Grace Point Church Elders

Alcohol

Grace Point's position on alcohol consumption

Grace Point Church has primary issues on which we are unwavering, and secondary issues on which we allow a range of diversity. This perspective enables unity without uniformity in our body. We hold our essential distinctives in a "closed hand," informed by our commitment to evangelical orthodoxy as defined in the Baptist Faith and Message, 2000 edition. We hold secondary issues in an "open hand"; these include charismatic gifts, eschatology, women speaking, and various areas of Christian liberty, such as alcohol.

Because our position on alcohol is one that can be easily misunderstood and/or misrepresented, this statement is our attempt to clarify the official position of Grace Point Church on the issue of alcohol as we understand the teaching of Scripture.

First, we believe that all drunkenness is a sin (Deuteronomy 21:20; Ecclesiastes 10:17; Matthew 24:29; Luke 12:45; 21:34; Romans 13:13; 1 Corinthians 5:11, 6:10; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Peter 4:3).

Second, we believe that many horrendous sins are affiliated with drunkenness. Therefore, getting drunk is a sin that can lead to other sins, such as incest (Genesis 19:32–35), violence (Proverbs 4:17), adultery (Revelation 17:2), mockery and brawling (Proverbs 20:1), poverty (Proverbs 21:17), late night and early morning drinking (Isaiah 5:11–12), hallucinations (Isaiah 28:7), foolish behavior (Isaiah 5:22; Jeremiah 51:39), murder (2 Samuel 11:13), vomiting (Jeremiah 25:27; 48:26; Isaiah 19:14), staggering (Jeremiah 25:27; Psalm 107:27; Job 12:25), madness (Jeremiah 51:7), shameful nakedness (Habakkuk 2:15; Lamentations 4:21), sloth (Joel 1:5), escapism (Hosea 4:11), and depression (Luke 21:34). In summary, sin leads to death and the sin of drunkenness produces only death and misery.

Third, we believe that Christian leaders are to live their lives in such a way as to set a positive example of holiness for others to emulate (Hebrews 13:7). This includes Elders, Deacons, and Christ-followers, who are not to be drunkards (1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7; Ephesians 5:18).

Fourth, we do believe that all Christians must at varying times and in varying ways give up some of their Christian liberties in order to love people of weaker conscience. Christians must make every effort to not lead them into sin by exercising freedoms in their presence (Romans 14:21; 1 Corinthians 10:31–32).

In conclusion, there are different views on alcohol in our congregation and even on our staff. We recognize that this is an issue where Christians can and do disagree, so we have no position on alcohol other than that people should have their conscience captive to the Word of God, submit to the leadership of their church or denomination, and do everything for God's glory.

Grace Point Church permits diversity on this secondary matter and pursues unity on the primary theological issues. We respect the right of Christians, organizations, and denominations to arrive at differing conclusions. So long as they are within the boundaries of Scripture, we respect those positions and welcome faithful Christians who hold them into Grace Point Church. Together we can pursue what is most important—the expansion of God’s kingdom through the work of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the planting of His church.


*Adapted from The Acts 29 Network policy