One of the guys on my blogroll, IrishCalvinist, always has a great range of topics being discussed. (And no, I’m not a full-on 5-point Calvinist just because I read his blog, but I’m sure you’re intelligent enough to not jump to that conclusion.) I’ve been poking around his archives on the alcohol issue, and I must say I’m thankful to be out of the Southern Baptist Convention churches I was raised in. IrishCalvinist cites some great primary sources from within the SBC (like one of their seminary presidents) that just sound like Legalism Fest ’06. The sources’ language shoots themselves in the foot, the blogger doesn’t have to “spin” their words at all.
Found this great snippet from Mr. Luther:
“It is possible to tolerate a little elevation, when a man takes a drink or two too much after working hard and when he is feeling low. This must be called a frolic. But to sit day and night, pouring it in and pouring it out again, is piggish… all food is a matter of freedom, even a modest drink for one’s pleasure. If you do not wish to conduct yourself this way, if you are going to go beyond this and be a born pig and guzzle beer and wine, then, if this cannot be stopped by the rulers, you must know that you cannot be saved. For God will not admit such piggish drinkers into the kingdom of heaven (cf. Gal. 5:19-21)… If you are tired and downhearted, take a drink; but this does not mean being a pig and doing nothing but gorging and swilling… You should be moderate and sober; this means that we should not be drunken, though we may be exhilarated.”
– Martin Luther, A Sermon on Soberness & Moderation (May 18, 1539).
:P Bottoms (Moderately) Up! :P