The Qld Baptists are proposing this motion…
“The new ‘Interim Registration Guidelines’ for Queensland Baptists were sent out by e-mail today to pastors and a shock was in store for those who read all the way through. They discovered in Section 11 ‘General Guidelines’, the following:
11.5 Registered Ministers should be total abstainers from the use of alcohol”
According to some, the culture of Queensland means this has a good chance of passing.
Even an occiasional reader of this blog will know that I enjoy a social drink.
But taking aside the easy target this makes the Qlders….to call them wowsers of puritans or pharisees….I actually think this is seriously bad news.
It says something about us that we would want to regulate or forbid our pastors from enjoying a social drink with their neighbours and friends.
I seriously think it goes against scripture to try and stop a preacher do what Jesus did…and what God commanded His people to do…from the parties in the Old Testament, to the parties in the New…with Jesus making sure there was enough wine, to being accused of being a drunkard by the Pharisees….
I want to have a drink with my non church mates…I want to be their mate…I want to be a part of their life. I think this is what Jesus wants me to do.
I don’t want to be a drunk
I do want my kids to have an example of a responsible drinker
I do want to be friends with those who don’t yet know Christ.
In a sad way, I am sort of ashamed of this decision by Qld Baptists…I hope they reconsider.