Let’s be clear about one thing: Scripture does not forbid the use of alcohol. Rather, it forbids the exessive use of alcohol to the point of drunkenness (Gal. 5:21; 1 Tim. 3:3).
So where did teetotalism come from amoung Baptists?
Well, readers would be surprised to learn that at one point Baptists use to consume alcohol, wine, and so on.
Total abstinence is as recent as the 1800s. There’s nothing in church history to disprove this.
Baptists who insist on teetotalism cannot escape the fact that Jesus turned water into wine, and that Paul told Timothy in 1 Timothy 5:23 to stop drinking water alone, but to use wine to help his stomach ailments.
Neither am I trying to promote the use of alcohol consumption here. But to force Scripture to say something that it doesn’t is wrong.
So when Baptist leaders says that “there’s no place for use of alcohol for followers of Christ,” it’s because they’re intoxicated (pun intended) with their own zeal and tradition, not Scripture.
Now while Scripture doesn’t call for teetotalism, the follower of Christ must employ wisdom and sound judgment, in this matter.