting others to draw a line.
The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina recently passed a motion to "study a policy of the social use of alcohol" related to funding of church plants, employment of personnel and nomination of persons to committees and boards of trustees.