Moody Bible Institute drops alcohol and tobacco ban for employees
The Chicago-based evangelical Moody Bible Institute has dropped its ban on alcohol and tobacco consumption by its 600-some faculty and staff, including for those who work in its radio and publishing arms.
The change in August reflected a desire to create a â€śhigh trust environment that emphasizes values, not rules,â€ť said spokeswoman Christine Gorz. Employees must adhere to all â€śbiblical absolutes,â€ť Gorz said, but on issues where the Bible is not clear, Moody leaves it to employeesâ€™ conscience.
I Corinthians 6:12 "All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any."
I am sure Penny (jpw) will testify that these verses need to be applied to food. I would say that seeing both alcohol and tobacco are highly addictive they should be avoided. I believe you give the world an excuse to revel in their sin when what they perceive to be sin they see you practicing. This does not mitigate their culpability but I would not want to give them a reason to dishonor my precious Lord. I would hate think someone thought it was okay to become inebriated because they saw me having a little wine with my dinner. I would hate to be the pastor who used wine in communion and caused a brother or sister to stumble who was struggling to overcome their past drinking habits. None of us are perfect, but we need to walk circumspectly.
off the wagon wrote: 127 years of reading the inerrant, infallible Word of God and they finally discovered that there is no prohibition against alcohol and tobacco use. Good on them.
The actual reason(s)for not allowing alcohol are accumulative. They are both Biblical, sensible and logical. The main reason is that it is a major offense to many in the Christian faith, and that is reason to refrain. Moody's decision to lower its standard in this area is very unfortunate, and indicative of where the church is headed today, ever closer to the world it is not supposed to conform to.
I grew up in Chicago and went to Moody church each Sunday with an Aunt and Uncle. I have sat under both Warren Wiersby and Irwin Lutzer which is cool because I guess they were pretty well known. My Aunt also attended Moody Bible and I used to get excited whenever I'd go to meet her because she always let me buy something from the book store/gift shop. No point here...just reminiscing.
They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again. (Proverbs 23:30-35 KJV)
But you folks are somewhat correct but one should remember what Christ said,
Matthew 26 40 And He came^ to the disciples and found^ them sleeping, and said^ to Peter, "So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? 41 "Keep watching and praying, that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."---NASB
I wonder what example Moody is going to set, when like the bars here in Lincoln in which people can't smoke, so in the middle of winter you'll see a bunch of people freezing outside taking puffs from their cigarettes, during a break, While it might be amusing to see at bars, it not so much at religious organizations.
1 Corinthians 8 12 And thus, by sinning against the brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, that I might not cause my brother to stumble.---NASB
I think the above can apply to both tobacco & alcohol. It's going to be interesting when marijuana use becomes legal in Illinois, what will Moody do then?