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Study: Majority of Protestants Say Alcohol Consumption is Not a Sin
Although an overwhelming majority of Protestant pastors and lay people agree that Scripture indicates people should never get drunk, only less than a third say it forbids drinking, a new study showed.
Slightly more laity (29 percent) than senior pastors (24 percent) agree people should never drink alcohol, according to the latest study by LifeWay Research. Moreover, senior pastors (68 percent) are more likely to agree that reasonable consumption of alcohol is a "biblical liberty" compared to lay people (54 percent).
Yet, 90 percent of clergy, compared to 63 percent of laity, say a Christian drinking alcohol could cause other believers to stumble or be confused....
"Yet, 90 percent of clergy, compared to 63 percent of laity, say a Christian drinking alcohol could cause other believers to stumble or be confused."
A good reason not to drink, as given in the article.
"1Corinthians 8 12 Now, thus sinning against the brethren, and wounding their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. 1Corinthians 10 31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatever ye do, do all things to God's glory. 32 Give no occasion to stumbling, whether to Jews, or Greeks, or the assembly of God. 33 Even as *I* also please all in all things; not seeking my own profit, but that of the many, that they may be saved."