General Presbytery Reaffirms AG's Position on Alcohol
This week, members of the Assemblies of God’s General Presbytery — the Fellowship’s second-highest policymaking body — are convened in Louisville, Kentucky, for their annual meeting.
Among items discussed in the proceedings was the Assemblies of God’s position on abstinence from alcohol. The Fellowship’s long-held stance on avoiding alcohol was adopted as a “position paper” by the General Presbytery in 1985.
“We’ve seen the devastation alcohol can bring on individual lives and families,” said George O. Wood, general superintendent. “We knew our position of abstinence needed to be strengthened and reaffirmed.”
The newly adopted paper was introduced by the Assemblies of God’s Commission on Doctrinal Purity after a thorough review of the topic. Considerable attention was given to the various warnings Scripture gives about consuming alcoholic beverages.
After presenting arguments from Scripture, history, and science, the paper concludes, “Therefore the Assemblies of God reaffirms its position of abstinence from alcoholic beverages. This position should be proclaimed boldly and clearly throughout our Fellowship, yet humbly and lovingly in faithful ministry to all.”
The newly drafted position will be made available on the Assemblies of God website before the end of September.